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Raahe – Day 6

22nd October, 2018

In the morning, we were first at the school’s door, as Finnish students and teachers had holiday. Luckily, we were allowed to work in there. We were worried, that our Finnish project participants would lose their week off school, but happily, they can take it at different time. Since morning, we had continued shooting the next scenes of our films, while all the project teachers disappeared in another classroom in order to hold a meeting. After they finished the teacher to teacher talk,  they were there to give us a hand. As it was decided before, we switched our tasks, to try as much new things as possible, which turned out to be incredibly exciting and at times, just hilarious. Trying, failing, learning, doing… etc.

We started to design the production’s posters. Also Ms Kate translated the Group’s One script from English to beautiful English. We had lunch at a Chinese restaurant, located at the top of the highest building in Raahe, right next to the Bay. The food was delicious and the view was breathtaking. After the lunch break, we continued working until 4 pm, when most of us started to nod off or laugh hysterically in the classroom. Perhaps it was our limit for that day.


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Weekend in Finland – lazy Sunday

21st October, 2018

Sunday was a time of chillout. As we did not have any assignments for today, we could enjoy a long, quiet and pleasant morning. We were welcome to eat breakfast and dinner at the teachers apartament and we had lunch together at a local pizza restaurant. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t good for a walk, but we spent the Sunday afternoon resting and recharging our batteries for another week of project work 🙂

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Weekend in Finland – adventurous Saturday

20th October, 2018

This was an intense sightseeing Saturday.
At 6.40 AM, after having breakfast and making some sandwiches, we set off for the journey. We split in two cars, driven by Pekka and Ahmed.

We were quite lucky to see a small herd of reindeers on the roadside, as it does not happen very often. They were absolutely cute. Ms Kate managed to film them, while we were passing by. Everyone received the video, afterwards. At halfway, there was a short coffee break.

About 10 o’clock, we arrived at Ranua Zoo, which gathers mostly local Lappish species, such as reindeers, bears, wolves, foxes, lynxes, and a few kinds of owls or eagles. They also run a rescue center, where they help sick or wounded wild animals recover and eventually release them to their natural environment again.

At about 2 o’clock we arrived at Rovaniemi, the Santa Claus village. We visited the office, greeted Saint Nicholas and took a group photo with him and his elves. Fortunately, there was a while to hold a small conversation with him. Then, we went shopping for gifts and souvenirs. We had lunch at a nearby bar, about 10 minutes by car from Rovaniemi

On the way back, we briefly visited Sweden and went shopping in a huge candy store.


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Raahe – Day 5

19th October, 2018

To make the work more effective responsibilities in groups have been assigned. The roles given were for example: planner, animator, prop master, editor, photographer, group coordinator, music supervisor. It was decided that we may switch the roles and try working on different tasks, so we gain more overall experience.

Heta helped us to get started. She gave us some practical tips for planning and animating. She also directed our work. The shooting schedule has been established, as well as a few scenes have been shot.


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Raahe – Day 4

18th October, 2018

Today we had a workshop with a professional designer. Heta Jokinen, a professional animator and background designer of Pikkuli animation visited our project group. First, there was a short introduction. Then, the groups showed their projects. After a coffee break, Heta gave us a lecture on basics of animation which included 12 rules of animation by Disney! The rules were demonstrated in practise – short animation exercises. For example, a bouncing ball. As we received some practical tips,  we began shooting the first scenes of our films, in Heta’s assistance.

Here are some of the rules of animation by Disney:

1.Stretch and squash. 
2. Anticipation e.g. Hand lift (before moving it up,  move it a bit down from the starting position, reach further, return to planned final position)
3. Exaggeration – ads liveliness 
4. Secondary action (where the energy is)  ex- facepunch – energy from fist transfers to the punched puppet. Always happens behind the primary action e.g. Ball with arms. Ball goes up, arms down, and opposite.
5. Slow in slow out (the movement begins and ends slower, than it is in the middle). 
6. All movement shouldn’t stop at the same time (smoothness)


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Raahe – Day 3

17th October, 2018

Six of us and Ms Kate organised an animation workshop for children in elementary school. It turned out that in Finnish school children wear no shoes. So our group also put our shoes off and enjoyed the simple happiness of walking barefoot.  

Mixed groups shot films based on scripts prepared by the elementary school pupils, using characters, props and backgrounds they have made earlier. By lunch break, eight short films had been made.

In Lybecker Institute, the groups continued working on backgrounds and shooting trial pictures of them. Some of missing objects could be find in the school’s animation archive.

Today’s chillout after school was a game evening – playing Uno and so-called “cards against humanity”.




Long time ago, somewhere in the mountains lived King Beskid with his wife – Borana. They had two daughters -White and Black (Białka and Czarnucha).

They all lived happily, until the King died. Then, the Queen asked her two daughters to take care of water in the country, instead of their father. They decided to take risk and see the world.

Białka was playful and cheerful. She ran down the hill so carelessly. Her sister had an opposite character. She was calm, careful and mature. She walked down the hill slowly, watching every step. They met at the bottom of the mountain and decided to go further together. Suddenly, a rock showed up on their way, from which a knight came out. He warned girls about possible danger and and advised them not to go further. So they did. The land blossomed with flowers. Someday, they couldn’t stay there anymore, because they would flood the whole area.

