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152 Days To Go: Chris Up Close

November 4th, 2011 by Timo Vuorensola

One of the biggest and the most challenging roles in the film is the one of Washington, played by Christoper Kirby. His character is an American “astronaut” of sorts that gets in big trouble with the Moon Nazis, and his story is one of the biggest and freakiest in the film. Chris is not the son of yesterday’s grouse, as we in Finland say. I know it doesn’t make any sense, and it really doesn’t, but it means that he’s been around for quite a while, and done some quite impressive films and TV in his career. Chris started out in an episode of Quantum Leap (so he knows the great Scott Bakula!!), and after that he’s been working on shows like Flipper and Beastmaster, and in films he’s done roles in Matrix Revolutions, Daybreakers, and Star Wars: Episode III, and his upcoming movie called Movie 43 seems to be quite an interesting one. So he’s an experienced, very talented actor who was willing to go all the way to hell and back for this film, and he quite literally did.

In this episode of Director’s Diary, which I shot after a full 10-hour ADR day, consisting of around 100 loops which is A MASSIVE AMOUNT, I’m having a chat with Chris about his thoughts on the film.

This time, the music for this is provided by an artist called Max Farnea, and his song Contro Il Mondo, from the album Drop Paths. Check it out, it’s available for free here! And you can listen to it straight away, here:

153 Days To Go: On the floor with Vivian Wagner.

November 4th, 2011 by Timo Vuorensola

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

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:

http://www.ironsky-blacksun.com
http://www.grenzerfahrungen.de
http://twitter.com/FJS_Falkonos

Iron Sky Comic #1 Is Out – Download It Now!

October 7th, 2011 by Janos Honkonen

A couple of days ago we published the first issue of the Iron Sky comic, and you guys really liked it – in the first day and a half the comic got over 17 500 readers and many of you chose to pay for it! Thank you!

As is our habit, we decided to give a little bit more for all of you who have supported us: all of you who have paid for the comic, or joined the Iron Sky Sneak Peek earlier, can now download the comic as a pdf or a cbz-file to read on the road with your computer, tablet or smartphone! Just click here and enjoy!

Cbz-files can be read with programs such as ComicBookLover (OS X, iPad, iPhone), ComicRack (Windows), CDisplay (Windows) or Droid Comic Viewer (Android).

If you have no idea what we are talking about, here’s some background information about the comic: the first issue, titled Bad Moon Rising, tells the story of how the Nazis fled the Earth. The coming issues will explore the decades after the WWII, the building of the Moon Station Schwarze Sonne, and the rise of Wolfgang Kortzfleisch (played by Udo Kier in the film) to the Führer of the Moon base.

As a thank you for our fan community we released the first part of the comic for free online, and you can find it here. If you want to support us, you can also pay for the comic and pick your own price – those who pay get also access to Iron Sky Sneak Peek, where you can see how the first five minutes of the film is created. Additionally they can now download the comic as a pdf or a cbz comic book file, and they will get the two other issues of the comic without an extra charge!

The three comics are written by Mikko Rautalahti, who has earlier worked on the Xbox 360 game Alan Wake, and the film Imaginaerum. The first issue is illustrated by Gerry Kissell, whose work includes Codeword: Geronimo, Children of the Grave, The A-Team: War Stories and Army of Two.

Once again all of this is published without DRM and all the money will go to making Iron Sky the best film we possibly can!