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Iron Sky (film)
09 July 2013 @ 07:43 am

Iron Sky sequel The Coming Race reached the crowd funding goal of $150000 yesterday, after a 55-day crowd funding campaign on IndieGoGo. I must admit I was a bit worried at many points, but we managed to prove again and again that the fans are out there, willing to help and support, and that there’s a lot of love for Iron Sky out there.

The campaign started out in Cannes 2013 this year with a simple plea video shot by Blind Spot team, starring me as a North Korean prisoner. We thought we’ll have some fun with the recent North Korean threats, and knew that producing a “lo-fi” -style video would be possible, although at that point we had zero budget to begin with. The plea video turned out quite fun, I was a bit nervous if it would work but am happy to see that at least people didn’t hate it.

The campaign started off nicely, but then died quite quickly because — well, we are almost first-timers on this, platform-based crowd funding. First, we were a bit baffled on what happened, why did the great beginning died out so abruptly, but realized soon enough that you actually need to work for every dollar. You need to be re-inventing yourself every two days to keep the campaign running; whether it’s a new perk, a cool new way to promote, a new video, piece of graphic… there needs to be something new every day.

You also need to communicate with the supporters. Updating them via IndieGoGo is crucial, but also doing the legwork in Facebook – updating the main fanbase at Iron Sky Facebook Page is important, but you don’t want to go all the way spammy there. Not everyone wants to join. So we created a specific Iron Sky The Coming Race Crowd Funding -page on Facebook, which is a zone merely devoted to updating and discussing the crowd funding campaign.

Yet, our original time limit, 47 days, wasn’t enough. We ended up with little over $10000, but then in came IndieGoGo, offering us an extension of 10 days, which we gratefully took. The suggested time for a campaign on IGG is 60 days, especially with bigger productions – we should’ve taken the heed from the beginning, but it’s good IndieGoGo was out there to help us out.

Altogether, working with IndieGoGo was a pleasure. The idea was originally brought up by someone at IndieGoGo, and our case was handed over to John Trigonis of IndieGoGo who did amazing work helping us out whenever we needed, and giving us advice along the way.

The campaign wasn’t an easy one, and not everyone believed in it. We did hear from several critics and bloggers some grumbling along the way, but we have learned that it’s part of the game when you do something that’s against the norm. Some were also surprised of the “slow” pace of the campaign, being all blinded by the Hollywood-backed crowd funding campaign successes of Veronica Mars and Zach Braff, but it’s good to remember that although Iron Sky is no son of yesterday’s grouse when it comes to Internet, it’s still a small fish in a big pond, and the Hollywood stardom still gets the biggest splashes, and we smaller players just have to soldier on. But we made it, and we can be proud of what we achieved.

With the extremely hard 60-days work, help of IndieGoGo — and the enthusiasm of our fans, first and foremost — we were able to reach the goal of $150000. But the game is not over yet. We still have some 50 hours left in the campaign, and we are hoping to push the sum to as high as possible.

I will be writing a detailed “guidebook” to crowd funding here in Iron Sky blog based on our experiences, hoping to share what we learned along the way, and hoping to spark up some more interesting crowd funding campaigns and help those in process of one. I’ll also do a Reddit AMA now to answer some questions.

There’s a lot of people to thank to for the success, but just to name few, I want to thank first and foremost Essi Suomela, my companion and co-conspirator in the campaign, who with I pushed through the campaign high and lows. Another huge thanks goes to producer Tero Kaukomaa who initiated the whole campaign and stood firm on our side. And of course Samuli Torssonen and Jarmo Puskala, without whom we would’ve botched the whole campaign before it was even born. But then, one of the most important part was our amazing team at Blind Spot Pictures; Iiris Juutilainen, Emma Ilves and the rest of the wonderful people there, who still have a huge work ahead of them to tie the loose ends of the campaign.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the campaign!

Originally published at Beyond the Iron Sky. You can comment here or there.

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Iron Sky (film)

For the last 50 days we’ve been busting our asses off working on Iron Sky sequel’s development funding through a crowd funding platform IndieGoGo. The road has been rather interesting, and even for the most die-hard fan it’s a bit hard to follow everything we’ve released, so I thought gathering it all up here in one place for easy way in!

The launch logo of the film, revealed to be titled Iron Sky The Coming Race

Iron Sky The Coming Race logo

Iron Sky The Coming Race logo


(Logo by Timo Vuorensola)

Here’s the first campaign video, the “North Korean hostage video” with director Timo Vuorensola’s plea to the audience.

And here’s the first press release:

IRON SKY SEQUEL IN THE WORKS – AIMS FOR BIG CROWDFUNDING
“From the ruins of mankind, a new breed of superiority shall arise!”

