Archive for 2012

Frohe Kriegsweihnachten – Merry Christmas – Hyvää Joulua!

December 22nd, 2012 by Timo Vuorensola


Art by Gerry Kissell, who is preparing the release of the Iron Sky graphic novel in March 2013. Click here to see the card bigger.

The year is coming to an end, and now is a good time to take a look back at the year 2012. And what a year it was! One year ago, we were still sitting in edit booths, in front of CG programs and sound studios and grading suites mixing, tweaking, rendering, forking and fiddling to finish our six-year behemoth of a work, Iron Sky.

Finally, in February, the film saw the light of the day at Berlin International Film Festival. It wasn’t a silent, sneaky release – the whole film world was speaking of the weird little film hailing from Finland. Some loved it. Some hated it. Everyone spoke of it. And that’s the kind of film we had set out to do six year earlier. A controversial, dark comedy about Nazis from the Dark Side of the Moon.

Then, at the premiere, in front of almost two thousand cheering spectators we thought the work was done. Little did we know we were about to be dragged to every corner of the world and back during the next nine months. The release tour of Iron Sky started in Berlin, continued to Oslo, Texas, led us through 20 cities across Finland, then off to Zürich, Brussels, Ljubljana, Moscow, Tokyo… List goes on and on, all the way to Hong Kong, where the film was released just few weeks ago. Altogether, Iron Sky was released in almost 50 countries in film theaters, and even more countries it’s coming out on a DVD & BluRay.

So far way over million admissions in theaters, already hundreds of thousands of DVDs sold. After six years of hard work it’s good to see that it was worth it. And for that the biggest thanks goes to…well, you know who.

You.

You were there, all the way from the early moments of the production, through the hard, horrific months of uncertainty, working on the script, trying to get money together, shooting the film, post-production… All that. So, thank you. A lot.

And we are not done yet, no sir. As we speak, we are finishing the Extended Edition of Iron Sky, bringing in nearly 20 minutes of new material. Stay tuned, Extended Edition is coming soon!

The next ventures are taking us even further – we are working on our next film already, which is our first US co-production, a scifi actioner Jeremiah Harm. And then there’s the story of Iron Sky – and that story is not over yet. We have assembled the old team and are starting to develop the story for the sequel and a prequel as well!

So there’s a lot of fun stuff coming from us next year, and we wish to invite you all onboard! But before that, let’s all have a quick break, just few days not worrying about Moon Nazi invasion or intergalactic bounty hunters; spend few days with our families, friends – or just by ourselves, if it’s more to our liking – and have a Happy Holidays, and a fantastic New Year!

Signed,

Tero Kaukomaa,
Timo Vuorensola
Samuli Torssonen

and the rest of the Iron Sky team!

Iron Sky – The Book Based on the Movie by Ilsa von Braunfels released

December 21st, 2012 by Timo Vuorensola

The Season’s upon us, and to celebrate the long, lazy days we’re proud to inform you that the official book of Iron Sky has been released, for your holiday pleasure! Written by amazing Ilsa von Braunfels, the book brings a new level to the story brought life in the film, going deeper into the world and mind of your favorite Moon Nazis!

Foreword is written by yours truly!

Iron Sky – The Book by Ilsa von Braunfels is available on a very reasonable price (a bit under 6€) in English and German on Amazon and iTunes! Enjoy – and let us know, what you think!

Iron Sky – The Book Based on the Movie on iTunes (ENG – don’t worry, the page is in German but the book is in English, I checked it out myself)
Iron Sky – The Book Based on the Movie on iTunes (GER)

Iron Sky – The Book Based on the Movie on Amazon (ENG)
Iron Sky – The Book Based on the Movie on Amazon (GER)

FOR US CUSTOMERS - you can find the ebook on Kobo!

(The printed version is coming up in January!)

Iron Sky team looking for a full-time WEB DEVELOPER to work with future productions!

December 7th, 2012 by Timo Vuorensola

IRON SKY is a science fiction film that was created in a tight collaboration with the Internet community of hundreds of thousands of fans across the world, and web services have always been one of the key elements of the success of the film.

