IRON SKY – WHEN THE MOVIES, FANS AND THE INTERNET MEET

Iron Sky is a dark science fiction comedy that takes place in the year 2018, when the Nazis, who fled the Earth to the dark side of the Moon in 1945, return to claim the Earth. The film is Finnish-German-Australian co-production with a budget of 7.5 million euros. It’s directed by Timo Vuorensola and produced by Tero Kaukomaa (Blind Spot Pictures), Samuli Torssonen (visual effects producer, Energia), Oliver Damian (27 Films), Cathy & Mark Overett (New Holland Pictures), and San Fu Malthaas the executive producer.

The cast includes Julia Dietze (11⁄2 Ritter), Götz Otto (Schindler’s List, The Downfall), Christopher Kirby (The Matrix Reloaded & Revolutions, Daybreakers, Space: Above and Beyond), Udo Kier (Dogville, Dancer in the Dark), Peta Sergeant (Satisfaction), Stephanie Paul (Separation City, Film School Confidential) and Tilo Prückner (The Neverending Story, Die Fälscher), and the screenplay is written by the acclaimed sci-fi writer Johanna Sinisalo (Nebula Award nominee 2009, Finlandia 2000) and Michael Kalesniko (Private Parts). The film was completed in February 2012 and released at Berlinale 2012 in Panorama program. The film has been distributed theatrically to over 60 countries, and even more on BluRay and DVD. Film won the Silver Méliès -award and Audience Award at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, the AACTA (“Australian Oscar”) for best visual effects, Jussi-award (“Finnish Oscar”) for best production design, and several audience awards in festivals around the world. It was in official selection in such film festivals as Berlinale, Moscow Film Festival, Karlovy Vary, Sofia International Film Festival and Sitges Film Festival. World sales is handled by Stealth Media Group.

For more in-depth information about the creators of this unique movie project, see the end of this document.

FUNDING AND THE SCHEDULE

About half of the Iron Sky 7.5 million € production budget is covered from Finland, and the rest from Germany and Australia.

Finland € 3.972.720 52,96 %
Germany € 1.704.956 22,73 %
Australia € 1.823.503 24,31 %
Total € 7 501 179 100 %

The financing includes 1 million from the Iron Sky Fans, from which 40% is cleared and 60 % gapped by a Finnish bank Nordea. The rest is coming from more traditional sources such as Finnish Film Foundation, Hessen Film Invest, Eurimages, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Screen Queensland, Media development, several pre-Sales and spend related financing like DFFF in Germany and Australian tax-offset (Qape).

The principal photography of Iron Sky took place between 17.11-9.12.2010 in Frankfurt Germany, and in 10.1- 5.2 in Warner Studios, near Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. The CGI effects production of the movie begun in the beginning of 2010 by Energia Productions in Finland. The editing, sound design, composing and other post-production begun in October 2011. The movie will be was finished just two days before its’ premiere at Berlinale Panorama section, in February 2012.

USING THE INTERNET – AND DOING IT RIGHT

What makes Iron Sky special is the active collaboration between the film makers and the online community. The Iron Sky team is in direct contact with over 250.000 fans on a weekly basis. 15.000 of these fans are found in YouTube, 183.000 in Facebook, 55.000 on Iron Sky website, and so forth. All these figures are growing day after day.

The fans and followers took part in Iron Sky by offering the following things: ideas, funding and publicity.

IDEAS: The fans took part in making Iron Sky through a collaborative film making platform called Wreckamovie.com. In Wreckamovie the film makers can give their followers tasks, which can be simple (come up with a name for a character) or quite complex (build a 3D model of a starship).

CROWD FUNDING: Out of the 8 million euros that is the budget of Iron Sky, 1,2 million euros were fan funded. It is based on the active merchandise sales of Iron Sky (store.ironsky.net) and notable fan investments. The followers of Iron Sky were able to make investments starting from 1000 euros for the whole duration of the movie project. (www.ironsky.net/finance/)

PUBLICITY: The core group of Iron Sky team has been using social media for years before the term itself had been coined. At the moment the film makers are in direct contact with their fans via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms. The fans help to spread information about the movie to their own social circle.

And integral part of the Iron Sky publicity campaign is a system called Demand to See Iron Sky, which can be found in www.ironsky.net/demand/. It enables the visitors to demand to see the movie in cinemas in their home city. The fans validate their demand with their e-mail address, which makes it easy for the filmmakers to reach their fans in certain city or geographical area.

