Return of the Moon-Nazis in Creative Commons-licensed film from Star Wreck creators


John Buckman from Magnatune sez,
I'm involved with a film project called "Iron Sky", which released a 2 1/2 minute teaser today: "In 1945 the Nazis fled to the moon. It's 2018, and now they're coming back"

What makes this interesting is that it's the second film by the people who made Star Wreck, which is the most successful feature-length Internet-distributed film of all time. Star Wreck was made by 3000 people, has been download 8 million times, is under a CC by-nd-nc license, and made good money both through DVD sales, and through an eventual deal with Universal.

My role in this is that I provided the seed funding for Iron Sky, and I'm head of the board of wreckamovie.com -- a collaborative film-making web site (also CC based), that was built from the Star Wreck experience (and is being used to make Iron Sky)

Link (Thanks, John!)

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  1. As a fan of speculative fiction and historical what-ifs, that was absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to see the film, and for there to be classic 1940s style propaganda posters for it.

  2. That’s ridiculous–everyone knows the Americans liberated the Moon from the Nazis in ’44.

    Still, looks gorgeous.

  3. I just have to:

    On the moon,ep 1,ep 2

    “If you don’t get yourself dubbed, Moon Hitler, I shall simply ignore you.”

  4. Meh. Is it just me, or does this just seem like a really elaborate opening montage from a video game?

    It’s hard to derive much of plot from scenes of masked Moon Nazis riding around on Zundapps and Robotech-type flying machines. The bird pooping part was nice — but does that suggest anything more than tiny moments of scatological comic relief inserted into hours of fascist steampunk porn? I dunno.

    On the other hand, “French Revolutionaries on Mars,” now that would be a movie.

  5. okay…a couple of things. First of all the “nazis” never really left as anyone who has followed US politics for the last 7 years can tell you. the yellow lines on the road? WTF. and the motorcycle? again, WTF. other than that, looks pretty awesome….. and I thought the music was perfect.

  6. Looks awesome, but the trailer could be tightened up a bit and needs some more drama. The music for the first half worked well, but was a little too upbeat for the second half.

    The bird poop seemed out of place (unless the rest of the film is comedic, but that is not implied at all by this trailer).

  7. Another vote for “Keep us informed; if it’s at least as good as the trailer I want a copy.:

  8. “tiny moments of scatological comic relief inserted into hours of fascist steampunk porn”

    Sounds good to me.

    As for more apposite music, how about Nazi UFO Commander?

  9. The trailer looked interesting. However, I took a look at the Star Wreck trailer in the link and that looked god awful.

  10. I stopped caring for these “return of the…” when “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!” came out. Gosh!

  11. Can someone fill me in on who the singer was? I liked it. I checked the site, but didn’t see anything.

  12. The singer is Kaiti Kink, a Finnish female voice, and the music is written by Tapani Siirtola and Joonas Naskali from Adamantium Studios.

  13. Drinking game! Drinking game! I’m taking a shot each time someone says ‘awesome.’ I should be drunk on my ass by midnight.

  14. #16

    The first half sounds an awful lot like Billy Holiday’s version of “Gloomy Sunday” (which is an incredible song – about a woman committing suicide, after the death of her lover – for those who have never heard it)

    Link to wikipedia article on Gloomy Sunday‘s very interesting history. Note the addition of the 3rd verse in the Holiday version, added to make the record more ‘sellable’ (and slightly to it’s detriment on a purely artistic level).

  15. Kick ass trailer. Very different from hollywood trailers everyone is used to (and brainwashed into thinking should be some kind of standard format you have to follow). Kudos for breaking the mold. (I’m sure the pigeon shit ending and the music confused the hell out of the sheep, LOL.)

  16. Star Wreck started as a bunch of friends making home movie-Star Trek ripoffs, and they have quite a nerd following in Finland & elsewhere. People have been waiting for this movie to come out for years, and it’s nice to see they’re getting closer. It will be the biggest Nazi-Kalevala-Moon pic ever.

  17. I just hope it’ll take less time to make than Star-Wreck, which was freakin’ awesome but took over 7 years!

    Perrrrrkele!

  18. Cowicide at 20: (I’m sure the pigeon shit ending and the music confused the hell out of the sheep, LOL.)

    I see what you did there.

    You’re a clever boy aren’t you? Yes you are. A clever, clever little boy. Oh yes you is, oh yes you is.

    Who’s a clever boy? Who’s a clever boy? Yes, it’s you! Yes you are!

  19. I can never seem to get BoingBoing to accept my login.

    I went to the Iron Sky site, and I see that Johanna Sinisalo, author of Not Before Sundown, has signed on to write the script, so it should be– dare I say it?– awesome.

  20. Anonymous: Never give up, never surrender. We’ll get the registration problems licked if it kills me.

    In the meantime, please click on the eyeball and send me a report of what happened. I’ll pass it on to tech support.

  21. So much for my drinking game tonight. Only six ‘awesome’s, so only six drinks. What a bust. Hell, I usually spill that much.

  22. #23 posted by Nores , May 6, 2008 8:46 PM

    I see what you did there. You’re a clever boy aren’t you? Yes you are. A clever, clever little boy. Oh yes you is, oh yes you is. Who’s a clever boy? Who’s a clever boy? Yes, it’s you! Yes you are!

    Nores, lay off the alcohol for a while, m’kay, sweetie?

  23. These guys better give some credit to Heinlein since the plot is exactly the plot of Rocket ship Galileo.
    It was one of Heinlein’s young adult books, so it involved Teenagers going to the Moon and finding that the Nazis had escaped to the Moon to keep up their plan for world domination.
    It wasn’t one of his better books.

  24. Nazis on the moon wasn’t original with Heinlein. Wil Eisner and Wally Wood did it with the Spirit on the Moon, and Wally returned to it several times.

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