Archive for the ‘Travels’ Category

Somehow we’ve ended up traveling the world quite a bit. It’s interesting.

147 Days To Go: Iron Sky According To Udo Kier

November 9th, 2011 by Timo Vuorensola

I traveled from Melbourne to Los Angeles, which was quite a heavy trip indeed. Riding with Air China Southern first from Melbourne to China (9,5h), and from there to LA (13h), including 3,5h stopover and 3 hours in immigration… Arriving to our joint I felt like I was driven over by a panzerwagon… Anyway, now that I’m here, I’ve been recovering from the time difference, had some meetings and has been doing ADR with Udo Kier. Udo was also kind enough to invite me over to the premiere of Melancholia, a film which I absolutely adored and was completely blown off by it’s excellency, and I even got to meet quickly with lovely Kirsten Dunst <3

Here's one quite a hefty Director's Diary from my great day doing ADR with Udo, where he shares his own view on the story of Iron Sky, and even comes up with quite a good opening for the sequel!

This episode music was provided by a great goth synth pop band from Sweden called Trocadero Strike Force - and they have shared their EP – awesomely named as “Awesome In A Box” – for free on their website. Check them out here!

Also, special thanks to Janne Tamminen for helping me out with the kamerawerks.

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:

Not in Kansas anymore

August 26th, 2011 by Jarmo Puskala

I never thought having cameras in cellphones as something completely useless, only pretty useless. But turns out that now that we have them we use the. Even I have ended up taking quite a lot of pictures from the production of Iron Sky. Some I’ve posted a long, long time ago, most I haven’t – until now.

Well, not going to post all of them, because they’re mostly horrible. But here are some pics of shooting Iron Sky in Australia.

It was hot as hell in Brisbane

The first day of shooting in Gold Coast was on location in Brisbane. We had left Finland in the middle of the coldest winter. In Brisbane it was the night before the floods really hit – it was raining constantly and it was hot as hell.

Knock, Knock. Who's there? The Doctor. Doctor Who?

The heat had started in Singapore which was in the grips of a small typhoon when we switched planes there. We had barely enough time to have a drink at the rooftop bar. I have no recollection what it was, but apparently it was made by some “Dr Who“.

Crowd designed posters going up

But back to Oz. An ex-movie theater was being turned into an art house theater in New York, complete with posters designed by the awesome people from Wreckamovie.com. Two days later the theatre was underwater.

Timo the Dark Snufkin

The scene we were shooting was the one where Timo has his cameo as a homeless person. I suspect it was a calculated move, because if on the first day of film the director already looks like Snufkin on skid row then compared to that he’s still looking fresh as a koala after a month of shooting and no sleep.

Hail driver!

Talking of not enought sleep, at two in the morning this sign was a source of much amusement.

Not funny when you are not jetlagged

Then again… so was this. I blame the jetlag (and possibly side effects of time travel).

Pile of what looks like trash

Back in the studios the sets we’re coming together. Two days later what had looked like a pile of trash had become a lunar lander.

Strange tools lying around in the nazi moonbase

There were strange tools and instruments lying around the nazi moonbase.

Timo and the beetle

As well as some bigger gear. Like the beautiful Beetle. Unlike the bikes which we rented, this ones’ all ours so you’ll be seeing more of it in the future…

The vacuum of space - the reason no-one can hear you scream.

In space no one can hear you scream. Because of the vacuum. It makes so much noise.

A bunch of lazy kangaroos

Sadly, kangaroos weren’t everywhere. We actually had to go to see them. And instead of boxing with cigar smoking babies or jumping buildings with a single bound they were lying in the sun, waiting for tourists to feed them. But they did taste delicious.

The door

In the graphics department was a small room with a door signed by the film productions that has used it.

Dollhouse

…and these creepy mannequins.

For me the month in Oz was a strange experience. Working in the air conditioned baracks was just like work anywhere. But when you stepped outside it was like you were on another planet. The heat of the sun would hit like a blowtorch, birds sung strange songs and there were constant screams of terror from the amusement park nex door. It was surreal, especially since there were relics from earlier productions all over the studio lot. The ship from Voyage of the Dawn Treader, sets from the Australian TV show Sea Patrol and a huge plastic statue of Bugs Bunny that was lying on the ground looking abandoned. All in all, it was great.

Iron Sky Invades New York – Come Meet Us On Wednesday!

August 15th, 2011 by Janos Honkonen

The Iron Sky core team is currently in New York shooting some scenes and cityscapes, which are going to be used for example as the backgrounds of a dogfight between Nazi UFOs and modern fighters.

Damn, Iron Sky should be reclassified as as natural disaster movie: in Frankfurt we were hit by a snowstorm that paralyzed the city, in Australia there were serious floods and cyclones, and now in New York torrential rains are flooding the subways!

Hotel Stay in NY before whatever natural catastrophy the Iron Sky crew shall bring upon it.

That won’t stop us, though! We will also arrange a combined informal fan and media meet on this Wednesday 17th of August at 7pm at Hotel Stay, 157 West 47th street. Come and meet us, get to see some hitherto unreleased materials from the film. We are also planning to do some guerrilla filming with our fans – stay tuned in our Twitter and Facebook as we finalize our plans on that!

The Iron Sky team, including the director Timo Vuorensola and producer Tero Kaukomaa, are also available for interviews for traditional media, blogs, etc! Please send interview requests in New York to Merja Ritola (merja ät blindspot.fi, +358 50 5937714).

Thanks for supporting us, hope to see you and your friends on Wednesday!

p.s. We set up a Facebook event for the meetup as well. If you know you’re coming, let us know.


The Iron Sky Team