The filmmakers behind the internationally successful scifi comedy IRON SKY are following up the insane storyline of Nazis on the Dark Side of the Moon by launching the crowdfunding effort for the sequel, titled IRON SKY THE COMING RACE.

So far, Iron Sky is the most successfully crowdfunded film in the world that has been released, raising $1,5 million from the crowd. The total budget of the film was $10 million. The aim with the sequel is to crush the crowdfunding records with help from its growing community for the scifi spectacle.

“Because Iron Sky had its genesis online and our funding model rose from those origins, people assumed we would follow an alternative distribution route, but we in fact raised other monies that put us on a more traditional path. Whilst it was great to work with distributors around the world who loved the project, with the sequel we want to return to our roots and see what new paths we can forge in online and alternative distribution.”, says producer Tero Kaukomaa. “When the new film comes out, we want it to be available for anyone, everywhere around the world and on whatever platform you prefer to watch it. Our goal is not to be dependant on any entity but our fans.”

The first goal is to raise money for the development phase to produce the script and a promo reel for the film, and a production plan. The crowdfunding takes place in Indiegogo; link.

The details of the story for Iron Sky sequel are still to be disclosed, and the team is keeping a tight lid on the production so far. The original writing team is currently laying out the beats of the story.

Iron Sky sequel will be shot earliest in 2015. “We are not in a hurry, we want to make this one the best, most amazing science fiction film out there,” Vuorensola adds.

“Because of the nature of the film, we want to start early enough building the community and funding the film,” producer Kaukomaa says. “We aim to redefine the possibilities of crowdfunding as an effort for distribution model against piracy and believe that our experience, fanbase and concept can carry us all the way there.”

The first phase of IRON SKY THE COMING RACE crowdfunding launches today, with a rather politically incorrect plea video, as seen here: www.igg.me/at/thecomingrace

The first promo poster, with the Vril Symbol:


(Artwork by Timo Vuorensola and Bastien Grivet)

The first Director’s Update, from Cannes Film Festival:

A Thank You -postcard with the reveal of the tagline of the film (“From the Ashes of Mankind, a New Breed of Superiority Shall Arise”).


Artwork by Bastien Grivet

And the full artwork looks like this:


Artwork by Bastien Grivet

The second Director’s Update, from New York:

The second press release, launching Udo Kier and Stephanie Paul’s involvement:

UDO KIER RETURNS IN IRON SKY SEQUEL

Production eyeing to raise 100k in the first phase crowd funding.

The film makers of science fiction action comedy Iron Sky, released 2012 in Berlin Film Festival and followed by a worldwide success, are now working on the sequel. The first casting news promise the return of Udo Kier (who played the Moon Führer) and Stephanie Paul (who played the President of the United States).

Both actors have released their own campaign videos in support of Iron Sky sequel.

Paul’s video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnRoM9kCi64

Kier’s video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN97RUkliT0&feature=youtu.be

Although not much of the story has been released, the first visual released online hints of the storyline related to the Hollow Earth mythology.

See the visual here: http://i.imgur.com/AW8wsG9.jpg

The music for the film will be composed by a legendary Slovenian music group Laibach, who also composed the soundtrack for the first Iron Sky.

The film production is still in early stages, and filmmakers are now raising money to produce the script and first promo of the film, using IndieGoGo –platform. The campaign has so far raised almost $90000 and remaining days hope to get the funding up to $100000.

The complete budget of the film including viral communication is estimated to be somewhere around $15 million, with production starting earliest 2015.

And here’s the awesome campaign plea video “A Message from the President of United States to North Korea” from Madame President, Stephanie Paul:

And Wolfgang Kortzfleisch’s plea, by Udo Kier himself!

And then comes the third Director’s Update, this time from Croatia (or Center of the Earth, if you please):

To celebrate the 10 days extension by IndieGoGo, we released this campaign poster:

We are now at $130000, with under $20k to go, and full six days to make it work. Head over to our IndieGoGo campaign and share the link www.igg.me/at/thecomingrace – your continuing support is the key to the success of the campaign.

Thank you so much for these 50 days, we are at the very last leg of this long journey and are about to reach our goal, of which we have you – and *only* you – to thank for.

Originally published at Beyond the Iron Sky. You can comment here or there.

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Iron Sky (film)

The trailer for Iron Sky: Director’s Cut has been released. Featuring a new, Germanised vesion of Laibach/Siddharta classic B-Machine as a background, this trailer showcases the 20 new minutes injected in Iron Sky.

