New year, New Logo

With 2021 kicking off we see many new beginnings and we’re happy to join in by revealing our new animated intro logo. Something you’ll be seeing more of this year. Many new creative ventures are coming your way and we hope you’re all as excited as we are.

Without further ado, Tulpa Creative’s new logo:

Logo design by Johan Halldin, Animation by Bizon, Music and Sound by Simon Kölle.

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!

SVT visits the set of Dystopia

Foto: Pelle Råssjö, SVT

Tulpa Creatives founder and co-owner Richard Jarnhed is currently filming at location in Stråssa, Lindesberg. Recently they got a visit on set by a local SVT reporter.

Dystopia is a VIAPLAY Original TV-series created by Richard Jarnhed together with Jarowskij’s producer Lotta Westberg and produced by Jarowskij. The series is scheduled for premiere on Viaplay in 2021.

Foto: Pelle Råssjö, SVT

In the interview you get to see a glimpse behind the scenes and into the fantastic set that’s been built around Stråssa – an abandoned Iron mine that is often used these days to house Zombie runs, Paintball and big Live Action Role-Playing events(LARPs).

Richard Jarnhed:
”We wanted to work with dramatic, dark and wicked environments that simultaneously look beautiful. There are some very beautiful environments around here. And we wanted to use that contrast, with these beautiful  lakes and this Swedish summer”

Foto: Pelle Råssjö, SVT

Click here to watch the full interview.

Foto: Pelle Råssjö, SVT

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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

The Egyptian (1954), based on the novel by Mika Waltari.

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

To start and to finish a project has always been the most difficult part. I often feel that my ideas require a certain time to mature, and in the final stage my perfectionism can make it difficult for me to let go of a project.

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

Self-doubt has always been my worst enemy. Luckily I have also been blessed with friends that have encouraged me through the years, and I guess the lesson was that I should have listened more to them than to my inner critic.

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

The gaming industry would probably benefit from listening more to the community and it’s response to the products. As for designers of role-playing games more specifically I wish that more designers would show a larger interest in other systems, the development of the hobby and the discussions it generates.

 

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.