Jesse Pohjonen

Jesse Pohjonen is a director and writer, known for I Need My Space (2016), Rakkaus Sattuu (2017) and Fluorescent Nights (2017).

Dust Films

I Need My Space

Q & A

If the world you created in your film became a reality, is that a world you would want to live in? Is there a Sci-Fi world you’d buy a one-way %cket to?

The world of I Need My Space is certainly one that could exist. You would only need a ;red middle aged man who would be willing to build a spaceship. You might even find some inspira;on already from the real world. The ending circula;ng spaceship of the movie Interstellar is a something I would like to visit.

Name a Sci-Fi character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Sci-Fi spirit animal/spirit alien?

The movie Arrival has some most interes0ng sci-fi characters I’ve ever seen.

Friend or Foe: humanoid robots with advanced ar%ficial intelligence? What if robots start making their own Sci-Fi films? Will you support them in their endeavors?

Absolutely! I hope they hire me tho.

In 1996, Bugs Bunny recruited Michael Jordan and Bill Murray to form the greatest basketball squad of all-%me, the Tune Squad; you’re Bugs, who’s on your Sci-Fi Tune Squad?

A.I Clones of Elon Musk and Dalai Lama.

You’ve goRa go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?

We were thinking of making I Need My Space a love story. But it would have been so boring and naive, compared to what we came up with.

Do you consider yourself part of a sci-fi community? Or when your brain is in the future and your body’s in the present, is that isola%ng?

I’m actually bit terrified of the Sci-Fi world and how fast we are really approaching the reality of it.

Do you consider yourself more of an analog or digital person? What kind of balance do strike between the two? Is there a disconnect between the technology you make films about and the technology that you make films with?

Digital. We are preLy young and we were born with computers in our hands so we are really used to be on top of the edge in terms of digital workflows.

When you’re crea%ng the props and sets that make a new world, where do you look for inspira%on? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?

Usually just imagina0on helps a a lot and by turning different objects in your hand you can start thinking of new ways to use them. In a sci-fi world familiar objects could have different usage.

Lightning round: Star Wars or Star Trek? Philip K. Dick or William S. Burroughs? Prac%cal or CGI? Dystopia or Utopia? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?

Star Wars. Philip K. Dick. Prac0cal. Utopia. Post Apocalypse.