And the Oscar for best Visual Effects goes to…

January 28th, 2013 by Timo Vuorensola

No, we didn’t get an Oscar nomination (although we damn well should’ve earned it – at least Iron Sky should’ve been nominated for best Documentary!), but it’s a nice title, eh? Regardless of that, Iron Sky has been awarded with an “Aussie Oscar”, which is pretty damn cool as well!

We grabbed the AACTA award for Best Visual Effects category in a ceremony held January 28th in Sydney. The VFX budget of Iron Sky was under 1 million dollars, and the team consisted of only 20 artists working from Tampere, Finland. We did the visual effects for Iron Sky in a little under one year with a small but highly specialized team from Finland and abroad, and the production was extremely demanding – we had never done anything that big – and the work was finished only two days before the premiere. But we made it. Which is nice. And the award highly appreciated! So thanks, Australia!

The main guys behind Iron Sky visual effects team formed a new company, Troll VFX, with aim to produce visual effects for international films and TV series. Working together in tight conjunction with Blind Spot Pictures (the production company of Iron Sky), the team is now forcing their way to Hollywood with a new science fiction action film Jeremiah Harm. An extended edition of Iron Sky is coming out this year, featuring 20 more minutes of material, and the team is now sharpening their pens, preparing to write the sequel for Iron Sky. Blind Spot Pictures is also coming out with a new film from Aku Louhimies, crime drama called 8-ball.

I guess every country has their own awards ceremony, and not surprisingly, the Finns have one, too. We call it Jussi Awards, there’s probably a good reason behind the name but I’m guessing it’s because our AD/Concept Artist Jussi Lehtiniemi. We are nominated there for best Production Design, but there’s also the audience award. And we WANT TO WIN THAT, TOO. And you can help. Just vote here for Iron Sky, and help us get the audience award (yleisö-Jussi)!

That’s all, Troopers, for now! Oh, but… Yeah! Buy our T-Shirts. They are DIRT CHEAP for few more days, now!

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