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PART VIII. Long time no see, shareholders meeting

It’s been A while from previous post, however there has been A lot of progress during that time. The crowdfunding campaign ended succesfully in december, budget is almost done missing about 20% of total. There has been also some castings for the roles.

This time was the first Iron Sky Universe shareholders meeting in Kellohalli Helsinki. There was some info about progress of the movie, budget, new concept art, future plans. I missed almost all the conversation because, well I took pictures. It’s quite interesting, when I take pics I’m so concentrated, that I only see my camera viewfinder. That is my whole world when I’m in shootings. So I don’t hear what people are talking about and if the backstage is on fire, I don’t see it :D Does anybody else have this problem during the shootings?

So here are few pics from shareholders’ meeting. Hope that I have some new pics to offer you soon… :)

Opening of first shareholders meeting.
Opening of first shareholders meeting.
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Appetizer, the numbers.
Some numbers from Tero
Some numbers from Tero.
Checklist.
Checklist.
There were bunch of people.
There were bunch of people.
Jarmo had some news on website new sneakpeek features.
Jarmo had some news on website new sneakpeek features.
Timo introduce some new concept art.
Timo introducing some new concept art.
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Promising… :)
After the meeting  quests visited the new office.
After the meeting quests visited the new office.
Some smiles.
Some smiles.
I have seen these props before.
I have seen these props before.
Joye managed to buy his first underground ticket.
Joye managed to buy his first underground ticket.
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Some waiting on metro station.
Joeys first underground ticket :)
Joeys first underground ticket :)
Travelling in underground
Underground travelling.
Anniina and up she goes...
Anniina and up she goes…
Yep, selfie of the day
Yep, selfie of the day.
Something fun... :)
Something fun… :)
I think this photo will raise some discussion...

PART VII. Revealing the faces

Ok, now it’s time to reveal the faces from shooting where we were at on November 28th 2014. Theme was to shoot a promo video to the ongoing crowdfunding campaign. Today, Iron Sky filmmakers have launched a brand new character trailer, introducing one of the 12 villains of the film – Jesus Christ – played by Jukka Hildén from the Finnish extreme stunts group The Dudesons.

Here are some pics from shootings, which I wasn’t allowed to publish before,  not before the video had been released. So welcome to behind the scenes of Jesus Attack character trailer!

Take care and stay tuned, more is coming…

Jukka has arrived
Jukka has arrived
First make makeup with Ari
First  makeup with Ari
Makeup takes time and patience
Makeup takes time and patience
Yep, patience Jukka :)
Yep, patience Jukka :)
Ari is painting the whip marks
Ari is painting the whip marks
Timo takes selfie with Jukka
Timo takes selfie with Jukka
Some test shootings...
Some test shootings…
Timo want's some close up video from Jukka
Timo want’s some close up video from Jukka
Final check before shootings
Final check before shootings
Last one the nails.
Last one, the nails
And I'm ready...
And I’m ready…
Yes, and I'm ready with my OLYMPUS
Yes, and I’m ready with my OLYMPUS

 

I'm not going to play tennis...
I’m not going to play tennis…
I'm going to SCREAM!!!
I’m gonna SCREAM!!!
And bleed...
And bleed… Ari adding some blood for next take
Timo is checking the result from screen
Timo is checking the result from screen
Little break and prop fixing...
Little break and prop fixing…
Timo is fixing the ropes
Timo is fixing the ropes
Jukka is angry and shatters the cross which I just fixed
Jukka is angry and shatters the cross which I just fixed
Take two...
Take two…
Ready...
Ready…
Steady...
Steady…
And...
And…
SCREAM!!!
SCREAM!!!
Broken again, now it's my turn to fix the cross with my drilling machine. Again...
Broken again, now it’s my turn to fix the cross with my drilling machine. Again…
This is one of my favorite photos
This is one of my favorite photos
Last rope check up
Last rope check up
And little break before final take
And little break before final take
Crew is testing the light setup
Crew is testing the light setup
I've got guns...
I’ve got guns…
BIG guns!
BIG guns!
This is how the action look like behind the camera
This is how the action look like behind the camera
I think this photo will raise some discussion...
Quick pose before final take…

And here is the Jesus Attack character trailer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kari is learned to levitate.

