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Torben Forsberg (DFF)

Director of Photography

 

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Born Copenhagen, Denmark 1964

Languages: English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and German

Special Expertise

Extended feature film and expedition experience working under complicated conditions such as arctic climates, tropical climates, desert, Jungle, mountains and location shooting in big cities.

Large scale lighting- and camera set-ups.

Extensive expertise in cooperating with large international crews with different cultural backgrounds.

Maritime/underwater and WESCAM aerial cinematography, wild animals and experienced ocean voyage yachtsman.

Worked in the following countries:

USA, Caribbean Islands, Honduras, Great Britain, France, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Iceland Finland, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Turkey, Romania, Estonia, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Malta, Egypt, Israel, Eritrea, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Arabian Sultanate of Oman, Bahrain, India, Andaman Islands, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia

Awards:

Torben Forsberg received personally from her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark for his work on Expedition Sirius 2000 "The Royal Medal of Recompense with Crown"

The Shortlist Kodak Award, San Diego USA 2005 for "Heartbeat”

Education:

The National Film School of Denmark 1989-1993 (Cinematography)

The international Film Workshops in Maine (Rockport, USA)1988

working 6 months as an intern and attending classes with Vilmos Zigmond ASC, Victor Kemper ASC, Billy Williams BSC and Gordon Willis ASC

Working as a fashion and interior design photographer from1985-95 for magazines such as “IN Magazine” and “World of Interior”.

FEATURE FILMS

"A handful of Water”(Cinema release marts 2011)

Drama love story directed by Leyla Yilmas and shot on film stock around Istanbul, the Greek and Turkish islands.

“The Wild Swans” (cinema release Dec. 09) Shot on Arriflex D21 and Cooke S4 lenses

A fairy tale in close collaboration with Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. The production transforms H.C Andersen’s fairy tale The Wild Swans into a spectacular universe and transports the viewer into an artistically dark, magic world populated with princes, princesses, evil stepmothers, corpse eaters and toads. 
The Production design was created by Queen Margrethe II, and achieved using subtle 3D computer effects and actors who emphasize the epic nature of the story. The film examines life’s great themes: love, wickedness, perseverance and the indefatigable struggle for justice.

Director: Peter Flinth

Produced by JJ Film Productions

Starring: Thure Lindhardt, Ghita Nørby, Stine Fisher Christensen, Jens Jørn Spottag, Benedicte Hansen

PARS”

Action Thriller

”In a Dark world of drugs, where everyone is a traitor - revenge is the name of the game”. 146min. cinema release 2008

90 days of shooting in Istanbul, Amsterdam and on the island of Malta.

Budget 9 million Euros, 75.000 meter 35mm film stock shot on ARRI cameras with CookeS4/Intelligent lenses.

Starring: Udo Kier, Mehmet Kurtulus

Directed by Osman Sinav

Produced by Sinegraf and United Pictures International

”BOKSHU THE MYTH”

Adventure Drama

The movie leads us into the darkness of Indian mythology.....

18 weeks filming in 35mm Panavision on location in India, Los Angeles and the Himalayas.

Directed by Shyama Prasad

Production Company: Arjun Creations

Starring: Irfan Khan(slumdog millionaire), Steven Berkoff, David Millbern, Heather Preete, Harish Patel

”ANJA & VICTOR 4”

Drama

Cinema release 2007. 90min filmed on HD.

Directed by Niels Nørløv

Production company: Regner Grasten Film

The most selling movie overall in Denmark 2007 (biggest box office)

”FATHER OF FOUR” Family drama

Cinema release 2006. 90 min filmed on 35mm

Directed by Claus Bjerre

Production Company: ASA FILM, EASY FILM, SCANBOX

The Most selling movie overall in Denmark 2006

”THE OLSEN GANG JR”

Family drama

Set in the 1950’s, a young orphan is abducted for an experiment in space.

Directed by Peter Flinth

Produced by Nordic Film Production

Starring: Ellen Hillingsø, Jesper Langberg, Ole Testrup, Axel Leth, etc.

”HEARTBEAT”

Musical Drama

”….A dazzling musical about a young Arab woman facing deportation just as she is about to receive a heart transplant. The verve and intensity of the performers, the explosive score, excellent shooting in cinemascope, and socially observant lyrics made this film a price winner at festivals worldwide”

Kodak Award Jury Cannes int. Film festival, 2005

Directed by Martin de Lima

Produced by Stopfilm/Sweden

Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Swen Wolter, Sara Sommerfeld, Lotta Tejle, etc.

