The geisha documentary was supposed to be finished this year, in the spring, and when that didn’t happen, in July. But no… I didn’t get all the material and couldn’t start editing.
Long story very short; I was sitting in Kyoto wasting my time, personal relations got a little sour for other reasons not mentioned here, and now it also seems like I won’t get paid what I was promised. “You’ll get the money as soon as…”, “I sent the money…”, “It’s on its way…”, “You should have it soon…”. And soon 3 months have past… I did everything more or less for free because I looked at it as helping a friend, so it wasn’t even that much money, but when you don’t have anything, still it would have made a big difference.
So, I missed a lot of time that I should have spent on my Finnmark documentary instead. It’s almost done editing, and the biggest thing missing now is animations here and there, and that’s going to take some time because I decided to do them by myself. I just can’t afford to pay for it. Impossible.
I’m going to Japan for two months and when I get back in January I’ll start drawing. I need to get an animation software, probably TVPaint, and a drawing tablet like the Wacom Intuos Pro.
I run an Indigogo campaign in the spring to get me a new video camera and received about $ 2000, mostly from friends and relatives. I finally decided to get the Sony X70, which came to my surprise with the 4K upgrade for free.
I did some paid work for Uppsala university early autumn, when I followed two researchers from the university to Finland and interviewed people about the Talvivaara mining project near Sotkamo. This could turn into a bigger project if we get financing for it.
Anyway, it was interesting and shocking to hear all the testimonies about how the mining project had been run. Many parallels to similar kinds of projects in Sweden.
My documentary, The Last Generation?, was invited to the first Saami film festival in Luleå. It was fun to watch movies for 3 days and to meet and talk with others in the business. It has also been invited to a documentary film festival i Prague next spring, One World, the worlds biggest film festival focusing on human rights. Looking forward to visit Prague and spend 10 days watching films!