An uncensored, behind the scenes look at the making of Bokeh. Shot on location in Iceland.
I started creating this blog post for completely selfish reasons. I wanted a place which held all my favourite photos (and maybe a few written memories) from Bokeh’s principle photography. After an hour of organising my Icelandic photos, I knew I couldn’t keep it to myself.
Quick recap: During May and June 2014, a small group of intrepid filmmakers travelled to Iceland. Our goal was to transform a script into a movie, titled ‘Bokeh’. With over 60 locations, in under two months and a non-stop schedule, we completed our goal.
“the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens.”
I was hired as the script supervisor, “a member of a film crew who oversees the continuity of the motion picture including wardrobe, props, set dressing, hair, makeup and the actions of the actors during a scene”. This definition makes my job sound very easy and simple… if only it was that straightforward. It was a wonderfully demanding and rewarding experience. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Now, the exciting part… Photos!
I have organised the pictures by filming location. All images are mine unless otherwise noted. Enjoy.
location: base camp, reykjavik
location: eyjafjallajökull glacier
location: krónan supermarket
This was either our first or second ‘all night’ shoot. We started at 8pm and finished eleven hours later. It was surprisingly easy to stay awake. But when 7am arrived, pretty sure most of the crew felt like ‘the walking dead’.
*Yup, Iceland was also obsessed with Fifty Shades of Grey.
location: airplane fuselage, sólheimasandur
My only memory of this location was that it was cold and windy, very windy. I had finally caught the flu that was being passed around (you would’t know it from the photo - see below). All I wanted was my bed, however sick days aren’t a thing when on a tight schedule.
random bts snapshots
location: black sand beach, reynisfjara
location: seljalandsfoss waterfall
This location was magical. Yes, it was cold and wet and our clothing didn’t dry for a week. But something about it was extraordinarily special.
location: seljavallalaug, south iceland
I loved this location so much. It felt like a naturally secluded place until… I found out Justin Bieber had destroyed its secretiveness by using it in this video. Sigh.
Sometimes, we got bored between takes. Case in point: Maika and Matt pretended to model for 66° North. This company has a very specific advertising campaign, see here or below. Anyone who has been to Iceland knows exactly what I mean and will find these photos amusing. ;)
P.S. They make very warm, durable outdoor clothing which was good, cause even in June it got a bit chilly.
A small, sleepy fishing town that didn’t offer much in terms of entertainment (or anything for that matter). Maybe that’s why the crew resorted to taking selfies and dancing in between takes.
location: krýsuvík, reykjanes peninsula
This may sound cheesy, but filming Bokeh made a huge impact on me. It made me realise the importance of travel, photography and adventure. That summer gave me a boost of curiosity that I didn’t have before. It helped me realise I had the courage to resettle in the U.K. It also has made me realise that the fear of failure still prevents me from many things I still want to achieve.
A wise man once told me,
"If you start when you feel ready, you are already way behind."
P.S. The full film is available internationally on Netflix. Go watch now.