Our good friends at Beastmilk finally have their debut album coming out. While waiting for "Climax", check out this brand new music video we made for them.
In this day of DSLR cinematography we were nothing but thrilled to turn on our old VCR deck and get all wrapped up in nostalgia for this one.
Wacky Tie Films had the pleasure of attending the 9th Reikäreuna film festival in Orivesi.
In addition to day-to-day youtube videos, we also produced this little collage of the weekend. For now the video is only in finnish, but the images speak for the overall mood. And we guess Jari Halonen's presence sort of takes down all the language barriers.
This will not be the last Reikäreuna hears of Wacky Tie Films; let's just say they have a few tricks up their sleeve for next year's 10th year anniversary. Stay tuned for more!
Last Friday was the opening party of a brand new local shoe-workshop store, Kenkäpaja Pihka, which designs and manufactures tailor-made shoes, bags and other leather products. We were happy to be a part of their big night with this quirky commercial video, shot fifty-fifty as animation and live action.
Kudos for these lively pictures go out to cinematographer Nalle Mielonen. The playful tune was crafted by Tampere-based musician Kimmo Helén, based on the actual sounds of Pihka's workplace. All the best to the newborn firm!
Jonna Tervomaa's music video for Minä toivon has reached one hundred thousand hits on Youtube. Here's what the viewers have thought of it:
"One of the best finnish songs of all time. Born a classic."
"I'm hooked. Resonates with my past and present life. Visually stunning!
"Right. Bondage and party for children."
"I bet this will reach 500 000 hits in no time."
Congratulations once again to the whole crew!
Last week the office quieted down, as Wacky Tie Films took its first annual recreation trip to Sodankylä, Midnight Sun Film Festival. After a whopping 850 kilometre drive to the arctic circle it felt amazing to sit down in a theater, with an audience consisting of film buffs, honoring what they see.
Among the guests of honor this year were Philip Kaufman and Cristian Mungiu, whose interviews we also got to witness. Kaufman’s career spans such a scale of different films that it was just thrilling to hear about the his creative background. Kaufman never desired to be a filmmaker, but rather ended up as one. He grew up watching american mainstream films, but his personal experiences of Europe have given his work a certain edge.
Mungiu, in turn, has clearly grown from a film school alumni crowd-pleaser to walk his very own path. “I suppose one gets bitter when growing older”, he smilingly commented on reviewing his first film, Occident, which was to great dismay shown on DVD after finding out that the film print had no subtitles. Now that’s a reason to get bitter as well!
Mungiu’s films, and many other foreign works we saw, reflected well on what was pointed out in Friday’s discussion of finnish filmmakers: our national cinema seems to lack a certain space for audience’s own thought. The magic can often be found in small, unpretentious looking scenes where not too much happens, except in the mind of the viewer. Luckily, the one finnish film we got to see, Jan Forsström’s Silmäterä (The Princess of Egypt) had that space, and was overall an uplifting experience despite its grim subject matter.
For us, highlights of the film screenings were classics, which we tried to concentrate on. Kaufman’s Unbearable Lightness of Being was a dance of light and rhythm, with beautiful cinematography by Sven Nykvist and wonferful pacing, edited by the ingenious Walter Murch. Raiders of the Lost Ark, which Kaufman also co-wrote, was a childhood adventure brought real, with an audience applauding and a massive rain whipping the big tent in which it was shown. The late-night screening of Dario Argento’s Suspiria was also unforgettable; the film print really gave the colors justice. If there’s one movie that deserves to be seen on film, it’s this one.
All in all, Midnight Sun Film Festival was a great success for us. We’re hoping to return next year - perhaps even with a film of our own?