Monday, 24 April 2017

Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 3

Courtesy NRK - What beautiful TV this should be
The long awaited day of Reindeer Migration Slow TV beginning is here! Since this article first appeared in the Aftenposten in August 2015, I have thought, "this should be a particularly memorable Slow TV", and all the omens point that way.  

The production has been in pre-production for some time, working out technical challenges, getting the reindeer used to cameras and different people, planning for different contingencies. Including an uncertain start date.

Originally scheduled to start last Friday, the production was put back due to cold temperatures keeping the snow too hard for the reindeer to forage. Here's part of an interview I carried out with two Norwegian Slow TV producers about this (and other projects) back in February:

Broadcasting from areas of Norway with no phone or satellite coverage make for an immense technical challenge, about 31 staff are involved in getting this production out to the world. Triangulating the signal from mountaintops along the way, the pictures will come from a variety of cameras: sled-mounted, drone, go-pro from a reindeer's back. All very high quality images.

The outside-broadcast gallery is probably the most unique customised vehicle ever put together in broadcasting history; have a look at this from one of the production crew on Instagram:
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Being on air 24/7 for around 7 days continuous, we will get the stunning snowy landscapes of the far north of Norway, and subject to clear skies - golden sunrises and sunsets, and hopefully, even some shots of the northern lights. For those of us on similar time to Norway, there could be some late nights in store.

After a week of this, we should all be more aware of reindeer herding and in particular, the Sami culture of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and north-west Russia. 

A fascinating insight into the world of reindeer husbandry is on the main NRK website, with great facts like "Miessemánnu is the Sami name of May.The name means "reindeer calf month," the month of reindeer calves are born." It's worth getting Chrome (or other browsers) to translate it, if needed, into your preferred language. See HERE.

On Twitter, also see @ReindeerHerding 
On Facebook, The International Centre for Reindeer Husbandy
The Reindeer Centre website


For viewers outside Norway, where we can watch this epic Slow TV broadcast is at - nice and easy one!

A countdown is showing; as of Sunday afternoon it looked like a 15:00 time start in Norway, but as of Monday morning, it's now 19:45 Norway time (18:45 UK, 13:45 US East Coast, 10:45 US West Coast).
This is the Cineflex camera - expect some stunning distant shots, panoramas and zooms from a not-very-cheap piece of equipment.
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#giđđajohtin is another hashtag to watch out for besides #NRKrein

Read about Norwegian choir, Cantus' new album (the choir sung in Frozen)

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Lots more to come about #NRKrein on The Slow TV Blog over the next few weeks!

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  1. Thanks,Tim.

    Just a note about time for North American viewers: US Eastern summer time (GMT-4) is six hours from Norway summer time (GMT+2), so the start time should be 1:45 pm US/Eastern and 10:45 am US/Pacific.

    1. We're now in BST, so Norway is +1 for UK (Central European Time); I spent 3 months in North Carolina in 2009 and worked on US Eastern time being 5 hours behind BST. I think we're saying the same thing in different ways? God bless daylight savings, eh?!