Two feature-length documentaries in Post-Production

Tulpa Creatives are in post-production with two documentaries in Swedish. One that delve deep into Mental health among young people and one about Sweden’s first real Glam rock band ”Tears”.

Det är vår tur nu

In English, the title is “It’s our time now”.  Documentarian Andreas Doyle have followed Siri Strand and Emma Westas Rödin for years. Emma and Siri are the young masterminds behind the immensely popular podcast “Pillerpodden”, they had at an early age already done more than 300 lectures all around Sweden and written a bestselling book. The went out on a mission to change the world and make it a better place for young people, that’s struggling, read more

Dystopia

Nordic Entertainment publ: NENT Group creates `Dystopia’ as latest original production

Tulpa Creatives founder and co-owner Richard Jarnhed, together with Jarowskij’s producer Lotta Westberg have created the VIAPLAY Original TV-series Dystopia. The series is produced by Jarowskij and is currently filming in Lindesberg in central Sweden.

Dystopia is a Swedish horror series that features rising stars Madeleine Martin and Johan Hafezi. It is scheduled for premiere on Viaplay in 2021.

The next original production from Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), the Nordic region’s leading streaming company, is Swedish horror series `Dystopia’. A chilling tale of supernatural powers unleashed during a post-apocalyptic Nordic LARP inside a factory in the Swedish forests, `Dystopia’ features a star cast of new Nordic read more

Get to know Joel Forssell

It’s time for yet another interview with one of our members in our team. We recently launched a new series on Tulpa.nu that spotlights the inner circle of our company.

Other interviews so far:

Richard Jarnhed – Founder
Simon Kölle – Founder
Henrik Summanen – Part Owner
Lars Gustafson – Editor
Anders Blixt – World Builder
Henrik Ahlström – Storyteller  
Guillaume Le Huche – World Builder

Joel Forssell is an accomplished writer and composer who has written both feature films and episodes for TV-series. As a composer he has had reoccurring collaborations with our CEO (Simon Kölle) on a wide variety of musical ventures. read more

Updates on the website

We have updated the website with a page about the World Builders (Guillaume Le Huche and Anders Blixt). 

We are also welcoming Joel Forssell to the team as a Script Editor. An interview with Joel will follow shortly.

Petra Sandqvist have joined the ”Rubina” team and will write the script together with Rasmus Andersson and Tess Lydehold Berg. She will also Work with the ”Project” as ”Rubina”.

Tulpa Creatives are collaborating with Swedish national TV:s Jovan Radomir creating a documentary and with Populate and Andreas Doyle creating another documentary. Both are in post production.

Get to know Henrik Summanen

It’s time for yet another interview with one of our members in our team. We recently launched a new series on Tulpa.nu that spotlights the inner circle of our company.

Other interviews so far:

Richard Jarnhed – Founder
Simon Kölle – Founder
Lars Gustafson – Editor
Anders Blixt – World Creator
Henrik Ahlström – Storyteller  
Guillaume Le Huche – World Creator

Henrik Summanen is a board member of Tulpa Creatives and works as the ”Director of Operations Strategy”. He is a recognized strategist and has a background in producing large interactive productions and has been one of the leading lights in the Nordic LARP scene. He has big projects behind him, with the company Alternaliv AB, such as Monitor Celestra, Carolus Rex, Nyteg. Henrik is well educated in fields such as Linguistics, Archeology, Film and Leadership. He’s been working some 10 years with museums as a project leader and the last decade as an Operations developer and Coordinator at The Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet).
The interview was made with Henrik in May 2019.
 


From left: Henrik Summanen, Simon Kölle, Anders Blixt, Henrik Ahlström, Richard Jarnhed, Lars Gustafson

What made you pursue working creatively within the film, tv and/or gaming world?

Sometimes you feel that you get moved by a film or other media experience. I am sure that there are certain qualities and features that make this feeling appear. I am curious about how we can make this happen, and am seeking to understand this better. I am also not very easy to please when it comes to entertainment, so I am going into this with an aim to make things better.

In 2-3 sentences who are you?

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Get to know Guillaume Le Huche

It’s time for yet another interview with one of our members in our team. We recently launched a new series on Tulpa.nu that spotlights the inner circle of our company.