We’ve also launched the pre-order for Iron Sky: Director’s Cut at our website, www.ironsky.net. Pre-ordering now, you’ll get a bluray, containing

- All new cut of Iron Sky, with 20 minutes more of the Moon Nazi mayhem, amazing visual effects by Troll VFX and great new music by Laibach.

- 90-minute Making-Of documentary Forging the Iron Sky

- A Concept Art booklet

And it’s signed by the director himself. That’s me.

So, place your pre-order now either at The Reich Stuff Store or claim the $40, $50 or $60 dollar perks at our IndieGoGo campaign, and get it delivered to you latest end of December this year!

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Iron Sky (film)

As the campaign is marching through its’ last leg, with 9 more days to go and over $60000 already in the bag of the first crowd funding campaign, we’ve just released the first artwork for the sequel Iron Sky The Coming Race. Here it is:


(Click the picture to see it in more detail, or download the 80mb/15000x px wide super-HD version here.)

The artwork is done by Bastien Grivet .

The whole campaign has been extremely interesting learning experience as well, and I know I promised to give a good, thorough walk-through of crowd funding using a crowd funding platform back in 2011 when we were doing The Race, but never got around doing that. But this time, I actually have a lot to say about the experience, and will share it in a blog post after the campaign is over.

If you haven’t still supported the production, there’s still time, just head over to our IndieGoGo page and put in your support. If you still wonder the amount, $60 is a pretty good deal. Here’s what you get with:

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Iron Sky (film)

The first official teaser poster for the sequel of Iron Sky has been released. The sequel started its’ lengthy and ambitious crowdfunding campaign few days ago and is aiming for shootings in 2015. The script is being developed by the original writing team, and the style of the film will be darker, crazier and more epic.

Many of you have already spotted references to Edward Bulwer-Lytton‘s 1871-released book Vril, The Power of Coming Race. The film is not based on the book, but we’ve gathered a lot of references and ideas from famous conspiracy theories.

The film will be largely crowdfunded in an attempt to be able to keep our original vision unhindered by outside demands. This allows us also to have a bit sexier and more violent approach – not to say that’s the aim, but it’s good to have leeway to those directions as well. With script PG-13 aim of Iron Sky, that was quite soon ruled out. We want to go more to the direction of Starship Troopers.

Crowdfunding campaign is ongoing at IndieGoGo, a platform available worldwide. The aim is to first finance the script for the film, a few minutes promo reel and a production plan and budget. The campaign attracted over 10000 on its first few days, a good start on the way to the goal of 150000 by the end of June.

Today released teaser poster here in high quality: http://i.imgur.com/nbVkveb.jpg

Iron Sky The Coming Race crowdfunding page: www.igg.me/at/thecomingrace

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Iron Sky (film)

The Cosmonaut, a Spanish film about Lost Cosmonauts, will have its’ premiere on May 14th. Iron Sky team has been tracking down the production process of this crowdfunded science fiction masterpiece for a several years now, and we are all hyped about the upcoming release.

I had a chance to screen the film in advance, and I can tell you, it’s definitely worth the wait; an instant modern indie scifi classic, right up there with Moon and, well, I’d like to think Iron Sky as well!

We are urging Iron Sky fans, friends and followers share their enthusiasm, that helped us to make Iron Sky such a successful film worldwide, to The Cosmonaut as well. Best way to help out the film is to spread the word (sharing the link to their homepage, for example) and if you are in US, go see the film in one of the Tugg screenings – and if none are available in your area, you can easily create your own The Cosmonaut screening to a theater near you! Just go to Tugg.com and click Create Event on the top right corner of the screen!

The Cosmonaut Trailer (In all your screens – May 18th 2013) from Riot Cinema on Vimeo.

But, as it’s always with films, crowdfunded-, sourced- or plain good old “normal” films (whatever that means), the director is the one who lays down beat, the style and the feel of the film. Meet Nicolas Alcala, a 25-year-old Spanish filmmaker, a film school reject and a university dropout, who rather spent his time making his dream come true – according to his own words, “doing The Cosmonaut was so much fun and a lot more interesting.”

What was the biggest thing that made you realize you want to make this film?

Probably the first time I went to Star City, the real place where all the cosmonauts have been training to go to space since the sixties. It was a hidden city for many years and even now it’s not that easy to get in. Being in that place, which is frozen in time, with all those big training facilities, the military part, all the mockups, the cosmonauts walking around to buy bread at the bakery, or with their kids, the museum… it’s a very special place and I realized there was a huge story to be told about it.

Star City in the distance

You’ve had a long and windy production; what were the highlights and lowdowns you think you’ll remember the rest of your life?