PART VI. The Dancing Putin

24.11.2014 Mr. Putin

This time call for shootings came in short notice, topic was Mr. Putin from Russia. Iron Sky 2 got new actor from Finland Mr. Kari Ketonen. Kari Ketonen is well known Finnish actor and had made several movies and roles in TV. Kari was the ”obvious” choice to play Putin’s role because he have quite same appearance than Putin and of course he is skilled actor. Shootings were in restaurant called Saslik A Russian Restaurant in Helsinki. Interior was just like in Kremlin really nice place. We had A very fun in shootings, Kari is true professional and can improvise A lot.

Photographers point of view the place was horrible, wine red/gold walls, windows with purple glass paintings, three diffirent variations of light, tungsten, halogens and fluorescent lamps. And again the restaurant cabinet was small and full of people. Therefore there was very limited places for good pic, sometimes I was standing on the chairs and sometimes I was laying under the food tables :)

Ketonen was taking fast trepak dance moves and it was tricky to get sharp pics. Shutter speed is the key for sharp images, focus was also tricky because low ambient light. After all I managed to take few good pics from this shootings :) So here is few of them and more is coming… :)

Kari is about to change to Mr. Putin.
Kari is changing to Mr. Putin.

 

Reflection.
Reflection.
Mr. Putin is A busy man :)
Mr. Putin is A busy man :)
In meanwhile Timo and Anniina are stealing the paintings :)
In meanwhile Timo and Anniina are stealing the paintings :)
Putin's office is ready.
Putin’s office is ready.
Setting up papers, sorry for my cigar smoke ;)
Setting up papers, sorry for my cigar smoke ;)
Petri, Timo and Joye are planning the scene.
Petri, Timo and Joye are planning the scene.
Is this real one ??? Will it bite???
Is this real one ??? Will it bite???
Yep, The word is Putin.
Yep, The word is Putin.
Kari improvise the scene :)
Kari improvise the scene :)
And training paper cutting... :)
And training paper cutting… :)
Petri have the official cinemaphotographist chair :)
Petri have the official cinemaphotographist chair :)
And here we go!
And here we go!
Kari is learned to levitate.
Kari is learned to levitate.
And keeping up...
And keeping up…
For endlessly...
For endlessly…
Taste my boot!!!
Taste my boot!!!
Will he become ancient reptilian...?
Will he become ancient reptilian…?
Putin have some paper work to do.
Putin have some paper work to do. Oh and sorry for my cigar again… :)
Kari is checking the results.
Kari is checking the results.
Holy Crap!!! The lamb went broken, but no problems janitor TImo Vuorensola will fix the problem :)
Holy Crap!!! The lamp went broken, but no problem janitor Timo Vuorensola will fix the problem :)
Final checking.
Final checking.
Thank you, thats all folks :)
Thank you, thats all folks :)

 

 

 

PART V. Helsinki Night Visions Film Festival

30.10.2014 Helsinki Night Visions

Two days after crowdfunding promo shootings was Helsinki Night Visions Film Festival. This was the place to show The Iron Sky The Coming Race Official Teaser Trailer 1. This teaser was shown to little special group of people, mainly Nordic movie makers. It was awesome and can’t wait until 2016 :)

Night Visions Film Festival is the biggest and the oldest festival in Finland to focus on horror, fantasy, science fiction and action cinema. The festival is arranged twice a year in the heart of the city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The Spring edition takes place in April and the Fall edition around the Halloween celebrations in October/November. The annual lineup of the festival consists of a total of roughly 60-65 feature films. It was really nice to see that there are so many new horror, fantasy, science fiction and action movies coming in near future.

Here are few pics of Night Visions presentations and of course first pic of new Iron Sky Teaser :)

Give me the earth.
Give me the earth.
Presentation about Dead Snow 2.
Presentation about Dead Snow 2.
I think that the Dead Snow 2 will great, must see...
I think that the Dead Snow 2 will great, must see…
Interviewing about Dead Snow 2.
Interviewing about Dead Snow 2.
Finally...
Finally…
It's...
It’s…
Time to...
Time to…
See the Iron Sky The Coming Race Official Teaser. BOOM!!!
See the Iron Sky The Coming Race Official Teaser. BOOM!!!
Few comments about fresh trailer.
Few comments about fresh trailer.
Superb!
Superb!

