Crazy flight… 33 hours of horror, and finally landed to Melbourne, and straight from airport to Soundfirm and to do some ADR.
It was great to get back to working with Peta Sergeant, who plays the role of Vivian Wagner in the film; she’s really an active and really passionate actress, and threw herself into the ADR with as much passion as if she was doing it on the day.
I’ve found my relationship with ADR to be partly love, partly hate – sometimes I feel like a good ADR might add to the performance, sometimes even quite a bit, but sometimes when actor has nailed it on the shoot perfectly, replicating that can be extremely hard, even impossible.
Ps. Directing Under Jetlag (DUJ) should not be prohibited.
Music for this episode was provided by a Finnish band Manbööbs, check out more of their music here:
And while at it, why not check another band by the artist Tuomas Sirola, called “the sQueak”
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 SupervisorAnne 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:
As some of you know, I’ve been working as the head of our social media team quite some time now and that job includes development of Iron Sky transmedia products as well.
Such as Iron Sky comic book, boardgame and many more. In the meantime of all that I’ve been producing an interesting 35-minute short film which I would like to introduce and deliver the official trailer of short film “8″!
Do you really know a person before you know his darkest secrets? Can you see a human being behind his actions and forgive him? Are you capable of reaching a peace of mind before confronting your most painful memories? These are the themes that we explore in the psychological horror short film “8.”
The film is nearing its completion and you have the possibility for a digital download of the finished film at the end of September!
We will inform about our festival tour and distribution deals so stay tuned! Follow the process from this blog or in the official Facebook -page of “8″!
Cannes Film Festival is here and that means purgatory for countless filmmakers trying to get their projects out there. That makes this a good time to remind everyone how you can help indie filmmakers. I originally posted this a year ago. This is a slightly updated version.
Our community has helped us in several ways, from giving us concrete ideas and materials via Wreckamovie to helping us finance the movie by buying merchandise or investing directly in the movie. This help is not cosmetic or a gimmick, it’s very important for us in a very concrete way, and we are truly grateful for your support!
There’s also another thing people can do that really helps us – something you might not think of as being useful or important. Moreover this is something that’s very easy to do and also free. This something is SHARING.
When we publish something interesting on our blog, website, Facebook, YouTube or other place we frequent, go nd share it to your pals in social networks, forums you frequent and in your blog; Digg the article and submit it to Reddit, Stumbleupon, and so on. Also, drop in the www.ironsky.net/demand/ link with the stuff you share, because those red dots on the map are very important for us.
Why is this important? How is the fact that some guy or gal shares our teaser or blog entry to his pals in Facebook actually hugely useful for Iron Sky?
The thing is, publicity is enormously important for indie projects that are not backed by big money. When people think about movie publicity, they think about just getting people to the theaters when the movie is done – and that’s how it might be for the big studio backed movies. Those filmmakers can announce the movie, start producing it and then have the studio throw €30 million for marketing when the film is done. That’s really not how small or even multi million euro budget indie movies work, especially if it’s aimed for a wide theater distribution.
Indie filmmakers need good buzz right from the moment they start pitching the film to production companies, distributors and investors. They must convince all those people that the idea is viable, has potential and that there are people who are interested in it – and keep convincing them until the movie is done. For every Paranormal Activity there’s a dozen films that couldn’t get the buzz going. This is part of why indie projects seem to take an age to be completed: you don’t hear about big studio movies until they are almost done, but indie movies need to make noise right from the pre-production phase.
(Well, sometimes indie movies really do take ages to make… )
So, for projects like Iron Sky publicity not just about the amount of viewers: at the production stage it’s almost literal currency with which we can get resources and freedom to make the movie we want to and convince that theater near you to show the finished film. A $10 million project can’t get by on crowd funding and the personal finances of the creators alone, although both of those are often extremely important sources to get the train rolling. Projects this size must deal and co-operate with the traditional side of movie business.
Distributors, investors etc. are very interested in how much buzz a project has, and these people love numbers and figures. When negotiating with them, website statistics, YouTube views, Facebook likes and amount of demands turn out to be cold hard cash and at times the most effective bargaining tool. Those red dots on the Demand map are catnip for the business people. “Here’s our movie idea, and here’s our ready made audience that can’t wait to see it – please give us resources and free hands to do our stuff!” It’s also the matter of artistic integrity: the more there is buzz about the film, the less chance there is that they panic and start demanding changes that would make the movie more “commercially viable”.