Phew, so little space to write them all! It’s been a roller coaster. When you read all those stories about difficult shootings in films like Fitzcarraldo, Apocalypse Now, Blade Runner… They sound like fun. It’s not so much when all the hell breaks loose on you – but hey, it’s always nice to have enough stories to write one of those books by yourself. I wouldn’t change a single second of the last four years.

The best moment? The first time we saw the ending credits and we realized we’ve made a real film after all. And all the talks and master classes I’ve been lucky to be invited to, that relation with the audience is very special.

The worst is probably the moment when our russian co-producer dropped out a week away from the shooting taking with him 150.000$… but it wasn’t so bad since we asked for help to our fan base and we managed to raise 170.000$ in 3 days.

Talking about crowdfunding and -sourcing – what were the pros and cons of those methods, would you use them in the future, and what’s your take on the future of crowdsourced and/or -funded films?

PROS:

I have made a film.
I have made the film I wanted to do.
I have made it with complete (and I mean it) creative freedom. Not a single producer/distributor/investor up my ass telling me what and what not to do.
I have made it with 5000 new friends I made along the way, who were there for me through the good and the bad moments, and who will talk about their movie much better than I will ever be able to.

And all this allowed us to not only make the film we wanted to, but also to be able to skip the intermediaries if we needed to, to be able to negotiatie in our terms many times and to distribute the film the way we wanted.

All of this ROCKS.

CONS:

Melville once said that your first film should be made out of your own blood. That was definitely our case.
It has been the most difficult challenge of our lives. It has been painful and exhausting and nasty some times.

I would use it in the future but I think it shouldn’t be the basic funding for the film. It should be used to raise a community of people, fund like a 10% of the film and be able to make cool stuff for your fans and raise awareness. Our problem is that since we were going to license the film with Creative Commons and distribute it for free and on a day & date release… every other way of traditional financing came apart and we had to manage with only the crowdfunding funds, which are difficult to raise.

I think, in the future, crowdfunding will be a small part of film budgets and a big one if you are really famous like it happened with Veronica Mars and Zach Braff.

So, if The Cosmonaut is the love child of Tarkovsky and Kubrick, who are the rest of the closest relatives?

There is no way to answer this without looking like an asshole… so I’ll go for Wong Kar Wai and Aronofsky.

Russian space exploration is often easily being overshadowed by American achievements in films. Was this one of the themes of the film?

The first reason to make this film were there characters and the relationship between them. The second was a thing that interested me a lot: the solitude of a man lost in space, hundreds of thousand of kilometers away from home, knowing he is not coming back. Then came all the historical context once I started reading about the Soviet Space Race, which I feel have been totally overshadowed by the American side of the story. There are a lot of fucking epic stories from the soviets and I felt it was a great field to explore.

In the end, not much of the stories ended up in the film, which is focused on the characters, but they are on the 34 transmedia webisodes that we produced, which tell more about how the cosmonauts train and prepare for their missions, and give clues of one of many conspiracies that might have happened without us even knowing.

The Soviet Moon landing

What was the decision behind making the film in English language, rather than in Russian?

When you make your first film, you usually go Kevin Smith -style: 3 characters, a couple of locations, 3 to 4 weeks, your home town – you know, easy stuff, to be able to control as many variables as possible.

I went for a period film, set in Russia, shot in Latvia and Moscow during 11 weeks, with literally more than a hundred locations, with a tenth of the budget you will need to shoot the 90 minutes of the film and more than 200 of the transmedia pieces we shot.

Going for the Russian language, finding the russian actors, having a translator on set, not being able to direct them – that might have been too much for us at that time. So we decided to make it in English and make the film as international as possible.

What’s your take on the Torre Bert recordings, you think they were a hoax?

I think some of the them were probably made up or at least shined up a bit but, hey, who cares? The Cordiglia brothers story is so incredibly amazing that deserves all the credit. I can’t understand why nobody has made a film about them yet. It has everything: young passionate guys in the sixties, secret agents, conspiracies, dead cosmonauts, groupies, love…

Would you participate to Mars One -mission, the mission where you’d be sent to Mars to build a colony and live your life there, but would never have a chance to return back to Earth?

Not in a million years :)
There is a quote in my film which I really relate to, even though all the love I have for space:

Stas – So… you didn’t came to work here because you loved your work?
Yulia – I hate space. There is so much to see down here…

Reading through a crystal ball, I can tell you your near future: you will be running around the world in festivals with the film and being invited to gazillion crowdfunding-, sourcing- and transmedia seminars as a speaker. But what do you envision, how would you ideally see your career grow? Would you rather go towards Hollywood, or focus creating the career here in Europe?

