Pikku Kakkonen

Here it is as promised. My masterpiece = the first 3D animation I’ve done. It’s a TV broadcast identity for the Finnish children TV channel Pikku Kakkonen. The name means Little Two… and that’s where I got the idea.

I have lot to thank to our wonderful instructor John Lee back at the Centennial College 3D animation without whom I wouldn’t have got it done. So thank you John!

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Learning Digital Painting – Huevember

Do you know those people who do everything with mouse – even graphic design and illustration? Or even worse: the people who use only the trackpad of their laptop? Well. I was one of those people. I’ve been doing all my computer graphics using the trackpad of my macbook for the last 10 years.

Now I encountered the chance of a lifetime to tackle this beast. Our school – Centennial College – let’s their students rent small Wacom Intuos drawing tablets for free. So as it is the teacher strike going and our classes cancelled – I’ve thrown myself into learning how to do paint digitally with the tablet. I’ve looked for tutorials online and this one by Loish herself is one of my favourites. November is time of Huevember so that served as a perfect starting point for my progress. I’m loosely using movies as references. Can you tell which ones?

These eight illustrations took about 46 hours to make. I’m planning in the future use digital painting as the sketch before big size acrylic paintings. So I can play with the composition and the colours. I’m also excited to make stand alone illustrations completely digitally – like these ones.

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I Am An Animation Animal

You remember the puppet animation short we were working on in Turun Taideakatemia last Spring? Well I just noticed I never showed you these funniest still photographs we took on the last day of shooting. My idea was to finish the sound design and post production this summer – but life happened. Good life: apprenticeship in Pyjama, painting and illustration projects, holiday travelling and my weekly videos to the Elli Maanpää Art channel. So as I’m leaving to Toronto for the exchange for the Fall semester I will let this film rest in my editing board for a little while longer. But I won’t let it get forgotten since it turned out pretty awesome. It’s going to be released Spring 2018. P.S. If there’s interested producers out there send me an email to elli(at)maanpaa.com.

And talking about my animation work: My 2D drawn animation Point of View will be screened in TAFF Turku Animated Film Festival this week in the Fresh from Finland screening on Thursday the 24th at 8pm and on Sunday the 27th at 1.30pm. I just learned also that the whole screening will be seen in the Helsinki International Film Festival too this Autumn. And that’s pretty awesome. So I think the title of this blog post is well earned, right?

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2017 – Puppet animation classmates and the puppet makers from up right: Linda Hirvonen, Éva Darabos, Sade Lahti. Down right: Aino Eronen, Elli Maanpää, Anna Mikkola, Essi Peuraniemi, Konsta Hormia, Emma Rautala.

Finnish Movie Biz

This week I was inspired to make a second video – a vlog about my last day as a trainee in Pyjama Films Animation Studio and about my trip to Helsinki to the premiere of the Finnish feature film Viraali. I named this new style of videos with the title: ON THE GO. Please let me know if you like to see this kind of videos next to the more art related stuff on my channel. Have an extra lovely summer weekend. 

P.S. If you’re in Finland you should definitely go see the film Viraali! 

Here I am at the red carpet with my avec the handsome Herra Kuula. Photo credit belongs to Viraali

Viral Eyelashes

It’s time to be superb excited. There is two Finnish Feature films coming out this summer that I’ve been a small part of. The first one is Virality (original name Viraali) directed by Thomas Laine. It’s fragmented drama of modern day with the need to get noticed in one way or another.

The 2nd one is romantic comedy Thick Lashes of Lauri Mäntyvaara (Original name: Lauri Mäntyvaaran Tuuhet Ripset) directed by Hannaleena Hauru. In this dreamlike coming to age film there is everything you might want: kittens, love, friendship, motorcycles and ice hockey.

Looking good guys. Cannot wait for the Premiere(s) – Viraali in June and LMTR in July in theaters in Finland.

Acting Makes Sense

Acting has always been one of my passions. But as long as my main work has been on creating visuals – art and illustrations – I’ve felt little shy about the actress in me even though I’ve gotten great roles trough castings. Now when I found my way to animation, acting makes so much sense.

The fact I’ve done acting both in films and theatre stage is a huge advantage when animating a character. I can act out emotions and replicate them to my drawings. Skills in improvisation help me out when trying to brainstorm ideas fast. So for now on I’m gonna embrace my love for acting. I’m super excited to be (small) part of two Finnish feature films that will come out this summer: Viraali and Lauri Mäntyvaaran tuuheet ripset. Thank you for these opportunities. Red carpet here I come.

P.S. Meet the poet and snow leopard Leopold from 2013. More photos of my roles in the acting page.

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THEATRE – Korkeasaaren Teatteri: Kissainpäivät // Director: Laura Madekivi // Role: Lumileopardi Leopold // 2013

Puppet Animation About Art Gallery

Wanna build some puppets and then make them act? Yeees. That’s what we have been doing whole spring in school – Animation programme in Turku Arts Academy – with the help of the puppet animation guru Antti Laakso. It’s been super fun. First we crafted the animation puppets from scratch with wire and foam rubber. Then we built and painted the sets. And now finally we are at the studio filming our about 1min short animation about Art Gallery. See more from this 3min making of in Elli Maanpää Art.

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