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The World's Story is Yours to Tell

This weeks featured One-Day-on-Earther is wildlife filmmaker and Icelandic folk hero Nunni Konráðsson. Please see more of his work at Living on the edge from Gunnar Konradsson on Vimeo.

Who are you and what is your profession? My name is Gunnar Konráðsson (called Nunni) and i work as a director of photography and editor at Profilm film company. I also do my own documentaries and photography work outside work.

Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing? I was born in 1983 in a small town in northern Iceland called Akureyri with a population of only 15,000 people. After years of doing alot of short movies with my friends and studying, I finished school in 2003 and went on to be an DOP and a editor at Septima Ars in Madrid, Spain. When i came back home i started working as an editor at a company called Basecamp and I was mainly doing editing then. After that I went to a company called Profilm and then I started working more on documentaries and also started doing more and more shooting. We have kind of specialized in filming the icelandic nature and it's flora. Now I just finished shooting two documentaries in Asia, one called "The disappearing world of the Asian Elephant" and the other "Ultimate Journeys Thailand" all shot in HD.

What inspired you to be a filmmaker? I have always been an huge fan of documentaries and wildlife programs. So i can easily say that what inspired my to become a filmmaker are people like David Attenborough. I was also very influenced by directors like Kevin Smith and Peter Jackson, that is their early work like Clerks and Braindead. They did those movies with almost no budget and then i saw that you don't need the best equipment or a lot of money to make a good movie.

Who are your heros? My heroes are the people behind wildlife documentaries, especially the cameraman's like Doug Allan or David Wright. I've always been a big admirer of David Attenborough and i've seen all his wildlife documentaries many many times.

What do you feel you want to shoot on 10.10.10? I think i'm going to shoot some beautiful spots here in Iceland on 10.10.10 and try to include the wildlife and the people in the mix.

Why is this important to you? Like i've said here before i'm really passioned about our planet and it's wildlife. I think that a film like this one is a good way to show the people of the world how amazing our planet really is. With all it different cultures, landscapes, peoples and animals i think it's time for us all to realize that we all live on the same place, earth.

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