Thanks but no thanks. I love going to seminar and so on, but what I really want to do is films. I believe in this great idea of “one for them, one for me”. I would love to do films in US, which is a little bit more oriented towards the big audiences, and then smaller and more personal films in Europe. At the same time, working in transmedia stories for my own, or someone else’s films. And having fun.

The Iron Sky team wishes the best to The Cosmonaut team for the release. You’ve done a big job so many others only dream of, and I can assure you, the upcoming year is going to be all about reaping what you’ve sown.

Originally published at Beyond the Iron Sky. You can comment here or there.

 
 
Iron Sky (film)
06 April 2013 @ 03:41 pm

It’s always nice to hear being an inspiration to someone, but very rarely it’s anything as cool as The Cosmonaut, an English-language film about a lost cosmonaut who lands back to Earth only to find out that he is the only human being left on the planet.

The film has been in production for several years now. Directed by Nicolás Alcalá, the film is a deep, thoughtful and emotional science fiction story set in the year 1967, the Space Race era, but looking at the world from the Russian perspective. It centers around two cosmonauts and the wife of one of them, their friendship, love triangle and the exploration of space and Moon.

What makes the film special, in addition for being a really good film, is the method it was produced, which is heavily inspired by the production process of Iron Sky and Star Wreck. The filmmakers raised a considerable amount of money from the collaborators over the internet, over 400k€. They will be releasing the film online for free distribution on May 14th, on a Pay-If-You-Like -model, on a DRM-free HD release. Those who contribute money get an access to a huge body of additional material online. A perfect release, available on every screen everywhere.

In addition to this, they are organizing a bunch of theatrical screenings of the film via Tugg.com, which was used also very successfully on Iron Sky’s US release.

Keep your antennas up for the film, it’s an unforgettable experience, and check out their website for more information. The Wikipedia article about the production is rather conclusive as well. The Wikipedia article about the production is pretty conclusive as well. Cosmonaut is here:

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Iron Sky (film)
15 March 2013 @ 10:17 am

Today we have released the all-new version of Iron Sky, titled Director’s Cut. This version, 20 minutes longer, fitted with more visual effects from Troll, new music from Laibach, and all new scenes featuring Götz Otto, Julia Dietze, Udo Kier and all the other crazy characters of the Iron Sky universe, is the ultimate take on Iron Sky. But why call it Diretor’s Cut? Why didn’t we release this version on theaters? What’s so new about this take? And last, but not least – how do I get it?

Let me address these questions one by one. First, the name – Director’s Cut. The original version, which I’ll call Theatrical Version from now on, was just as much director’s version as this one, but this version is closer to the original vision of the film, which was the cut down for several reasons before the theatrical premiere.

The reasons were both time and money. We didn’t have enough time to finish the film to hit the Berlin premiere in February’12, so we decided to cut some corners and focus on getting the film out. Second, as you know, we were always tight on money, and we just didn’t have enough resources to finish some of the more complex sequences with adequate quality. But it’s not to say that the Theatrical Version would’ve been anyhow lesser or minor version of the film; the two versions are quite different and it’s interesting to find out which one you will prefer. Theatrical Version is much faster paced and dashes on relentlessly, where Director’s Cut takes a little more buildup, staying a bit longer on scenes on the Moon and establishing the characters, thus rendering the pace to a more epic and grander scale movie. Both have their pros and cons. I prefer the Director’s Cut.

So, what’s new then? Well, first, we went back to the original script and storyboards and decided to slam together several scenes we had skipped in the storyboard phase, and finish them. Most of that stuff was already somehow planned, either as animatics or simple scribblings on paper, but our adamant idea was to not to bring anything new to the film that wasn’t there in the planning stage. This meant, of course, a lot of more work to Troll, the VFX company of Iron Sky, who finished the visuals in an amazingly beautiful way.

Then, we opened the very first cut of the film, slammed together by Suresh Ayyar, our editor, and pulled in scenes we felt that would fit the film that had ended up on the cutting room’s floor for whatever reason. We were giggling through a lot of awesome stuff, and decided to bring in most of the scenes – there were few bits we knew were left out for good reason, but mostly the stuff was just too brilliant not to tuck in. Then, we sat down with editor Iikka Hesse in Finland and took a new stab on the material, trimming and squeezing it, finishing with almost 20 minutes longer cut of the film.

Last but not least, we of course needed a lot more music, so we contacted Laibach and introduced them to the idea of composing new music to the film. They, of course, were interested, but the process proved to be a bit more complex than we expected. Adding to music is much different than just putting new material in here, adding few beats there – basically, much of the stuff had to be either completely re-composed or at least had to be torn open and put back together from much bigger portions than just the added new material.

