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.


Baby Steps In Film Directing

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As a reminder I’m a freshman in Turku University of Applied Sciences majoring in animation and film. We had last day of school for the semester last Thursday. One of the most inspiring courses of this Autumn was about live-movie-directing with film director Marja Pyykkö known for e.g. from movies Sisko tahtoisin jäädä and tv-series Mustat lesket. We had intensive 5-days with her. During which all students wrote and directed a 2-3 minutes long scenes with dialogue for two people. I also worked as a cinematographer in one scene and acted in 4 scenes by my class mates.

My scene was the beginning scene for a movie Me emme ole täältä (in English: We are not from here) which I’ll write from start to end some day. The original idea for the movie I created for the photography course’s poster task. The script has some Twin Peaks inspired vibes. It’s on the soft side of the Nordic Noir. For now I only have this first scene written but my classmate was so inspired by my presentation that he asked if he could co-write the final script with me.

Below are screenshots from the scene. The 1st scene takes place in a gas station of a silent Finnish town where a strange girl called Rara arrives with her pet orchid. A cute local nerd Kommi wants to protect the newcomer but just makes the situation socially awkward. As actors I had my talented class mates Anton Lipasti as Kommi and Aino Eronen as Rara. They truly made the script come alive. Eetu Helenius worked as the trusted cinematographer. The scene stills need some fine tuning in the editing department but here you get a sneak peek. I’ll keep you posted on the future developments of the - 3me-emme-ole-taalta_elli-maanpaa_2015_ - 1me-emme-ole-taalta_elli-maanpaa_2015_ - 2

We Are Not From Here

Our digital photography course ended this week. Our last task was to create an advertisement/print for a subject of our choosing. Most of us film and animation students did a movie poster (obviously). I imagined a movie called Me emme ole täältä (Eng. We Are Not From Here). The text in the top “Koti on siellä missä sydän toivoa on” means “Home is where the heart hope is”. It’s my subtle way to comment the whole refugee situation that’s going on in the whole Europe. The movie would be a drama about overcoming the foreignness and finding the similarities. The design and editing poster is done by me but the photographs are taken by my classmate Konsta Hormia. As I took the photos for his poster. The idea of the task was 1st Articulate your idea for the photographer. 2nd The photographer takes the photos. 3rd You edit the final piece. For my imaginary film crew I chose my talented friends for example Saban Ramadani, Mirja Oksanen, Tommi Mäki and Pinja Mustajoki plus one (the only) Finnish blockbuster film producer Markus Selin. So, would you want to see this movie? Should I start writing the script?poster-movie-elli-maanpaa-2015


I guess I haven’t yet spoken here much about the fact that this Autumn I moved to Turku and started new studies in Turku University of Applied Sciences majoring is Animation. It’s been approximately one month now and I’ve really enjoyed myself. One of the first “real” class (meaning that all the introduction classes have been more about the studying itself rather than the subject of study) has been digital photography. This series of photographs was my take on our last homework: how to illustrate a movie you’ve seen with five photographs.sisterhood_photography_elli-maanpaa_2015

I chose a French film called Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (English: I’ve Loved You So Long) by Philippe Claudel. The movie is beautiful drama about love, family, forgiveness and sisterhood. It’s also very French in it’s impeccable style throughout the filmography and costume design. I won’t give you more spoilers. In my photos I played the role of both sisters, took most of the photographs with self-timer and used lot of photoshop. Big thanks also to my assistant and male model Mr. Kuula. I’m really happy how these pictures turned out. sisterhood_photography_elli-maanpaa_2015 sisterhood_photography_elli-maanpaa_2015 sisterhood_photography_elli-maanpaa_2015 sisterhood_photography_elli-maanpaa_2015

Nice Girls Don’t Draw Skulls – TRAILER

Today will stay in history since today is the world premiere of the trailer of my new short film Kiltit tytöt eivät piirrä pääkalloja – Nice Girls Don’t Draw Skulls. If you follow me in instagram you maybe have seen glimpses here and there about my process with the film.

The film is about a nice girl who always draws pink bunnies. But then one day something a lot darker appears on her drawing board and she freaks out. To remain as a nice girl she takes a happy bill but that comes with a cost.

I could describe the film as a dark children’s film. It combines speed drawing and acted story.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The message of the film is that no emotions should be denied. That we shouldn’t be afraid of our negative feelings or try to suppress them since that might lead to even worst feelings. Especially if you find an artistic way to deal with your emotions for example trough drawing or writing. This film is dedicated to all the nice girls (and boys) in Finland and elsewhere who try to be perfect in everything but then end up hurting themselves. It’s ok not to be nice all the time.

But the film is also just a film and everyone is allowed to see what ever they want to see in it.The full film Nice Girls Don’t Draw Skulls will have it’s online premiere next Spring the latest.


EDIT: Many days later. Here the film is. Enjoy!

Pilventekijä Doing Good

I’m so honored and happy that my half animated short film Pilventekijä (Eng. Girl Who Makes Clouds) was chosen to be part of LiikKUVAT project in Tampere. Starting from last Wednesday the film will be seen in one hospital and one retirement home in Tampere Finland for 3-months time. I do hope the girl-who-makes-clouds makes people smile and brighten up people’s days. What a wonderful feeling to be part of doing good trough my art. It’s truly the best thing ever. Big thanks to all the people that made that possible! Love and hugs for all!

P.S. You can see the film here.pilventekija_shortfilm_ellimaanpaa_2012