Any project takes time, effort and strength of mind. There are times you might struggle to find the answers, but a reminder of WHY will always drive your motivation back on track.
The film project POLYMER that I have been involved in for more than a year now, has had different stages throughout the process, as any project, but the reason WHY has always been strong in mind.
My co-producer and the writer/director of the film Matthew crystallizes our WHY well:
‘Our film is a response to the many corporate scandals in recent years, such as the Volkswagen diesel scandal, the Theranos fraud, and others. As filmmakers, we attempt to go behind the scenes and empathize with these characters, and try to understand what can cause ordinary, well-meaning people to participate in actions that lead to destroyed reputations and serious crimes.’
Matthew directing the actors in one of our rehearsals in Berlin, Germany
My personal WHY comes from witnessing the unfairness, greed and lying that goes behind the curtains, especially in corporate world. With this film, I want to raise awareness and keep the conversation going. We all have the option to be fair and kind to one another!
From the following link, you can watch our ‘Making Of’ -video and support us the way you can:
The award season has been flourishing these past few weeks around the world. In Berlin, for almost two weeks, it was all about Berlinale. As I am new to the film industry, it was quite overwhelming, but wow so enriching. I never knew how much was going on, until I experienced it myself. Here are some of the main moments of my festival time and few TIPS what to consider when taking part in one. PS. I apologize already beforehand the quality of some photos as they were taken quite on the run.
I started the festival experience with strolling around the locations with unexpected sunshine after months of rain. Lucky enough, I got to have few words with the festival director Dieter Kosslick himself, as he was on his way to one the first premieres.
The biggest part of film festivals is of course the screenings. I targeted mainly the premieres, as it is interesting to see and possibly meet the crew and cast and take part in the open Q&As if organized.
Many panel discussions, workshops and events are organized throughout the city during the festival, and I took part as many as I could and reasonably fit my calendar. The most eye opening event was ‘Closing The Gap – Creatives and Financiers on how to take action towards 50/50 by 2020’ -event organized by WIFT Germany, WIFT Nordic and Swedish Film Institute about the gender gap within the film industry. The conversation has been tough around the world thanks to the movements such as #metoo and #timesup, and it got heated here as well – in a good way to push us to work on towards the new goals.
Not to forget the fun and craziness of Berlin, I attended few nights out as well. Mainly they came out of the blue without organizing, so this is good to keep in mind when planning on morning events… When you meet interesting new people during the day, it is not a bad idea to ask where they are heading in the evening.
So planning to visit a film festival?
If anyone out there is planning to visit a film festival, one big thing I can say – the planning is the key! Obviously, different festivals work in different ways, but to plan the screenings and possible workshops, talks and parties is still important, so you don’t miss something that you are interested in.
In Berlinale, it is crucial to know when the tickets go on sale – some screenings sell out within seconds (online). For me, one film screening per day worked really well, on top of workshops, talks and parties – more would have probably been too much to focus.
In Berlinale’s case, a very warm winter wear is important as it can be freezing in February. Some true fans stay outside all night to wait the tickets to go on sale, but even though I am from Finland, I am not much of a winter person, so I preferred to refresh the event page in the coziness of my home every morning just before 10am.
Remember to get a good night sleep to have the energy also daytime, even though the parties can be tempting to stay til the next day. Good amount of parties can be amazing though, especially if you are looking for getting new contacts.
Which brings me to this: Be open to new contacts and surprising moments and occasions. You never know who you could meet and where. I met some key persons to my fun times at the festival in a metro – call it a luck or destiny.
Well lucky enough, I get to focus on my own film making now.
The world is full of stories – find your way to tell yours!
The promised network of streets that bring everything experimental together
I have been in Berlin almost a week now, and I see that the amount of things you can experience will probably never end. The city is pumping its’ own artistic air, which I’m sure has drawn all these souls to it.
BERLIN WALL / EAST SIDE GALLERY
One of the most iconic places in Berlin is definitely the Berlin Wall and specifically the East Side Gallery, though surprisingly only one picture seemed to be packed with tourists – the famous kiss. But it is not the only art on those walls, and there are so many ways you can experience the wall. Again mirroring the city itself. Here are few shots around the wall, not including that kiss.
CHANGING MEETING TIMES AND CANCELLING
This seems to be a growing trend all over the world, perhaps thanks to the smartphones that able us to cancel last minute and keep situations open.
Here in Berlin especially, I can see that people make vague plans and promises which they don’t even have an intention to keep. Maybe it is part of the culture of this city, and whoever lives in it, starts behaving this way. Maybe it is the hectic and interesting lifestyle itself that makes people do those changes or maybe, as mentioned earlier, the human beings with the technical media around have changed. Or maybe it is occasional, just today I confused the dates with a friend of mine.
