Tulpa Creatives wish you a happy new year!

We wish you all a happy New Year! We know that this past year has been hard times, and we hope that the coming year brings more certainty.

Looking back on 2020, it had its fair share of challenges, but we at Tulpa have fought our way through and are happy with the result.


This past year we have produced no less than two Feature Documentaries, one of them completed on the 30th of December. The two documentaries covers Glam Rock and mental health problems among youth. 


Richard Jarnhed, one of our founders, directed all episodes of the TV-series Dystopia set to be released during 2021. Richard also wrote some of the episodes on the TV-series. Our Story Editor Joel Forssell co wrote one episode and worked as a Story Editor in the Writers Room. Simon Kölle, CEO and founder of TULPA is the Composer for the Series. Dystopia is produced by Jarowskij for VIAPLAY and NENT.


We are developing several projects, among them both a TV-series and films. Our feature Red Emerald has been awarded a grant from the Swedish Film Institute, which we are immensely proud of as the fantasy genre is very rare in Sweden. Even rarer still as it is an original story and not an adaptation of a work of literature.


We have deepened our collaboration with the company Auxality, which we will tell you more about in 2021. What we can say for now is that it is long term and that we are very much looking forward to it.

Henrik Summanen

Henrik has been working with us since the founding of Tulpa Creatives and has been a board member from day one. During 2020 Henrik became a co-owner of Tulpa Creatives and took the role as Head of Development.


A new year filled with new possibilities, collaborations and projects to be developed. We wish to thank all the co-workers and colleagues we have worked with during 2020. And we now look forward to new adventures with you during 2021.


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, like they did, with mental health issues. In the feature we follow Emma and Siri’s tumultuous journey but also dive into the issues they confronted among young people along the way.

The Feature is produced by Tulpa Creatives together with Populate, an award-winning Swedish film communications agency. The film is funded by Uppsala Municipality (Uppsala Kommun) and Länsförsäkringar Uppsala.

Tears – Historien om Sveriges mest kända, okända band

In English, the title is “Tears” – The story about the most known, unknown Swedish band. Created by Jovan Radomir, he sets out to learn more about the enigmatic and unique Swedish music band “Tears”.

Tears, a glam rock group, formed in 1968 in Katrineholm, Sweden.  Founded by Lars ”Fubbe” Furberg, Eddie ”Eddan” Eriksson and Matti Vuorinen. However, the drummers varied during the years.

Helping Jovan out to learn more about this fascinating band, that were laying with nontraditional gender roles, he has Ola Salo, Ronny Svensson, Ulf Gustavsson, Noah Wallace, Janne Bark and of course the band itself.


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 talents and will premiere exclusively across the region on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service in 2021.

For a group of thrill-seeking young Swedes, an abandoned Cold War-era factory deep in the wilderness seems the ideal setting for a live roleplay designed to push them to their physical and mental limits. But the game soon turns deadly serious when a series of mysterious events unfold, awakening dark forces.

`Dystopia’ stars Madeleine Martin (NENT Group’s `ALEX’), Johan Hafezi (`Jägarna’), Happy Jankell (NENT Group’s `The Ambassador’), Erik Bolin (NENT Group’s `ALEX’), Johan Hedenberg (`The Perfect Patient’), Lola Zackow (NENT Group’s `Conspiracy of Silence’), Erika Cardenas Hedenberg (`The Restaurant’), Maja Rung (NENT Group’s `Honour’) and Christian Svensson (`24′).

The eight-part production is based on an idea by director Richard Jarnhed and producer Lotta Westberg, both of whom worked on NENT Group’s successful `Black Lake’ original series.

Filippa Wallestam, NENT Group Chief Content Officer:

Just like a creepy old building in the woods, the Nordic horror genre is both unexplored and intriguing. As the region’s leading streaming storyteller, we are constantly looking to explore new genres and broaden the appeal of Viaplay’s offering. High-quality horror resonates particularly well with young adult viewers, and we see great potential for an adrenaline-fueled show like `Dystopia’ that brings together some of the Nordic region’s most talented rising stars.

Tulpa Creatives founder, co-owner, and CEO Simon Kölle joins the team as the series Composer and will compose music to all 8 episodes.

Madeleine Martin about the series:

 It’s not common that anyone dares to create something in this genre in Sweden and when a company goes all the way like this, I want to be part of it. Horror is completely new for me and I am excited by the challenge. I Think this will be something unique for Sweden.

Richard Jarnhed is not just one of the founders and owners of Tulpa Creatives. He is also a well-established director and script writer. He’s the director of all 8 episodes:

 I have loved the horror genre since I was young and got terrified by “The Shining”, “Alien” and “Rosemary’s Baby”. Dystopia is a psychological horror series with an international feel.  inspired by, among others, “Chernobyl”, “Black Swan” and “Jacobs Ladder”. I believe the viewers will recognize the mood from Black Lake season 1. The locations in the factory are fantastic and it creates a unique setting for a psychological horror drama..

Other talents within Tulpa Creatives also work/worked on the TV-series.
To be continued.

Photo’s: Johnny Wholin

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. Joel recently joined Tulpa Creatives as our Story Editor. His role includes working hands on with our World Creators and Script Writers. His ambition is to help manage and lead multiple successful projects here at Tulpa and to help develop our methods while also continuing to work as a creative in his own right.

The interview was made with Joel in April 2020.

Get to know Simon Kölle

Every week we interview one or two people in our team so you get to know us better. First out was Richard Jarnhed.

