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Premiere: Bulgarian movie “Voevoda”

“We shall not give up!”

These words whispered by Roumena, echo as a powerful message to the generations ahead. If we truly believe in a cause, we shall never betray it, never leave it, or we shall bear the consequences.

It’s really hard to make a good film based on historical events. “Voevoda” sucessfully tackles not only this statement but another major theme – women in history.Voevoda_poster
Brave and adamant Roumena – a young maiden with a soul of a she-wolf – suffers tons of pain which challenges her to become a chieftain of a band of rebels against the deadly oppressive Ottoman rule in the lands of XIX century Bulgaria – times when women usually have to stay in the background in the cruel world of masters and slaves, of men of faith and gunmen where justice is served cold. Roumena’s indomitable spirit has to decide between the raw and gory life of an outlaw and the alluring call of a woman’s heart.
voevoda webRoumena is one of the many rebel women in the history of Bulgaria who never hesitated to make a difference. They were mothers, they were lovers, and they were warriors. And obviously they have not been forgotten.
 

Similar to classic examples from the Bulgarian film heritage like “The Goat Horn” (by writer Nikolay Haytov) to modern internationally acclaimed Hollywood blockbuster films such as ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, the main character is a woman who has the power to stand tall and rebel against all rules. Even against God… Such films are not seen every day!

These strong female characters always make the audience cheer and whenever they appear on screen, people embrace them warmly. Nu Boyana Film Studios is happy to co-produce writer/director/lead actress Zornitsa Sophia’s endeavour to create such a character and not only entertain the moviegoers but touch the most sensitive strings of their patriotic hearts.
 

"Voevoda" wonderful cast with Nu Boyana CEO Yariv Lerner.

Part of “Voevoda” cast with Nu Boyana CEO Yariv Lerner. Photo: Lily Popgancheva

 
War, love, brotherhood and betrayal – it’s all there in the eyes of every colourful character you are going to meet if you dare to join the dangerous chase in the deep forests of the old Bulgarian mountain ranges – the home of the rebels. The place where freedom was born. The seat where love can be nothing else but pure as a crystal creek.
 

The movie was shot in various locations around Bulgaria.

The movie was shot on fascinating locations around Bulgaria. Photo: Miglena Tsoneva

 

A crew of devoted professionals worked on the project.

A crew of devoted professionals worked on the project. Photo: Miglena Tsoneva

 
“Voevoda” takes over the movie screens on January 13th with Zornitsa Sophia as Roumena, Valeri Yordanov as Stoyan, Goran Gunchev as Amit Aga and Raycho Gunchev as Ilyo Voevoda.
 

By Ivaylo Grancharov
 
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Porsche Panamera Launch in Sofia

Porsche Bulgaria chose Nu Boyana Film Studios for the Sofia Launch of the new Panamera. Boyana Events team organised a magical evening for all admirers of the famous brand.

Haunted House celebration at Nu Boyana

For the first time Nu Boyana opened doors to an exciting Halloween event for kids and adults. On Saturday, October 29th, part of the studios transformed into a Haunted House. The first of a kind scary maze in Bulgaria was built on one of the sets from our recent movie productions. Dressed amazingly by our set decorators and using real film props, the Haunted House welcomed its visitors with enthralling sound and light effects.
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It’s time for “Making the Movie 2016”!

The Production Master Class at Nu Boyana studios begins on November 16th. Apply now to students@nuboyana.com

The Master Class in Production will be the next step in the 2016 Nu Boyana Film School program. This 5-week course will start on November 16th. As with the Master Class in Screenwriting, Golan Ramraz will be overseeing and acting as producing mentor. Mr. Ramraz is an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter, producer and executive whose impressive body of work includes working on titles such as MR. & MRS. SMITH, JUMPER and IRON MAN.
Film School at Nu Boyana Studios

World-renowned Musician, Idan Raichel, to Perform a Concert at Nu Boyana

As part of this year’s Tole-Fest, the ancient set in Nu Boyana Film Studios will transform into a stage for the acoustic piano show of the Israeli music icon Idan Raichel on Saturday, September 17th.

Photo by Benjo Arwas

Photo by Benjo Arwas

On the day when the city of Sofia celebrates “Faith, Hope and Love”, the Israeli keyboardist, poet, producer and composer, Idan Raichel, will preform with part of his famous multicultural group, “The Idan Raichel Project”, at their first-ever concert in Bulgaria.

VFX Academy 2016 – 2D Compositing Course

Apply now!
Send your CV to vfx_academy@wwfx.net before September 25th 2016 and make the first step to becoming a visual effects artist.

