Making a movie: On set

Min goda filmarvän Stina och jag har länge grunnat på ett nytt filmprojekt, och när så äntligen idéerna började spruta dröjde det inte länge förrän Lizzie J. hoppade ombord.

En lagom mulen dag i oktober ägde själva filminspelningen rum. Vi höll till i Nyköping, på samma gård där jag tidigare fotograferat Lizzie J. i samma utstyrsel som hon ses bära på bilden ovan (undantaget de moderna accessoarerna som fingervantarna och sjalen, dessa var endast till för att hon inte skulle frysa allt för mycket – det var en lång dag!)

My dear friend Stina and I have for a long time wanted to make a new movie and when we finally came up with an idea it didn’t take long before Lizzie J. wanted to be a part of the project. 

We shot the movie a cloudy day in October. We went to the same house in Nyköping where Lizzie J. and I took some pictures to the exhibition, and she wore the same clothes (well, the mittens and the scarf were used only to keep her warm – it was a long day!)

Filmn_3Photo: Lizzie J

Vi vill med filmen undersöka hur livet för en piga arbetande i en tämligen rik stadsgård kunde se ut under slutet av 1700-talet. Kanske behövde hon ta hand om de äpplen som växte på gårdens träd?

The aim with the movie is to examine how everyday life could be for a maid in a fairly rich city house in the end of the 18th century. Perhaps one of her dutys was to take care of the apples in the autumn?

Filmn_2Photo: Lizzie. J

I en scen som vi filmade håller pigan på att skura fönster. I bilden ovan kan du se hur Stina och jag såg ut under tagningen…

Nu återstår efterarbetet innan filmen släpps på en videokanal nära dig!

In one scene the maid is cleaning the windows. In the picture above you can see what Stina and I looked like during the take… 

Now only post production remains before you can watch the movie somewhere on the Internet!


Behind the scenes


Some weeks ago, me and my sister Lisa went into town to take some new pictures of my 1780’s costume. She got dressed up at home (actually in another outfit, but historical as well) and do I have to say that the people on the bus stared quite a lot…

Anyway, adjacent to one of the old churches in Nyköping there is a house that today serves as a parish house and café, but was originally built in the 1720’s as a private home for one of the priests. I have a special something for this house – I spent some time there as a child, and in my early twenties I worked in the café – so I knew immediately that I wanted to include the house in the photos.

It was quite a chilly day, so Lisa wanted to keep her jacket on while I made all the camera adjustments, as you can see in the picture above.  The broom is unfortunately not from the 1780’s -I made it the same morning with dead branches from the woods. The cap is also made specially for the photo shoot, since I actually didn’t have one before.

Try tying (modern) shoe laces with a corset on… it’s hard!


I think my sister will agree when I say that the most fun was to see the reactions we got from the people passing by. Most people just stared, probably wondering what we were up to, but one woman with a small child stopped for quite a long chat, and the little girl was really excited and thought that my sister looked so pretty. A fairy tale coming true? One young man took a photo (in secret…) and an older woman said some really kind words when passing by. And I made a new friend this day! He stopped by and all three of us had a really long talk, and this spontaneous chat actually resulted in a new friendship!


The result of the photoshoot will be displayed in the upcoming exhibition I’m working on, and on this blog of course. All in good time!



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