The Return of Philip Gun

The mini-series Philip Gun P.I. is created, directed and produced by Allan Gutheim, a Swedish electronic composer and producer. As for the music, Allan is collaborating with his wife Maria. To give the right feeling of a private investigator living in the present, but inspired by the 1930s detectives, Allan and Maria chose to compose a mix of electronic music and traditional jazz music. A big part of the Philip Gun concept is the mix of thrill, humor, action and drama. Cinematic as well as musical.
Philip Gun is a cool private investigator, walking around in trenchcoat and hat. In an unspecified city, Philip Gun and his assistant Lin Henri solve cases, some that even The National Security Agency can't handle. Allan and Maria themselves are playing these characters.
The series core is the music, which sets the mood and enhances each scene. For every episode, about ten minutes each, new music was recorded, but with recurring themes. Of course, Philip Gun got his own musical theme. There are no dialogues, instead the plot is moved forward and explained by the main character's narrator voice.

  • Allan Gutheim
    Director
  • Allan Gutheim
    Writer
  • Allan Gutheim
    Producer
  • Allan Gutheim
    Key Cast
    "Philip Gun"
  • Maria Gutheim
    Key Cast
    "Lin Henri Gun"
  • Allan Gutheim
    Music
  • Maria Gutheim
    Music
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Sweden
  • Country of Filming:
    Sweden
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    25/50
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards

    Winner Short Films
  • Royal Society of Television & Motion Picture Awards

    Winner Short Film
  • World Film Carnival - Singapore

    Winner Debut Filmmaker
  • London International Monthly Film Festival

    Finalist Best Short Film
  • Tokyo International Monthly Film Festival

    Finalist Best Short Film
  • Best Shorts Competition

    Selected
  • Jean Luc Godard Awards

    Nominee
Director Biography - Allan Gutheim

Allan Gutheim is a Swedish electronic music composer and producer, born November 13, 1962 in Stockholm, Sweden. His parents are originally from Paris, France, but moved to Sweden in the 1950s. Since 1990 he is married to Maria Gutheim (born Lindstedt). They have three children together, Alexandra (1991), Paula (1993) and Nathalie (1995).
Gutheim is classically trained, with 15 years of study in Piano, Music theory and Composition. He has written music for films, theatres, ballets, art exhibitions, and multimedia productions. Gutheim's production also comprises books about music theory and the Swedish music industry.
At the age of seven, Gutheim started playing the piano but abandoned classical music in the mid-1970s in favor of composing. His experimenting led in 1976 to him becoming the youngest composer at Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) – a Swedish, professional studio for electro-acoustic music and sound art. Some early works there are Dygnet (The Day), ballet music for Stockholm Opera's production at Maxim Theatre in 1977, and Gryning (Dawn), an electronic work for the Electronic Music Fair in 1979 at Fylkingen, one of the world's oldest associations for experimental music and art.
In 1983-92, Gutheim was the main teacher in Music theory and Digital music production at Kulturama in Stockholm, Sweden's largest school for artistic studies at the post-secondary level. Simultaneously he composed music for the feature film Hägring (Mirage) and a number of ballets, theatre plays, and multimedia productions. In 1986 Gutheim published the educational book Grundläggande Musikteori (Basic Music Theory).
From the equipment at the EMS Studio in the 1970s, with Buchla as the most advanced synthesizer, Gutheim evolved in the 1980s to work with MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), and later on recording on the computer Atari 1040ST with the software Steinberg Pro-24/Cubase. In 1988, he founded Allan Gutheim Music Production and in 1989-90, Gutheim went on to build his own studio in Stockholm, designed by Ingemar Ohlsson, the ABBA studio designer. The studio was used for music production and music education. Some phonograms were also produced before the studio was sold in 1996.
Gutheim's long experience as a composer, musician, producer, and teacher resulted in the book Den Svenska Musikbranschen (The Swedish Music Industry) in 1996. As followed he became an active lecturer and consultant regarding the music industry, legal rights, and contracts. After the 5th revised edition of the book in 2001, the administrative contractual issues took a lot of time and effort, at the expense of his own music creation. Combined with moving to Skåne in southern Sweden in 2005, this led to a timeout from music.
Allan Gutheim and his wife Maria also own and operate Toy World Sweden – an experience museum which they founded in 1999. As the museum director and artistic leader, he is responsible for the events and exhibitions in the unique world of thousands of toys, music, sound, light and motion effects.
In 2013 Gutheim teamed up with Unda Arte, a collaborative art duo. This resulted in Postmodern Substrata – an exhibition and art portfolio, with art and texts by Unda Arte and music by Allan Gutheim. Consequently, Gutheim resumed music again.
Between 2013 and 2018 Allan Gutheim's music was released on the record label The Sublunar Society. Until 2016, it was mostly new releases of Gutheim's older productions from the 1980s and 90s.
Allan Gutheim really found his personal style, a mix of modern, instrumental, electronic synth music and ambient retro, when making the albums Sequencer (2017) and Waves (2018). All of Allan Gutheim's music is produced at Real Time Music Recording Studio and since 2019 released by Real Time Music.

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