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Get to know Henrik Summanen

Updated: Jun 14, 2021

It’s time for yet another interview with one of our members in our team. We recently launched a new series on that spotlights the inner circle of our company.

Other interviews so far:

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).

This interview was made with Henrik in May 2019.

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

Sometimes you feel that you get moved by a film or other media experience. I am sure that there are certain qualities and features that make this feeling appear. I am curious about how we can make this happen, and am seeking to understand this better. I am also not very easy to please when it comes to entertainment, so I am going into this with an aim to make things better.

In 2-3 sentences who are you?

I am, by most descriptions, a digital visionary. But digital is not really where I come from, it is just that today the needs are so extensive in this field. I can also be described as an interactive game designer, an archaeologist, a project manager, a speaker, an muscician or a leader in several aspects.

What motivates you and why do you work creatively?

When consuming great creative work and you get totally immersed – I want to give this feeling to others.

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

The creation of a fictional retro-futuristic Sweden on a russian submarine in 1999.

What’s Tulpa Creatives for you?

The possibility to fill the vacuum of quality and genre that is missing in the european film industry today.

What’s your dream?

To make more and better experiences to thinking media consumers, and establish an idea of a co-created development of worlds and stories.

How do you see yourself?

As a catalyst for creative minds and dedicated result seeking workers, someone to make them all run in the same direction.

HBO’s ’True Detective. Pictured: Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson

What’s your biggest strength’s/assets?

I have the ability to make different kinds of people understand each other, and to make visions become reality.

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

Caché by Michael Haneke, True Detective, and Nattvardsgästerna by Ingmar Bergman. I also want to add Susanne Biers ”In a better world”, such a strong story and skilled director.

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

Work with anything related. Creativity is not primarily driven by inspiration, but with hard work and by taking and giving critique.

Which filmmaker/writer has influenced you the most?

Ingmar Bergman

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

A Clockwork Orange

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

The hard part is to keep started.

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

That many minds are always better than the single genius.

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

Manuscripts. And probably a better dialogue with the audience.


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