We then finished the sound with our sound designer Heiko Müller in Münich, color-graded in James Post in Finland and — well, here we are! All new shiny version of Iron Sky is now out, and we are eager to hear your thoughts! You may post them either to our Facebook page, or as a comment here – I really want to know what you thought of the new version of the film, especially those who’ve seen the first version, and which one you prefer?

Wolfgang and his cronies greet the troops as they march into the next Great War

The last question that remains is: where to get Director’s Cut. Well, the answer is Netflix Nordic. If you don’t have Netfix and you live in Finland, Sweden, Norway or Denmark, now is a great time to get it. I can’t appraise enough the service, and premiering Iron Sky there is a great honor for us.

We are right now opening the discussion with our distributors on getting the new version available on Blu-Ray and DVD, and hopefully even on a small theatrical run – and will keep you informed! So stay tuned!

Originally published at Beyond the Iron Sky. You can comment here or there.

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Time flies when you are having fun, they say. Well, they are not wrong. It still feels like it was just yesterday when I called “It’s a wrap” for the Iron Sky shoot almost 2 years ago in Australia. One year from that, we marched proudly in front of 2000 people standing ovations at Friedrichstadt-Palats at Berlinale 2012. After that, the film went ballistic globally – from USA to Japan, from Thailand to Finland, from Germany to Australia, the Moon Nazis landed on over 60 theater screens, and after that smashed through your home doors into your living rooms as a DVD, BluRay and VOD.

Here are some memories from the Berlinale premiere, one year ago:

It wasn’t an easy year, though. Travelling means being a lot away from your loved ones, and releasing this film means I traveled more days than I stayed in Finland. Being public property of sorts, dealing with criticism can be sometimes flooring, but luckily there’s always you, fans, to help me back up. Interviews are great, but you can only tell your story in so many ways. Premiere parties are nice, but there are healthier jobs out there than being a film director.

But now, here I am, back at Berlinale, sitting on the floor in the corner of Martin-Grobius-Bau, watching as the buzz of the European Film Market is around. New films on the market, new people celebrated, new deals being made. Iron Sky was out last year, to these people, it’s old news. But truth be told, the story of Iron Sky goes on. We have started to write the sequel, and the Director’s Cut is coming out this year. The Moon Nazis are still very much alive. But what’s most interesting is that everyone knows Iron Sky, worldwide. The film industry is aware of the small Finnish film freaks who made quite a ripple in the international market with the craziest film in long time, and we are proud and happy about that. We came here to make films and disrupt the ways films are made, released and distributed, and intend to continue down that road.

Tonight, we are having the first public screening of the Director’s Cut (we used to call it Extended Edition, but realized that Director’s Cut is probably more truth, we were forced to leave a lot of cool stuff out of the film due its’ initial release, and I was really happy for the opportunity to bring the film into its’ originally-meant glory). I will be reporting back to you from the premiere, but in the meanwhile, for those wanting to take a little trip down the memory lane, here’s the Director’s Diary archives of Iron Sky. Watching them you get quite a good idea on how big a job it was to create the film, quite personally seen through the lense of the director’s camera.

To celebrate the first year of Iron Sky, we released the Premium Anniversary shirt design, by wonderful artist Izumikawa MacFLY!


Click here to buy the shirt and support Iron Sky! Buy now and get -20% off of the price (now: 19,90€, normally 24,90€)

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Iron Sky was awarded at the annual Jussi ceremony this year. Although we competed only for one official Jussi (Production Design), we walked out with 3 awards! First award was the Hulda-award for Best Finnish Export, followed by the audience award for Best Poster of 2012. Then, we grabbed the Jussi-award for Best Production Design (congratulations to Ulrika von Vegesack, Jussi Lehtiniemi and Peta Lawson!)!

NEW SHIRTS AT THE STORE!

We also launched 3 new shirt designs, first one is out now for purchase, two next ones will be unlocked during February! The first shirt, designed by Janina Åberg, is an amazingly beautiful THREE MOON NAZI -shirt, inspired by the legendary THREE WOLF MOON -design. This unique design comes printed on a high quality T-shirt, with big Iron Sky logo in the back. Place your order before 10.2., and get 20% off of the price!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE IRON SKY STORE

To celebrate the Best Film Poster -award, the theatrical poster of Iron Sky is available at a huge sale at our store! Get yours – SIGNED with director Timo Vuorensola’s, VFX producer Samuli Torssonen’s, poster artist Jussi Lehtiniemi’s and producer Tero Kaukomaa’s signatures – now for only 14,90€ (normally 29,90€)! We signed only 100 of these, so be quick and get yours before we run out of these beauties! Click here to get your copy of the winning and signed poster NOW!