Simon Kölle, an internationally award-winning Film Composer and Film Producer is one of the founders of Tulpa Creatives. Simon is an accomplished writer with some 20 years of experience as a professional. He has composed music to feature films, TV-series and a lot of other formats. He has also produced several feature films and been a co-producer or executive producer. Simon is a storyteller with a background in the music industry as a label owner and working with distribution. In the film industry Simon is a creative producer and film composer that also work with distribution.

The interview with Simon was made in april 2019.

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

I have always loved movies and stories in general. As a kid I fell in love with gaming, most of all Roleplay Games but also Computer Games and eventually Live Action Roleplaying in the Nordic LARP tradition. Film music I became fascinated with via roleplaying to begin with and could not even dream about working as a Film Composer back then and even less as a Film Producer.

I found Theatre, was enrolled on a Theatre School and I immensely enjoyed working with Physical Theatre. My focus was directing and writing.

After school I studied Theatre Science at the Stockholm University and Dramaturgy and Creative Writing. I also founded (with three friends), and was the Creative Leader for, a Theatre Company called Teater 418. At our peak we had more than 60 people working with us in different projects. We became a small movement. I wrote and directed 6 plays that was played mostly on tours. Many of the ones active in the group moved, entered prestigious schools and as I saw the limitations of theatre and its scene, I left it and closed down Teater 418. Many of the ones we worked with created own groups and found success on their own.

I then entered a phase where I learned to create music in this modern-day era and told stories via music and radio theatre. After some 10+ albums and running a record label I felt ready to move on. To run a label taught me a lot and we were a label releasing music that was “cinematic”, and we also sold film scores. Our project also evolved, and we made instrumental music that many reviewers called “music to non-existing films”.

I studied more Dramaturgy, Fantasy Literature and Medieval arts & history. But after studying Film Music at Stockholm University I felt ready to take the leap over to become a Film Composer. I knew everything had been leading towards me fulfilling my dream of becoming a Film Composer. I was also cheered on by the likes of Ennio Morricone, Oliver Stone, many reviewers from all over the world and Swedish National TV. 2009 I felt ready and I met director Richard Jarnhed and we started to work with the film “Stay Down”.

Parallel with composing and running a label I also kept on writing stories for different companies, LARP organizers, Magazines and later also ran a couple of websites. I always though kept my focus on film, tv and gaming. I kind of knew that my different, rather motley experiences would someday or somehow be beneficial.

2013 I took my first steps as a Film Producer and I loved it. I will though never stop composing music for movies and TV-series and I think the two professions are a perfect combination for me.

In 2-3 sentences who are you?

I am a storyteller, a creative mind that loves to create and produce. I like to peruse what I enjoy and do things wholeheartedly. I also love life and would love to live to be 500 years old.

What motivates you and why do you work creatively?

For me working creatively is something I feel chosen to do. To create something out of ideas are like magic. I am motivated by both the process and the result.

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

After the opening of my first play I felt a bit down, if people understood my intentions or not, I could care less about but at the same time I wanted to reach the audience. One of the first ones coming up to me was a young talented musician who said something like ”I have always hated theatre but if it is like this, I love it!”. Later, people created study circles and added analysis of the play in their education and it blew my mind. A year after the opening I got a package sent to me with summaries and texts about the play from a group of newly arrived (to Sweden) individuals that inspires me to this day. All these people of different age, gender and nationality that saw different things in the play affected me immensely in a positive way.

What’s Tulpa Creatives for you?

Richard Jarnhed calls it a Mothership and I like that analogy. It’s a dream come true.

What’s your dream?

I dream a lot and like to make dreams come true. Dreams have been a major inspiration for me since childhood. More concrete I want to create something lasting.

How do you see yourself?

A Flexible, creative, hard working man that loves to live a good life and to create. I am very much a person inspired by other people, art and I am always looking forward to different stuff. I also truly love my family and friends.

What’s your biggest strength’s/assets?

I would say my dedication, work ethic, do or die attitude and creativity. I also have a lot of energy and a lot of will power. I never give up!

From Angel Heart, 1987

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

Twin Peaks, Jacobs Ladder, Angel Heart

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

Don’t hesitate and really go for it. Maybe you cannot start out making the biggest projects right away but it’s extremely important to get work done. Don’t let people put you down! It’s difficult for everybody.

Which film makers/writers has influenced you the most?

David Lynch has inspired me a lot. I don’t think everything he has done are the best, but I truly believe he’s a master. I am also influenced by Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kubrick and of course Andrei Tarkovsky. These days I am though very much inspired by contemporary film makers (often creators of TV-series).

When it comes to writers, I enjoy the Beatnik authors like William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac to mention a few.

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

Lord of the Rings, I would have liked to do it grittier and more down to earth and less like a big matinée.

Working with a project, is it harder to get started or to keep going?

I would say that for many it’s easier to start than to keep going but for me I love to get started and love to keep going. To keep going when it’s tough you need to dig deep, and I will go the extra mile if I believe in a project.

What was the most important lesson you had to learn that has had a positive effect on your work?

Everybody has thoughts about what you do. They have opinions and sometimes you listen too much on them. I have experienced a situation where I listened way too much on people which effected the end result. Since that and similar things more recently I have come to listen more on what I believe in. Other people’s input is important to be able to take in but not if you forget about yourself and your own vision.

Mention one thing you think would make the film/tv/gaming industry better, what would it be?

We need to enable systems that makes it easier to create films and TV-series.

Get to know Simon even more on his personal website: www.simonkolle.com

Get to know Richard Jarnhed

Tulpa Creatives expanding

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