New York in 5D – NYC-based photographers needed.

April 13th, 2011 by Timo Vuorensola

New Yorkers with 5D – Iron Sky needs… no, wants you!

As you may have guessed, part of Iron Sky story takes place in the Second Greatest City in the World – New York! (Second to only Tampere, of course…) For that, we’ve shot carefully handpicked locations all over the world, but we’ve never actually had the possibility to shoot in New York itself. To be able to create the illusion of actually being in New York, we need to attach New York backgrounds to shots we’ve shot in post production. And to attain these clips, we need your help.

Here’s the list of things we need – difficulty level adjusted according to the Greatest Game in the World – Doom!


This one’s the easiest – we need you to go on the streets of New York, and shoot all or one of the following shots:

United Nations Building – Wide Lense, Low Angle shot; imagine you’re photographing the Tower of Mordor.

Manhattan skyline, from approximately eye level, in the night time

Manhattan skyline, from approximately eye level, in the daytime

These are just photographs.

Perk: You will be publicly thanked in our Iron Sky Signal -show.

…and, if your shot is used in the film, you’ll be credited under Additional Photography -credits in the credits.


This one’s not too bad, either, but this time, it’s semi-video – we need time lapse photos of sun rising over New York as shot from a) your window b) your rooftop c) whatever location that’s high / interesting enough and you have an access to.

Here’s a bit of reference material on what kind of stuff we’re looking for:

NYC – Mindrelic Timelapse from Mindrelic on Vimeo.

We will use these clips as part of a time change montage over New York.

Perk: You’ll receive a signed War Bond as a thanks for your War Effort.
You will be publicly thanked in our Iron Sky Signal -show

…and, if your shot is used in the film, you’ll be credited under Additional Photography -credits in the credits.


For this one, you’re going to need a car and a 5D. We need some driving plate shots for our poor man’s process -shots of New York – especially in Brooklyn or other areas outside of Manhattan (but still well within the main city limits). We need three kind of shots.

Video shot from the back of the car, driving the streets of New York in the day.

Video shot as straight up as possible through the windshield in the daytime.

Video shot from the back of the car, driving the streets of New York in the night.

This material we’ll use as back plates for our driving shots. Check out these instructions:

And here are the camera setup

Perks:
You’ll receive the Iron Sky Support Kit!
You’ll receive a signed War Bond as a thanks for your War Effort.
You will be publicly thanked in our Iron Sky Signal -show

…and, if your shot is used in the film, you’ll be credited under Additional Photography -credits in the credits.

For this one, a 5D isn’t enough – you’re going to need to have an access to a RED camera(we need 4k material). We need you to go around the city, and film interesting things. Interesting people, interesting events, interesting traffic – in a very urban environment, preferrably in Manhattan. All kind of shots are highly approved, wide and tight, atmospheric, funny or threatening, just as long as they’re well describing and establishing we’re in New York.

We’re using the material in order to create a similar “establishing sequence” as the opening sequence of Die Hard 3 and Phone Booth.

Perks:
You’ll receive the Iron Sky Collector’s Edition DVD (when it’s out).
You’ll receive the Iron Sky Support Kit!
You’ll receive a signed War Bond as a thanks for your War Effort.
You will be publicly thanked in our Iron Sky Signal -show

…and, if your shot is used in the film, you’ll be credited under Additional Photography -credits in the credits.


For this, you need a) an access to a helicopter b) a RED camera and c) possiblity to film over Manhattan. We need top shots of New York to be used as part of the footage of the Nazi Invasion. This shoot would need to take place during nighttime, and we need high angle shots of you circling over Manhattan.

To be honest, I’m not sure if this is even legal nowadays, and that anyone would be willing to spend time doing this, but if you are about to do it, before going out, give us a holler – we’ll fill you in detail on what kind of shots we need so we don’t end up wasting your time.

Perks:
You’ll receive the Iron Sky Collector’s Edition DVD (when it’s out).
You’ll receive the Iron Sky Support Kit!
You’ll receive a signed War Bond as a thanks for your War Effort.
You will be publicly thanked in our Iron Sky Signal -show

…and, if your shot is used in the film, you’ll be credited under Aerial Cinematography -credits in the credits. You’d very probably be the only one under this credit.

Let’s see what you crazy people can do! Engage! And please, make sure the setup of the camera and the technical requirements are met, otherwise we won’t be able to use the material. Thankyouverymuch!

Delivery through Wreckamovie, or directly at me (timo@ironsky.net – don’t send big files over email, just the link plox).

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8 Responses to “New York in 5D – NYC-based photographers needed.”

  1. Moriel says:

    Woho that’s some crazy shit man XD

    Renting a chopper and getting a RED cam alone would set you back like 100-200 grand so I see the point in leeching on the fans :P

  2. Jaap says:

    I would also open a topic on reduser.com, enough people with a RED who like to get some credit in one of the most anticipated SciFi films!
    And for the car plates there are plenty of places on the internet with enthusiastic HDSLR users.

    As to the chopper stuff: I would use stock footage for that, only costs a few hundred bucks a shot. (it might not be RED footage, but neutral colored high quality 1080p isn’t bad for a 2K DI and when it’s neutral colored I think it’s perfectly possible to match it to the look of the film.
    Look at this:
    http://www.artbeats.com/footage/search?keywords=+new+york+aerial+night

    Just some things I wanna share with you, for the rest I can’t help with this from The Netherlands. ;)

    And to everyone in New York who can help; Thumbs up!

  3. Zyklonius says:

    The problem with the United Nations building is that it is currently under renovation (including parts of the facade). I work at the relocated UN office couple of blocks away and can go to the old HQ during lunch hour to check the current outlook of the building. If it looks badish, maybe you could factor in structural damage caused by Nazi deathrays as an explanation? Let me know if you would desire any pics from inside the building, given that I have staff access there (in the limits of UN photo policy, so am not 100% sure I can snap pics of an ongoing Security Council session, not to mention using those in film).

  4. Hosung says:

    I’d love to.
    But I can’t. Because I’m no living in NY.
    It’s Korea. Damn, I really want…

  5. Dr. Jones says:

    I think the crew of the freddyw youtube channel may help you especially for the last two (hurt me plenty and ultra-violence). Seems they are prone to help when videomakers need of them :). They are from L.A., but maybe could move to NY for shooting.

    checkout their channel http://www.youtube.com/freddiew

  6. Zyklonius says:

    Yep, as I suspected: multiple stories in the upper section of the facade of the United Nations building are under construction/renovation, so full frontal pics of the building in pristine condition are impossible in the coming months. Would pics still be welcome?