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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Animation Showreel

It’s pretty overwhelming to comprehend that there is just a month left of my 2nd year of animation studies in Turku Arts Academy. Wow. At this point I feel like I’ve learn a lot and that I have so much more to learn. It was time to make my 1st animation showreel to list the animations I’ve worked on so far. My favourite animation programs at this point are TVPaint, AfterEffects and DragonFrame. I uploaded the showreel both to Youtube and Vimeo so go and take a look. All feedback is warmly welcomed. Thank you.

Congratulations La La Land

Who watched the Oscars last night? Pretty dramatic, huh!? As I already mentioned in last post I saw the movie La La Land last week and I loved it. I made a spontaneous movie themed speed drawing video with Aqua Markers on Sunday to celebrate the magical musical and the Oscars. Don’t you just love Emma Stone (and Ryan Gosling for that matter). Congratulations to her winning the best leading lady. And Congratulations to all winners and runner-ups of the night!

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Finishing My Film

My 2D drawn animation Näkökulma – Point of View is almost done. I got the visuals – animation, clean up, coloring and titles – ready last week. Jey! But I still have little bit of sound editing to do. After that it’s completely done and I can call myself animation director for real. How cool is that. Here is couple of screenshots from my film.

Going Retro With Chroma Key

Last week in school we spent (well) with the teacher Leo Liesvirta in front of green screen and After Effects.  I was in a group with Sade Lahti, Anton Lipasti, Ossi Haapanen and Ville Kankaanpää. We five created these opening titles for a imaginary TV show called the Supreme Individual. We did them in just four days without any previous experience in chroma key. So proud to present you the outcome. Enjoy!