The pieces that we need to gather up and fit together to create Iron Sky are slowly coming together. Although we still have a long way to go, we’ve already started to put some flesh around the script by storyboarding some of the most complicated scenes with Mika Orasmaa, our cinematographer. Storyboarding, for those unfamiliar with the term, means basically “drawing a cartoon” of the film in beforehand. The basic idea is to design the camera angles and to do a draft of the action happening on the screen that can later be easilly followed during shootings and preproductions. With storyboards we are also able to determine quite easilly what kind of CGI we would need – and Energia‘s CGI dept can start working on them way before shootings.
This is how we roll: me and Mika, having read the script and the scene at hand, sit sunken in the sofas, chat about the scene, and sketch out very raw images of what we would think might work. Then Mika draws a little bit more detailed pre-storyboards, and we place the storyboards on a large table in correct order and see if the flow of images works. Usually it doesn’t – we find out that we are missing maybe one of the characters, or somebody is too dominant, or we just see that some edits don’t work together. Then we re-work those parts until everything stitches together nicely. After that we scan the storyboards and send them over to Tampere, to Energia’s office, where Jussi Lehtiniemi, our concept & storyboard artist re-draws everything according to our sketches, gives ‘em a little tone on Photoshop, finalizes them and slams everything together in one .pdf, waiting for us to shoot it once the day comes.
Here’s a small teaser for you of the work we are doing – one page of the storyboards of the opening scene of Iron Sky.
You might find some enyjoyment also on the storyboards for Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning – you might notice a slight difference in the quality…
Also, today it’s the Finland’s Independence Day! To celebrate this, I’d like to share with you the National Hymn of Finland!
Have a great ID6 all you Finns, either in Finland or abroad! Tsuu tsuu!