Either way, lesson learned – keep your mind open for changes!
I came up with a thought, that as amazing as art in different forms is, the real art is always the reaction to it. I often see myself watching more the people in the museums or galleries, rather than the actual art. In the gallery openings in Berlin, my interest towards those art viewers have at least doubled. It is interesting to see which kind of a crowd is gathered to see that specific opening. It tells a lot about the exhibition as well. The interaction is always the key.
ONE STREET TO ANOTHER WORLD
This is something typical of any big city, the sub worlds and areas that host various types of neighbourhoods change even from one street to another. As Berlin is such a mix of cultures, it has been mind-opening to walk around, meet new people and experience that famous Berlin air. Street after street.
As any art I do, I always listen to music while I am writing my blog posts.
There are momentary inspirations, from certain beats, certain tunes, feels. My playlists include styles from A to Z. Whatever is the feeling at that moment. Last week the list was pretty up tempo, as was the moment. Though, whatever the style, music does magic to my creativity. Whenever I feel a block, the music is the key.
I have danced since I was a child and pressing the play button always started to move my body. And not only my body, also my mind. The thoughts and feelings inside me became alive as a story through my movements.
At times, I get an inspiration to paint, and I have realized there is a real difference in the outcome depending on the music I chose to play in the background. Those choices usually mirror the feelings of that moment. With few darker tunes it is good to get sad feelings out, we all have those every now and then. Upper beats will let your heart shine.
During my travels and when writing, I use background music as the scenery requires. I was listening to samba beats when I landed to celebrate a New Year’s eve in Saõ Paulo, tight house beats before going out in Paris and Berlin, Harry Potter tunes during Scotland walks and mandolino strings under the southern Italian sun. If I want to go back to those moments, all I need to do is to turn on those tunes.
With music, your mind travels to another place and land. And since that travel is in your mind, the only limit IS your mind. Let your creativity free and experience!
WHAT IS YOUR SOUNDTRACK TODAY?
Sun goes down arriving in Helsinki,
Creating New Mindset
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The X Factor. We all know it as an entertaining TV-show. But why is it so attractive to us and draws all our attention to it as a show?
Anybody who knows me a little bit more personally, has heard me talk about Saara Aalto. She put on a massive fight in last year’s The X Factor UK 2016. I cannot lie, I have gone through every emotion from amazed to embarrassment to pride while following her journey. But what made me a follower, is her relatability to me. She is a woman from Finland, trying her wings abroad and fighting her way to do what she wants.
You might love a person such as her because your inner motives really support the behaviour of a fighter to reach for her dreams, as I did. You might be frightened by the same reasons. Or you might feel anger and irritated, and she might not have any relatable sides of her to you, so you choose to follow another contestant’s path.
This might be the answer why The X Factor TV-show is so entertaining. We love to see the X FACTOR within a person come alive and make them shine. Most of all, we love to see this happen to a person that we can relate to and live those feelings through. As we want to boost our own courage, we want to see the successful story after taking that leap.
We all have unique presence in this world and within our societies. Experiences in life, points of view and deepest desires are what form us the way we are today. And what we want for tomorrow.
Obviously, The X Factor is not the path for everyone. But it is about the relatability to it. It is all about becoming vulnerable in front of people to fight for your passion. And that is ultimately, what makes us proud of ourselves. Through a show like The X Factor, we get a little taste of that. So follow those relatable people to you, get the courage and make your dreams come true as well!
PS. This is just my stream of consciousness, and if and when you have another point of view or more knowledge, please comment and discuss. Always interesting!
Monday morning. Tiredness. Staying in bed and calling off sick feels so tempting. But through all that sleepiness you still smile. Because you remember all the happy faces, hugs with strangers, people on cars, tractors and busses – on whatever they just found to climb on. It was a good night to stay in Germany.
There are always many speculations about football, about big sports in general. Was someone bought? Is it always fair? We can never really know for sure. But what we know is that both teams really fought last night, the match was very tight till the end of 120 minutes.
German team though, I have to say, was iron the whole tournament. I watched all of their games through this journey and every part of the field kept their performance strong. Black-yellow-reds played as a team, and team spirit continued to the streets of the country for later hours after the final. It made even us non-Germans go a bit crazy.
It is always amazing to see one nation or group to get together and celebrate in a positive way. Germany, very much Frankfurt am Main where I am staying, is such a big mix of different nationalities and people with variety of backgrounds so the feeling was even higher. All for the love of football!
All I can say is, thank you for showing your heart, well played Germany, and congratulations for the fourth star!