Awarded at Prix Europa!

November 2, 2010 at 9:30 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

The short film The Forest of Babel by Elina and me (produced by Pohjola-filmi) won at Prix Europa in the category Languages Through Lenses! The award gala was held at Haus des Rundfunks, and televised live in Germany. Present were just about all the European public broadcasting CEOs, Directors of Drama and the coolest creatives. Not bad 🙂

Watch the movie here!

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The story of the Conspiracy For Good has begun…

June 16, 2010 at 7:04 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

The Conspiracy For Good is a combination of participatory storytelling, gaming and attempt to support real-life NGOs and charities. The story has now begun in earnest, so you can go check out the latest videos on the blog daily. Our story begins in Zambia:

Conspiracy For Goodin website has lots more videos, discussions and riddles… What is Blackwell Briggs doing in Zambia and can we stop it? Where are Missä David, Nadirah, and Ann Marie now?

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The Conspiracy for Good

May 23, 2010 at 9:56 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

What is this I’m Not a Member thing? It’s all to do with The company P’s, Tim “Heroes” Kring’s and Nokia’s new game/media/activism project, where we want to create a conspiracy for good. It’s a balancing force to such well-known villains as the mega-corporation Blackwell Briggs.  Tim Kring explains the concept:

Join The Conspiracy for Good.

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I’m not a member

May 20, 2010 at 6:19 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

It’s starting to look like hardly anyone is a member!

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Ashterdam

April 20, 2010 at 10:24 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Because of the ash cloud I’m stuck in Amsterdam with my wife. The sun is shining and we don’t have to pay for the expenses, so it could be worse. But I’m still missing on lots of cool stuff.

A week ago I flew to London for a short work gig with The company P. On Wednesday evening I took a plane from Heathrow to Amsterdam, where my wife Elina and I took part in the EU-funded Languages Through Lenses short film workshop. Later this summer we’re going to make a short film based on our plans presented here, and we met some filmmakers from around the continent with similar plans.

On Thursday we found out about Eyjafjallajökull erupting, and on Friday the workshop was degenerating into chaos since everyone’s flights had to be reorganized. Our return trip was supposed to be on Saturday evening.

My intent was to leave Helsinki on Sunday morning and take the train to Turku, where they were rehearsing 1827 – Infernal Musical. I admit, the week was packed quite tight. This mandatory vacation has certainly taught me something about both flying on aeroplanes and being so damn busy all the time.

On Sunday the troupe in Turku read the book of the heavy metal musical for the first time, with what I assume was the final cast. Something like this is always a magical moment, and I hated to miss it. Especially since I’d only finished the script a few days before. The comments from actors and the rest of the crew have been very positive, and the project became much more concrete for everyone. I can’t wait to attend some of the reading rehearsals myself.

Funnily enough, while I was writing the text that eponymously takes place in the Turku Fire of 1827, I was thinking whether or not to mention the huge vulcanic eruption of 1815. It covered the entire planet in an ash cloud that resulted in a ”Year Without a Summer”. It was cold, crops were ruined, people were starving, European cities had food riots.

As a side note, four writers were summer vacationing in Switzerland in that year of 1816, but because of the vulcanic winter the weather was so bad they just stayed inside and held a horror story contest. Thus was born Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – A Modern Prometheus, and John Polidori’s ur-Dracula The Vampyre. Two of popular culture’s central figures were born vecause of the summerless year. Lord Byron taking part in the same contenst later wrote the apocalyptic poem Darkness about the that year.

I left the vulcano out of the dialogue, since I thought nobody would believe a vulcanic eruption could have such global consequences. Now I’m stuck in Amsterdam because Eyjafjallajökull is spewing ash into the atmosphere. From Facebook and cell phone I’ve managed to soak in some of the mood of the reading. Here’s a picture of the event. (The reading, not the eruption.)

On this weekend Sweden hosts Knutpunkt, where I was going to hold three programme items. A Jesus-themed larp called Messiah, a ritual workshop with Erlend Eidsem and assisting Martin Elricsson in the presentation. The first I canceled and the two latter will be taken over by the others.

Right now it looks like we’ll leave ’Dam on a night train to Copenhagen, change trains there or in Malmö, and arrive in Katrineholm near where Knutpunkt is being held. We’d take part in the Punkt’s last evening, continue from there with bus to Stockholm and take the ferry to Helsinki. If nothing goes wrong…

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Pohjola-filmi gets new website

October 27, 2009 at 9:54 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Our production company Pohjola-filmi just opened its new website! The beautiful look is designed by Toni Uuttu.

We love the website, and are really excited because this Thursday we’re having a showing for media and friends (welcome), and on Nov 4th at the Kettupäivät festival we have the first public viewing of the film in Finland.

The website is at www.pohjolafilmi.fi

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Trailer for About Marriage

October 12, 2009 at 1:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

The first film from Pohjola-filmi is about to have it’s Finnish premiere. “About Marriage” is a romantic documentary that we originally made for our wedding. This “commercial version” will soon begin touring festivals. The trailer can be found here:

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Resumé updated

August 9, 2009 at 6:31 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

I updated my English resumé, and decided to post it here on this blog, as well. Check it out!

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The Company P now works with Tim Kring

April 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

The Company P is not resting on its laurels after Dollplay with Joss Whedon, but moving forwards. Tim Kring and The Company P are joining up to create the massively participatory experience TEVA. The first part is launching in the UK.

It’s still super secret, but there’s slightly more information on the P blog

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Pohjola-filmi

April 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Finland’s hottest new production company became reality last week: pohjolafilmi.fi

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