Not in Kansas anymore

August 26th, 2011 by Jarmo Puskala

I never thought having cameras in cellphones as something completely useless, only pretty useless. But turns out that now that we have them we use the. Even I have ended up taking quite a lot of pictures from the production of Iron Sky. Some I’ve posted a long, long time ago, most I haven’t – until now.

Well, not going to post all of them, because they’re mostly horrible. But here are some pics of shooting Iron Sky in Australia.

It was hot as hell in Brisbane

The first day of shooting in Gold Coast was on location in Brisbane. We had left Finland in the middle of the coldest winter. In Brisbane it was the night before the floods really hit – it was raining constantly and it was hot as hell.

Knock, Knock. Who's there? The Doctor. Doctor Who?

The heat had started in Singapore which was in the grips of a small typhoon when we switched planes there. We had barely enough time to have a drink at the rooftop bar. I have no recollection what it was, but apparently it was made by some “Dr Who“.

Crowd designed posters going up

But back to Oz. An ex-movie theater was being turned into an art house theater in New York, complete with posters designed by the awesome people from Two days later the theatre was underwater.

Timo the Dark Snufkin

The scene we were shooting was the one where Timo has his cameo as a homeless person. I suspect it was a calculated move, because if on the first day of film the director already looks like Snufkin on skid row then compared to that he’s still looking fresh as a koala after a month of shooting and no sleep.

Hail driver!

Talking of not enought sleep, at two in the morning this sign was a source of much amusement.

Not funny when you are not jetlagged

Then again… so was this. I blame the jetlag (and possibly side effects of time travel).

Pile of what looks like trash

Back in the studios the sets we’re coming together. Two days later what had looked like a pile of trash had become a lunar lander.

Strange tools lying around in the nazi moonbase

There were strange tools and instruments lying around the nazi moonbase.

Timo and the beetle

As well as some bigger gear. Like the beautiful Beetle. Unlike the bikes which we rented, this ones’ all ours so you’ll be seeing more of it in the future…

The vacuum of space - the reason no-one can hear you scream.

In space no one can hear you scream. Because of the vacuum. It makes so much noise.

A bunch of lazy kangaroos

Sadly, kangaroos weren’t everywhere. We actually had to go to see them. And instead of boxing with cigar smoking babies or jumping buildings with a single bound they were lying in the sun, waiting for tourists to feed them. But they did taste delicious.

The door

In the graphics department was a small room with a door signed by the film productions that has used it.


…and these creepy mannequins.

For me the month in Oz was a strange experience. Working in the air conditioned baracks was just like work anywhere. But when you stepped outside it was like you were on another planet. The heat of the sun would hit like a blowtorch, birds sung strange songs and there were constant screams of terror from the amusement park nex door. It was surreal, especially since there were relics from earlier productions all over the studio lot. The ship from Voyage of the Dawn Treader, sets from the Australian TV show Sea Patrol and a huge plastic statue of Bugs Bunny that was lying on the ground looking abandoned. All in all, it was great.

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3 Responses to “Not in Kansas anymore”

  1. Adam says:

    Good read. And kangaroo is delicious! Glad to see you had a fun time in our awesome little slice of heaven. Although next time head south to Sydney. Can’t wait to see the finished project!

  2. I quite agree. You were nowhere near Kansas.

  3. Great picture. I enjoyed reading them. Great job. Thank you for sharing.