Between the Moon and the Dark Sky (Music Video)

Last fall, I was asked to join in on a music video production. Here it is!
I had so much fun doing this, with awesome people on a breathtaking autumn day. :)

Lonely Men In Bars - Between the Moon and the Dark Sky

Dir - Carl Shanahan

Prod - Rune Antonsen and Frøydis Labowsky
Starring - Frøydis Labowsky, Sjur Tomter and Martin Trondsen
Makeup and hair - Julia Lyon
CGI - Graham Salisbury


Schloss Nordkirchen

Endless avenues lead you through the (huge) grounds...

... gateways guarded by sphinxes ...

... many moats must be crossed before you reach your destination ...

... or you can just swim across the lake..?

The castle itself is a college for financial studies.
I think I would find such surroundings both distracting and inspiring.

You can access the interiors via guided tours, but no photos allowed. Trust me when I say it's quite grand! 

Now for the cute part! Can you guess what these tiny ladders are? They were all over the moats.

They are for the turtles!
I squealed.
Yes I did.


Spectaculum! Fantastical medieval hotness!

(I'm doing a little round-up of this years missed posts - stuff I intended to write about but somehow kept postponing. There will be a few flashbacks in the coming days.)

Have you ever been to a medieval festival of such epic proportions that just being there made your head spin? And have you had that experience in 34°C and blazing sun?
I promise you it will induce a lot of head spinning.

In July I was lucky enough to coincidentally be in the same area as Germany's biggest touring medieval/fantasy festival, Mittelalterlich Phantasie Spectaculum.
(Emphasis on fantasy.) 
It was huge.

It all took place in the beautiful castle park of Bückeburg just outside of Hannover, with the renaissance castle forming the backdrop.

This x1000

I usually stuff my face with all kinds of food and drink mead at these events (it's half the fun!), but I just couldn't bring myself to it. I only bought cold drinks that seemed to vaporize the moment they touched my mouth. I found ONE icecream stand and considered not ever leaving. But it seemed like everybody else had the same thought. I almost completely spaced on taking pictures, but a few seem to have made their way to my camera. 
I'm norwegian, I'm not used to that kind of weather, okay? :D 

This is my heat-stroke selfie.

We walked around for a few hours on what felt like an anthill the size of a stadium, spraying ourselves with water and hurrying from shade to shade. I was beginning to think we were almost done, when a woman told us that there was an area just as big right on the other side of the trees.
I didn't know wether to cheer or cry. You see, I was there by car, so for once I could actually buy heavy/fragile things on a larger scale. I had so many plans and ideas, but I just couldn't find the stuff I was looking for. So I had to go check out the other part. And there I found my ceramic replica heaven.

I had real trouble thinking clearly at this point, so I could probably have made wiser shopping decisions. That is, more. Shopped more. Because. Gaah. Meltdown.

Being a big fan of medieval rock, I had planned to see a few bands while I was there, but it was just impossible to figure out where the stage was. And when I did find it, it seemed impossible to wait around. I was on the verge of a total sunny breakdown, so I just dropped the idea.

On our way to the exit we discovered a third, enormous area where the jousting took place. I had completely forgotten about the jousting... :-/ Oh well, too late.

However! This festival tours the country half the year, and it's not unthinkable that I'll get to visit again. I sure hope so, because minus the weather it was just...well...spectacular! ;-)


Childhood nightmares revisited

Ever since I was 18-19 and discovered what childhood nostalgia felt like, I have been quite a bit of a nostalgia junkie. I've faithfully searched the internet for info on a number of cartoons and series I used to follow, and as time has passed more and more of these old gems have been released on DVD or even Youtube, wikipedia articles have been written, fans have formed threads on message boards and later on, Facebook has simplified the search somewhat.


Most of these shows were things I saw within the first year or two after we got cable. That was in february 1990 when I was still only five years old. I was deeply fascinated by what I saw on screen, and learned English within the first year. It just sort of happened. I had to understand the plots, dammit! It wouldn't have been possible without 'Jack in the Box' though.

