Archive for 2008

Hand me the shotgun, my leg is getting away!

December 10th, 2008 by Jarmo Puskala

I almost thought that the movie industry must have ran out of ways to shoot itself in the foot – but no such luck. Cnet has done some digging and found out the following:

Typically, movies have set distribution windows that are followed in order: theaters, DVDs, pay-per-view (and iTunes) and finally, broadcast TV. As movies cross over into broadcast TV distribution, they are being removed from iTUnes and Netflix.

So, basicly when a movie is shown on TV in the US the studios yank it off from iTunes and other online video stores. However they do not do this with traditional video rental stores – when they’ve bought the copy they can keep on renting it. This, obiously, goes against all forms of logical thinking. If you’re hellbent on destroying your business model and driving away customers why not collect DVD’s from video stores too? It would be expensive, stupid and frustrating, the perfect solution!

Apparently the reason for this stupidity is one that no one could guess – money. Movie studios make a lot more money from TV sales than online sales, so when TV channels tell them to jump off the bridge and take online shops with them they jump. And at leas tin theory, this way online video will never get to compete with good ol’ television and everybody somebody nobody wins.

Via Mac Rumors.

Voting Hour

December 8th, 2008 by Timo Vuorensola

Voice, a Finnish music TV channel is voting for the best music video in 2008, and White Flame‘s Hour of Emptiness, made by Energia team, is also in the competition.

So you know your job – go out and vote for the moonnazish video! Just pick the video from this page’s pulldown menu!

Here’s the video, once again, for a reminder!

Storyboarding the Sky

December 6th, 2008 by Timo Vuorensola

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.

Mika & Timo working on the storyboards for Iron Sky.

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.

Mika working on one of the most complex scenes of Iron Sky

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.

Iron Sky storyboard teaser

You might find some enyjoyment also on the storyboards for Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning – you might notice a slight difference in the quality…

Star Wreck – In the Pirkinning – Storyboards

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!

Iron Sky teaser 720P in Youtube!

December 4th, 2008 by Samuli Torssonen