Welcome to Rams, filmed in and around the delightful town of Mount Barker, situated in the south west of Western Australia. Ian Brodie is a unit stills photographer attached to this motion picture. Sam Neill, Michael Caton, Wayne Blair, Leon Ford, Travis McMahon, Asher Keddie, Hayley McElhinney, Kipan Rothbury and newcomers Asher Yasbincek and Will McNeil co-star for director Jeremy Sims. The Jeremy Sims (Last Cab to Darwin, Wayne) directed film commenced its shoot on Monday, October 1 in Mount Barker and surrounding areas in Western Australia’s Great Southern region. Rams is produced by WBMC’s Janelle Landers and Aidan O’Bryan, written by Jules Duncan, and will be distributed by Roadshow Films.
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Birkebeinerspelet 2018 was performed over three February evenings against the stunning backdrop of Sør-Mesna at Mesna Activities and Accommodation. A resounding success, over 2000 people attended and they were both entertained by the markets and stalls and wowed by the spectacle of a mid winter night time outdoor play. Plans are now well underway for an even bigger event in February 2019. Mark your diaries now – this is one Norwegian event not to be missed. This year I was able to use my new Nikon D850 as the camera of choice and the high pixel count, low noise and superb focussing all combined to help me take some images I am very proud of.    
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Next week I return to Mesna in Norway, to take part in Birkebeinerspelet 2018. The following is an interview I undertook for the programme. Photographer and author Ian Brodie has many years’ experience in the film industry. He has specialised in film location tourism, and has published a number of location guidebooks that showcase the beautiful places in his native New Zealand where both the the Lord of the Rings and the The Hobbit film trilogies were shot. In 2012 he was invited to speak at a film tourism conference in Lillehammer, having never been to Norway before. At the conference he met representatives from the Norwegian film industry including Paradox Film. In 2014 they asked him to be unit stills photographer on Birkebeinerne. The rest, as they say, is history. Ian now spends many months every year in Norway working on a number of varied projects. – I fell in love with Norway immediately, says Brodie. – To me, it was a lot like home, like New Zealand, another Middle-earth, but with a long history and a broad mythology that actually inspired Tolkien. – The people, too, are similar: sensible, practical, reserved till you get to know them, but […]
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North Beach, Sunset, Australia, Perth
The view from North Beach, on the coast of Western Australia near Perth. Taken with the Nikon D850, 24-70mm Nikkor lens and using NiSi Filters. Processed in Lightroom and Luminar.  
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The three months that Dianne and I spent in Provence during 2015/16 was one of the most memorable experiences of our lives. Today, I am dreaming of Provence, and vowing to return. For more, see my Provence Page Here, which includes the gallery below.  
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During June and July I returned to my second home and families in Norway. What a joy it was to be amongst mountains and lakes in the warmth and beauty of a Norwegian summer. Two weeks in the Mesna area saw adventures with Icelandic horses at the home of Birkebeinerspelet before working with two clients, Eurostop and Hunderfossen. It was also my first opportunity to use my drone in the country, and it was a marvel. The Hidden project is continuing well with some exciting announcements (and a new trailer) coming very soon. The video above is my homage to summer in Norway, along with my love for the vocals of Peter Gabriel. I hope you enjoy it.
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On Saturday I return to Norway. Mesna, Lillehammer, Oslo and Hemsedal are all on the itinerary and I am looking forward to working again with my great friends in this beautiful country. I will be creating more images and for the first time in this country, capturing aerial images and video with my DJI Mavic Pro.
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DJI Mavic, Bells Rapids, Ian Brodie
I am so pleased to add a DJI Mavic Pro to my photographic arsenal. Having owned a first edition DJI Phantom in New Zealand (which I sold a few years ago), the release of the highly portable Mavic Pro late last year confirmed to me that drones have really come of age. Amazing results come from small packages and I will be taking the drone with me to Norway early next month to capture some of the stunning scenery that Norway dishes up in bucket-loads. The video above is my first real edit, from my first real flight. I can’t wait to add to my portfolio as I continue flying in various countries. Featuring 4K video and raw image capture, the Mavic from DJI  amazes me with its advanced development and compact design. Upon my return from Norway I will also be following up on video and imagery opportunities here in Perth. Watch this space!
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Being a unit stills photographer on set is one of the most exciting aspects of my work. I love the process of film making and how so many people with just extraordinarily varied talents work together cohesively as a team to create movie magic. Watching a film being created is an aspect few people can experience. I consider myself very fortunate.
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So another wonderful trip to Norway ends. Once again, this country and its people never fails to impress me. It's been three weeks of fun with highlights aplenty.
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Robert Follan
Working with some wonderful people as we practice for the opening of Birkebeinerspelet 2017 on Friday 17 February. Robert Follin is a professional stunt man educated in the United States. He has choreographed fighting for film and theatre, in addition to working as a stuntman and actor in film, television and theatrical productions in Scandinavia. He has featured in Arn, Vikings, Mammon, Bridge, Eyewitness, Fair Game and the movie Birkebeinerne.    
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On Wednesday I return to Norway for the tenth time in five years. It's my second home. Ever since I was a child I dreamed of visiting this country, the landscape and the mythology always played in the back of my mind. It just seemed to be a place I needed to go.
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