EE, SE

Post production

Skype Story

Skype'i lugu

This is a film about probably one of the biggest technology projects in Estonia and the whole world through all times, and it takes us to the largest business transaction in the history of Estonian economy – this is a film about Skype. Swede Niklas Zennström, Dane Janus Friis and their Estonian tech team overcome big odds to create Kazaa, and later Skype, two of the most successful programs of the 21st century. Estonia, 2005. The Strand Hotel in Pärnu. A party celebrating the $2.6 billion sale of Skype to eBay. Skype programmers Jaan Tallinn, Priit Kasesalu, Ahti Heinla and Toivo Annus join CEOs Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis as they celebrate the deal. Niklas hangs like a gorilla from the rafters of the spa, watching his buddies’ party hard down below. Estonians and Friis wave up at him, then shock the eBay brass by leaping – fully clothed – into the swimming pool. Skype is something with what about couple of billion people in our planet have personal contact. Selling Skype, buying it back and re-selling it is a story which could be from a detective novel. A story full of contrasts – from apartment block in Tallinn to Silicon Valley, from primitive computer games to private planes, from wild parties to complicated lawsuits. This is a magnificent story with very colorful characters and a lot of crazy image material. The visuals would be combined with interviews and inside archive footage and tied in together nicely by comic book style animation.
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