They sent out a wave called Wyszła (that’s where the name of the river comes – The Vistula River – Wisła in Polish). The wave was getting bigger and bigger, because local streams and rivers joined it. It travelled through Poland, passing its greatest cities (Oświęcim, Kraków, Tarnobrzeg, Sandomierz, Puławy, Warszawa, Włocławek, Płock, Toruń, Bydgoszcz, Grudziądz, Malbork, Tczew, Gdańsk until it reached the Baltic sea. Where the water meets the sky, all weaves sent by the sisters, disappeared and never came back.


Where’s my leg? (Ghost story from Raahe)

The houses in Raahe’s old town are strictly organized on the city planning architecture. Sheltered yards remain covered between the city blocks. Most of the houses were built after the Raahe’s Great Fire 1810.

One of the deserted houses got the townspeople terrified to walk the certain areas on the town of Raahe. It was told that there was a moaning asker whose voice could be heard weaker at first and then it got louder when approaching the abandoned house.

– “Where’s my leg?” Was whispered from the darkness to people walking alone in the streets.

Many did not believe it, but sometimes during the daylight the bravest ones went to explore the courtyard and the base of the house. Below the layers of girder, an old and decayed wooden leg was found at the corner of the house. It was believed to have belonged to an old sailor who once lost his leg or a Soldier who was wounded during the Finnish war.

The questions fell silent for good when the wooden leg was placed inside the stone fences of the Haarala cemetery.

From the book: Gunilla ja kummat kertomukset,  Edited by Aki Pulkkanen. Translation Teemu Halmetoja


Fallen from the mast

When the moon hangs heavily in the sky, it bodes bad weather. When there’s a halo around the moon, then there’s a snowstorm coming the next day.

-Captain Himanka

“It’s said that the full moon has a certain power; That its gravity pulls your face into a horrible grimace”

– Sailor Gustav Burman from Raahe in 1923.

“Boys, do not lie down in a way that lets the moon’s light shine straight onto your face. Its gravity crooks your face”

– Chief Officer Pelkoliini from Oulu

When the wind was fair during the night, we occasionally were able to sail in the moonlight. During the so-called “Dog’s watch” we had to stay awake. It was the watch’s responsibility to keep the ship going while the others slept.

  Antti Pyy, a sailor, recalls that you could hear a wailing, horrible noise from the mast if you listened closely.

  “I’m falling, I’m falling!”, someone moaned.
In his old days, Antti was responsible of delivering the sailors’ wedding and funeral invitations in Raahe.

And the sailors had to have proper funerals as well. An old sailor Matti Orasmaa tells in 1920’s about his trip on a cargo ship to New Zealand. A wave was able to smash through the ship’s rear during a storm so hard that the room filled with water and smacked the life out of one unfortunate sailor. It was a custom to wrap the dead in their own blankets. Orasmaa had sewn the bodies inside the blankets and added iron weights to their feet. In the evening a blessing was said in the dead’s memory. The ship’s flag was put over the body. A pair of men raise the planks underneath the body from one end, so that the body slided feet first to the sea.

  The old sailors tell, that in the Atlantic a body doesn’t sink to the bottom of the ocean. It remains in a certain depth, where the ocean’s current takes the body along. The soul o a dead sailor is believed to soar as a free and white albatross.

  “There are not so many men lying in their graves here. Many of Raahe’s men have found their graves from the ocean waves, even the captains” sais 81-year-old Lovisa Jokelin in 1924.

When a restless soul was once again wailing from the mast, the chief officer Heikki Forsman yelled behind the sails: Then fall, fall, in God’s name!”

  A huge crash was heard. A humane ghost fell from the mast to the deck. It had black eye sockets, a body swollen from the seawater and a mark from a boot’s sole in its forehead. When this incident was discussed in the morning with the rest of the crew, it turned out that in the past someone had fallen from the mast and drowned.

  When the incident was still the topic of discussion in the night, a frightened cabin boy came forth and confessed. At one time in the past he had kicked a bad-tempered man in the forehead and he had drowned.

  Bad deeds reveal themselves one way or another, even from behind the grave. Unresolved matter will trouble us.

  “I’m falling, I’m falling”, was heard from the ship’s mast for many years to come across the vast seas.

From the book: Gunilla ja kummat kertomukset,  Edited by Aki Pulkkanen. Translation Teemu Halmetoja

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Raahe – Day 2

16 October, 2018

We worked in groups. We put the finishing touches to our storyboards, began to arrange the scenes to see if the items go well together.  If they didn’t, we would still have some time to add or replace things.

Today’s lunch was hamburgers, the students choice 🙂 There was a vegetarian option as well. There is a weekly custom in Lybecker called “Favourite Food Tuesday”, when the kitchen serves food that most students voted for.

After project classes,  Omar showed us some video games. In the afternoon, we went for a walk around the streets of Raahe. We went to the Gulf of Bothnia (Pohjanlahti in Finnish :)),  taking advantage of beautiful weather and fresh air.

In the evening, Zuza and Mikołaj prepared delicious pizza and again we had dinner together and watched a film.