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Rough Cut Screenings or: What to expect when you’re expecting

The hows and whys of rough cut screenings.


by Jarmo Puskala — Posted in Blog

So, you’re coming to one of our Rough Cut Screenings. Great! It’s not going to be your average film night, so here’s what to expect.


The reason we are showing you the film is such an early state is simple. We believe that your feedback will help us make the film a lot better.

That means we want to get inside your head:

  • We’re going to ask you a lot of questions. We will ask you to fill out a paper questionnaire. That’s the part where we can take the results to an Excel spreadsheet, calculate averages and find the strengths & weknesses.
  • The questionnaire will be anonymous – unless you want us to be able to contact you.
  • It’s not a test – there are no wrong answers.
  • The director and the producers will be there to chat. Ask questions, shower them with praise or tear down a plot hole only a paleopodiatrist could notice.

Don’t worry about the feedback while watching. You will remember the things you really loved and the things you really hated – and that’s what we’re looking for.


It’s going to be a rough cut and it’s called rough for a reason:

  • The edit is a work in progress – we’re really happy how it has turned out, but there’s still a lot to tweak
  • There are no actual visual effects, what you get will be animatics, crude computer animations that are used to figure out what happens in the computer generated parts. They are purely a tool without any consideration to aesthetics and make The Flintstones look like Jurassic Park.
  • The soundtrack and sound mix is, at best, temporary and often non-existent. So no sneak peek of Laibach’s latest creations.
  • The film is in English and there are no subtitles. Translating & timing subtitles takes a lot of time that we simply don’t have.


The spring screenings are held as follows:

  • Berlin on March 7th, 2016 at 2PM.
  • Helsinki on March 8th, 2016 at 4M.

The film, our introductions and official feedback will take a bit over two hours. After that there’s a chance for you to chat with the filmmakers. We hope you arrive a bit early as there’s things to do before the screening.


Because we can’t afford to have an unfinished film leaking out, the security is going to be so tight you’d think you’ve stumbled into a secret base on the dark side of the Moon:

  • We will ask you to sign a non-disclosure agreement. And by asking we mean that it’s required if you want to see the film. It’s going to be tight. Before the film comes out you won’t be allowed to say much of anything about the film to outsiders. But of course you can brag you’ve seen it!
  • No phones, cameras or other recording devices are allowed in the screening room. We’ll keep them same for the duration of the screening, or you can leave them at home, which might be easier.
  • Guards will be watching you while you watch the film. With the first Iron Sky we had people with nigh vision goggles making sure there were no cameras. So this is not a date film where to sneak to spend some, uh, quality time with your significant other in the darkness of the movie theater.

That said, we can promise you this won’t be your average cinema experience. You’ll get to see something very few people ever see – in some cases the director and the editor are the only people to see these early cuts. You will also get to meet the people making this film and directly contribute on how it will turn out.


Here’s who are invited to the screening:

  • Shareholders of Iron Sky Universe are invited – if you are one you should have received an email from us. If you didn’t check you spam folder.
  • So are investors participating in the Producer’s Investment Pool.
  • Participate in the crowdfunding campaign and select the “Rough Cut Screening” perks on Indiegogo.

The spring screenings are held in March, so time is running out – but we’ll have another round of rough cut screenings in the Fall of 2016 when we have a more polished cut ready.

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