Henrik Sikstrom – Editor / Creative Director / Director / Motion Graphic Designer
Who is Henrik Sikstrom?
A cultural mongrel: born In Korea, raised in Sweden, studied in France and England, lived in Nicaragua. I have 2 Australian daughters and I love Lebanese food.
How did your career path develop?
I skidded into this on King Kong’s banana peel. Got the dates mixed up and turned up 1 month late for my photo course at art school in Stockholm. Luckily they had a cancellation on their film course which I took and I found my calling there. I later studied at the London Film School and 20 years later I’m still here.
What’s your greatest achievement/s so far?
My 2 Daughters!
Any projects you are most proud of and why?
After film school I got approached to make a series of mini documentaries for Adidas about the (then) subculture of collectors of vintage and rare sneakers. The project took us around the world where we met some amazing people and had some life-affirming adventures. Highlight was drinking “forties” with RUN DMC’s crew and the entire neighbourhood. The low point was when my colleague was refused entry to Adidas headquarters for wearing Nike and got subsequently frogmarched to the nearest shop to acquire appropriately branded footwear. The project ended up winning a Creative Circle award.
Share your biggest lessons in life and work
Having kids brings a new level of purpose and focus to life. Although nearly all processes nowadays are digital, I’ve had the great fortune to have experienced celluloid and analogue workflows – the latter might seem irrelevant today but it’s like Latin. Whenever you’re stuck or find something hard to grasp, you can always reference back to previous processes and usually there’s an “ahh” moment and it all makes sense.