Artic Light AS

Artic Light AS is a film production company, founded and run by Asgeir Helgestad, and situated about 100 km west of Oslo. Artic Light produces wildlife documentaries, commercials and pictures to a wide range of customers - from the web to big screens and prints. Asgeir Helgestad normally works with all camerawork editing and scripts, but when needed freelancers are hired in. 

Arctic Light AS uses Ultra High Definition (UHD) cameras that provide 7xHD in resolution, which give the best possible result regardless of the platform used for screening. 

Asgeir Helgestad

Asgeir Helgestad has worked as a wildlife  filmmaker and photographer since 1991. During this period, he has produced both stills and film for various clients. NRK, the Norwegian state broadcasting company, is one of his main customers for wildlife documentary. Asgeir has a broad background as a film photographer, but he is particularly experienced in filming birds and mammals, as well as people on outdoor activities. He is trained in working under cold and harsh conditions since many of his projects are from the Arctic and Antarctica. Most films are shot on Ultra High Definition (8K), using the large format RED Epic W camera. From 2007 until 2014, images of Norway’s mountains and fjords were screened daily on the public broadcaster TV2 for the Bergans sports brand in an advertising campaign inspiring people to get outside.

His still photography and films have won him several international awards including prizes at the biggest wildlife film and photo competitions such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Wildscreen Film Festival. The first book he authored and photographed, Dyr i skogen (Animals in the Forest), received the Norwegian Ministry of Culture debutante prize.

Awards:

From the film

 

2015      

Winner of Nordic Nature Photo Contest, NNPC category Birds with hawk chasing jays. 

2014     

Highly commended at Global Arctic Award with a shot of a polar bear.  

2011    

Arctic Survivors receives Merit Awards for Animal Behaviour and Cinematography at International Wildlife Film Festival, IWFF, Montana USA.

2007

The Boy who Adored the Wilderness receives Environmental Award at Japan Wildlife Film Festival.

2006

The Boy who adored the Wildernes is winner at Telenatura, Spain, Special jury award to creativity and ability to sensililize. Selected at Festival International du Film Ornithologuique in France. 

2005

The Boy Who Adored the Wilderness is winner of Jurys spescial Award at The 3rd MatsaluInternational Nature Film Festival.

2004    

Winner of the category, Birds at a stills-competition arranged by Internasjonal Federation of Wildlife Photography,  IFWP.

2004

Wild Reindeer nominated nine times internationally, in Japan, USA,  England, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Russia and Finland. It has also been screened at a festival in Washington DC.

2003

Culture Award from the province Buskerud.

2002

Winner of BBC Newcomer Award, at the worlds biggest wildlife filmfestival, Wildscreen with the film Wild Reindeer, broadcasted by public broadcaster, NRK.

2001 

Governments Debutance Award for childrens litterature with the book Animals in the Forest. (Both text and pictures).

1994

Nomination at the worlds biggest wildlife filmfestival, Wildscreen with the film Buzzardsummer, broadcasted by public broadcaster, NRK.

1993

Winner of Eric Hosking Award at Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. (BBC Wildlife Magazine, Natural History Museum London).

1992

Runner Up at the worlds biggest wildlife photo-competition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition with portfolio of six pictures (BBC Wildlife Magazine, Natural History Museum London).