By j. erik reese, January 16th, 2009

Some of you out there are probably wondering what Sverige is all about? Most of you are probably wondering how the heck to pronounce Sverige! Well, it’s easy, it’s kinda like this, sa – veh – ree – ya. Now try it over and over again with ups and downs in cadence and then you’ll sound like a perfect Swede! Anyways, Sverige simply means Sweden. Furthermore, to make things more unambiguous, these episodic series revolve around the character Jonas (Mikael Ayele). Inspired by Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Decalogue, Sverige embodies episodic events which take place in one area. In Sverige, a young man arrives in a small town in Sweden where he resides. There he begins to find himself changing with life, pain, and growth.“In pain, we learned the value of joy – in falling down, we learned the value of standing – and in trust, we will learn the value of a plan larger than our own.”

I’m currently working without any solid scripts. I feel as though they sometimes lock creativity and I want Sverige to a be a creative journey between myself and my actors (especially with Mikael). In most ways, I’m trying to explore as Godard would by bringing written notes to the set, thus, bringing something creative on the moment. I am also exploring the same process of filmmaking with dramatic improvisation (using simple intentions, needs, wants, and fears). “In human life, art may arise from almost any activity, and once it does so, it is launched on a long road of exploration, invention, freedom to the limits of extravagance, interference to the point of frustration, finally discipline, controlling constant change and growth.”

Sverige is currently in its pre – production stage. The first episode is actually entitled “A Foreign Crime.” In the earlier outline, this episode was not originally supposed to be the first to be shot. However, I began to fall in love with this episode as the opening because of how it will introduce the character Jonas. This episode takes off will full force! I plan on working on Sverige as my only project in the next several months. This project is filled with new turns, plots, meaning, parallels, and development. I love the idea that Jonas will develop and change while we watch him grow, cry, laugh, and love. So look out for upcoming podcast! and remember… sa – veh – ree – ya!

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