After 37 shooting days, we finally finished shooting Iron Sky. The adventure took us from Finland to Germany, and ended up in Australia – we really went across the world to finally come to this day.
Last shooting day started out with a bit of melancholy in the air, but it began to fade away very soon when we started to work – we had a *lot* to shoot. I think we made an overall record for many people of the crew, actually, shooting 15 scenes and 6 pages of script in a very efficient manner. We were forced to rush it, but thanks to working such hard-core actors like Kym Jackson and Peta Sergeant, that wasn’t an issue at all. It was a hard shoot for the actors, because we had primary script and secondary script and we were jumping from a scene to another, and everyone had had their text just few days before the shoot… So it was messy, but it became beautiful in the end.
Then, the moment I had been dreading was staring right in front of me – the wrap. I didn’t know what to say… I was blabbering something, and feeling really stressed standing there in front of everyone and trying somehow to thank everyone in an appropriate manner. But it was impossible, there was no words that could describe what I was feeling… because in a way, I wasn’t feeling anything. I was just waiting for Greg to pop over from somewhere with a pile of call sheets for Monday… But no, there’ll be no more call sheets. It’s done.
It’ll take at least a week to really become reality for me. But right now, all I can say is thank you all. Thank you for following this adventure, thank you for watching Director’s Diaries. The shooting blog is now going silent, as are the Director’s Diaries – but there’ll be more of both in another form in the future, just stay tuned.
Next up for me is the edit. We have about 10 weeks of editing ahead of us, in Finland, and the editor Suresh Ayyar and his assistant Courney are coming over to Finland by the end of February and we’ll lock ourselves in a small room and start working. Simultaneously, the guys at Tampere start their huge workload of Iron Sky CGI.
Thanks to everyone who has been involved in the Iron Sky film crew, in both Frankfurt and Australia – It’d be great to hear from you if you are reading this blog – and I hope I get to work with you again.