Other interviews so far:

Richard Jarnhed – Founder
Simon Kölle – Founder
Lars Gustafson – Editor
Anders Blixt – World Creator
Henrik Ahlström – Storyteller

Guillaume Le Huche is one of Tulpa Creative’s so called “World Builder” together with Anders Blixt. He’s a storyteller, an artist and a scholar. Right now, Guillaume is a PhD Candidate in Religious studies and writes a thesis about medieval heretics. He has a background in music, studies in history, religion and being an avid and renowned gamer. He has also worked with translating obscure novels.

The interview was made with Guillaume in May 2019.

What made you pursue working creatively within the film, tv and/or gaming world?  

As I grew up playing roleplaying games I developed an early interest in storytelling and the creation of fictional worlds. Later on I increasingly came to realize the importance it had for me. The fantastical worlds that became accessible through rpg’s didn’t only provide the means for experiencing thrilling and heroic adventures, but also gave access to a space for social interaction, showing hidden aspects of oneself and getting a sense of belonging. In retrospect it also became clear that there was a connection between my early passion for rpgs, which can only be described as an obsession, and on the one hand an interest in history, religion and literature that with time led to an academic career, and on the other hand a passion for writing. I realized that I wanted to give other people access to the same kind of stories and worlds that I grew up with. Also I’ve always loved cinema, but had never thought that it would be something I would work with one day.

In 2-3 sentences who are you?

I am a dreamer, a stranger in this world, a person who I guess might seem ordered on the surface but is not very comfortable in this society, feeding on weird, fantastical stories and thought-provoking ideas and trying to channel my nightmares through creative activities.

What motivates you and why do you work creatively?

I am a person who needs to be creative in order to feel a sense of purpose and not be dragged down by negative thoughts, so one part of it is about personal wellbeing and bare necessity. But it’s also about an urge to create stories that touches people. C S Lewis said that ”We read to know we are not alone”, and if that which I write can create some kind of connection across space and time, then it has not been in vain.

Tell us one memory from your previous work that still to this day inspire you.

When I entered a recording studio for the first time, with Katatonia, back in -93. When I meet people who explain to me what that music have meant for them, I feel the gratitude of having been giving the possibility to be part of something that has affected och continued to affect so many people out there.

What’s Tulpa Creatives for you?

A group of driving spirits determined to create magic together.

What’s your dream?

To participate in the creation of artworks that affects other people in a significant way. To continue to grow as a person and see more of the world.

How do you see yourself?

As a person trying to make deals with his inner demons by giving them the lead roles in his stories.

What’s your biggest strength’s/assets?

I am meticulous and a perfectionist in my work, and although my energy might ebb and flow I will not leave a project until I’m satisfied with the results. I’m also a person who needs to feel emotionally engaged and invested in a project, but when I am I know that I have a lot to give.


From Mullholland Drive by David Lynch

Name three movies and/or TV-series that inspired you a lot in your life.

Jacob´s Ladder, Mulholland Drive, Amadeus.


From Amadeus by Milos Forman

Do you have any advice for young film makers/writers out there?

I’m not very fond of giving advice, since they tend to sound like tacky clichées, but if I’m trying to think of an advice that I wished someone had given to me it would be: make sure to do what you love and don’t compare yourself to others: find a personal expression and it will become meaningful to you and to other people as well.

Which film makers/writers has influenced you the most?

David Lynch, Werner Herzog, Ingmar Bergman, Andrej Tarkovskij, and many others. Some of most important and inspiring writers for me have been C S Lewis, Tove Jansson, Mika Waltari, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yukio Mishima, Astrid Lindgren, Pär Lagerkvist, H P Lovecraft, Maurice Druon (whose historical novels I discovered thanks to swedish historian Michael Nordberg and not George RR Martin), and Umberto Eco.

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Get to know Henrik Ahlström

Every week we interview people in our team so you get to know us better.

Other interviews so far:

Richard Jarnhed – Founder
Simon Kölle – Founder
Lars Gustafson – Editor
Anders Blixt – World Creator

Henrik Ahlström, a multi-talented artist and storyteller. Having worked within the world of theatre and big shows he is now taking the step into the world of moving pictures. He’s a background as an athlete and stuntman but later developed his skills as a Director, Producer and Writer. Henrik is an entrepreneur, a doer and a dreamer. He always carries out his projects to perfection and are looking to grow within Tulpa Creatives as the right-hand man to Richard Jarnhed and the team.