 

MAKING OF DOCUMENTARIES – IN REAL TIME

Iron Sky offers the fans and the followers a view behind the scenes as the movie is being made. The team publishes Iron Sky Signal documentaries online at YouTube (www.youtube.com/energiaproductions). In these videos the making of crew visits different departments, such as the art or costume department, and shows the audience how a multi million euro sci-fi movie is actually produced. In addition to this the film crew publishes shorter video diaries, such as the Director’s Diary, which director Timo Vuorensola films during his work day.

IRON SKY – MORE THAN A MOVIE

The movie is only one part of the Iron Sky family of products. In addition to the merchandise there are several other Iron Sky themed products have come out during and after the production. These include:

Iron Sky Invasion (PC/Mac/PS3/XBox360): Produced by Polish game studio Reality Pump and German publisher Topware Interactive, the Iron Sky game is a modern space fighter simulator, calling to mind such classics space shooters enhanced with strategy and RPG elements. The core of the gameplay is based on ship-to-ship dogfights, combined with assaults on giant spaceships (such as the Siegfried-Class Zeppelins), as well as tactical thinking and resource management. Game was released in Q1 of 2013.

 

Iron Sky Graphic Novel is a prequel-style three-part graphic novel written by Mikko Rautalahti (“Alan Wake”, “Imaginaerum”) with art by Gerry Kissell and Amin Amat, which tells the story of Udo Kier’s character Wolfgang Kortzfleisch and his rise to power in the gritty environment of the secret Nazi moonbase on the Dark Side of the Moon. The graphic novel was released in the summer of 2013.

 

In addition to this, Iron Sky franchise expands to two iPhone games, board game, novelisation and loads of merchandise, available at The Iron Sky Store dedicated to Iron Sky film products.

 

PRODUCTION COMPANIES

Blind Spot Pictures

Blind Spot Pictures and its founder Tero Kaukomaa have over 20 years experience in international film production, marketing, sales and distribution. Iron Sky director Timo Vuorensola became a partner in Blind Spot in 2012. Both partners are constantly invited to speak all over the world about their visionary approach in film financing, production and distribution.

Our mission is to produce and co-produce quality features for international markets with a special interest on genre-films with visual effects. Blind Spot is one of the main partners in Troll VFX, a hot new CGI studio in Finland.

Our completed films include “Iron Sky” by Timo Vuorensola, a Finnish / Chinese kung-fu film “Jade Warrior” by AJ Annila, “A Man´s Job” by Aleksi Salmenperä, “Dancer in the Dark” by Lars von Trier, “Everlasting moments” by Jan Troell as well as “Beyond” by Pernilla August.

Currently Blind Spot Pictures has several international feature films in development including “Jeremiah Harm” and “Iron Sky the Coming Race”.

Energia Productions

Energia Productions was founded by Samuli Torssonen after the success of Star Wreck. Energia Productions is responsible for the visual effects of Iron Sky.

27 Films Production

With more than 12 years of professional experience in the film business, producer Oliver Damian founded 27 FILMS PRODUCTION in summer 2005 in order to focus on his own slate of projects. The main activity of 27 FILMS PRODUCTION is the development, finance and production of commercially and culturally attractive feature films for the European and international market. Due to his long-term working experience in the international film sector, Oliver Damian has established a strong network of well-known producers and filmmakers all over Europe. All amicably related, they have successfully realized numerous projects together and will continue their cooperation in the future. 27 FILMS PRODUCTION is based in Berlin and Frankfurt.

New Holland Pictures

Based in Brisbane Australia, and with offices in New Zealand, New Holland Pictures was established in 2005 as a joint venture between Australian producers Cathy Overett and Mark Overett, and Dutch producers San Fu Maltha and Anton Smit. Since then they have produced five feature films, including the award winning Unfinished Sky, NZ box office hit Separation City, and the Danish/German/Australian action comedy At Worlds End.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director, Timo Vuorensola

Timo Vuorensola is a film director from Finland. His first feature, the sci-fi comedy Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning, was seven years in the making. It has since achieved a cult status, and has been downloaded over 8 million times through official sources. Timo’s second feature, the sci-fi comedy Iron Sky, which tells the story of Nazis on the Far Side of the Moon, is due to be released in 2011.

