Finland Setting the Pace in Northern Europe in Producing the Iron Sky Franchise With China
Finnish director Timo Vuorensola, known around the world for his Nazis on the Moon movie, Iron Sky, is already working on a third chapter called Iron Sky The Ark. The second chapter in the series, The Coming Race, is currently in post. Iron Sky: The Ark is a new instalment in the Iron Sky franchise. The Ark was announced 13th of Feb. at Efm in Berlin. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6142094/news?ref_=tt_nwr_3 ***
China Film Corp. has come on board European sci-fi franchise movie as a major partner. It will co-finance, co-produce and take Chinese distribution rights.
The film is set to go into production this year – and shoot in Beijing – ahead of a planned release in 2018. The budget is indicated as $25 million.
The film had already been set up as a China-Finland partnership last year when Shanghai Jiabo Culture Development Culture came on board in mid 2016. At the time they promised that there would also be a major Chinese distributor joining them.
Producers now describe the film as a China-Finland-Canada co-production between CFC, Jiabo and Iron Sky Universe, in association with Pan Pan Pictures and Longevity International Enterprises.
China Film Corporation Limited, Jiabo Culture Development Co. Ltd, Iron Sky Universe are producing in association with Pan Pan Pictures Co Ltd and Longevity International Enterprises Ltd the Chinese-Finnish-Canadian co-production "Iron Sky: The Ark."
The film is expected to be shot in autumn 2017 in Beijing with a budget of US$25 million, and will be directed by Timo Vuorensola, who directed both "Iron Sky" and its sequel "Iron Sky The Coming Race." Dalan Musson wrote the screenplay with Max Wang (Wang Weimin), Timo Vuorensola and Hongyang Yu. Max Wang, Tero Kaukomaa and May He are producing. The cast will be announced soon.
"Iron Sky: The Ark" is a new installment in the Iron Sky franchise and tells the story from a Chinas angle. The visual effects will be produced by the Oscar-winning VFX house Pixomondo, according to its release.
"It's a great pleasure to get to work with the booming Chinese film market on a fun and clever science-fiction action script," director Timo Vuorensola said.
It's China's turn to save the world as says screen writer and producer Max Wang said. Wang was producer on French director Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Wolf Totem" in 2015, which grossed over US$110 million at the Chinese box office.
He has crafted the script for "Iron Sky 3" over two and half years. He revealed that most scenes will be shot in China and that Chinese will play the leading characters. Moreover, China's ancient myth legends will be retold in the modern sci-fi, with classic characters and elements appearing in the film, such as Chang'e, the Chinese goddess in the moon, and Houyi, the mythological Chinese archer. ***
Wang believed that 2017 will be the real Year One for Chinese science fiction movie. "We have to do genre innovation to improve the Chinese film industry and films' qualities."
Iron Sky is one of a new wave of productions produced in collaboration with an on-line community of film enthusiasts, creating participatory cinema. Its sequel "Iron Sky The Coming Race," starring Lara Rossi, Tom Green, Julia Dietze, Vladimir Burlakov and Udo Kier, will be released in 2017, and the project was funded by the Finnish Film Foundation and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenbur, as well as partially funded by fans through various crowdfunding campaigns.
The Ark was announced bankrolling with Chinese money and talent to the tune of $25 million.
CHINA FILM CO. LTD. JOINS IRON SKY: THE ARK China Film Corporation Limited , Jiabo Culture Development Co. Ltd, Iron Sky Universe are producing in association with Pan Pan Pictures Co Ltd and Longevity International Enterprises Ltd the Chinese-Finnish-Canadian co -production "Iron Sky: The Ark". ***
Tero Kaukomaa (Iron Sky, Jade Warrior) and May He are producing. ***
Mr. Xianqiang Song, Chairman of Jiabo Culture Development Co. Ltd comments on the production, "Film making is all about team work, Jiabo is honored to team up with China Film Co. Ltd. and filmmakers from Europe, North America, to deliver together a true international production for a world audience."
It's a great pleasure to get to work with the booming Chinese film market, on a fun and clever science fiction action script, director Timo Vuorensola says.