The interview was made with Henrik in May 2019.


Henrik Ahlström in front. From the left: Henrik Summanen, Simon Kölle, Anders Blixt, Henrik Ahlström, Richard Jarnhed, Lars Gustafson

What made you pursue working creatively within the film, TV and/or gaming world?

As a child I dreamed of becoming a moviestar and I always believed that I would be working in the film industry when I grew up. When I was 13 I got my first shot at stardom. I was cast as an extra in the movie 1939 playing a brat kid in Stockholm beating up a Finnish war refuge boy.

The movie turned out to be the breakthrough for Swedish actress Helena Bergström. For me it wasn’t. My scene was cut from the movie. The movie is in all fairness still 3 hours long.

As chance would have it life choose another path and I ended up working in the theatre and musical business instead. I actually started my career in theatre jumping of high buildings working as a stunt man after a few years as a professional freestyle skier going round the world.

I instantly fell in love with theatre and musical and before I knew it I was working full time as an actor, singer, stuntman and later on director, writer, producer.

Music has always been a big part of my life and I have always felt that there is a close bond between music, film and theatre. The first time I entered a theatre stage it was love at first sight. The adrenaline of being in front of a live audience got me hooked right away.

There is also an element in theatre, or any live performance for that matter that is quite unique. It can be the same play you did last week or the same song you sang yesterday but something is different. It can’t be planned or scripted. It’s that unexplainable thing that happens when you put the right people together at the right time. It can be the energy of an audience or the connection between two actors that are finding out just in that moment, what the words they’re speaking actually mean.

That is the essence that I wish to bring into filmmaking. A lot of the most memorable movie scenes of all time have an element of improvisation. The real magic happens when you recognize the strengths of your actors and you give them the right circumstances to excel. Having the right cast is everything. Really good actors can make a bad script fly and bad actors can make a good script crash.

In 2-3 sentences who are you?

I’m an artist, a storyteller and an explorer and by that I mean that I am always looking for knew challenges and ways to evolve. I’m a person who is guided by circumstance. I wouldn’t say that I’m superstitious but I have a strong faith in that life puts us where we need to be.

What motivates you and why do you work creatively?

I think being creative is part of my DNA. I have great respect for everyone who is dedicated to his or her everyday 9 to 5 job but I personally couldn’t do it. I need to pour my heart into something that affects people emotionally, whether it is to make them laugh or cry.

Tell us one memory from your previous work that still to this day inspires you.

I was doing a big show with rock, pop and dance music. Basically all the genres that you know work really well overall to a wide audience. A singer in the cast suggested we should do something different and try a number with Sámi jojk, which is a traditional Swedish native singing technique.

The producers weren’t to keen on the idea but at the time we had this incredible talented modern dancer in the cast and I felt strongly that if we combined the vocals of the singer with her dance we would create something magical that the audience hadn’t seen before. We went with the idea and I was right. This taught me two things. One, that you should listen to people around you because good ideas can come from anywhere and two, that you should always trust your gut instinct and fight for what you believe is right.

What’s Tulpa Creatives for you?

For me Tulpa is the future and great expectations. I feel a great connection with Richard and Simon and I think that we share a vision and a common goal when it comes to what we want to achieve in the film industry. I expect us to change the future of creative filmmaking.

 

What’s your dream?

To tell stories that touches peoples core and stays with them throughout their lives. More specifically, a dream project would be making a great musical for the movie screen.

How do you see yourself?

I’d like to think that I’m brave. I wouldn’t say that I’m fearless but I always want to try new things or take a new approach to whatever it is I’m doing.

To me it never seems like taking a risk doing things differently. It’s a bigger risk doing things exactly the same as everyone else.

What’s your biggest strength’s/assets?

I think I’m really good with people in general. I’ve always had a passion for bringing out the best in people and making them excel in their element. I think I have a good sense of when people need to be pushed and when they need space or encouragement.


From Blade Runner

Name a few movies and/or TV-series that inspired you a lot in your life.

Twin Peaks, E.T, Blade runner and Legends of the fall.