Timo also directs short films, music videos and ads. He is always interested in finding new ways of working within the film industry and believes that the Internet can provide various interesting possibilities to replace and complement traditional production models. Timo has been speaking about his experiences with collaborating with the audience at about 200 conferences around the world since 2005.

Producer, Tero Kaukomaa

Tero Kaukomaa, born 1960, studied business, marketing and economics at the Helsinki School of Economics, graduating in 1987. After producing several hundreds of commercials and a couple of music videos with Elohopea Film (1989 – 1991) Kaukomaa started to manage productions and then produce short fiction and later full-length features. In September 1997 he established Blind Spot Pictures. Tero Kaukomaa has been participating in several producers’ training programs, including ACE (Atelier du Cinéma Européen) in Paris (ACE 5, 95-96) and AD Astra in Helsinki (95-96). Since 2002 he has been based in Zürich, Switzerland where he runs the new production outfit Blind Spot Zürich. Currently he has several feature films in development with Blind Spot Pictures. Tero Kaukomaa has been a member of the European Film Academy since 2008.

Producer, Oliver Damian

Oliver Damian had amassed more than 10 years of professional experience in the film business before setting up his Berlin/Frankfurt-based company 27 Films Production in 2005. The first completed project was Nana Djordjadze’s tragicomedy The Rainbowmaker. He also co-financed the international co-production La Masseria della Allodole by the Taviani brothers, staring Paz Vega and Moritz Bleibtreu. Apart from being the main producer for a slate of eight projects, including new films by Maria von Heland and Goran Rebic, Oliver also participates as a co-producer in international productions. He was a partner in the French-German drama Dawn of the World by the Iraqi director Abbas Fahdel and The Father of My Children by Mia Hansen-Løve, the winner of the Special Prize in Un Certain Regard in 2009.

Producers, Cathy and Mark Overett

Cathy Overett began in TV as a documentary researcher, spent a number of years as Writer/Director/Producer in the film unit of the Royal Society for Protection of Birds in the UK and in 2006 produced her first feature film Unfinished Sky. Unfinished Sky was the 4th highest grossing Australian film of 2008, won the BIFF Audience Award, MethodFest Best Film, 4 IF Awards, 4 Film Critic Circle Awards, 6 AFI Awards and SPAA Independent Feature Film Producer of the Year 2008. Cathy has since supervised De Scheepsjongens van Bontekoe and co- produced Danish/German/Australian comedy chase co-production, At World’s End.

Mark Overett has worked around the world as a highly regarded Creative Producer of factual and light entertainment television. He co-created In the Dark which began on LWT with Julian Clary and rolled out as a format into 30 countries around the world, making it the most successful comedy gameshow of its time. With NHP, he produced lifestyle series Our Place for Prime NZ. He then expanded into feature film, overseeing the production of Dutch feature Bride Flight in NZ in 2007 and recently producing the bitter sweet comedy Separation City which released in NZ in August 2009

VFX Producer, Samuli Torssonen

The creator of Star Wreck and Energia Productions. As a producer in Iron Sky his main responsibility is the visual effects of Iron Sky.

Based on Story By Johanna Sinisalo

Finnish science fiction and fantasy writer. Johanna studied comparative literature and drama, amongst other subjects, at the University of Tampere. Professionally she worked in the advertising business, rising to the level of marketing designer.

An important figure in the burgeoning Finnish science fiction scene in the late 1980s and early ’90s (winning a rare back-to-back collection of Atorox prizes for short fiction in the genre), she was also the first to make a breakthrough by breaking out of genre literature barriers.
Sinisalo was awarded the Finlandia Prize for literature in 2000 for her first novel, Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi (translated as Not Before Sundown in 2003 and again as Troll — A Love Story in 2004 for the American market). The novel has been translated into several languages. Not Before Sundown was awarded the James Tiptree Jr. Award in 2004. Movie rights were acquired by Carter Smith in 2006.

Screenplay, Michael Kalesniko

Michael Kalesniko has written the screenplay for Howard Stern’s Private Parts, released by Paramount in 1997. He also rewrote Bubble Boy for Disney, with Blair Hayes as the director.

Kalesniko has also done rewrite work Will Smith, Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito as well as Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment. Kalesniko previously wrote and directed the award winning short Algorithms. He won the Nissan FOCUS award for screenwriting in 1990.