We're looking forward to sharing the Iron Sky franchise with the Chinese audience, producer Kaukomaa says. "The Ark" is a major step for us in our global mission.
Producer May He of Canada is rich in experience on international film cooperation in China market, "If you are looking for the formula of successful international film production and distribution for the Chinese market, you shall then follow and watch "Iron Sky: The Ark" in the cinema. Ms. He concludes confidently.
Torrent Offering "The Megalith" for Download During Its Development
After IMDB released in December The Megalith data, stating it being "announced", there have been some extraordinary activities. Visits to the production company site have been tripled and the site has been hacked. Nothing seems to be damaged, but 50 news articles that administrator has not posted have appeared on the site.
-- It is unclear if the torrent marketer has damaged the motion picture by posting the false torrent ad and download link for the movie. It could be treated as product placement for the movie while they advertise their service. The torrent fake offer of our content in development is found now also on The Megalith facebook page www.facebook.com/TheMegalith . Their strategy seems like out of a book - "Internet marketing 2016: quick & dirty online marketing strategies to get tons of traffic".
-- The marketeer has no fear of majors like Warner Bros., who's logo they use in the ad. It is ambiguous if Welcome Entertainment, LLC has any harm of this, or is it rather the opposite. Nevertheless, this is unjust behavior of the torrent marketeer. Today the appearing of a hit film in torrents is a matter of hours after you have broadcast the program or feature digitally over the web. The Megalith link leads to download "The Matrix" instead. There is no guarantee that in some other campaign they wouldn't use Welcome's name, to boost the brand of their free service, making us look like a fraud.
-- This leads us to map out a strategy to protect The Megalith from being in the torrents once the production completes. One might think that by creating plenty of false torrent links to muddy the water may work. Yet no point to get your hopes up, I assume the hive mind will get past any obstacle if they really want it. Better strategy is to use them, which Welcome is probably eventually going to have to do as well.
-- By Jaanus Silla --
good read - "Defending the Brand: Aggressive Strategies for Protecting Your Brand in the Online Arena" – by Brian H. Murray
Filming Rebates, Incentives, Locations, and Conditions in Estonia
Estonia has up to 30% cash rebate with 1m Eur budgeted for the 2017 fund, and roughly 30% saving on costs compared to neighboring Scandinavia. Filmestonia.ee/cash_rebate, tallinnfilmstudios.ee/en, and filmi.ee/en are the main sources of data, which are not yet found on thelocationguide.com as are Iceland's Truenorth or UK's Pinewood Studios. To comprehend the possibilities in Estonia producer should view slides 15-24 of this presentation https://www.dropbox.com/s/uujqtt7uly7jr3o/Silverville%20Studios%20-%20L.pdf?dl=0 . For more detail to put together the whole picture they should see the 3 links above and they should be able to discover which film work is best suitable for completing in Estonia.
Studio Facilities & Creative Hub 'Tallinn Film Wonderland' Developed in Estonia
On the TFW website www.tallinnfilmstudios.ee/en we find the following information:
The purpose of Tallinn Film Wonderland is to build a modern film industry hub on the territory of historical cotton factory (Kopli 35 in Tallinn, Estonia). The Hub would be a home for the biggest studio complex in the Baltic Sea area as well as different local audio visual service companies. Tallinn Film Wonderland is established by Allfilm, Filmivabrik, Kinosaurus, Nafta Films, Stellar, Taska Productions and Film Industry Cluster consolidating 17 Estonian main production companies. TFW is responsible for both creating and building the studio complex as well as operating it in the future.
--International interest and potential for export--
In the recent years Estonian movies have made a name for themselves at the international arena. At the same time a mix of our geography, nature and distinct history provide unique locations and settings for production companies worldwide. Film Industry Hub will offer a unique blend of opportunities to develop local film industry as well as improve export potential and cooperation between companies close to the industry.
--Three modern studios--
While designing the studio complex we have taken into account the specific expectations both for studios (sound and vibration sensitivity, green screen, etc) as well as production (decorations, auxiliary rooms, etc). Three variously sized studios (1200, 800 and 500 m2 with 14 meters of hight) will provide the opportunity to shoot at different sets at the same time and give flexibility.
