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The Star Wreck series.

“It’s a Plingon ship!”

January 21st, 2009 by Timo Vuorensola

Spotted a nice little Wreck reference from TrekMovie.Com:

Star Trek Enterprise’s Jolene Blalock will appear in a Star Trek parody on the TBS show 10 Items or Less, airing tonight. Blalock will be playing herself, having been lured to a “Star Trok” convention held in a grocery store, which is the main setting for the semi-improvisational comedy show.

And here’s an ad for it:

‘Nuff said :D

2008 – The year in numbers.

January 7th, 2009 by Jarmo Puskala

Futuro house

Future is growing ever closer – since the year 2000 turned out to be kind of a disappointment I gather that in 2010 we’ll finally have household robots, Iron Sky and flying cars. But while we’re waiting, here’s a look back at the year 2008 for Energia.

The Iron Sky teaser was watched 1,131,240 times (that we know of).

What I found interesting was that only eleven movie trailers made it to the Viral Video Charts (weekly stats published in The Guardian). Part of this is propably explained by the popularity of Apple’s trailer page, as the charts track videos on the big video sharing sites. However, it’s pretty flattering that Iron Sky was one of the few movies that made it.

The others being Cloverfield, The Dark Knight, Indiana Jones, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Twilight, Milk, X-Men: Origins, Dragonball, Quantum of Solace, Terminator: Salvation and the new Harry Potter. Apart from and some emo vampires we’re in a pretty good company there – and the only non-american film.

We uploaded 47 new videos to YouTube. All in all our videos were watched 1,156,093 times. Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning got some 205,000 new viewers from YouTube.

The way YouTube works means that being popular helps new viewers to find us. However there’s one thing where we could do better on YouTube – so go and subscribe to Energia’s channel.

Our websites received about one million visitors. So not everyone who has watched our videos has ever visited our websites. Wreckamovie.com was opened for the general public and has got 30 film projects, one book project and 1304 registered users. The Iron Sky project alone has gotten nearly 900 shots for the tasks we’ve set up. Thanks guys, you’re awesome.

Timo traveled total of 109,003 kilometers – that’s nearly three times around the Earth – producing 9,867 kg of CO2 (according to Dopplr).

Interesting productions on WreckAMovie.Com

December 13th, 2008 by Timo Vuorensola

The collaborative film production platform WreckAMovie.Com is growing steadily. We released the official beta of the platform few months ago when we got the MindTrek Grand Prix, and the most interesting feature we added then was the ability to add your own productions. Right now, WreckAMovie.Com is growing steadily, as we add features and make it more compelling for filmmakers and fans to work on with. Right now, we have 1213 registered Wreckers on the system from 38 different countries, working on 27 productions, ranging from feature films to short internet episodes, from films in very early developement stage to films already in theatrical distribution. But that’s not enough for us – we are looking forward into building WAM into a platform that hosts hundreds of thousands of active users and thousands of films, pushing out to worldwide markets of all sizes hundreds of films every year.

Our aim is to keep WAM running steadily for the next year, while we develope the platform and it’s functionalities, and drop from beta somewhere early 2010. And you can join the process as well, by joining the Wreck A Movie Platform production on WAM, where you can share your ideas and thoughts of the system in general.

I thought about doing a short sneak peek into three interesting productions right now active in WAM. There’s a lot more, but I’ll bring these up for now:

Star Wreck 2pi is a fan film of a fan film, a film set in Star Wreck‘s universe, and taking place – as the name says (2pi=6,283…) between Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning (“VI”) and the rumoured Star Wreck VII. The film is in canon with Star Wreck universe (well, as far as I know), and they are right now developing the script with a pretty fast pace, looking forward to shoot the film next year. They are right now looking ideas from the community for the script – jokes, ideas on how the world is in 2010, how Pirk’s fleet should be like etc. The people working on this – Fabienne & Thierry Gschwind – are rock-hard Wreck fans, but have also produced a massive fan parody production about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, called Verhäxt und Ufgspiesst (the monster-of-a-name means “Jinxin’ and Stabbin‘” or something like that :), that’s already finished, and also in production on WAM.

What Became Of Us is a feature-length film about class reunion, made by a group of Finnish guys who did an awesome youth film, funding it out of their own pockets, called Graffiti In Us (Graffiti meissä, 2007), which won the AFIA film festivals last year – and which I’ve seen, and know it’s pretty darn good. I’ve also had a change to look at some material for the upcoming film, What Became Of Us, and it looks *very* convincing. The film is right now in post production and should be out in 2009 . They are looking forward to get some help with their marketing and website, cuz the film is pretty much done by now.

Son Of Man is not actually a film – it’s a book. At first, when I noticed this production being set up to WAM, I was a bit worried, but then I realized that what the hell, it’s all about collaboration, and if people want to work on a book on WAM, it’s just wonderful! Then I realized who’s behind the production – Mike Pohjola, a Finnish writer, who also wrote the official Star Wreck RPG few years ago. Mike is looking for recommendations on films and asking where the future is taking the book format.

Well, that’s it for now! Stay tuned, we’ll be back with you already before the end of the year in various shapes and forms, just like Cthulhu monsters!

Storyboarding the Sky

December 6th, 2008 by Timo Vuorensola

The pieces that we need to gather up and fit together to create Iron Sky are slowly coming together. Although we still have a long way to go, we’ve already started to put some flesh around the script by storyboarding some of the most complicated scenes with Mika Orasmaa, our cinematographer. Storyboarding, for those unfamiliar with the term, means basically “drawing a cartoon” of the film in beforehand. The basic idea is to design the camera angles and to do a draft of the action happening on the screen that can later be easilly followed during shootings and preproductions. With storyboards we are also able to determine quite easilly what kind of CGI we would need – and Energia‘s CGI dept can start working on them way before shootings.

Mika & Timo working on the storyboards for Iron Sky.

This is how we roll: me and Mika, having read the script and the scene at hand, sit sunken in the sofas, chat about the scene, and sketch out very raw images of what we would think might work. Then Mika draws a little bit more detailed pre-storyboards, and we place the storyboards on a large table in correct order and see if the flow of images works. Usually it doesn’t – we find out that we are missing maybe one of the characters, or somebody is too dominant, or we just see that some edits don’t work together. Then we re-work those parts until everything stitches together nicely. After that we scan the storyboards and send them over to Tampere, to Energia’s office, where Jussi Lehtiniemi, our concept & storyboard artist re-draws everything according to our sketches, gives ‘em a little tone on Photoshop, finalizes them and slams everything together in one .pdf, waiting for us to shoot it once the day comes.

Mika working on one of the most complex scenes of Iron Sky

Here’s a small teaser for you of the work we are doing – one page of the storyboards of the opening scene of Iron Sky.

Iron Sky storyboard teaser

You might find some enyjoyment also on the storyboards for Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning – you might notice a slight difference in the quality…

Star Wreck – In the Pirkinning – Storyboards

Also, today it’s the Finland’s Independence Day! To celebrate this, I’d like to share with you the National Hymn of Finland!

Have a great ID6 all you Finns, either in Finland or abroad! Tsuu tsuu!