HELSINKI SCRIPT 2017
How does one create hooking series with a say of today’s complex society? Creators and commissioners of prize winning and popular series Nobel, Mammon, Skam, The Bridge, Line of Duty and Homeland shared their strategies with the audience.
Nobel (NRK) writer Mette M. Bølstad starts with mapping out the facts about her characters to then find the dynamics of the story. Both Mette and Line of Duty (BBC) writer Jed Mercurio talked about how mathematical the creating process is. Even the gender of his characters Jed might decide on rather late.
All the successful writers on the Helsinki Script 2017 stage mentioned research as an important tool. Vegard and Gjermund Eriksen talked about the specifics in doing political research for their Emmy awarded series Mammon (NRK) together with scriptwriter Miira Karhula. As a former journalist research is self evident to Miira.
Today the Norwegian web series Skam (NRK) is remade in multiple territories. In Helsinki producer Marianne Furewold and actress Josefine Pettersen talked about the authenticity factors of the original series. A deep research was made on the young target group in a series that came to reach all ages all around the globe. Hyppe Salmi (Yle) talked about the research of youth with mental issues for web series Mental.
When creative executive Gabor Krigler remade the Finnish Series Easy Living for HBO Hungary he turned it into an allegory of today’s society in his homeland. Head of Content Ran Tellem, won an Emmy for Homeland, the US remake of the Israeli series Prisoners of War. Ran stressed the writer’s inner motivation to tell a story.
In 2017 The European Script Awards (former Prix Genève) moved from Berlin to Helsinki. Iranian-German Ali Soozandeh was awarded for best TV movie Tehran Taboo and Norwegian Hans Christian Storrøsten for best series Monster. Well deserved and congrats!