”VACUUM”

As result of an accident, a young woman can no longer move, but still sees and hear

Directed by Martin Lima De Faria

Produced by Stop Film/Sweden

Starring Shanty Roney, Melinda Kinnaman, Tova Magnusson-Norling, etc.

”JEWEL OF THE DESERT”

Special effect movie/Family Drama

Directed by Thomas Borch-Nielsen

Production Company: Thura Film

”HENNING THE HERO”

Special effect Thriller

Directed by Lars Hesselholdt

Production company: Angel Films

”GIGOLO”

Road movie in Copenhagen

Directed by Carsten Rudolf

Production Company: Nimbus Film

TV-DRAMA

”SOMMER”

Drama

DOP on 2 x 52 min. Episodes 17 & 18

Directed by Niels Nørløv

Production company: Danish National Television DR Fiction

”DEFENCE”

Legal Drama TV Series

Development of visual conzept and DOP on 8 x 52 minutes episodes

Directed by Jannik Johansen, Morten Arnfred, Claus Bjerre, Niels Gråbøl

Produced by Nordic Film Production

Starring: Paprika Steen, Lars Brygmann, Troels Lyby, Sonja Ricter, Jesper Lohmann

”CIRCLE OF DESIRE”

Drama, 5 x 52 min. episodes

Torben Forsberg was principal DOP for the project

Directed by Claus Bjerre

Produced by Easy Film

Starring: Jens Jørn Spottag, Tina Dickow, Peter Steen, Solbjørg Højfeldt, Søren Spanning etc.

Nominated for Best Cinematography at the International Madrid IMAGEN Cinematographers Festival 1998

”UNIT ONE”

Police thriller TV-series

DOP on 2 x 52min

Directed by Martin Schmidt

Production Company: Danish National Television DR Fiction

Emmy Award 2002 for Best Foreign Drama

DOCUMENTARY

EXPEDITION SIRIUS 2000

TV series 5 x 42 min. episodes

Torben Forsberg was Director/Cinematographer

and full-time member on the 125-day expedition, with participation of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. A 3000 km journey on skis and dog-sledges around the northern coast of Greenland following in the footsteps of past explorers under the most testing of conditions on the planet where temperatures fall below -47 degrees celsius.

Torben Forsberg received personally ”The order of Merit” from her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Produced by Nordic Film Production

DAKAR RALLY 2006

“Against the Race”, 52 min.

15 days and 9.500 km from Portugal to Dakar through Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea and Senegal.

Torben Forsberg was fulltime driver(Volkswagen Touareg) and DOP in the rally

Directed by Wadt Thomsen

Production company: Thura FILM Production

”S/Y NORDKAPEREN ACROSS THE INDIAN OCEAN”

Documentary –Feature 106 min. for cinema release

Subsequently released for television (4 x 52 min. episodes)

5 months sailing on board the 100-year–old yawl ”s/y Nordkaperen”

from Thailand to India, Oman, Eritrea, and Egypt.

A sailing travel adventure visiting 4 continents.

Directed by Ulrik Bolt-Jørgensen

Produced by Arena Film

THE ROYAL DANISH NAVY IN 500 YEARS

52 min about the history of the navy’s work around Greenland and Iceland. Sailing 5 weeks on the Danish Navy expedition ship “Vædderen” to the most north-eastern tip of Greenland, being the first ship ever to sail this north.

52 min from a navy expedition in the Baltic Sea describing the early maritime wars between Denmark-Sweden

Director: Troels Kløvedal

Produced by Filmselskabet Den Blå Delfin

”THE PRICE OF THE POLE”

in 1897, polar explorer Robert Peary invited six Greenlanders, among them Minik, a 6- year –old boy, and his father, to the Museum of Natural History in New York to become ”living” anthropological display.

Torben Forsberg traveled with his Aaton camera in Northern Greenland for four weeks together with six inuit hunters hunting for polar bears.

Amnesty International Award 2006

Directed by Staffan Julén

Produced by Haslund Film & Nimbus Film

”DOGON – DAYS AROUND A DAMMA”

About the Dogon Tripe in Mali, West Africa

Directed by Søren Kragh Sørensen

Produced by M&M Productions

”THE DOLPHIN – A GIFT FROM ALLAH”

Documentary on the ways of communication between beduins and dolphins in Egypt, Red Sea.

Directed by Robert Fox

Produced for TV2 Television

”COWBOY & ANGEL”

Documentary about the Royal Danish Ballet’s director Flemming Flindt

Shot in Florida, Texas and Denmark.

Directed by Valerie Saunders

Produced by Easy Film

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