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.

Documentaries

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. 

Dystopia

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.

Development

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.

Auxality

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.

2021

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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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.

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.

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

The start. For me it’s so important to get the foundation of the project really solid and in that process I can ponder for weeks about the basics.

Once I get started there’s no stopping me. As you approach the finish line it’s also hard to let go of the project because you always find something that could have been done better.

That’s why I always have people around me who know how to start and finish!

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

There is no such thing as a perfect in production. If that is your goal you are setting yourself up for failure. For many years I aspired to make the “perfect” production. It’s an illusion since in theatre and film there is no way to measure how good a movie or a play is. It’s not like math or any other perfect science that can be measured.

That being said this shouldn’t stop you from striving to achieve excellence, which should be your goal no matter what your business is.

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

It’s an industry that is quickly evolving with lots of new mediums. Streaming providers are producing tons of new material and have big resources and there is also the social media, allowing people who want to create movies to reach an audience much easier than before.

With that being said I think what we are missing is an educational system that recognizes that; this is a legit business and that they need to create opportunities for young people to educate themselves in order to have a chance of pursuing a career in the film/TV/gaming industry.

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.

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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