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The Essential List

The Essential List: Peter Törnestam

The Chimney partner and Flame artist on soaring through the skies and seas of Sweden

The Essential List: Peter Törnestam

“I try spending as much time outside as possible despite the long hours working in the Flame suite. It has really been my calm place, skating, skiing, surfing or skydiving - sounds so cliché but it is really a life saver from stress and deadlines,” says Peter Törnestam. "Plus, I do have the most loving and most patient wife and grown up kids too."

The senior Flame artist and partner at Chimney has just moved back to Stockholm after two years setting up the Los Angeles office for the creative-production-post hybrid. He’s enjoyed his stint in California as it has reminded him of his experience living in a car in San Diego for six months back in the ‘80s – though now he’s embracing the wilds of Sweden. 

Of his creative motivation, Peter says: “I had the pleasure and the advantage of 'growing up' in the MTV era… back when ‘M’ actually meant ‘Music’. A great mix of commercials, music videos and drama has kept me busy, hungry and never ever bored. Working with talented people and fun projects really gives you energy.”

For more unbridled enthusiasm, check out Peter’s Instagram - @tornestam for fun and outdoor stuff and @asportfilmtv for work stuff.


Lifestyle

o Place of birth: Stockholm, Sweden 1963
o Hometown: The Rock-Home of Stockholm
o Staycation: Gryttjom, my home skydiving club’s DZ (drop zone)
o Vacation: Warm waves or steep snow
o Pet: GoPro Fusion
o Place of work: Sthlm/LA
o Place of workout: Skatepools

o Side project: Filming friends at play
o Mode of transport: Foot or my pimped ‘Venice-look’ bike

o Bonus travel essential: Passport and credit card


Culture

o Artists: Kiss
o Musician: Hans Zimmer
o Commercials / music video director: Jonas Åkerlund
o Film director: Ridley Scott
o Photographer: Crille Forsberg - (or Pär, Eric, Erik…) Swedish DoPs always bring calm and smiles to set. Never complains, always ready before makeup is.
o Film: Fletch! hahaha
o Series: Chernobyl - very uncomfortable since I live just across the Baltic.
o Commercial: Old Spice I’m on a Horse


o Music video: Smack my Bitch Up by The Prodigy (I know… I posted it, but nevertheless…)

o Video game: Tony Hawk 1…? (I do not really game)
o Board game: Does Skate-BOARD count? Otherwise… Yahtzee?
o Book: I am re-reading 1984 at the moment, in English
o Graphic novel: Tin-Tin (way back)
o Newspaper: Dagens Nyheter
o Magazine: Rolling Stone sometimes


Food and Drink

o Breakfast: Coffee (when I feel strong, I add a pain au chocolat)
o Restaurant: Dukes in Waikiki (…bragging about Hawaii)
o Cheap bite: In and Out!
o Working lunch: East (Stockholm, Sweden)
o Favourite dish: Anything with Seared Tuna
o Signature dish:  Falukorv and Macaroni
o Snack: Cashews
o Guilty pleasure: Ben&Jerry’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream
o Bar: Lulas, Santa Monica
o Booze: Bubbly or Margaritas
o Not booze: Water - any
o Bonus food: Tuna tartar
o Bonus beverage: I drink 1 Coke a month... Beverage of life


Kit

o Phone: Iphone6S
o Computer: MacBook Pro
o TV: 65” Samsung (I think)
o Headphones: Koss (Cheap...)
o Camera:  GoPro Hero7Black
o Soundsystem:  Alexa Echo Plus2
o Pen / pencil: anything
o Where you document an idea: Small notebook and emails to myself
o Casual clothing: I’m actually a real fashion guru. Every 12-15 years I have the hottest fashion trend. 501s and a printed T-shirt. It’s been like that since 7th grade.
o Smart clothing: Suit – boots
o Footwear: Cobians, Vans and boots
o Watch: None
o Collection: Stuff friends made, books, paintings, clothing but I use/wear them
o App: MSW
o Website: YouTube
o Favourite social media feed: Insta, I like the search but don’t write anything, just scroll down. (#suckerforsunsets)
o Work program: Autodesk Flame
o Digital work tool:  Tablet/Pen - Wacom
o Analogue work tool: Paper, pen, sticks, cloth...
o Morning grooming: Water, soap and lots of conditioner.
o Bonus kit essential: Parachute: Performance Designs Velocity
o Board: H-street for concrete, Firewire for waves
o Shades: The Spy Scoop2 – 20th anniversary 
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