#JoinTheDream today!

The course is free of charge.
Its duration is 10 weeks and it begins October 10th 2016.

*The VFX Academy 2D Compositing Course is going to be conducted in Bulgarian language.

Mechanic: Resurrection to be Released in August

The Post-Production of the movie was serviced in Bulgaria by Nu Boyana Film Studios and Worldwide FX.

Mechanic: Resurrection the sequel to the 2011 film The Mechanic, is scheduled for release August 26, 2016. The film stars Jason Statham as Arthur Bishop, a contract killer forced out of retirement when an evil organization threatens his girlfriend (played by Jessica Alba).

Jessica Alba stars as ‘Gina’

Jessica Alba stars as ‘Gina’

To save the love of his life, Bishop must travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents. Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh co-star in this anticipated film.

Acting for real

Antony Meindl’s Actor Workshop is back with a two-week intensive course at Nu Boyana Film School. Instead of a weekend workshop, this time the participants get two full weeks of hard work with London-based acting coach Cynthia Levin. We sat for a talk with Cynthia – an actor and stand-up comedian to explore the idea behind Meindl’s way of working.

An American in London Cynthia is now embracing her adventure and first visit to Bulgaria.

 

Cynthia Levin

Cynthia Levin

Hi, tell us first how you feel about coming to Bulgaria?

I’m so excited and looking forward to this. It’s my first time. I have met some Bulgarian actors in London and they are all great. So really looking forward to his adventure.

What should we expect from the 2-weeks AMAW?

It is going to be intensive! We are combining our normal classes once a week for six weeks at AMAW and merge them in the two weeks we got in Bulgaria. It’s a stepping-stone into the actual school and what we do every week at AMAW. We do listening exercises in the beginning. People always say they open them up in a way they’ve never experienced before. It’s ALL about listening.

Are you interested in internship at a film studio?

Nu Boyana Studios is announcing summer internship positions in various film studio departments.

Do you want to peek behind the scenes of the biggest movie studio on the Balkans? Experience the movie magic and learn the tricks of the trade this summer. Apply for our internship positions and become part of the Nu Boyana Community.

Film School at Nu Boyana Studios

To become the ultimate Nu Boyana Intern, you will need to be fluent in English, communicative, reliable and have a positive attitude.

Applicants can be students or graduates with experience and interest in the specific positions.

Internship position departments:

  • Camera
  • Grip
  • Lighting
  • VFX
  • Post production
  • Wardrobe
  • Media & Marketing (three different positions) – writer (Bulgarian and English), editor or graphic designer
  • Transport – vehicle mechanics background required

Application deadline: 20th June 2016

Apply with resume and motivation letter at: interns@nuboyana.com

*PLEASE in “subject” of your email put in your desired department position! If you are open to any position, indicate “flexible”.

Filmmakers share their secrets

Nu Boyana Film School is offering something never done in Bulgaria before. The newest course, which begins 25th May, will present a unique opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a producer, production manager, or work at any other position on the film set.

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Behind the scenes from Automata

Lecturers at the Film School will be the very best in Bulgaria. Production managers, 1st Ads, location managers, production designers with background in Hollywood and international movies will share knowledge and explain what it takes to become a valued asset to any production. No matter the size of the production (big, low or no budget) planning is crucial to a successful execution and completion of any project.

Breaking down a script and organising a shoot will be part of the curriculum. As the film school is situated on the Film Studio premises, the students will have the opportunity to experience work on set. Another essential point will be the management of a film crew.

The pre-production is the most important part of making a project successful or not. You have to PLAN in order to be successful. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail!” comments Nu Boyana CEO Yariv Lerner.

One of the reasons for this course is the exciting opportunity to become part of the Nu Boyana Community and work with international crews.

If you feel you got what it takes apply with a CV to: students@nuboyana.com.

The course starts 25th May and ends 7th July. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday. The fee is 1200 leva. Places are limited.

 

 

By Sophia V

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Pulsating in Cannes

A Nu Boyana talent is making his debut at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Producer and DP Alexander Kenanov will present his project The Pulse at Short Film Corner Cannes 2016. The film deals with the controversial subject of euthanasia. The hot topic is something that has been buzzing for years around the world. The mercy killing or the right to choose your death is a delicate subject told through the relationship between a nurse and her colleague.

Alexander Kenanov is also co-founder of the Nu Boyana in-house production company B2Y (Boyana to You). The company creates and produces music videos, commercials and films.