I have always had a bunch of memories of things I've seen, things that have made a profound impression, but I couldn't remember any titles, any character names, any real plots...
How do you search for random memories? So, I've typed in what little I've had, although "scary 80s series aired on TCC with funky hairdos and an oooOOOOooo-theme" doesn't really get you that many hits....
What a hopeless endeavor! But I've persevered! Tirelessly, I've searched for 70's shows with plastic skeletons hidden behind walls, covered in dust! I've lookes for cartoons starring robots in a grey futuristic robot-world, with some kind of flying carpet! ...

And the other day I just ... I just ....

It all started with the 'Ragdolly Anna' theme (don't ask) on Youtube, then I tried googling it to see if it had a wikipedia article (again, nevermind). I got a hit to a checklist of cool english kids shows from the 70/80's, and on that list there was a title picture that just rang about a dozen bells all at once.

It was the oooOOOOOooo show. It had to be!

It was! 'Children of the Stones' (1977) turns out to be a very well-known show, called one of the scariest shows made for children and easily available on DVD and Youtube:  

The intro alone is enough to set me off. That soundtrack! My gods... 

Now that I knew this title, it was much easier to look up related shows. If someone somewhere on the web mentiones Children of the Stones, you can bet they'll mention other shows they remembered too!

Thats how I found 'Into the Labyrinth' (1980-1982) 

I was almost screaming.

'Shadows' (1975-78). Now, this one I knew the title of, but I've never succeeded in finding it before.
Thank you, Youtube..! 
I really love sci-fi and 'pleasantly' scary stuff from before CGI became a thing. This is because when done well, those old effects contain so much more raw emotion and careful thought in order to wow and scare the viewer. Of course there is a lot of crap, but the stuff that stands the test of time stands really well ... With CGI it feels like a lot of movie-makers get lost in their shiny toys and fancy gadgets. There is a lot of wow, but it's often so empty and ... well ... boring! I think part of it is that in the olden days, they relied much more on sound - both music and effects - to convey creepy moods. And that hits home with me. The soundtracks to some of these shows really disturb me, to this day ... the plots are still good too. And now I can finally understand what happens!

Now I have to figure out that robot show...



Every other year there is a very large gathering of viking craftsmen, iron age enthusiasts, early medieval merchants, elegant warriors and fluttering disir by the Borre Mounds in Vestfold.

This was in early July, at the beginning of a very rare heatwave courtesy of the Russian topography. Thanks guys. (No, I mean that sincerely!)

Nestled under the tall trees, you'll find a seemingly endless gathering of tents and encampments.... 

... one more fancy than the next!

A group shot of some of us, taken by the epic Rob Wildwood.
From left to tight (*draws breath*):  Maetharanel, Tathariel, Kristin, Branna, Sól, yours truly, Anita, Kama Sofie, Grethe and Ingrid.


Two disir catching up. One of the battlefield, and one dedicated to Frøy[a]

I didn't dare to wear anything but linen due to the warm weather, so I used my old rusty apron dress (with its fancy antique trimmings - only not that antique!). I love the color, but it is a great example of how impossibly unrealistic the old flappety-flapp interpretation of what women wore is or has to be. It slides off the shoulders, twists and turns, always looking for ways to embarrass the wearer. Maybe mine is extra impractical ... If I hadn't pinned it to my under-dress in every possible way, I'd probably have exposed myself half a dozen times. It only sits right if you hold very, very still... No, this is not something anyone could possibly have worn. Hooray for new research and interpretations! 

Why hellooooo0OOO0ooooo! 

There you go.

This gooey concoction is plant dye in the making! It transforms wool into this:

I just love plant dyes, they give the most gorgeous shades. Well, maybe except for hot pink, which can also be achieved through natural dyes. I have mixed feelings about hot pink.There aren't any real examples in these pictures, but imagine something straight-up 1980's.
I *really* want a depiction in popular culture of hot pink vikings....!
A girl can dream.

The lovely Branna. :)

Mandatory viking ships.

Kama Sofie and Silje. :)

We have our moments.

On or way back to the modern era, we spent some time amongst the burial mounds. It's a peacful place, well worth a visit.