Skookum Films is a creative video agency founded by filmmakers Kris Skovmand (Denmark), Nuno Sá Pessoa (Portugal) and Samuel Anderson (USA) in Lisbon, Portugal.
The three filmmakers originally met at The European Film College, in Denmark, where they developed their skills in filmmaking and their views on the world, interacting and working with other young artists from across the globe.
Portuguese producer Sara Moura later joined the team as a head of production and marketing and greatly helped the company expand.
Our films have been shown in around 200 festivals from all over the world, our videos have been seen by more than 5 million viewers online and projects for big brands such as Google, William Hill or Pandora have granted us five-star ratings on Facebook, Yelp and Google Reviews!
Keeping our philosophy that in both art and the world there should be no boundaries, we offer all kinds of services in different fields like movies, television, corporate videos, commercials, music videos, multi-camera production, audio production, photography, events, brand activation and more!
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What does Skookum mean?
Skookum is a Chinook Jargon word that has historical use in the Pacific Northwest. It has a range of meanings, commonly associated with an English translation of "strong" or "monstrous." The word can mean "strong," "greatest," "powerful," "ultimate," or "brave." Something can be skookum, meaning "strong" or "monstrously significant." When used in reference to another person, e.g. "he's skookum," it conveys connotations of reliability or a monstrous nature, as well as strength, size or hard-working.
Skookum house means "the big house," meaning "strong house." Skookum tumtum, lit. "strong heart," is generally translated as "brave" or possibly "good-hearted." In the Chinook language, skookum is a verb auxiliary, used similar to "can" or "to be able." Another compound, though fallen out of use in modern British Columbia English, is skookum lacasset or strongbox.
A skookum is a variety of mountain giant or monster similar to the Sasquatch or Bigfoot. In the surviving Chinuk-Wawa spoken in Grand Ronde, Oregon, this variant is pronounced differently—skoo-KOOM—but when used in English with this meaning, it is pronounced the same way as the "big and strong" meaning. Skookums were spirits of which crows, eagles, owls, blue jays, various beasts and reptiles could be representations.
Meet our Crew
Nuno Sá Pessoa
Film Director and Video Editor
Screenwriter and Musician
Animator and SFX Editor
Producer and Head of Marketing