Tarmo Hietala

1. Describe yourself in one or two sentences:
A pure energy giver with a focus made of steel. An entrepreneur that loves to help people.

2. How did you fall in love with filmmaking?
When I was younger, film was a way for me to escape from reality. I watched Charlie Chapplin and Buster Keaton and just loved their way of expression in the silent black and white films. I also loved the old western movies, especially the ones with John Wayne.

3. What are your strengths as a filmmaker?
Getting an opportunity to express myself with movement and words as well as being able to use that to bring great stunt scenes to the industry where everything is possible. My background as an elite athlete in the Swedish karate national team gave me a discipline that I apply in my professional role in film. Structure and an overall look at what should be done. And of course bringing world class action with a great team of stunt performers.

4. Name one movie that changed your life.
I have to say the first Rocky film. And Braveheart.

5. What excites you about Sprouting Pictures?
The enthusiasm, the will to create, to be a team, the joy and the energy.