155 Days To Go – Approval Screenings

November 2nd, 2011 by Timo Vuorensola

Every week me and Mika Orasmaa (our Director of Photography) go over to Post Control, where we watch all the new shots Energia has delivered for final approvals. The idea of the approval screenings is that we have perfect conditions with Mika to go through in detail every bit and piece in the film, and send comments, requests and wishes back to Energia.

Ideally, all the creative work has been done before the approval screenings, and all the mistakes have been fixed so it’s just me and Mika having the final look of the material and then giving it the green light, and it’s being added to the online edit. Of course, we don’t live in an ideal world, so there might be small and even sometimes bigger things to note on each shot, stuff that’s visible only on a big enough screen or otherwise something that’s been left there for some reason. I make notes based on the intensity or severity of the problem – HIGH means it needs to be fixed, MED means that it bugs me but won’t stop being in the big picture and probably nobody else will notice it and LOW means it’s just a matter of few little things and if the shot is being opened anyhow, then maybe those fixes can be made.

Mika and Jussi getting ready for an approval screening at Post Control

In addition to technical notes, sometimes I might come up with an idea or two as I look at the shots on how to improve them. I write the ideas down and send them as well to Energia. It’s a bit of a pain in the ass for Energia because everybody is running on an extremely tight schedule, and by definition the creative work for the shots should have been finalize already, but sometimes you can spot what’s missing in the picture not before you actually have the picture in more-or-less finalized form in front of you.

Approval screening process is a good, clear and effective way to make sure everyone is on the same page on the CGI post production. All the comments and wishes I have are also viewable to the Post Production Supervisor Anne Urban and the producers, so they can intercept me if I suddenly request something that’s going to make a remarkable blow to the budget or schedules.

The music for this episode was provided by Feuerfalke. The song is called “Meteorblitzkrieg“, and can be viewed here in full length. Feuerfalke is also among the artists of the upcoming Das Leben der Mondsoldaten -krautfunding-album for Iron Sky, that’s an by-fan-for-fans -album comprising of 10 awesome tracks by bunch of great artists, inspired by Iron Sky. The album is coming out later this year, but more info on that later! More info on the guys here:


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3 Responses to “155 Days To Go – Approval Screenings”

  1. Max says:

    Guys, are you sure abuot days remaining to premiere? Shouldn’t that be 154 instead of 155 (as of Noveber 2nd, 2011)? ^_^

  2. Max: to be honest, I’m not completely sure, besides I’m travelling now in Australia so the time/date is a bit of an issue I have no idea of actually :)

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