|Milla Tähkänen prepares for the Filkkaristudio, which is located in the Talkio bakery|
Behind the Scenes: Milla Tähkänen, Producer of the Filkkaristudio
Bread, pastries and coffee are normally served in Café Talkio. This week, however, the quiet and cosy bakery cafe has changed: The marble tables are covered with camera parts and a huge sound desk is built in front of the bread shelves. The Festival Studio, or Filkkaristudio in Finnish, has found its place in the coffee shop. During the Film Festival it will serve TV viewers with festival news every evening.
–Those have been the busiest days of my life, says Milla Tähkänen. During the film festival Tähkänen and her fellow students have shifted their study place from the neighbouring School of Arts and Media to the center of the old factory building Siperia. As a producer Tähkänen is responsible for the first broadcast in the news series.
– This is actually a part of our Multiple Camera Course, the future producer and set designer explains. She has been busy with organising the visitors for the first show. On Wednesday evening programme designer Raimo Silius and Outi Saarikoski, a member of the Tampere Film Festival's board, were standing at the studio table in front of the cafe.
A few hours before the first show Tähkänen's colleagues are still busy with running the last cables, checking the sound and testing the camera angles. Journalism students of the University of Tampere are discussing the programme and scribbling the final interview questions.
– When my work is finished I will concentrate on watching other people's films, the producer says with a smile.
Where will we find you most of the time during the film festival?
– Mainly running between our school and the Filkkaristudio in Talkio Café.
What are you personally looking forward to?
– The films that one does not get to see on TV or in the cinemas.
Is there any film or screening you would recommend?
– I will try to see as many films from different countries as possible, for example from Australia.
What is there to see in Tampere?
– The center. It is the heart of Tampere. And there is a huge screen showing trailers at Keskustori, the central square, right now.
How will life go on after the film festival?
– I will try to relax. As I have free time after finishing my work, I will try to watch as many movies as possible.
– The Filkkaristudio is on air between 19.00 and 19.30 on TV Tampere every day until Saturday.
The first part of the Filkkaristudio live from Siperia.
TEXT: Isabel Hartmann
PHOTOS: Marko Saarijärvi, Isabel Hartmann