Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Loch! It's Valhalla Rising!

LOCH! It's a band of Scotland...and a loch...and is that Nessie? ;)

No I havent lost my mind entirely yet, but the Loch Ness area is not part of mythology, rather a real part of the filming locales being used for Nicholas Winding Refn's Valhalla Rising. The film which stars Mads Mikkelsen and occasional Sigma Films star, (Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, Mister Hallam Foe), Jamie Sives, is currently in production in Scotland, and is also mentioned by the BBC tonight. In this new article, the BBC reports on the popularity of filming in Loch Ness, home of that elusive sea monster of lore, and the gorgeous areas around the Loch. Of interest is the mention again that Valhalla Rising is indeed still filming in the area, in particular, the Glen Affric area. Quotage:

"Scenes for a film called Valhalla Rising are also being shot in nearby Glen Affric, Mr Cameron added. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Mads Mikkelsen, who played the villian in the last Bond film Casino Royale, the feature is about a slave who escapes his Scottish masters before joining a band of Vikings. Scottish Highlands and Islands Film Commission, which is publicly funded and works closely with Scottish Screen, said the interest in using the loch as a location was international."

Recently the cute (and actually fairly good) family film "The Waterhorse: Legend of the Deep" was filmed there. I have to say my son loved this film; the DVD was a great distraction on a recent trip when stuck in traffic-thank goodness for that built in DVD player in the car...yea I know, a slave to technology and hopeless user of it at every turn.

On a related note, while there is no mention (nor any photos Ive seen yet, alas) of Jamie Sives filming the movie, the ever resiliant and resourceful fan sites have come through yet again with news on Valhalla Rising (VH is using Film City Glasgow as their production offices/base during this filming woot!). Mads has some serious fans, and one site, even managed to get a report from an extra on the film. Now Im afraid that once word of that gets out the person will be unable to provide the tiny glimpses of what is going on, but for the time being, this is great for those of us starved for news (and heh it surely has been very scarce and slow in coming all the way around) So this report says that Yes we are having a good time here on set coping with the rain which Nic (Nicolas Winding Refn - short for typing only) loves! We got a bonus for the fight scenes one day when it was pouring down and these scenes may be used for the trailer! The location/views here are fantastic. I am Scottish and have not seen better!

Mads gets on great with everyone and at mealtimes we are all always together, with picnic meals being delivered to the set. Mads actually carried a tray of puddings up the hill which was received with warm feelings by all!

We Extras admire Mads for his patience and conviction, especially in this cold rain and through other difficulties like having to remove granite rocks, etc from the set, which he may land on during filming! Even though he is beside us, we all let him concentrate on his acting without distraction."

You can read the entire report, here via this link. At last official word, courtesy of the Nimbus Film website, Valhalla Rising is set for an


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