The Hub corporates various industry service providers to ensure cooperation and offers full set of services needed during filming and production. The studios are also suitable for TV production as well as hosting events.
-- More at: www.tallinnfilmstudios.ee/en
CONTEST TO CREATE A PET-DRAGON BY GENE EDITING TIED TO A FEATURE
It is complicated to get major features made and globally distributed. With this contest we will discover if it is as savvy to CRISPR a dragon of fantasy as it is to make a movie. *
To get the partnership with The Megalith, The Slayer of Dragons, there must be at least two competitors and one real live dragon, horrid enough to be chosen by us, to appear in the motion picture. *
Jury is combined by the time the film goes in to production. Candidates can be presented while the film is still in principal photography and the creatures can be filmed as part of the story. Dr. George Church, a Harvard scientist, will be invited to head the competition and Dr. Craig Venter (Human Genome Project) will announce the prize and the winner. *
The crispred dragon is used for the movie marketing campaign, and the feature is to promote the popularity of the animals, it is one of several merchandising medium tie-ins for the motion picture, therefore the genetic engineers must present documentation that their dragons are harmless and allowed in peoples' homes as pets. *
It is of great value that everyone could participate, and we plan to commence development shortly, by which time there should be CRISPR kits also available at your nearby convenience store to be able to do gene cutting at home. *
There is every reason to participate because the general movie going public will also get a chance to choose their favorite and name the cute pet to be available in most pet-shops around the world. *
News source: https://www.facebook.com/TheMegalith *
Producer contact: www.quicksummer.com *
More on the genetic possibility: http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113411850/crispr-gene-editing-tool-could-theoretically-create-real-life-dragons-and-unicorns-010516/
E-residency as incentive for film-industry
It is of value to determine how the film-industry will benefit from the new digital situation with the e-residency made available by http://www.e-estonia.com. The precedent is best described in a recent article by WIRED http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2015/07/features/estonia-e-resident. Estonia is the first country in the world to offer “e-residency” for people interested in using state digital services such as banking and registering a company described also by Wall Street Journal http://www.wsj.com/articles/estonia-to-offer-e-residency-to-foreigners-1413897698. Estonia is also on the finish line with engaging rebate incentives package (in parliament in August). For film producers it is already 30% less expensive compared to Scandinavia, but possibly the e-residency is the new incentive, more beneficial then other benefits combined? There is a lot to be saved in red tape, time, filing taxes, etc., but how much?
Wiki summary: E-residency of Estonia (or virtual residency) is a status by which non-residents can gain a secure digital identity issued by Estonia, similar to those that are provided to permanent residents and citizens of Estonia by their ID card. This enables them to use the services provided by Estonian state agencies and private sector connected usually to the ID card. Estonia established e-residency on December 1, 2014. As by the end of January 2015, e-residents are able to give digital signatures, encrypt documents, use Estonia's state portal http://www.eesti.ee, found enterprises in Estonia, provide reports to Estonian Tax and Customs Board and E-Business Register, fill Estonian tax declarations on the Internet, and use Estonian online banking systems. It is thought that e-residency might be most useful for the entrepreneurs, as it is customary in Estonia to provide services and paperwork online, registering a new enterprise can be done quickly online and there is no income tax for enterprises. For more details https://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-residency_of_Estonia. Please make sure to comment at IMDB forum http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000122/thread/245750457?d=245750457#245750457
Czechs set film rebates - European Commission expected to approve production incentive
The Czech Republic's long-awaited film production incentive looks set to come into force next month.
The rebate has been submitted for approval to the European Commission, which is expected to pass it without problems.
The effort to turn around a precipitous fall in foreign shoots since 2004 offers a 20% refund on investment to producers of films that qualify, using cultural criteria and other factors, as is already the case in other European countries.
Viktorie Plivova of the Czech Culture Ministry points out that the incentives would not just benefit foreign producers but would also help stanch the flow of Czech production talent abroad.