 

 

PART IV. Upcoming teaser

28.10 Crowdfunding promo video

Once again, I did not know where I was going to. Finally I found myself in a big chroma studio in eastern Helsinki. The story of this time was to shoot one promo video for upcoming crowdfunding campaign. When I arrived to studio staff was building up the props and lightning for this scene. I specially admired the people who build up the light setup for this scene but of course the props where specially made and hand crafted. But yes I’m photographer and I like different variations of light.

This time I was surprised how long it takes to shoot one scene for short promo video, all the preparations, practices, makeup… So what it would be when the real shootings starts in next spring? I guess long days and A lot of coffee :) The best thing when you are documenting this movie is to learn new things about making of movie documentary. Now we where in big chroma studio, but places and angles for good pic where limited. For example when you think that you have found A good place to take pic, then you found that there is sound boom above you. No pics from that place, because your shutter noise may interrupt the scene, yep avoid mics. Second thing is the direction of studio lightning. When building lightning setup for the scene, it is of course builded up correctly to movie camera direction. The best camera angle is the same place than movie camera, but 90% chance there is no room for you. So you must constantly fight against light, common light to you is the backlight.

I cannot tell nothing about the promo video content, until it has released. I will put new images after it has published, there where a LOT of good pics about making of this video :D
So here you are enjoy and wait until you see this video and new images with revealing pics of actor…

Timo And Petri are planning the scene.
Timo And Petri are planning the scene.
Crew is building the props.
Crew is building the props.
What would be the target...
What would be the target…
All of you are my target!!!
All of you are my target!!!
Ok I'm not just take pics, I was also carpenter :)
Ok I’m not just take pics, I was also carpenter :)
Best selfie so far in Iron Sky shootings :D
Best selfie so far in Iron Sky shootings :D
New poster arrived in middle of shootings.
New poster arrived in middle of shootings.
Phone call from Germany special fx unit...
Phone call from Germany special fx unit…
It's for you Petri, you can tell the specs to Germany.
It’s for you Petri, you can tell the specs to Germany.
Smoke on...
Smoke on…
Thumbs up, camera ready...
Thumbs up, camera ready…
Let's begin... And the result and more after the teaser is released... :)
Let’s begin… And the result and more after the teaser is released… :)

PART III. Script meeting with fans

For first I would like to thank my new partner SC5 who made this new good looking blog and supports my Iron Sky documentary project. So in Finnish KIITOS :) For second, from this on the blog will be in english language. I apologise a little bit my poor written english, but hope that you understand something of it :)

This time I woke up in 0440 like earlier times, but this time it not felt so bad. I quess that eventually humans can learn to wake up early in the mornings. This time I took cheap bus to Helsinki only 12€, so it is way cheaper than use you own car.

Todays word was FANS! Iron Sky took a bold step and handled the first version of the script to fans who have supported this movie. Few fans were selected from huge amount of them and they got invitation to this script meeting. This is a completely new and fresh way to do film script. So the fans got the script beforehand and they had opportunity to make their own notes and suggests to script. The goal was to get extra tips and hints from ”outside” of the crew. I quess that if you read your own text long enough, you can get blind with your own text and of course fans have plenty new ideas. Five fans were invited to this meeting, but three of them had majority of obstacles and they could not come. These two fans where from Russia and US, one of them had quite long trip to this meeting. That you can say is a true dedicated fan, I will lift up my hat for him :) There where a lot of good ideas from these two fans and I believe that some of them will end up in to the movie. My opinion for this kind of method is that, other movie makers should learn from this. I think in the future fans will have more and more important role when producing movies. The economical times are so hard that you must learn new ways to produce and fund movies. Don’t underestimate the huge resources what your fans can give you. So watch and learn… :)

From a photographers point of view this meeting was challenging. You never know beforehand what kind of place you are going to. This time the space where quite small cabinet and had really difficult lightning, natural light and two type of lamps (luckily I do black and white documentary). I used my Olympus Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens, which was suitable for this space. One challenge was my movement, there where almost impossible to move so that you don’t disturb anyone. Hope that me and my camera didn’t irritated anybody :D One good thing in Olympus OM-D EM-1 had, is turning display so you can get the angles which you don’t get with traditional viewfinder. This was quite handy in place like this. So here you are, few pics from the script meeting :) Next time we will be in green screen shootings and there gonna be some action.

