Johan Samuelsson is a swedish motion designer currently working in the commercial film industry in Stockholm, Sweden. Over the years he has worked with many different styles and clients such as Netflix, Microsoft, and American Express. The Shift is his first narrative project, and has been a personal project on the side of his daytime job since he graduated school in 2017. The project was successfully funded with a budget goal of $6000 on Kickstarter in early 2020 which made It possible to complete the project in 2021.
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 ticket to?
Maybe a day of cross-country skiing at Hoth, and then take grab a warm beverage at the Mos Eisley Cantina afterwards.
Name a Sci-Fi character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Sci-Fi spirit animal/spirit alien?
I basically got interested in special effects and movie making since I was introduced to Episode 1 in the theaters as a little boy. Darth Maul was my favorite character from that movie, and the cool looking villain will therefore always have a special place in my heart.
Friend or Foe: humanoid robots with advanced artificial intelligence? What if robots start making their own Sci-Fi films? Will you support them in their endeavors? ‘
I would! I think we should use whatever artificial robots could contribute with to realize our creative ideas.
In 1996, Bugs Bunny recruited Michael Jordan and Bill Murray to form the greatest basketball squad of all-time, the Tune Squad; you’re Bugs, who’s on your Sci-Fi Tune Squad?
Not sure about this one.
You’ve gotta 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?
I have bad ideas every day, but I think just sitting down and start working with them anyway usually leads to a better one. Who know, maybe The Shift is the bad idea that will lead to a greater one.
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 isolating?
I consume and think about sci-fi every day, but don’t really engage in any communities yet.
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?
Probably digital for the most part. But I really enjoy crafting with my hands, and I would like to incorporate that into future projects as well.
When you’re creating the props and sets that make a new world, where do you look for inspiration? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I mix everything from my experiences and the worlds that I already love. It will not go unnoticed that The Shift were heavily inspired from a Galaxy far far away…
Lightning round: Star Wars or Star Trek? Philip K. Dick or William S. Burroughs? Practical or CGI? Dystopia or Utopia? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Star Wars Philip K. Dick Whatever works to tell the story! Dystopia Post Apocalyptic