From Blade Runner

Do you have any advice for young filmmakers out there?

Trust your instincts and listen to your heart. It sounds like a cliché; in fact it is a cliché, but it’s true. Listen to your inner voice and don’t be impressed by authorities or celebrities. It’s good to have role models and people to look up to and respect, but always trust your own vision.


David Lynch

Which filmmakers have influenced you the most?

David Lynch has created some of the most interesting characters in film. Quentin Tarantino is brilliant when it comes to dialog and visuals in film as well as a very modern way of using film as storytelling. Other favourites are Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Luc Besson, Tim Burton, Joel & Ethan Coen, Clint Eastwood and George Lucas. But the list goes on.

If you got the opportunity to remake a movie or TV-series, which one would you go for?

That’s a hard one. Tribute a masterpiece or remake one I think I would have done better? I think I’ll dodge the bullet and go with the tribute.

My tribute would be Sergio Leone’s The good, the bad & the ugly. It’s old enough so you can expect new technology to make it even better and you get to tell a classic story to a young audience. Of course I would stay true to the movies essence with the original score by Ennio Morricone but in a modern recording.

And If I can dream Clint Eastwood would co-produce and also make a tribute appearance in the movie as well. We probably should do the whole dollar trilogy when I think about it.

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Get to know Anders Blixt

Every week we interview people in our team so you get to know us better.

Other interviews so far:

Richard Jarnhed – Founder
Simon Kölle – Founder
Lars Gustafson – Editor

Anders Blixt is one of the most well-published designers of roleplaying games in Sweden and has had a leading role in the production of classical titles such as Drakar och Demoner and Mutant. He’s been writing role-playing games since the late 1970s, written several fantasy and science fiction novels. He calls himself a “dreamsmith” and he’s a true pioneer of building worlds to games. Now he will work within Tulpa Creatives as a “World Builder” together with Guillaume Le Huche.

The interview was made with Anders in May 2019.


Anders in the middle. From left: Henrik Summanen, Simon Kölle, Anders Blixt, Henrik Ahlström, Richard Jarnhed, Lars Gustafson. Photo by: Guillaume Le Huche.

What made you pursue working creatively within the film, tv and/or gaming world?

The sheer joy of being creative, of seeing thoughts be transformed into text and picture, to learn how much the gamers appreciate the worlds in which they go on adventures.

In 2-3 sentences who are you?

Father of three lovely and creative daughters – the greatest blessing imaginable.

Veteran worldbuilder with 42 years’ experience – I also know that many such worlds remain to explore.

Civilian Afghanistan veteran in 2008-09 – six months that changed my life profoundly.

What motivates you and why do you work creatively?

I want to make people’s lives better. It may sound banal, but that has always been the underpinning of my creative work. I tell tales of how to slay monsters and travel to distant worlds, how be like Robin Hood and how to topple tyrants. Hopefully my adventures and settings give the gamers opportunities to constructively analyse the real world and their roles in it. That way they can figure out how to make the future better than the past.

Tell us one memory from your previous work that still to this day inspire you.

Years ago, a man sent me an email in which he explained that my role-playing games had made him endure his miserable teenage years. A sudden insight that my toil at the keyboard had saved this fellow from a breakdown. Earlier, I hadn’t realized how much spiritual uplift I provide to bewildered teens. I’ll treasure that email for the rest of my life.

What’s Tulpa Creatives for you?

A team of dreamers, tellers of wonderful tales, setting out to explore new worlds. A five-year mission to place where no human has gone before? I certainly hope so.

What’s your dream?

To visit Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai. To me that’d be a psychological journey back in time, to the late classical age. (In 1984, I climbed the Masada rock at night and watched the sun rise over the Moab desert. Looking down to the ground, I then saw the outlines of the Roman camps that were established there during the siege of Masada around AD 70.)


Anders Blixt with former Sverok (The Swedish Gaming Federation) chairman of the federation Alexander Hallberg and Olle Sahlin (former editor in chief at Target Games)

How do you see yourself?

A jolly grizzled chap, a dreamer who makes strange things come true, a facilitator who helps others get ahead in life.

What are your biggest strengths/assets?

A holistic approach – that is, I make sure that the whole product is greater than sum of its parts.

40 years of professional experience in the gaming industry.

