This year I’ve travelled a lot to shoot food and groceries. Since February I’ve had three fabulous commercial productions that took me to Australia, Uruguay and Hong Kong. In February I shot a food commercial in Australia for Finnish K-Supermarket directed by Juuso Syrjä and produced by Hasan Motion. We toured Sydney and areas around it for two weeks to grill meat, fish and vegetables. Delicious food shots in the style of polished documentary. It was such a great trip! In March I visited Uruguay to shoot five films for food market Lidl with director Teemu Niukkanen and production company Director’s Guild. This time, we focused more on the comic storyline of the commercial series, but made sure to cut in to delicious food shots as well. In April I shot a commercial in Hong Kong with director Otso Tiainen and Director’s Guild for a meat producer HKScan. That trip took me to film in a Michelin star restaurant and capture one the best known skylines in the world. What was the connection between these commercials was not only the food, but super nice teams behind them – directors, producers, agencies and clients.
It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog entry. I guess working hard has kept me busy! Last fall I DP’d the second season of Netflix Original called Bordertown. Bordertown is a nordic noir detective story that sets its story to a small Finnish town close to a Russian border. It was a fantastic experience, really demanding and highly educational! Me and my team were working simultanously with two directors Juuso Syrja and Jyri Kahonen. I was sharing the season with two great DP’s, HP Vitikainen and Mikael Gustafsson. My role was to oversee the whole look of the series as a “chief DP” and shoot ten episodes as a team effort. Shooting the series like this was an highly interesting experience for me as I haven’t shared the duties of DP with anyone in my past tv productions (this marked my 4th tv series) so I think it gave me a lot of new tools for the future productions. Please, check the trailer:
TV-series “Aallonmurtaja” (“Welcome to Texas”), directed by Mika Kurvinen and produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production Finland (in collaboration with ZDF Enterprises) has been released via C More Finland. The first season has 10 episodes (42 min each) and it’ll run also on national channel MTV3 in Finland next year. Aallonmurtaja is a crime drama that tells a story of criminals and their everyday family life. The story is set in a small Finnish town on a shore of the Baltic Sea, close to a Russian border. This sets a unique tone for the story that soon starts to get much darker tones as bigger plot patterns starts to shape.
I had a privilige to work on this production from the first steps of story developing to the last steps in post-production. During five years, it truly was a real collaboration between the key members of the team. Aallonmurtaja is written by Miira Karhula and Mika Kurvinen. Produced by Essi Tuukkanen, Seija-Liisa Eskola (executive producer) and Antti Väisänen (executive producer).
It’s been a while since I’ve shared news. But there’s a good reason for that. I recently finished shooting drama tv series called “Aallonmurtaja” for Warner Bros. International Television Production. The story is mixture of crime and drama, not typical cop series at all. I’m incredible proud of the work we did with director Mika Kurvinen and cast and crew during the 60-day shoot. Aallonmurtaja premieres next autumn.
One of the highlights of 2017 so far was the premiere of our short film “Fucking Bunnies” at the Sundance Film Festival. This year almost 9000 films were submitted, but less than 1% accepted. This was great. Our director Teemu Niukkanen together with a writer Antti Toivonen and producers Tero Tamminen and Daniel Kuitunen attended festival. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it as I was shooting at the time in Serbia. After the Sundance, the film has been selected to a multiple A-list film festivals. Happy to share these news!
I’ll be a whole week here at the Camerimage film festival. The best place for a cinematographer to be. Let’s meet!