As you may or may not know, we’ve finished the shoot of Iron Sky one month ago, and now it’s time to move on. One of the major things we’re starting today is the editing of Iron Sky.
Our editing team – editor Suresh Ayyar and assistant editor Courtney O’Brien-Brown – have come all the way from Australia to here in Finland, where we’ve created our little editing bureau at the downstairs of Finnish Film Foundation. That’s where the magic happens.
Basically, we’ll be editing until 1.5., and after that, the full edit of Iron Sky should be more or less in place. We’ve reserved one more week of edit to the fall of 2011, just to be able to tweak the film a bit more when we have more finished CGI.
We started the edit by watching the whole film. Suresh has already been working like a madman, doing what we call the Assembly Edit of the film. Basically, he’s been editing all the scenes together quite loosely, just to get a general idea of the flow of the film. So, when Suresh and Courtney came to Finland, we sat down together with them and viewed what we had in our hands.
I think the first edit is always the worst for the director. All you see is the mistakes, there’s no music, no sound effects, bad dialogue, no CGI… And still, you need to imagine that there’s a film somewhere hidden there, between over-long takes, clumsy acting and crappy green screens. I was prepared for much worse, but when the 2-hour edit of Iron Sky was over, I felt… relieved. I think we agreed that hell, it’ll be a proper film, one day. I was afraid that it would be dragging, boring, not funny at all, but I was wrong. I think what we have already now is a good basis for a great film, and I’m so happy about that.
But there’s still a lot of work to be done, in edit and of course in every other sector of the film. Much of the editing process is me sitting together in a small room with Suresh and going through material: “did we shoot this angle”, “oh man that was a horrible camera move”, “do you mean we don’t have anything else in this size” and so on. But in the end we always spy the bits that work and slam it together, and eventually, it’ll turn into a film we all can be proud of.
Speaking of all, we’ve also reached two nice goals with the community today: our Facebook community has grown to 50,000 people, and we’ve reached 40% of our investment goal – that means, we now have 358000 € of money invested, with top 3 countries being Finland, Germany and UK. Because of Finnish law, we’re able to offer investment possibilities to only 99 fan investors / country, so if you’ve been thinking about investing money, especially from these three countries, be quick to sign up, because after 99 we’re not allowed to get any more investors on board from your country.