And, as a cherry on top – you can Download the Three Moon Nazi desktop wallpaper here for free!

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Iron Sky on ollut menestys monella osa-alueella, mutta myös pettymyksiä on matkan varrelle mahtunut. Yksi suurimmista kysymysmerkeistä on kuitenkin se, saako Iron Sky:n sijoittaneet fanisijoittajat rahansa takaisin.

Rakennehan Iron Sky:n rahoituksessa oli se, että n. 10% koko elokuvan budjetista rahoitettiin fanirahoitteisesti. Iso osa fanirahoituksesta koostui ns. fanisijoituksista, eli ihmisten tekemistä piensijoituksista. Sijoitusten osuus on n. 700000 euroa.

Sijoitussopimusten mukaisesti fanisijoittajat ovat samalla viivalla elokuvaan sijottaneiden tekijöiden kanssa (tuottajien ja ohjaajien), jotka saavat nyt ensimmäisessä vaiheessa rahojaan takaisin elokuvan tuotoista.

Tärkeää on kyetä erottamaan elokuvan nettotuotto vs. bruttotuotto. Eli elokuvan tuotanto- ja levityskustannuksia ennen tulleet rahat vs. elokuvan tuotanto- ja levityskustannusten jälkeen käteen jääneet rahat.

Jotta tuottoa voidaan alkaa maksaa, on ensin saatava katettua tekemiseen ja levitykseen kuluneet rahat. 10 miljoonaa maksanut elokuva on tehnyt rahaa takaisin 10 miljoonaa, mutta ei vielä tarkoita, että edes kulut olisi peitetty; matkan varrella on elokuvateatterit ja levitysyhtiöt ottamassa oman osuutensa elokuvan tuotoista, tuottajalle päätyvät rahat eivät vielä ole kattaneet elokuvan tekoon käytettyjä rahoja. Elokuvan tuottaja ei siis ole vielä tehnyt bisnestä, vaikka elokuva on näennäisesti “tehnytkin takaisin omansa”.

Toisin sanottuna, elokuva on tehnyt rahaa, mutta ensimmäisenä nokkimisjärjestyksessä olevat ovat napanneet ensimmäisen vaiheen rahasta, eli pääsääntöisesti elokuvateatterirahasta, omansa. Varsinaiset osuudet fanisijoittajille, tuottajalle ja ohjaajalle jäävät odottamaan ns. toisen vaiheen rahaa – tallenne- ja digimyyntiä. Jep, siis käytännössä niitä DVD- ja BluRay-myyntejä, jotka nykyään muodostavat merkittävän osan elokuvan tuottajalle tuomasta voitosta.

Elokuvateatterilevitys on kallis tapa markkinoida tallenteita, mutta valitettavasti se on suunta, johon bisnes on kallistunut. Rahaa siis on vielä matkalla, peräti melko paljonkin, mutta ne eivät valitettavasti ole tulossa ihan heti eikä viidestoistakaan päivä. Elokuvan elinkaari on useiden vuosien mittainen, joten tulevina vuosina tullaan vasta näkemään, kuinka iso osuus sijoituksista palautuu sijoittaneille tuottajalle ja fani- ja perinteisille sijoittajille. Toivottavasti kaikki. Ehkä jopa vähän voittoakin.

Tämän lisäksi elokuvarahan liikkeet ovat hitaat. Levittäjä on voinut tehdä merkittäviä määriä bisnestä ja rahat makaavat tilillä jossain päin Retoromaniaa, mutta se, että ne päätyisivät tuottajan tilille ja sitä kautta fanisijoittajien tileille ei olekaan ihan niin simppeliä. Iron Sky on myynyt satoja tuhansia DVD- ja BluRay -levyjä jo tässä vaiheessa pitkin palloa, ja valtavia määriä rahaa makaa tileillä pitkin maailmaa odottamassa sitä Herran päivää kun levittäjä jaksaa tehdä raportin ja antaa mahdollisuuden laskuttaa, mikäli laskuttamiseen on aihetta. Valitettavasti raporttien odottaminen ja niiden metsästäminen kissojen ja koirien kanssa on yksi koko tämän elokuvalevitysmambon vähemmän mieluisista mutta vääjäämättömistä sivupuuhista.

Tiivistetysti siis: elokuvarahan liikkeet ovat hitaat ja jyvittyvät pitkästi vuosien mittaiselle ajalle. Iron Sky:n tuottajat tekevätkin siis niska limassa töitä saadakseen fanisijoittajiensa – ja omansa – rahat takaisin. Osa tästä työstä on rahojen hidasta kotiutusta maailmalta, mutta osa myös uusien tuotteiden – kuten Iron Sky: Extended Editionin – tuotantoa ja myyntiä. Ei siis kannata heittää kirvestä kaivoon, edessä on vielä vuosien mielenkiintoinen urakka, jonka lopputuloksena toivon mukaan kaikki ovat saaneet rahansa takaisin, kenties pientä voittoakin!

