FlyOver Iceland: The Making Of | Chapter 3
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FlyOver Iceland: The Making Of | Chapter 3

September 6, 2019


– 3, 2, 1, action. I can tell you, no one has seen Iceland like this before. My name is Agnes Gunnarsdóttir. I’m the new General Manager of FlyOver Iceland. It’s an exciting time. Everything is coming together. The film has been shot and is currently in the editing suite. The construction is going really well. Eric and his team are now putting the ride into the building. So, it’s all coming together there. But the film is one thing. To bring it more to life, we need amazing music. I remember the four of us looking at that footage together and we were like, just blown away. I’ve lived here most of my life. And I’ve travelled quite a bit. But I don’t think I had been to any of these places that I saw in the shots. Well, the most challenging this was fitting music to picture but still working as one cohesive piece. So, when you get a sense of a coziness, in a way, you try to make the music more delicate and cozy. And when you have some grand, majestic shots, you try to make grand, majestic music. But it also needs to work as a musical structure, you know, on its own. So finding a balance between those two elements was challenging, in a way. It’s not only the ride. It’s also the preshows. And they’re so true, not only to the nature of Iceland but also to the local people and how we became what we are – Icelanders. – All of our history is but a speck of dust… So, we’re also working with Brian Pilkington. Brian is somebody that every person in Iceland knows. It’s my delight to sit and doodle and draw and create and use colour. There’s nothing more pleasant. I’ve probably done about 15 books on trolls. I read all his books when I was young. And I’ve read them to my children. He is part of Icelandic culture. The character I put together for FlyOver Iceland is named, at the moment, Sú Vitra, which means “the Wise One”. She has a twinkle in her eye and she has an amazing intelligence. She does look sort of kind and caring. But then, you know, there is just the slightest hint of menace, you know, if you messed with her. I’ve seen Iceland in so many ways. But when I saw the film, it was like a bird flying over Iceland in landscapes I had never seen before. I was really proud. It brought a tear to my eyes.

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