David John Smith is Founder of Norway Communicates, dedicated to strengthening the communications bridge between Norway and the rest of the world.
Key members of the Norway Communicates team include Per Ole Hagen, award-winning Getty photographer, University of Oslo instructor, with a long career with the national broadcaster NRK with a focus on legal rights and musicology.
Steven Van Zandt cooperation from 2011 includes Lillehammer TV Drama Week, Little Steven's Blues School Rock and Roll Forever Foundation with DKS / Telemark County and the Bluestown Rising documentary
The project Wild Telemark builds upon the film experience and talent of the region to attract more film business with ring effects within tourism, education and culture.
Ongoing projects include :
The Wild Telemark
- a Norwegian regional development project created by Norway Communicates www.wildtelemark.com in cooperation with Ian Brodie (Lord of the Rings, Narnia).
Fish and Tulips
- A collaboration with Vestfold Telemark, Innland and Viken counties exploring the potential with aquaponics. See Fisk og Tulipaner.
Cooperation with Steven Van Zandt
Telemark Film & Services, cooperates closely with regional organizations and the regions talented people, building upon the fact that this region has so much to offer - historical, legends, stories - and the Vikings.
The documentary The Search is the first major project, but the team is strong and ambitious.
AREAS OF ACTIVITY
TFS has three primary areas of activity related to film:
Film and film related activities including financing, script development, actor and film technical, supplier engagement, post production and distribution.
Course and Seminars related to different aspect of film, including the technical and legal aspects as well as those related to acting, stunts, etc.
Consulting and Services related to support of external film projects, ‘fixer’ activities, representation of actors, legal, finance, project management, and other types of activities.
- create and develop films with an ehasis on the story, and to keep the budgets as realistic and low as possible without sacrificing quality
- create sustainable employment and activities for ourselves and a growing team
- be a gathering spot for creative people of all ages, offering courses and seminars, as well as the possibility to work together to develop their film and other creative concepts
- offer quality services to film productions and activities coming to the region
Telemark Film & Services (TFS) has offices in the historic Hydro Park facilities in Notodden, and in the capital of Oslo, Norway.
Using ICT, media and web-based solutions, the Wild Telemark enables people to better take advantage of opportunities related to business development that include regional cooperative activities, film projects as well as film- and experience related tourism.
The Viking Culture is especially important in this process, and The Wild Telemark is embracing the activities taking place at Guvihaug.
With the Wild Telemark as a prototype, we work with locations in developing a web-based film- and film tourism/tourism web-based portal such as the prototype created, also including a media portal for students.
The Wild Telemark website was launched in October, with a book launched in December 2019.Internationally, Norway Communicates is now in discussion with several locations (Sicily/Italy, Kazakhstan) regarding the creation of a similar concept.
In this way we look to put this region more strongly on the global map, attracting creative minds from all over.
We have just touched the tip of iceberg regarding how regions promote themselves. Including closer cooperation with Ian Brodie's Hidden, using new generations of IT and multimedia, we have just begun to touch the tip of iceberg regarding how regions promote themselves.
Ian Brodie is Guvihaug's official film photographer, bringing with him a portfolio including major productions such as The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and many others.
The award-winning landscape and unit stills photographer, film tourism expert and internationally successful author based in Perth, Western Australia.
Ian's love of film, travel, photography and vintage combat aircraft have combined to produce some remarkable books and images, and has resulted in 22 books to date, selling more than 1.5 million copies
Ian Brodie Consulting was established in 2001 and specialises in film tourism consultancy, enhanced e-Book creation and photography (especially travel guide travel and film stills). Current projects include the Wild Telemark as well official film photographer for Occupy Guvihaug-
His work also includes enhanced e-Books for Visit Rjukan, Visit Somerset and Into Norway along with film stills photography, summer images of Norway for various clients as well as consultancy work with a number of film and tourism organisations in New Zealand, England, Germany, Poland and Norway.
Ian is an owner in Hidden, a Norwegian award-winning IT company specialising in Augmented Reality for tourism, mythology and film.