 

Producer Alexander Kenanov in Cannes

Producer Alexander Kenanov in Cannes

 

We treat the people we work with as partners, not clients. This is an important part of the B2Y’s philosophy. Creating relevant content with strong visuals is our goal,” emphasizes Alex.

First draft is done!

The second batch of screenwriters is fresh out of the Nu Boyana Film School ready to conquer the film industry. It has been 8 weeks of hard work but the scripts are done and this stage of the learning process is over. The Master class ended with four full days of intense table reads of the feature film scripts. It was an insightful moment to witness the first drafts coming to life with the help of professional actors.

I’m proud of some parts but I can also see the weak points. It was great to hear actors reading my script.” Andrey Kaludov (student)

The relationship between actors and screenwriters is often neglected mostly due to time issues of film production. The cold reading sessions at the Nu Boyana Film School were the perfect opportunity to introduce two very important sides to creating a story. This interaction gives each of the participants an initial idea of the work ahead until the story is ready to hit production.

Screenwriters Master class Graduation

‘Criminal’ gets final post-production at Nu Boyana

Israeli-born director Ariel Vromen is the creative force behind the newest Millennium Films’ project. ‘Criminal’ stars Hollywood icon Kevin Costner as an unpredictable convict whose world turns upside down when implanted with the memories of a deceased CIA agent. Joining him are movie industry A-listers Gary Oldman, Ryan Reynolds and Tommy Lee Jones.

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Nu Boyana is proud to announce the post-production of the movie was finalized at the studio’s facility. This is the third movie receiving its final touches in Bulgaria’s biggest film studio. ‘Boyka: Undisputed’ and ‘Septembers of Shiraz’ paved the way as features shot, serviced and finalized by Nu Boyana.

Avid Training for young professionals

Nu Boyana Film Studios in partnership with Bulcomp Ltd offers an exciting new opportunity for filmmakers and editors. An AVID Media Composer training course that provides the foundation in mastering Avid Media Composer 6.

The Importance of Tax Incentive Laws

A key part of the SIFF Meetings was the international panel presenting Tax Incentive Laws for film production. The panel consisted of four members from Belgium, Hungary, Macedonia, and the Bulgarian tax consultant and financier, Valeri Kolchev. The countries’ representatives explained the various ways to attract foreign film production to shoot small or big budget films, and the resulting benefits.

Premiere of London Has Fallen

Around the world fans were excited to welcome the premiere of London Has Fallen starring their favorite agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler). The story takes the charismatic hero to the British capital with one last mission to complete. Directed by Babak Najafi the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen brings back an array of Hollywood stars such as Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Morgan Freeman.

Gerard Butler as agent Mike Banning

Nu Boyana Film School 2016: The Commencement

The Screenwriting Master Class mentored by Golan Ramraz kicked off on February 29th. The extra day of this year marked the beginning of the next batch of aspiring filmmakers who have joined the Nu Boyana Film Community.

Do you have a story to tell?

The Screenwriting Master Class, mentored by Golan Ramraz begins on February 29th at Nu Boyana Studios.

A Master Class in Screenwriting will mark the beginning of the 2016 Nu Boyana Film School. This 8-week course will start on February 29th. The most exciting news is the return of Golan Ramraz as screenwriting mentor. Mr. Ramraz is an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter, producer and executive whose impressive body of work includes working on titles such as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jumper and Iron Man.

Nine GOYA nominations and four awards for Nobody Wants the Night

The movie was filmed at Nu Boyana Boyana Film Studios.

Acclaimed Spanish director Isabel Coixet’s movie tells the incredible story of Josephine Peary’s journey portrayed by Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche. In 1908 Peary decides to accompany her husband explorer Robert Peary on his way to discover the North Pole. This visually breathtaking adventure was partially shot at the Nu Boyana Studios.
Nobody Wants the Night
Impressed by the studio facilities, equipment and staff Bulgarian co-producer Ariel Ilieff and Spanish executive producer Andrés Santana decided it was a perfect fit for their project. Another important consent was that of Alain Bainée, the production designer of the movie, who has previously worked in the Nu Boyana Studios on Stonehearst Asylum and was impressed with the work of the studio craftsmen.

Back with a bang in 2016!

The exciting adventure of movie making for students at Nu Boyana Studios is entering its second year. Nu Boyana Film School gives aspiring moviemakers from all over the world the opportunity to be part of a unique experience to create, learn and participate in the making of a movie.
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The various courses at Nu Boyana Film School 2016 will cover all stages of what it takes to bring a story to life – from writing the first outlines of a script to putting the final touches in the editing room. The approach of all mentors is very hands-on. It’s all about the practical side of this industry. Learning by doing.