Trøllkonufingur - A film about a climbing adventure in the Faroe Islands. By Jack Grinsted

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About Trøllkonufingur - A film about a climbing adventure in the Faroe Islands.

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Last year, Jack, Dave and Jase travelled to the other side of the world, to a tiny archipelago, to climb a 313m troll's finger. We documented our climb, and now they are working to turn their footage into a film. We would love your help!

 

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Lunchtime ledge

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A land of sheep. Remote islands. Questionable weather. New Zealand and the Faroe Islands have a lot in common. At the same time, they couldn't be further apart.

A group of intrepid climbers, Jack Grinsted, Jason Blair and Dave McKinney, are preparing to leave for the trip of a lifetime. The only thing they know for sure is that their quest is a game with many uncertainties. A Faroese friend has enticed them over to his faraway homeland with the promise of a gnarly rock climbing mission.

Their ambition is to climb a new route on a 300m high claw of rock, reaching into the moody skies off the coast off Vagar Island. The objective is named the Trollfinger (Trøllkonufingur in Faroese), and it is shrouded in mist and a good dose of local legend.

High seas make it a challenge to even reach the base of the sharp sea cliff. The amount of gear the team has to haul is diabolical. Above all the weather is hardly ever appropriate. After multiple attempts, it seems the team has been beaten down, physically and emotionally. They have one more chance, and they give it everything.

 

Despite no guarantee of their boat pickup returning, they commit. Being pelted with all sorts of seabird excrement, they continue upwards. The climb is harder than expected, and it takes two days longer than planned. Lack of food and a very near miss with a stray boulder are almost the last straw.

But the journey is successful literally at its darkest point, when Jack reaches the summit in the middle of their fourth night on the spire, closely followed by Dave and Jase.  

 

Their eventual success is not only due to their own energy, perseverance and passion. Their new route “Huffin and Puffin” was made possible with the help of many. The team is quick to sing the praises of the irreplaceable friendships they forged with the local Faroese people, which made the journey so much richer.

 

 

The Film – Our vision

 

The definition of adventure has changed. Adventure is increasingly becoming a hollow visual product, a marketing mashup encumbered with sponsor's investments, twitter feeds, a frenzied facebook fanfare. The associated big-ticket film is almost the most important end result.

But once the best, extreme slow-motion, ultra high-resolution footage has been captured, the whole event is sprayed with light leaks, overdone colour correction, and underlaid with unreal beats, something is missing, and that is the actual experience.

 

Trollfinger was not that kind of journey, and this is not that kind of film.

 

 What does it feel like to be wet, cold, hanging off the side of a cliff for days, with no food, being bombarded with fulmar vomit? Not so glamourous. A bit more real.

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    Introducing the Team

    06:29AM Wed 26/07/17 on Trøllkonufingur - A film about a climbing adventure in the Faroe Islands.

    We are really excited to have you on board.  If you don't already know who we are...heres a wee profile of the Trollfinger Film Team:

    Jack Grinsted, an adventurer who talks about doing creative, cool adventures...and then goes off to do them.  In 2016 Jack organised a Sport New Zealand funded expedition to climb an new route on the 313m Trollfinger sea stack on the Faroe Islands. As a first time producer, Jack will attempt to round up a bunch of talented creatives to deliver a high end production. 

    Jack

     

    Jason Blair, an award winning photographer based on the wild West Coast of New Zealand. Not shy of a bit of hard work, Jason hauled 10kg of camera and audio gear (almost) to the top of the Trollfinger. This was a bit different from his normal call outs to cover media events for TV1 on the West Coast.  As director, Jason will make sure that the film will be technically and creatively epic.

    Jason

     

    Carla Braun-Elwert, a natural history filmmaker and illustrator based in Tekapo, New Zealand.  Fresh from a 2 year effort working on the BBC television production "New Zealand: Earth's Mystical Islands" she approached the Trollfinger Team with a vision to tell their story.  As editor, writer and illustrator, Carla has put her hand up for the mammoth task of editing hours of footage and audio and shaping it into a high level production.

    Carla

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    Where can I see a photo of my reward?

    01:18PM Tue 18/07/17 on Trøllkonufingur - A film about a climbing adventure in the Faroe Islands.

    Do you want to find out more about our rewards?

    Check out our supporters websites below so you know what you are getting yourself in for:

    Health Discovery  https://healthdiscovery.co.nz/

    Moana Rd  https://www.moanaroad.com/

    Earth Sea Sky Clothing   http://www.earthseasky.co.nz/

    Aspiring Safety Products  https://www.aspiring.co.nz/

    Jenny Pattrick   http://www.jennypattrick.com/

     

    Can’t see a reward that you want?....don’t worry we have a few special ones coming along soon…watch this space.

     

    Cheers for you help with our project.

    Much love,

     

    Jase, Jack, Dave and Carla.

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