Friday, 17 June 2016


Syntyville, kuoleville,

If you're reading this, you probably know what this is all about: a documentary about the Finnish metal band Moonsorrow, titled Home of the Wind. A History of Moonsorrow and financed through a crowdfunding campaign. After more than a year in pre-production, and having raised over €23,000 (original goal: 19,000), at the end of June and the beginning of July a team of filmmakers will be in Helsinki doing what the compound word “filmmaker” clearly implies: drinking, partying and making cellphone videos of each other sleeping wasted while the others paint dicks on their face with a permanent marker.

The time is getting closer. Thanks to your support, next week we will fly to Finland and film a documentary. Two of us will arrive on Sunday 26th, two more will arrive on Monday 27th, the fifth one lives there already, and on Tuesday we will start recording. On July 9th we'll travel with the band to the Jalometalli festival in Oulu, and on Monday 11th we will realize it's fly back home day and we aren't even finished with test takes.

Now, who's “we”? Meet the production team:

Leo Arag√≥n, director. The founder of J√∂rmungandr Media, the guy who started it all. The whole documentary project was his idea. You have seen his videos, all the teasers and the pitch video were done by him—with other people's help in specific areas, but the whole editing is his. The leader of the pack, a Jack-of-all-audiovisual-trades who masters (at least to a degree) the areas everyone else will cover, he will be co-ordinating the rest of us. Argentinian, based in England.

Grilo do Demo (aka Abel), scriptwriter. The author of the Unofficial Moonsorrow Biography and Moonsorrow-savvy, will take care of the interviews. Can hardly tell a Nikon from a Seat but writes acceptably. Spanish, based in Hungary.

Alexander Pillau, director of photography. The authority on everything image-related. He can list seemingly nonsensical camera features and characteristics and models in an unbelievable speed. He's so good he was a part of the team months before he even knew about it. You can see some of his previous work at German, based in England.

Alexis Orseau, sound technician. The Pillau of sound, to cut it short. He sees lots of numbers and parameters where a simple mortal just sees a fucking microphone. A last-minute addition to the team, after his great work with the teasers during pre-production. French, based in France.

Nikky Holmes, photographer. With a great eye for detail and photographic opportunity, she will graphically document the most meaningful moments, both during filming and behind the scenes. Able to make art out of the dullest scene. Check out her work at Nikky Holmes Photography and HelRocks. Australian, based in Finland.

Our schedule is pretty tight and I can't promise I will write a proper diary, or even a proper “weekary,” but I will do my best. Also, you can see in the layout of this blog that I wasn't born to be a graphic designer, or anything visual-related; Leo will probably want to do something about it and realize he doesn't have time and get frustrated and not sleep and spend the night preparing a better layout only to have me fuck it up the next day with a stupid internet-stolen unedited image embedded in a poorly formatted post while he can't work properly due to the lack of sleep from the previous night. So back to booze and permanent markers. Crowdfunding backers will probably enjoy the result anyway. I mean, come on, it is funny footage.

By the way, we had planned some cool leather digibooks if we reached €24,000 in the campaign, which we didn't, and several people have asked what will happen with them. Well, we won't be making any digibooks this time. We were really looking forward to them, but you know what? After all, we're happy the campaign ended this way. We raised enough funds for adding a sound technician to the production team and we can afford the best of the technical budget options we had on the table, all of which will improve the final product greatly. Leather digibooks would be cool, but we think it's way more important to have a better documentary rather than a prettier container for an inferior film. Besides, we have had some ideas about a different, separate book, to be worked on when the documentary is finished, and way cooler and “deluxer” and more complete and with more interesting stuff. We will see. Let's focus on one thing at a time, though, because now—it's documentary time!

Because everyone is probably expecting inside info and general gossiping from a production diary, I will end this post with the dialogue the scriptwriter and the sound technician held when the crowdfunding goal of €19,000 was reached in the evening of Friday 10th, 2016. Find the full transcript here.

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