Blind Spot Pictures is looking for a full-time WEB DEVELOPER to develop, build and maintain web services for Iron Sky production, as well as for the upcoming films – such as our first Hollywood film, JEREMIAH HARM.

As a Web Developer, we expect you to master all the common tools of Internet web development – php, css, js, html5, databases – you know the drill. Most importantly, we are looking for a person with social skills, sharp brains and interest and willingness to learn new things – and capability of disrupting the accepted norms of web development and film industry!

You’ll get to work in the most interesting film production company from Finland, with a creative and sometimes a bit mad team set out on a course to conquer the whole world.

In addition to Jeremiah Harm, Blind Spot Pictures is also slated to develop Iron Sky’s sequels, a scifi TV series and other films.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, and you are willing to work in Helsinki, Finland, send your work application, CV and example work cases you’ve done to rekry@blindspot.fi – deadline is 31.12.2012.

On Harm’s way – Iron Sky team heading to Hollywood

November 14th, 2012 by Rauli

We started out with a small Finnish Star Trek -parody. We followed it up with a big Finnish-German-Australian scifi Nazi comedy. And now it’s time to see how films are made in the Hollywood. Yes – that’s where we are headed, and we’d love to invite you alongside the journey!

But before going further, let me quickly tell you about a new friend of mine, Jeremiah Harm.

Jeremiah – you can call him Jerry, but he’ll probably rip your limbs off if you do – is a nasty guy with a bad attitude and a bolt-action rifle to back that up. He’s a human, but never really went to Earth. Born and raised in several intergalactic orphanaries with a bunch of aliens from all corners of the galaxy, he begun a career as a bounty hunter early, scoring his first kill before the age of 15. After that, the bodycount has been steadily rising, and by mid-30′s, he has basically hunted down every imaginable race in the galaxy – but not his own kind. See, he’s the only human around as far as he knows, until he is assigned to Earth, a planet claimed to be lost thousands of years ago. And of course he finds himself from New York, chasing a bunch of alien criminals and a girl they kidnapped from the Most Important Man In the Universe.

This much is clear, and pretty much everything else is still open. Yes, we are very early with the production, but our aim is to charge into the battle with all guns blazing, and we’d loved to have you guys join us on the ride. Crowdsourcing is back in the picture – we start by looking for 1 000 000 crowdsourced aliens to populate the world of Harm – and our journey will be documented in the form of Signals, Director’s Diaries and me being an avid Redditor myself, we’re planning to take much of the production to Reddit as well.

But before we rush on, let’s talk a few words about the team working on Jeremiah Harm. The whole story is based on a graphic novel by Alan Grant and Keith Giffen (they’ve worked on Lobo, Judge Dredd & Batman), and published by Boom! Studios. I’ve always loved Lobo, and Jeremiah Harm definitely has the same tone written all over it.

Producers are also rather interesting: Arnold Rifkin, a producer who made most of Bruce Willis’ films, as well as a bagful of other big hits, and Ross Ritchie, the man running Boom! Studios, quite possibly the most interesting comic book publisher out there (check out their catalog here, rather impressive I must say).

And of course, there’s us. Yes, Tero Kaukomaa of Blind Spot is producing, Samuli Torssonen and Jussi Lehtiniemi of Troll VFX on visuals – and I’m directing. And then there’s, of course, you.

We are hoping to extend our collaboration which we started successfully with you on Star Wreck and Iron Sky, and I think creating a full galaxy worth of aliens, cities, planets, laws of physics and what not, is probably even more rewarding than ever before!

And of course, there is a promo, just like we had with Iron Sky back in the very beginning. The idea of the promo is to define a bit of the world, the style and the look and atmosphere of the film. It’s of course just a promo, so not actual material from the film, but I think you’ll get the idea!

Jeremiah Harm Promo

And, we made a new signal about it as well:

The Signal Episode 1: On Harm’s Way

So, here we are again, on the doorsteps of another crazy journey. Come join Jeremiah Harm’s Facebook-page, Twitter account and Reddit account, and – most importantly – spread the word, and click here for to start crowdsourcing aliens with us!

PS. Want to get a bit of an idea of the upcoming film – check out the Jeremiah Harm comic books on Comixology, you’ll get an idea on what we are talking about!

- Timo Vuorensola
Director