"The Sleepy Heist" is a three part crime story and a thriller. The first part is about crime, the second about detective work and the third about justice. A thriller gives the viewer heightened feelings of suspense, surprise and anticipation. A crime story acts as a puzzle which the viewer, together with the detective, tries to solve. For me it is the most exciting combination which makes me think about the common deductive logic in general.
There is a huge potential in the genre of detective fiction: one’s deduction habits are so often challenged that it could become a new habit to question one’s patterns that might result in misleading assumptions. There is always more to the story in the mystery genre - as there is to a person - than it seems. At least, that is how I experience detective stories and why I love them so much.
Solving a mystery requires a look to the past to find clues that could make the present make sense. It is interesting to view it broader and think of the human longing to learn their history in order to create logical, satisfying deductive solutions. How much are our actions linked to the past? How can we challenge the most common conclusive patterns and perhaps find alternative ones to get closer to the truth? Is there a truth to be found?
All the characters, except for the detective, are played by the same actor (me - Netti Nüganen). This defines the style as a playful, child-like collage, which experiments with the methods of storytelling. This juxtaposed with the seriousness of a crime mystery is interesting: it suggests an ease to the word ‘crime’ and seriousness to the word ‘childhood’. Maybe adults can often act like children and, in reverse, children be the most immediate in their ideas and reactions?
For the sake of an out-of-this-world, magical sound design, I will be composing and recording the music on a harp. I have been practicing a bit over a year now and I think it is my favourite musical instrument. It has a wide variety of timbre and, both, eerie high pitch and suspensive low pitch tones.
Producing a film takes a lot of time and, as I have heard, time is money. Although I like to do a lot myself - the musical composition, most of the acting, directing, some of the editing - and the costs of this project will not be very big, the crew still needs to be paid, shooting locations need to be rented and costumes and wigs purchased.
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In the first part of the series the crime happens. In a village - a self-sufficient community with rules and norms different from the society we know - a girl Bed is found strangled and seems dead. It seems to be a murder. The people in the village (bartender Bikini, harpist Susi, artist Fence, Bed’s mom, camouflager Larry and Green Scarf) are sharp to notice and quick to gossip: they each have their own theory about the case. After some weeks of guessing, an exceptionally smart teenager with a great sense of business - Sonja - decides single handedly to come over to investigate the case.
The second episode is all about solving the mystery. Thanks to Sonja's exceptional memory and capabilities in high school, she swiftly finds enough clues to work with. She, together with the viewer, starts connecting the puzzle pieces. Everyone in the village gets their moment of suspicion.
She is professionally private, yet makes everybody feel at ease - soon enough she discovers all the secrets of the people in the village.
But detective work turns out to be very peculiar for Sonja - it requires an interesting combination between doubting and assuming. It teaches Sonja to question her own deductive patterns. When to make banal, almost embarrassing generalising assumptions? And when to be doubtful and critical towards seemingly sensible conclusions?
After some time, when all the puzzle pieces have found its place, she invites everyone to assemble, in the manner of Agatha Christie’s most famous detective Hercule Poirot, for a showdown where the truth is revealed.
Part three of the series will be the time after the crime and the solution: the punishment. Imagine a community in which the standards are different from the society we know: there is no such thing as jury, no such thing as police or justice system. There’s just people, amongst who, in our language, there is a ‘criminal’. How, then, to serve justice towards another person? What would be the punishment?