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Space Nazis colonize the moon in fan-funded film

Kristen Allen · 14 Feb 2011, 15:09

Published: 14 Feb 2011 15:09 GMT+01:00

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“It combines the satire of Dr. Strangelove with the massive scale of Independence Day,” Finnish producer Tero Kaukomaa told The Local recently.

Filming for the independent production of “Iron Sky” wrapped early this month. Now Kaukomaa is in Berlin promoting it to potential buyers at the European Film Market event – the industry exhibition organised in tandem with the Berlin International Film Festival each year.

“I’m very happy with the responses so far,” the 50-year-old founder of Blind Spot Productions said.

Naturally the idea came up in a sauna, “as we Finns like to do,” Kaukomaa said.

But he and his colleagues, including director Timo Vuorensola, have remained vague on the film’s surreal plot, revealing only that Nazis manage to escape earth in rockets in 1945 to settle on the “dark side of moon.”

There they build a lunar Germania and prepare to return to earth in 2018 and take over the world for a second time after landing in New York.

"When things are meant to be really evil in science fiction films, then characters who look and speak like Nazis crop up. The best example for this is Star Wars,” director Vuorensola told German broadcaster 3Sat in a recent interview. “We wanted to really push it...and see what happens.”

Perhaps more inventive than the plot in the Finnish-German-Australian co-production is the collaboration between the film’s producers and the online community.

With a budget of just €6.8 million, “Iron Sky” makers have turned to fans for funding and help creating parts of the film.

“It’s worked really brilliantly,” Kaukomaa said. “People have been doing bits and pieces, such as recently, when we shot a scene in front of a movie theatre and needed fictional posters for props.”

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Through a Finland-based online filmmaking platform called wreckamovie.com, they have been able to utilise the talents of people around the world for such tasks, including creating graphics and writing the German lyrics to the “The Moon Nazi National Anthem.”

As for funding, fans of the film can start with donations as low as €1 for a chance to see a “sneak peek” of the film, buy merchandise, or invest in the film starting at €1,000. If all goes according to plan, €1 million of the film’s budget will ultimately come from crowdfunding.

The first film to pioneer this approach was the 2009 British film, “The Age of Stupid,” but it seems to be catching on, Kaukomaa said.

“It’s going to happen more and more,” he said.

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Your comments about this article

22:26 February 14, 2011 by wxman
To paraphrase Elwood Blues in the film the Blues Brothers, "I hate space Nazis!" Also, why would these space Nazis be wearing WWI era German helmets that the Wehrmacht discarded in 1938 if they escaped Earth in 1945?
00:57 February 15, 2011 by rfwilson
Been there, done that! Heinlein's 1947 book "Rocket Ship Galileo"
03:16 February 15, 2011 by stevekostelecky
Instead of making snarky comments, how about encouraging filmmakers?
10:34 February 15, 2011 by idiot

> "I hate space Nazis!"

And i hate bullshitter like you.

> WWI era German helmets

The helmets in the picture are the M42

> that the Wehrmacht discarded in 1938

The M18 what your speaking abt what discarted in 1935 with the M35

> if they escaped Earth in 1945?

Yes, they would wear the M44, where 11k in Berlin are stacked already and later used as first helmet equip. of the new founded NVA.
14:19 February 15, 2011 by Johnne
It´s the 3D era so I´m not suprised. It´s obvious that it´s a 3D movie ONLY in 3D.
15:58 February 15, 2011 by Loth
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20:45 February 15, 2011 by yiminrong
If they've grown up on the moon, they would be adjusted to its 1/6 gravity. They would feel six times heavier on Earth. Could you lift six times your own weight? The enemy would crumple in a heap of broken bones.
22:05 February 15, 2011 by wenddiver
They land in New York get mistaken for Nazi Rubber, sex fetishist, raped and robbed. The survivors move out to Brooklyn, marry a nice Jewish Girl who fufils their need for a leader by complaining 24/7, they get fat on bagels/beer and have children with promising careers in the Department of Homeland Security or in the New York City Police Department enforcing the City's strict Gun Laws. Typical American Family.

Just another unremarkable day in the big apple. Been there, done that.
20:04 February 16, 2011 by Nemesis
Their last film, Starwreck, was brilliant.

IronSky is shaping up to be even better than StarWreck.

The following behind Iron Sky is massive and growing daily.

I am really looking forward to see Iron Sky come out in the cinema and Blu Ray.
16:39 February 18, 2011 by Richard Schmidt
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22:42 February 18, 2011 by leperous
i believe there was a short story about this.

the nazis were using a ship they shot down.

they thought it was russian

they come to the us to grab a scientist to help repair there ship.

they find their base in antartica destroyed and lunar colony and fleet wiped and realize it was alien not russian
01:43 February 19, 2011 by EinWolf
From the Moon, they could launch big rocks and pulverize Earth before sending the invasion force ...
06:44 February 21, 2011 by Frenemy
@wenddiver: hahaha, too true! That comment just reminded me of all TSA/customs officers I've ever encountered!!
23:10 February 21, 2011 by blockhaus
Take a look at the pic at the top of this page...why are space nazis so damn sexy..my wife would make join up just to get that uniform...Must go, i've said too much already.
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