Take care and see you…

-T

Ps. I’v got messages from you, that why this blog is only in Finnish language. Well… Perhaps small country… And small village where I live. Go to Google maps and check LAUKAA FINLAND. I will translate two earlier parts to english very soon…

Girls are sorting the fresh scripts to meeting.
Girls are sorting the fresh scripts to meeting.
Table full of ideas.
Table full of ideas.
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Page one, long way to go…
He was from russia and had plenty of good ideas.
He was from russia and had plenty of good ideas.
Timo emphatizes the script.
Timo emphatizes the script.
He was from US and had good knowledge about geology.
He was from US and had good knowledge about geology. So he had good visions about prehistoric times and how hollow earth should look like.
Timos new pet :D Looks so sad... Maybe Timo has forget to feed him.
Timos new pet ;) Looks so sad… Maybe Timo has forget to feed him.
Tero found something interesting from his notebook.
Tero found something interesting from his notebook.
So the Dinos should be about this size, at least...
So the Dinos should be about this size, at least…
Yes that's the point.
Yes that’s the point.
There where lot of good conversations.
There where lot of good conversations.
Tero is explaining some of his ideas.
Tero is explaining some of his ideas.
Brainstorming...
Brainstorming…
Timo and Jarmo found something.
Timo and Jarmo found something.
Something funny...
Something funny…
Yes, something real funny :D
Yes, something real funny :D
At the end this meeting was full of good ideas and these fans can give so much to new Iron Sky.
At the end this meeting was full of good ideas and these fans can give so much to new Iron Sky.

 

 

OSA II. Casting & Plea -video

Tällä kertaa vuorossa oli elokuvan casting tilaisuus näyttelijöille sekä plea-videon tekeminen. Lähtö taas tuttuun tapaan 5:30 Jyväskylästä kohti Helsinkiä. Tällä kertaa oli mukava lähteä reissuun, koska sain yhteistyökumppaneiltani uudet työkalut matkaan. Kampus Data Jyväskylästä lähti tukemaan tätä dokumentointiprojektia uudella Applen MacBook Prolla. Oli hienoa päästä työstämään kuvia jo paikanpäällä sekä kotimatkalla. Kuvauskaluston sain Olympus Suomelta koko projektin ajaksi käyttöön. Runkona toimii Olympuksen OM-D EM-1 kamera. Kameran nokalle sain käyttööni valovoimaisen Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12‑40mm 1:2.8 PRO: n sekä aivan uuden Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40‑150mm 1:2.8 PRO telen. Tämä putki ei itseasiassa ole tullut vielä edes myyntiin Suomessa ja sainkin loistotilaisuuden testata tätä uutukaista Iron Skyn kuvauksissa.

Saavuin Helsinkiin yhdeksältä aamulla ja pysäkillä oli heti vastassa Olympuksen edustaja, joka antoi henkilökohtaisesti tehdasuuden kameran ja objektiivit käyttööni. Olin saanut Annalta osoitteen, missä tämän kertaiset kuvaukset olisivat. Paikkatuntemus Helsingissä on vielä ”aavistuksen” hatara, joten ei muutakuin mittarin kyytiin ja osoite kuskille… :) Päästyäni kuvauspaikalle siellä oli jo täysi tohina päällä. Meikäläiselle iski melkoinen kiire, koska uusi kamerani oli täysin tehdasasetuksissa. Kuvaus oli pakko aloittaa samantien, joten säätöjen teko piti tehdä itse kuvauksen lomassa. Oikeanlaisten säätöjen saaminen kameraan kesti yllättävän pitkään, varmaan pari ensimmäistä tuntia meni säätäessä kameraa mieluisaksi. Viimein sain kameran säädöt kohdilleen ja pääsin keskittymään vain itse kuvaukseen, nyt kamera pääsi oikeuksiinsa.

