In a chronological order, more or less:
1. Sitting in front of a school computer in Vantaa watching a super low-quality stream from Amsterdam of a screening of the first animation I ever directed - and hearing the audience laugh out loud at the right moments.
2. And then having our team win an award for it.
3. Getting promoted to Team Leader after just two months at my very first animation job.
4. Getting to take part in the making of the legendary Pasila TV series.
5. Still being good friends with most of the people I've met during my career in animation.
6. Having people come to me after a show to tell me they cried.
7. And it wasn't because I was a terrible singer.
8. Playing at the legendary Tavastia music club - twice.
9. I have also developed an insane stamina for console game binges - should the occasion present itself. Last time I finished Until Dawn (PS4) in two days.
10. Being responsible for bringing a new life into this world. It doesn't get any better than that. Sappy but true.
The best thing about working at Brink
The main best thing is that it doesn't feel like work. It's more like being back in school, hanging out with awesome people, participating in all sorts of interesting projects.
My favorite project
The Vaasan Miniatures animation. I love the look and feel of stop-motion in general (as my thesis I even directed a music video utilizing stop-motion techniques). Getting to mimic the look of stop-motion animation - and succeeding in it - was highly satisfactory!
In five years
First and foremost during the next few years I want to try and nudge my now-19-month-old son onto the path of proper geekery: the world of awesome games, films and comic books awaits him! I also want to hone my animation and directing skills to become an even more valuable brinkstanian, find fun side projects (music videos etc), record an album full of the best Finnish electronic music around — and then tour Finland with it. All totally doable.