I was 9 years old when we started staging photos of epic grinds like the ones we found in Transworld Skateboarding. My now-cinematographer older brother Janne already knew his way around the 35mm SLR. Then, via years of music production, I found film and bought my first Mini-DV camera with the money my grandfather gave me for my 16th birthday.
Dozens of crappy videos and a small award win later, I landed in film school. Fresh out of school, I wasn't quite fixed on what I wanted to do, but it was that same summer that I saw The Dark Knight in the cinema. And in that moment when you first glimpse Batman in full costume, silhouetted on the bike in the tunnel as the sound design swells, I rolled a tear and knew what I wanted to do with my creative career.
I live in Helsinki with my darling wife and rascal son, where we serve on the pastoral team at Northwind Church.
I was formerly known as Samu Amunét, a surname derived from an old family name, but dropped the alias to reduce confusion. Henceforth, I'll just go by SAMU.
BA (Hons.) in Film & TV production from the University of Westminster.
Summernine, short film contest, 1st place, 2008