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Deodar - prelude to a documentary film
Dalarna University, School of Culture and Society, Moving Image Production. (Audiovisuella seminariet)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0460-8761
2023 (English)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Resource type
Moving image
Physical description [en]

Digital video

Description [en]

Conceptual opening sequence to the feature documentary "Deodar"

Abstract [en]

In this short video – a prospective opening sequence to the theatrical documentary film "Deodar" – the researcher explores how the public screening of conceptual scenes from a work-in-progress film can help inform a film editor's still-evolving process of crafting a film's emotional tone, character introductions and themes. 

BACKGROUND

In the documentary film "Deodar", filmmaker Axel Grigor delves into the captivating story of Thomas Hellström, a Swedish boatbuilder who has spent over five decades restoring the historic sailing trawler, Deodar.

Constructed in 1911 in Brixham, England, Deodar has been meticulously revived by Hellström, transforming it into a familiar and beloved sight in the Stockholm archipelago.

Hellström's commitment to manifest the enduring beauty and sailing prowess of traditional English sailling trawlers through his efforts with Deodar, has seen him become one of Sweden's foremost wooden boatbuilders. However, his dogged dedication has come at a cost, straining personal relationships and causing financial hardship. At the age of 73 and faced with diminishing strength, Hellström grapples with the inevitable decision to part ways with the vessel that has defined his life.

Drawing inspiration from maritime documentary films, such as "The Last Sailors: The Final Days of Working Sail" (1984) and "The Sailor" (2021), this documentary uses observational filmmaking techniques and archive-based storytelling to skillfully explore the confluence of Swedish and English maritime history in the early 20th century through the lens of one man's extraordinary devotion to a vessel that has become both his masterpiece and his burden.

This conceptual opening sequence screened publically at the 2023 Dalarna Film Festival, Sweden, as part of a masterclass in film editing. The creative practice research project has received development funding from the regional film fund Film i Dalarna and Dalarna University.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Falun: Dalarna Audiovisual Academy , 2023.
Publication channel
Dalarna Film Festival
Keywords [en]
Deodar, documentary film, maritime films, maritime heritage, maritime history, cultural heritage, Sweden, England, Brixham, Stockholm
National Category
Visual Arts
Research subject
Forskargrupp/Seminariegrupp, Audiovisuella seminariet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-47332OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-47332DiVA, id: diva2:1815821
Available from: 2023-11-30 Created: 2023-11-30 Last updated: 2023-11-30Bibliographically approved

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