Made in Aalto: Lionheart

Dome Karukoski is the man behind many of Finland's most succesful movies. He ended up into this industry accidentally.

Dome Karukoski is the man behind many of Finland's most succesful movies, such as Leijonasydän (Heart of a Lion, 2013). He ended up as a director accidentally. Jumping to the unknown and pushing the limits has always fascinated Dome, and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture offered the perfect setting for him. "Without Department of Film, Television and Scenography, I wouldn't be where I am today", he says.

– I ended up into this industry accidentally. I was in the Nurmijärvi unemployment office where they showed me the university admissions guide. I applied to the Theatre Academy twice before I dared to try Department of Film, Television and Scenography in Aalto University. Getting accepted was a combination of luck, chance and talent.

Dome admits that he knew nothing about the business even though his father is an actor. The department soon became his second home, where he could seek his identity and test his limits, allowing himself the freedom to make mistakes, too.

– It is important to study different means of expression. Without Department of Film, Television and Scenography, I wouldn't be where I am today. 

Dome is also a sports fan, with ten years of experience in coaching floorball. As a coach he learned to encounter and lead different kinds of people, which is important, since filmmaking is always teamwork. The director is interested in people in general: he wants to make films about great personalities, those who make you both laugh and cry. It does not hurt to be a social character himself. Dome laughs and says some people are annoyed of him being quite of a chatterbox.

So, what advice can the coach give to a young adult heading to the field of art and design?

 – What matters is your own attitude and will, not the outward circumstances. One of the best things in being an artist is that you do not have to fall into certain category in order to be succesful. It is such a vast ballpark that very different personalities can fit in. University is a very tolerant environment and gives you the permission to be brave. Don't critisize the existing but renew it by focusing on going forward. Be brave. 

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