Uusi Olympuksen 40-150mm f2.8 objektiivi osoittautui kelpotekijäksi tässä dokumentaarisessa kuvauksessa. Kuvausolosuhteet olivat melko haastavat vallitsevan valon sekä etäisyyksien suhteen, objektiivin polttoväli ja valovoima olivat siis tarpeen. Pitkiltäkin etäisyyksiltä isolla aukolla kuvattuna kuvanlaatu oli kiitettävää, asiaa auttoi myös kameranrungon hyvä kuvanvakain. Näin pääsin taas noudattamaan ykkös-sääntöäni, pysy pois tieltä ja napsi etäältä aidot tilanteet.

Castingissä oli hienoa katsoa, kuinka näyttelijät osasivat eläytyä kuvitteelliseen tilanteeseen ilman taustoja tai rekvisiittaa. Samaa kohtausta käytiin useamman kerran lävitse eri tunnetiloja tulkiten. Oli myös hienoa nähdä telkkarista tuttuja kasvoja tekemässä näitä suorituksia ja osa heistä oli astunut ulos omalta mukavuusalueltaan tässä castingissä. Samana päivänä kuvattiin myös uutta joukkorahoituskampanjaa varten materiaalia, mutta siitäpä ei vielä tässä vaiheessa kirjoitella tämän enempää. Kaikkia tämän kertaisia kuvia ei siis lyödä vielä eetteriin, ennen kuin tuo video ja näyttelijät ovat virallisesti julkistettu. Näillä muutamilla kuvilla mennään tällä kertaa ja pysykäähän kuulolla, tulossa mielenkiintoista kuvaa julkistusten jälkeen.

Until next time…

-T

Uusillä työkaluilla työnteko sujui. Kiitos Olympus Suomelle ja Kampus Datalle Jyväskylään.
Uusillä työkaluilla työnteko sujui. Kiitos Olympus Suomelle ja Kampus Datalle Jyväskylään.
Tästä se lähti.
Tästä se lähti.
Päivän ilmeet by Timo :)
Päivän ilmeet by Timo :)
Rekvisiittaa päivän kuvauksista.
Rekvisiittaa päivän kuvauksista.
Laadun tarkistusta.
Laadun tarkistusta.
Moon Troopers.
Moon Troopers.
Kenen? Voiko erehtyä...?
Kenen? Voiko erehtyä…?
Tällä kertaa päätyökaluna toimi Olympuksen 40-150mm f2.8 uutuus.
Tällä kertaa päätyökaluna toimi Olympuksen 40-150mm f2.8 uutuus.
Näihin fiiliksiin oli mukava lopetella... :)
Näihin fiiliksiin oli mukava lopetella… :)

 

PART I. Introduction and Storyboard

Behind the camera

Behind this blog is Finnish photographer and a great friend of sci-fi, who was given a great opportunity to document this upcoming movie Iron Sky sequel, Called Iron Sky, The Coming Race. I am a full-time professional photographer and I own a small studio in central Finland Laukaa. I take pics from little childrens to big war machines, and almost everything in between them. This documentary project is going to be a really interesting one. My purpose is to document this movie when something interesting / bigger happens in film, or something that Iron Sky wants to be photographed. The project will take about two years, and the movie will be scheduled to come cinemas in 2016.

Anyone who has spent their childhood in 80’s will remember the time, when computers arrived to families, and absolutely brilliant sci-fi movies. In 80’s time went with Commodore 64, and later on Amiga 500, which deposed that great Commondore 64. We all remember (or at least those of you who will follow this blog) the legendary games such as Ultimas, Space Rogue, Carrier Command, Midwinter, Elite, Dungeon Master, AD & D series, I can go on with this list for a long… And the board games themselves, I would like to raise up the Space Crusade from 90’s which I play today a few times per year with old my colleagues. There are small changes from 90’s. In 90’s Coca-Cola was official game drink, now Cola has been changed to high-quality whiskey.

