Iron Sky Shoot, Day 16: All Aboard The Failboat

December 9th, 2010 by Timo Vuorensola

There’s one thing we’ve been risking ever since we came to Frankfurt, and that’s the weather. Everything else is shootable for us, but not snow – it just won’t fit very well into the story. So far, we’ve been extremely lucky to not to have snow on the days we’ve shot, but our luck ran out yesterday, when we had the second to last shooting day of our Frankfurt leg of Iron Sky shoot, and we were shooting on location by the Main river, in an extremely great location.

We set up our cameras and started to get ready to shoot. When I arrived the set, it was raining, and the rain slowly turned into an icy slush, but it was still very much more rain than snow. We were able to shoot the first wide master shot of the scene, when the slush turned into snow. And then the snowfall turned into a blizzard. So we thought we put up some flags and blockers to block out the snow from falling into the frame of our shot, and while they were working on that, I went into our cast bus and started to work on the scene.

Then, when I popped out for a quick cig some 10 minutes later, it was like stepping into a winter wonderland.

Winter Wonderland (Photo by Tarja Jakunaho)

Heavy snow had covered everything. Every smallest corner of the set we were shooting in, every piece of equipment that wasn’t heavily covered… just everything. And there was more of that stuff coming down constantly, in the form of big, palm-sized wet snow flakes that kept on slapping into everyone’s face. So getting rid of the snow was not an option, since more of it kept on falling all the time. There was nothing else to do than admit that we had lost the battle against the mother nature, and we had to come up with an alternate plan.

After few hours of waiting around, we finally got into a big car park, where we brought our gear – already 7 hours late from the beginning of the shoot. We started to re-build the scene, lit it up and started shooting. We now had a roof over our head, but it still was damn cold.

There was no way going around it. It just looked like shit. Every corner of the shot was not good at all. Instead of shooting Iron Sky, I felt I was working on a student film. The scene didn’t work, the actors were cold as hell and focused mostly on trying to get their lines out without clattering their teeth too violently, and everyone was damn tired, frustrated and not feeling good at all. So after about an hour of giving it a go, I decided to call it a day. It was a hard decision, but there was absolutely nothing we could do about the snowstorm, and I felt that Iron Sky is too good a movie that I would let one of its key scenes would be ruined by a snowstorm.

We decided to re-schedule that scene – and today’s exterior scene, as well – to Australian shoot – find a great location from there for the scene shouldn’t be impossible at all – and do it properly with right amount of time and options available. It’ll be a bit more work over there, but at least it’s warm.

Today is the last shooting day of Iron Sky’s Frankfurt leg. We cleaned one exterior scene from the shoot, and are right now getting ready to do a bunch of poorman processes, which means we shoot interior of the car with lights and/or greenscreen around the vehicle, adding the plate of the location later. And in the evening, there’s a big wrap party coming up. I certainly hope everything goes by the book today.

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6 Responses to “Iron Sky Shoot, Day 16: All Aboard The Failboat”

  1. Roman says:

    This was certainly bad luck… on the other hand is snow in December in Germany not really surprising ;-)

    Btw, I love all the posts and videos. It is really great to watch a making-of before I actually have seen the movie. Please keep doing it…

  2. Jaap says:

    Damn, such a beautiful location, but… scheisse-schnee! :(

  3. sample-d says:

    …if you are lucky maybe there is no snow and warmer conditions when you return from Australia – to make a stopover in ffm to shoot this scene again with reduced equipment.. (if you don’t find a better location) – in the last years we had often a lot of snow at this time, but not that much the rest of the winter…

  4. western freddy says:

    It’s those darn Nazi’s and their infernal weather weapon !

  5. Joe Harrison says:

    I sat on plastic chairs in Munich airport for almost two days last week as no flights thanks to the snow! Hope you have better luck in Australia.

  6. This was certainly bad luck… on the other hand is snow in December in Germany not really surprising ;-) Btw, I love all the posts and videos. It is really great to watch a making-of before I actually have seen the movie. Please keep doing it…

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