Currently, many of the top talent in Czech studios, from cinematographers to costumers, spend months abroad, often working in neighboring countries such as Hungary, where production incentives have proved effective.
Prague industryites have advocated the cash-back policy for over a decade, but only with last year's collapse of the Czech government did a caretaker administration of nonpoliticians and businesspeople finally approve the plan.
Many Prague-based shingles, both Czech and foreign, have applauded the move and credited the current government's lack of party political in fighting for the progress.
With the European and global economy recovering, it's hoped that more big-budget projects will return to Prague, where "Wanted," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and Bond pic "Casino Royale" all shot.
Raleigh opens Budapest studio, Hollywood facility bets on the film biz in Central Europe
Expressing confidence in the future of the film biz in Central Europe, Hollywood's Raleigh Studios is about to open a large facility in Budapest.
The Hungarian complex boasts nine soundstages -- one of which covers 45,000 square feet -- and a 15-acre backlot. Services include lighting and grip, camera, equipment rentals, scenic, transportation, production services and line producing.
Raleigh Studios Budapest also has administrative services to tap local incentives and tax rebates.
Hungary offers a tax credit that covers up to 25% of production costs. The incentive, along with the region's lower-salaried film workers, offers a lure to U.S. producers.
The Budapest venture is a partnership between Raleigh and local shingle Origo Film Group. Origo is the Euro studio's corporate owner.
Partnering with the Budapest entity, Burbank, Calif.,-based post house FotoKem will manage and operate a post-production facility on site, including a film lab, digital post and vfx capabilities. Allan Tudzin, a 29-year Fotokem vet,has already moved to Budapest to manage the operation.
Steve Auer, who ran Hollywood's Sunset Gower Studios for 12 years, has been living in Budapest for a year and will be Raleigh's topper there.
Despite the challenges the industry faces in today's economic environment, Raleigh prexy Michael Moore takes a long view of the company's investment in Central Europe.
"Productions will always be going to Europe," he said. "Even if didn't make economic sense, they'd go there for creative reasons."
On Thursday, Raleigh Studios in Hollywood will hold a Hungarian-themed gala to mark the opening of its Budapest outpost. Raleigh Budapest's official opening will be April 1, but occupancy will begin by the end of the month, per Moore.
EFM visits bump up, more than 40,000 attend market in Berlin
If foot traffic at the EFM this year is anything to go by, the industry's sales blues seem to be lifting a bit.
More than 40,000 visits to the market, situated at Berlin's Martin Gropius Bau, were tallied by organizers during the first half of the market.
At peak times on Sunday, more than 2,400 industry professionals poured into the building -- a new record compared with last year, which registered 1,738 trade pros.
EFM director Beki Probst said there was a positive and energizing atmosphere both at the Martin Gropius Bau and in spillover stands at the Marriott Hotel.
"People are coming in large numbers, the choice is enormous, the cinemas are full, the mood is great," Probst said.
Group Says 3D Doubles 2D Opening Weekend Box Office Revenue
Opening weekend 3D ticket revenue is outpacing 2D ticket sales by a 2-to-1 margin, according to a new report.
The report, released by The International 3D Society, states that Alice in Wonderland generated more than $81 million dollars, or 70%, of its opening weekend gross revenue on 3D screens, compared with $34 million in 2D domestic ticket revenue.
The report said the percentages for Avatar were even higher, with $62 million, or 80%, of its first weekend gross ticket sales revenues of $77 million generated from 3D theaters, compared with $14 million in 2D theaters.
Indeed, the Motion Picture Association of America earlier this month said the 10% spike in 2009 box office revenue was driven by an 11% surge in higher-margin 3D revenue from 20 major studio releases in the format.
The year ended with 16,000 digital screens globally, including nearly 9,000 3D screens, three times the number of 3D screens in 2008 and representing 6% of total screens worldwide.
The trend is expected to continue March 26 with the 3D/2D theatrical release of How to Train Your Dragon, from DreamWorks Animation.
“While this study is just a snap shot of what opening weekend's 3D grosses look like, these kinds of trends do reflect that consumers are obviously thrilled by 3D,” said Jim Chabin, president of The International 3D Society.
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