Tero Kaukomaa
Iron Sky:n tuottaja

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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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08 January 2013 @ 10:35 pm

Troopers, now hear this!

Official IRON SKY CALENDAR 2013 has been released. Containing amazing artwork by Jussi Lehtiniemi, the man behind the steampunk world of Iron Sky, this wall calendar puts all the competing wall calendars to shame. Calendar hangs open proudly in its’ 30cm x 43cm size, adoring the walls of your home or office, and reminding your co-workers or family members that you have participated in defending the Earth from the vile Moon Nazis and their attack plans.

The calendars are available for a limited time only, so get yours while we still have them! IRON SKY CALENDAR 2013 is also a great gift to a friend, lover – or an enemy (keep them close, they said).

Get your IRON SKY CALENDAR 2013 NOW at Iron Sky Store, at the low price of 18€!

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Art by Gerry Kissell, who is preparing the release of the Iron Sky graphic novel in March 2013. Click here to see the card bigger.

The year is coming to an end, and now is a good time to take a look back at the year 2012. And what a year it was! One year ago, we were still sitting in edit booths, in front of CG programs and sound studios and grading suites mixing, tweaking, rendering, forking and fiddling to finish our six-year behemoth of a work, Iron Sky.

Finally, in February, the film saw the light of the day at Berlin International Film Festival. It wasn’t a silent, sneaky release – the whole film world was speaking of the weird little film hailing from Finland. Some loved it. Some hated it. Everyone spoke of it. And that’s the kind of film we had set out to do six year earlier. A controversial, dark comedy about Nazis from the Dark Side of the Moon.

Then, at the premiere, in front of almost two thousand cheering spectators we thought the work was done. Little did we know we were about to be dragged to every corner of the world and back during the next nine months. The release tour of Iron Sky started in Berlin, continued to Oslo, Texas, led us through 20 cities across Finland, then off to Zürich, Brussels, Ljubljana, Moscow, Tokyo… List goes on and on, all the way to Hong Kong, where the film was released just few weeks ago. Altogether, Iron Sky was released in almost 50 countries in film theaters, and even more countries it’s coming out on a DVD & BluRay.

So far way over million admissions in theaters, already hundreds of thousands of DVDs sold. After six years of hard work it’s good to see that it was worth it. And for that the biggest thanks goes to…well, you know who.

You.

You were there, all the way from the early moments of the production, through the hard, horrific months of uncertainty, working on the script, trying to get money together, shooting the film, post-production… All that. So, thank you. A lot.

And we are not done yet, no sir. As we speak, we are finishing the Extended Edition of Iron Sky, bringing in nearly 20 minutes of new material. Stay tuned, Extended Edition is coming soon!

The next ventures are taking us even further – we are working on our next film already, which is our first US co-production, a scifi actioner Jeremiah Harm. And then there’s the story of Iron Sky – and that story is not over yet. We have assembled the old team and are starting to develop the story for the sequel and a prequel as well!

So there’s a lot of fun stuff coming from us next year, and we wish to invite you all onboard! But before that, let’s all have a quick break, just few days not worrying about Moon Nazi invasion or intergalactic bounty hunters; spend few days with our families, friends – or just by ourselves, if it’s more to our liking – and have a Happy Holidays, and a fantastic New Year!

Signed,

Tero Kaukomaa,
Timo Vuorensola
Samuli Torssonen

and the rest of the Iron Sky team!

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The Season’s upon us, and to celebrate the long, lazy days we’re proud to inform you that the official book of Iron Sky has been released, for your holiday pleasure! Written by amazing Ilsa von Braunfels, the book brings a new level to the story brought life in the film, going deeper into the world and mind of your favorite Moon Nazis!

Foreword is written by yours truly!

Iron Sky – The Book by Ilsa von Braunfels is available on a very reasonable price (a bit under 6€) in English and German on Amazon and iTunes! Enjoy – and let us know, what you think!

Iron Sky – The Book Based on the Movie on iTunes (ENG – don’t worry, the page is in German but the book is in English, I checked it out myself)
Iron Sky – The Book Based on the Movie on iTunes (GER)

Iron Sky – The Book Based on the Movie on Amazon (ENG)
Iron Sky – The Book Based on the Movie on Amazon (GER)

FOR US CUSTOMERS - you can find the ebook on Kobo!

(The printed version is coming up in January!)

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