I am a fixer who gets things done on schedule.


Behind the scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Name three movies and/or TV-series that inspired you a lot in your life.

2001: A Space Odyssey – the universe is larger than we can imagine.

Babylon 5 – it takes courage and character to save mankind.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds – fear will lead you astray.

Do you have any advice for young film makers/writers out there?

When you see an opportunity, take it at once, because it won’t come back.

Professional expertise never comes cheap and there are no shortcuts to it. You must spend many arduous hours to get there.

 Which film maker/writer has influenced you the most?

Michael Straczynski, in particular his Babylon 5, in which he created a credible and memorable universe.

If you got the opportunity to remake a movie or TV-series, which one would you go for?

I’d love to update Dark Angel and make its plots tighter, its world more consistent. It’s great ass-kicking protagonist lost in a Gibsonian dystopia.

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Get to know Lars Gustafson

Every week we interview one, two or three people in our team so you get to know us better. Read about the founders Richard Jarnhed and Simon Kölle 

Lars Gustafson, an internationally acclaimed Film Editor and Post Production Producer, is an outstanding editor. Lars have edited TV-series and films professionally since early 2000 and among his credit we find Jordskott, Modus and several films both in Sweden and USA. He’s now living in Austin and Stockholm. Lars is also an entrepreneur with great knowledge in post-production and have outside of drama also edited tons of commercials and other projects. Today he’s foremost an editor and Post Production Producer in drama productions.

The interview with Lars was made in April 2019……….


Lars (to the far right) with (from left) Henrik Summanen, Simon Kölle, Anders Blixt, Henrik Ahlström, Richard Jarnhed.

What made you pursue working creatively within the film, tv and/or gaming world? 

For me it started as a way to make some money during summer break from college while I was pursuing a marketing degree. After graduation and a stint in “the real world” I felt that my soul was slowly dying. I took a chance on film again with the idea of becoming a film editor. I felt that I could influence the creative process the most as an editor.

In 2-3 sentences who are you?

I’m a person who loves what I do and will continually try and become better and better. I’m loyal, dependable and will lay down in traffic for my family and friends.

What motivates you and why do you work creatively? 

I just want to get better. I’m in a competition with myself in which I always feel that I can get better. There’s more to know, more understand so that I can service the film better. Creativity is a muscle that need something to push against to grow, a skill that can be honed by dedication and hard work and I like that.

Tell us one memory from your previous work that still to this day inspire you.

I made a bold editing decision at a very early stage while editing my first comedy a long time ago which took out about three minutes from the beginning of the film and I never showed it to the director during the first screening. It worked so flawlessly that he never asked about it. I told him a couple of days later, but he didn’t even wanted to see the sequence with it in.

What’s Tulpa Creatives for you?

Tulpa is the future. It is way you approach a project with the intent to make it the best film possible in the early stages of development so that risk and “fix it in post” can be mitigated which in turn may give you enough time to find the best possible vision in the edit.

What’s your dream?

I want to have a ranch outside Austin where I have a post-production studio with 2-3 edit bays, screening-room, guest-houses, pool, horses, dirt bike-track, gym etc so that directors can come and stay comfortably while editing their master-pieces. I want to be able to work remotely with projects and I want to win an Academy Award and a BAFTA for editing.

How do you see yourself?

I see myself as someone you can count on, someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty and someone who you can collaborate with.

What’s your biggest strength’s/assets?

Work ethic, speed and creativity. My willingness to reach a little higher in my craft every time.

Name three movies and/or TV-series that inspired you a lot in your life.

Jönssonligan (the original movie-series), Highlander (first movie), The Goonies.

Do you have any advice for young film makers out there?

Don’t give up. Balance fortitude with humility and work to be a great collaborator.

Which film maker has influenced you the most?

Steven Spielberg.

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Inner circle kick off

The Inner circle of Tulpa Creatives had an inspirational kick off last weekend. We are very happy to have gathered some truly great minds that will bring our company to the next level.

In the picture from left: Henrik Summanen, Simon Kölle, Anders Blixt, Henrik Ahlström, Richard Jarnhed, Lars Gustafson.

Photo by Guillaume Le Huche whom also belong in the inner circle.

Fantastic stuff in the making and more news later on.