Kalesniko was born in Trail, British Columbia, Canada. He received his B.A. in writing from the University of Victoria in 1985 and his B.A. in film and video production from Columbia College Hollywood in 1990. He has worked at various times as a reporter, a gravedigger, a high school English teacher in the arctic and a bartender in London, England.

DOP, Mika Orasmaa

Mika Orasmaa studied at the prestigious Art and Design School in Helsinki and participated in workshops by Phedon Papamichael, Laszlo Kovacs and Vittorio Storaro.

Orasmaa began work in the film industry as a focus puller on commercials and feature films. He began shooting in 1998 with music videos, commercials, documentaries and short films. In 2004 Orasmaa shot the award-winning film Gourmet Club directed by Juha Wuolijoki. The film was awarded the Venla, the Finnish equivalent of the Emmy. The film was also awarded at the 47th Monte Carlo Television Festival and received the Finnish State Quality Award.
In 2007 Wuolijoki and Orasmaa reunited on the film Christmas Story. Mika’s work on Christmas Story earned him the Jussi Award for Best Cinematography, the Finnish equivalent of the Oscar.

Orasmaa has also shot the television series Skene 2004, Lemmenleikit 2008 and Uutishuone 2009. Orasmaa’s latest work is RARE EXPORTS, a feature film based on award winning shorts directed by Jalmari Helander. Rare Exports was awarded best feature and best cinematography in Sitges 2010.

Production Designer, Ulrika von Vegesack

Ulrika von Vegesack has been an art director for film & television internationally for over 13 years. Under her maiden name Ulrika Anderson, she created the look for films like Schiller (2005) , Kebab Connection (2004), Anatomie 2 (2003) , Big girls don’t cry (2002) and Undertaker’s Paradise (2000) amongst many more.

Iron Sky is definetely one of her most exciting projects and she and her team are working hard to get the perfect “steam punk” look.

Costume Designer, Jake Collier

Jake Collier has been costuming for film & television internationally for over 13 years. Hailing from New Zealand, Jake moved from Berlin to Helsinki to make sure the Fourth Reich looked right. Productions Jake has worked on include Xena, Warrior Princess, Hercules, Cleopatra 2525, Farscape, Eragon, Australia, and most recently the Spielberg/Hanks produced The Pacific, plus countless TV commercials, series, and West End Theatre productions.

Editor, Suresh Ayyar

In his career spanning over 25 years as an editor, Suresh Ayyar has been nominated for the Australian Film Institute’s Best Achievement in Editing Award on twelve occasions, winning four times and in 1995 receiving both feature and Non-Feature categories awards.

Feature films credits include The Cedar Boys, Unfinished Sky, Romulus My Father, Elephant Tales, Peaches, Crocodile Hunter – Collision Course, Hildegarde, Floating Life, Bad Boy Bubby (Grand Jury prize-winner of Venice Film Festival) and The Interview (AFI Best Film Award). His television credits include the series Rake, The Cooks, Dossa & Joe, Beastmaster, Farscape and the telefeature The Road from Coorain.

Suresh has edited documentaries including the Emmy Award-winning Kangaroos: Faces in the Mob, Celebrity – Dominick Dunne, In The Compound – The Last Days of Yasser Arafat, and Gillian Armstrong’s Not 14 Again, which won the Australian Film Institute’s Best Documentary.

IRON SKY SEQUEL AND PREQUEL

Both prequel TV-series and a sequel feature film are in the works based on Iron Sky world. Both are in early production, sequel – titled IRON SKY THE COMING RACE – eyeing to be shot earliest 2015

 

IRON SKY IN SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter: @energia@energia/ironsky (tweets from the team), @ironskyfilm
Store: www.reichstuff.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ironsky
MySpace: www.myspace.com/ironskyfilm
Flickr: www.flickr.com/ironskyfilm/
YouTube: www.youtube.com/energiaproductions
Wreckamovie.com: www.wreckamovie.com/iron-sky/
Blog: blog.ironsky.net

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This is Iron Sky. You can find additional information, photos, video and other material from our press site. All the material is free to use in articles, blog posts, TV programs and other features about Iron Sky: www.ironsky.net/press/

Emma Ilves
Media Contact
+358 40 5542086
emma@blindspot.fi
Tero Kaukomaa
Producer
+41-792537638
tero@blindspot.fi

 

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