Then the 80’s golden classic movies, The Last Starfighter, Goonies, Star Wars, Aliens, ET, The Abyss, Star Trek, Terminator, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Blade Runner, The Thing, Spaceballs. This game / movie list is the reason why I want to document this movie. As I listed above It reveals that I’m old-fashioned sci-fi nerd, and I have had fortunate that I can document this new Iron Sky movie. I think and I bet also that the makers of Iron Sky are also pretty much the same mental and they have also been influenced by those goldies of that period. Therefore it is nice to do this work with them :)

The first stage the storyboarding, Iron Sky Universe office.

Jyväskylä at 5:30, breakfast, large cup of coffee and little snacks. On the way to storyboard meeting I was thinking  what kind of people are these makers of Iron Sky, because I had not met them before. I was also thinking how to work with the staff meeting, what kind of distances you keep to them when take pics, to not interfere with their work? Each documentary case has a different way to work, a lot of this depends on the type of documentary you are going to do. This type of documentary like Iron Sky, the best way to take pics is to keep distance and stay out of sight. This is basic rule to me in documentary filming, to stay out of the way, and be as “invisible” you can. Each documentaries have they own “thing”, which tells the viewer clearly what is being done. It is also important to capture situation “atmosphere”. Every photographer has they own style to do documentary pics. And this is my way…

I walk along the “Freda” to the Iron Sky Universe offices, as Hesalaiset says about Frederick street. I have to admit that I was a little bit nervous in every foot step that I take towards Iron Sky Universe offices. Even I have seen a lot of different places and situations with my camera. When I finally arrived to the office Anniina was greeting me and she had made good cup of ”mud coffee” (Sonera’s term for a cup of coffee from my previous work). In fact, the coffee which Anniina made was excellent, the beans were milled on in office. In my studio I used to drink fast and cheap Pirkka ”kura=mud” coffee :D I took coffee with me and went to meeting room to wait the start of a meeting. I was alone in meeting room waiting for others to arrive. I began to explore my camera equipments while waiting and getting ready for first shooting. The first who arrived was storyboard artist Anssi Rauhala. We discussed with Anssi about this project and found there is something else common interest, airplanes and flying. Then came the movie cinematographer Mika Orasmaa and director Timo Vuorensola. Right from the start the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable, so now I was able to relax a little bit.

A storyboard is a graphic organizer in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture. Storyboard is like a little drawn comic book about happenings of the movie. Storyboard artist role is to listen discussions between director and cinematographer and draw their visions to into various small boxes into blank paper. This was really interesting to watch all the expressions, feelings and visions between director and  cinematographer. Let the Pictures speak for themselves, see you next time…

-T

Timon viittomakieltä elokuvakielellä.
Timo is trying some sign language.
Mitähän ruudulla tapahtuu...?
Whats happening in my screen…?
Hmmm... Maahan vai kuuhun?
Hmmm… Earth or moon?
Maahan, ehdottomasti maahan... Mika suunnittelee kamera-ajoa kohti maata.
Earth absolutely in earth… Mika is planning some camera angles.
Anssi ja kynä vauhdissa.
Anssi is sketching Timos and Mikas visions.
Anssin työnäytettä elokuvan alkumetreiltä.
Anssi has drawn first scenes of the movie.
Mika visualisoi kamera-ajoa. Itseasiassa Mikan elkeet ovat hieman samat kuin näytöslentäjillä lentonäytösten mielikuvaharjoituksissa ennen lentoa...
Mika visualizes camera angles.
Ja näiden mielikuvaharjoitusten perusteella Anssi piirtää visiot paperille.
And Anssi draw them into paper.
Kattokaas ny, näin se menee...
It should go like this…
Välillä kohtaukset käytiin hyvinkin perusteellisesti lävitse.
Sometimes it was quite precise work.
Timolla on positiivinen pöhinä päällä.
Timo and positive feelings.
Tuumaustuokio käynnissä...
Everybody are thinking together and solving some problems.
Herra Orasmaa uppoutunut käsikirjoitukseen.
Mister Orasmaa is getting to absorbed in.
Järkihän tässä lähtee, Timo pähkäilee kohtauksen kulkua...
Think think think…
Haa!!! Casting Icestorm spell, vaiko visualisointia?
Haa!!! Casting Icestorm spell, or just visualize?
Palaverin jälkeen toimiston seinä näytti tältä, tuottoisaa... :)
And here are the  results from this storyboard meeting… :)