Archive for 2010

Police Brutality in Frankfurt

December 16th, 2010 by Timo Vuorensola

As some of you have read in the press, a couple of our team members had a bit of an unfortunate end for the Frankfurt shooting trip, and many of you are worried.

So, to keep rumours from running amok, here’s what happened.

Long story short, we were spending the last night in Germany in a small bar after a sushi lunch, chatting about the last 1,5 months in Frankfurt and what to expect for the coming Australian shoot. I left the bar earlier that night, lucky me, since soon after I was gone, the police attacked the bar, dragged some of our crew members out, beat the shit out of them and then left without an explanation.

Thanks, guys. What the hell?

Here’s what happened: the remaining three troopers of Iron Sky crew (we specifically do not want to reveal their names – so even if you know who we are talking about, please don’t shout their names to the net) were sipping their drinks in the wee hours of morning, when suddenly the door was slammed open, and four or so coppers and police dogs rushed in. They grabbed our team members very damn brutally, and manhandled them out on the street, smashing the Australian guy face first into the concrete. Then they handcuffed him, and started kicking him while he was on the ground. The other guy – a Finn – tried to stop them and find out what was going on, but he was put down on this knees, and when he tried to get up, the last thing he remembers is a police coming at him fast, before he woke up in an ambulance with a headwound.

After the police had more or less kicked everyone’s arse, they told the guys to go to the ambulance that had appeared in the scene. And then they left.

So, they charged in, beat the shit out of our guys and left. No charges, no reasons, no explanation. Just random act of violence.

Not surprisingly, we’re pissed off. We had great time in Frankfurt, wonderful shoot and everything, and then a bunch of cops come and ruin the whole thing.

Anyway. We’re all OK now, but it did leave a sour taste for the Frankfurt shoot. We’re figuring out with a German lawyer the ways to proceed in order to get some justice – or at least some kind of an explanation – but given that the cops are most likely not going to admit they did anything wrong, and there was quite a heap of them, it might be quite hard. When there is a problem with the police, there’s always the risk that the incident will get buried. We now hope that the resulting publicity will make the Frankfurt police investigate this incident properly.

EDIT: We were asked by our German lawyer to take down the photos of the injuries. Legal action is now underway. We will return the images when we get an okay from our lawyer.

Tl;dr: German police beat the shit out of Iron Sky team members; everyone’s OK, but damn pissed off.

Iron Sky Sneak Peek – Read the First Five Minutes of the Script!

December 15th, 2010 by Janos Honkonen

As you may have noticed, we celebrated the start of the filming of Iron Sky by publishing a new service called Iron Sky Sneak Peek, where we will publish the first five minutes of the film right when it’s ready, and before the film is officially published. In addition to that we offer the possibility for everybody to see how those five minutes are created, step by step. The cost of this is one euro, but if you want, you can pay more for the fun – crowdfunding is still a very important part of financing the film for us, and every euro counts.

The thing is, we want to give you something tangible in return right away, even before the film is out. Last month we told you about the idea behind Iron Sky and the opening scene of the film. Now you get to see something much more concrete:

The Script.

Yes, we just uploaded the first five minutes of the actual shooting script of Iron Sky into Go forth and enjoy!

The Iron Sky team is slowly getting ready for a short Christmas pause, but we still have more fun stuff coming out before the holidays. Thanks to each and every one of you who have already helped us!

Iron Sky in crescent

December 13th, 2010 by Timo Vuorensola

We’re halfway there, friends.

Well, at least shooting-wise. Let’s not forget the post-production. But still, we’re halfway there. I returned to freezing, snow-suffocated Finland on Saturday, after one and a half month pre-production and shooting phase in Frankfurt. We shot half of Iron Sky there – mostly on-location – during approximately 20 shooting days. We’ve got another 20 to go.

It was the greatest 1,5 months of my life. Now, I feel beat. To sum up with what I learned on the way, I could say: prepare to the unexpected. A director friend of mine told me, when asking about how to prepare for the first big film shoot, that “if something can go wrong, it will”. A very good piece of advice, and I tried to prepare to every possibility. Had I not, we would’ve not finished the shoot. But then there’s the unexpected factor. An actor breaking leg. A snowstorm. A lost car key. All these things can provide massive problems, and there’s no way but to find a creative solution around them. Sometimes, there is one. Sometimes, there is none.

But the film needs to be shot, no matter the obstacles. Luckily, so far there’s always been a solution.

Now I’m enjoying Finland, it’s beautiful winter and Nordic logic, look and feel for the next few weeks, and then – in 28th – I’ll jump on a plane with Samuli and we’ll fly over to Australia to finish the shoot. We should be done by mid February.

Then, it’s up to the post production – Energia’s CGI team, our editor, Laibach and so on – to finish what we started, and deliver a killer of a film. The Director’s Diaries will be silent for the next few weeks, but we’ll be back in front of the camera on the sunny side of the world in January.

Before that, I’d like to take a moment and thank the whole German crew in person, and collectively, for the huge effort you’ve done. The material we’ve shot so far looks breathtaking, and we’re eternally thankful for you all.

Same goes with the fans, investors, Wreckers and everyone who’s helped us to finish the process. Your continuous support is still required for us to be able to finish the shoot and the long post. Thank you all, have a great holidays and awesome new year.

See you all soon!

Timo & the whole Iron Sky team.

Iron Sky Shoot, Day 17: The Poor Man’s Process

December 13th, 2010 by Timo Vuorensola

After the horrendous weather fail on Day 16, I slept extremely badly. Sweating, tossing and turning around in the night, I woke up not being sure which language to talk and what scenes we had to shoot on the final day. As the day started to dawn, I felt quite lousy, but as more information about the day started to trickle, especially about the weather, things started to clear up. We decided to move the last day’s optional location to Australia as well, and focus only on doing some of the stuff we absolutely needed, some poor man’s processes for the car scenes, which turned out to be a great decision in the end. The snow had not cleared during the night, so we found ourselves a studio where to shoot the remaining couple of scenes.

The studio, about 1 hour drive away from Frankfurt, was a well equipped small studio with enough space to drag in the two cars we needed and build greenscreens and moving lights around them. The whole poorman process is a surprisingly handy way to take care of car driving sequences. One would think that it would be quickest and easiest to just let the actors drive around the city, but that usually means having a trailer attached to the car, because actors need to be able to focus on acting, not the traffic, and camera needs to be placed usually in the front of the car, and the end result still depends quite a lot on the traffic.

With poor man’s process, we create either a green screen around the car, and shoot the plate shots later, attaching it to the green background. Even easier way – and just as suitable – especially if it’s a night shoot – we can create a bunch of moving lights around the car to give an idea that the car is roaring fast through the city in the night. We did both, and they worked very well. We also shot some muzzle flashes with blanks, adding the right type of a muzzle to the end of a AK47. Shooting that in slow motion provided an extremely beautiful outcome.

Muzzle Flash Closeups (Photo By Tarja Jakunaho)

The last shooting day was very satisfactory. We had most of the main cast there with us, and the studio was warm, controllable and quite fast. The last shots we shot around 3:00 in the morning – and then, it was a wrap. Actually, the wrap, for the whole Frankfurt shoot. I had a change to thank everyone in the team, and then we were off to the wrap party at costume department. Starting the party at 4:00 in the morning was quite an experience, and the festivities lasted for quite a long time – but we had a lot of fun, and it was a perfect ending for the great shoot in Frankfurt.