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Never

Never (Aldrig) is a dark comedy about jealousy and despair. Alfons (Jussi Järvinen), a miserably insecure man is waiting for his girlfriend to come home from the bar. Just as insane paranoia is about to take over, a mysterious being comes to the rescue...

  • Otto Metsämäki
    Director
  • Tom J.J. Saxman
    Writer
  • Daniela Holm
    Producer
  • Jussi Järvinen
    Key Cast
  • Tom J.J. Saxman
    1st Assistant Director
  • Kristian Setälä
    2nd Assistant Director
  • Helmi Tolonen
    Script Supervisor
  • Sara Forsius
    Cinematography
  • Daniel Sjöberg
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Sarah Karjalainen
    2nd Assistant Camera
  • Sofia Ek
    Editor
  • Theresa Ruma
    Gaffer
  • Axel Nordman
    Best Boy
  • Erika Lindström
    Electrician
  • Frida Lönnroos
    Electrician
  • Henrik Gullmets
    Electrician
  • Rosa Woldhek
    Grip
  • Jodie Sinclair
    Grip Best Girl
  • Mats Havia
    VFX & Graphics
  • Kevin Holmström
    Sound Design
  • Tim Granbacka
    Music Composer
  • John Lönnfeldt
    Additional Music & Sound Effects
  • Jasmine Laine
    Sound Assistant
  • Magdalena Silin
    Boom Operator
  • Fredrik Winberg
    Boom Operator
  • Inka Hietala
    Casting
  • Tatiana Melinkova
    Set Design
  • Henrika Laiho
    Make-Up
  • Sofie Häkkinen
    Prop Master
  • Jessica Lindfelt
    Production Assistant
  • Hannah Hietala
    Catering
  • Anni Lindholm
    Still Photographer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Aldrig
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Dark Comedy, Horror
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 24, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,740 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Finland
  • Country of Filming:
    Finland
  • Language:
    Swedish
  • Shooting Format:
    35mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:39 (Scope)
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Espoo Ciné - ELO Kevätnäytös
    Espoo
    Finland
    May 5, 2017
  • Aldrig - Premiere
    Helsinki
    Finland
    May 24, 2017
  • Minun Elokuvani
    Helsinki
    Finland
    October 20, 2017
  • October Filmfest
    Vaasa
    Finland
    October 28, 2017
  • Short To The Point
    Bucharest
    Romania
    October 29, 2017
    Nominee: Best Student Short
  • Barcelona Planet Film Festival
    Barcelona
    Spain
    November 4, 2017
    Nominee: Best Narrative Short Film
  • Egilgalan
    Helsinki
    Finland
    December 8, 2017
    Nominee: Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound
  • Ekenäs Filmfest
    Ekenäs
    Finland
    January 19, 2018
Director Biography - Otto Metsämäki

Born August 5th 1992.

In 2013 I started studying directing and screenwriting at Arcada - University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland. During my studies I have directed three short films, including Never.

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Director Statement

Once upon a midnight dreary, my best friend and partner in crime, Tom J.J. Saxman approached me with the idea of making a short film based on his favorite poem The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. As I have always been a fan of dark stories and The Raven being on of the true classics I jumped on the idea instantly.

Both of us did not want to adapt the story straight off or make a 19th century period piece. We aimed to make a an adaption that could stand on it’s own two legs regardless if the audience have ever read the poem but still keep the brilliant story that is The Raven alive through the film.

We wanted it to be set in modern times, and wanted the struggles of the main character, Alfons (Jussi Järvinen) to be relatable for a modern audience and something that would be relatable for us as storytellers. The original theme of the poem, death, sorrow and despair we therefore changed to a different kind of misery - jealousy.

Through Alfons I sought out to create a character who’s own paranoid thoughts weighs him down, who’s worst enemy is himself, and this he knows. A character we as an audience can both laugh at and see ourselves in, as Alfons is painfully aware of his own flaws and his own jealousy.

As The Raven is a classic horror poem I wanted to keep the horror elements in the film, the dark atmosphere and creepy environment. Through our cinematography, art direction, lighting and sound design we created an uneasy reality for Alfons to live in, because as Alfons mood changes through the film, so does the environment and the way he perceives the physical world around him, for better and for worse.

I and the team set out to make a dark comedy about an self-conscious, anxious young man, forced to confront his inner demons. A short film that adapted The Raven in a modern way, but to still keeps true to the source material. I think that Aldrig is all that and I’m confident that the audience will think so too!