Studio News

Behind the scenes: Creating the Sound for ‘211’

June 8th, 2018 marks the arrival of the new Nicolas Cage film “211”, inspired by “one of the longest and bloodiest bank heists”. The title is the American police code for robbery, which reveals the main part of the plot. A soon to be retired police officer “Mike Chandler”, played by Nicholas Cage finds himself unprepared and outgunned, as he comes across a daring bank heist carried out by a team of fearless, heavily armed and highly trained men. 

The action-packed thriller film was entirely serviced at Nu Boyana Film Studios. In the post-production of such a busy film, sound plays a pivotal role in the storytelling and production value.

Kris Casavant (Supervising sound editor), shared some of the behind the scenes secrets and technicalities of creating the sound for the film. All the work was done under the studio’s umbrella front to back, from capturing sound on set to finalizing in post-production. “For post, we started early with capturing weapon recordings on the sets during the shoot, followed by the entire creative approach right up until the final mix & delivery.” 

FilmForge Students Enjoy Graduation Night

On a warm summer’s evening, the Danny Lerner Memorial Theatre quickly filled up with students, mentors and producers, parents and friends. It’s the 31st May and Nu Boyana Film Studios is hosting the graduation ceremony for the FilmForge classes.

Over the past two years FilmForge proved itself as the perfect place for those that want a future in the film industry. The unique feature of FilmForge’s courses and initiatives is that they give the potential of future professionals the opportunity to explore the professional environment of the film studio, while meeting international experts, giving young talents a solid start on their way to the cinema industry.

NuBoyana 24 – Filmmaking challenge

Join our filmmaking challenge and show your potential to work on set at one of the best film studios in Europe. Summon your friends now and come on March 10-11 at Nu Boyana Film Studios to create a 3-5 minute short film in only 24 hours – from Script to Screen. Give your best performance and you could get selected to be among our new interns at Nu Boyana.

We are looking for enthusiastic and hardworking people to appoint in our internship program as well as in some upcoming projects thus giving them a chance to develop successful careers in the film industry. Our special 3-month internship program at the studios begins on May 2, 2018.

Dive & Film in the most modern water tank in Europe!

Nu Boyana Film Studios and B2Y Productions are glad to announce the official opening of our newest аsset – one of the biggest and most modern water tanks in Europe. 

Floor plan – Water Tank

After a year and three month of non-stop work we completed the brand-new water tank. We are extremely grateful to all of you who made this happen – especially Nikki Kanev – project manager and A&A ArchitectsGlavbolgarstroy and Sivon who designed and built it.

The water tank is built on 1200 sq. meters. The basin is 20 meters wide at a depth of 6 meters and volume of 2400 m3. It has a 2.10 x 1.60 meters directors’ viewing window. The studio has 3 elephant doors for the trucks to access it. Inside we have a bridge crane with 10 tons lifting capacity for moving props, sets, etc. There is a special heating system at the studio which can heat the water in the tank up to 32 degrees celsius. The tank is using an UV filtration system that limits the chlorine usage. The facility is also equipped with a skimming system which removes all the dirt particles that fall on the  surface layer of the water. 

The facility is managed by our diving coordinator Ian Creed with background of movies like Star Wars:The Last Jedi, Angel Has Fallen, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and many more.

Come take a dip.

 

Nu Boyana supported four of the short films currently participating at “Golden Rose” 2017

In this year’s edition of “Golden Rose” Bulgarian Feature Film Festival, we are proud to present four short movies, supported by Nu Boyana Film Studios and B2Y Productions that have qualified in the official selection.

THE LAST 2 DAYS
Directed by: Dimitris Georgiev

Dimitris Georgiev is a promising young director with projects that have received acclaim on a number of international film festivals. The idea for “The Last 2 Days” comes from a directing task he had to complete for the Bulgarian National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, where he studies Film and Television Directing.

“The assignment was simple – I had to make a 7-minute movie in the suspense genre. However, the project quickly went out of scope and soon I realised that there is no way for me to tell this story in less than 20 minutes.” – says Dimitris Georgiev.
I found great support in Alexander Kenanov (B2Y Productions), who believed in my idea and didn’t restrict me in any way. I plan on continuing to make short movies until I feel ready to take on my first feature film. Right now I am in the middle of pre-production of a project of similar length as “The Last 2 Days”, with famous Bulgarian actors, supported once again by B2Y Productions and Nu Boyana Film Studios.”

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Behind the Scenes

This entertaining action comedy centers on Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), assigned to protect an infamous hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) – the only person who can testify against a ruthless dictator (Garry Oldman). Along the course of the movie they are presented with a number of obstacles and twists, which are sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
 

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson filming THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD in Sofia, Bulgaria. Photo by Jack English.

The film has been shot throughout three European capitals – Sofia, London and Amsterdam, with the majority of the principal photography taking place in Bulgaria. Nu Boyana Film Studios has facilitated a large part of the production, providing sound stages and computer generated effects, with some sequences taking place in the canals of downtown Sofia. “We are very excited about this movie. This is one of those situations when we got lucky with a variety of things – great script, great cast, great director and we ended up with a great movie.” – says executive producer Yariv Lerner.
 

Director Patrick Hughes on the set of THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD in Bulgaria. Photo by Jack English.

Several of the action sequences were shot at the Nu Boyana Film Studios backlot in Bulgaria.
 
The team of our daughter company WorldWide FX completed more than 1000 shots lead by the VFX Supervisor Vesselina Hary Georgieva. On working with the director she remarks “I feel very lucky about working with Patrick Hughes, because he is very talented, very ambitious and knows exactly what he wants.”

Liev Schreiber: “We were very impressed with the Bulgarian crew!”

The new movie starring Liev Schreiber “Chuck” tells the true story of Chuck Wepner, the man who inspired the billion-dollar film series “Rocky” — a liquor salesman from New Jersey who went 15 rounds with the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammed Ali. In his ten years on the ring, Wepner endured two knockouts, 8 broken noses, 313 stitches. But his toughest fights were outside the ring: an epic life of drugs, booze, wild women, incredible highs and extraordinary lows.
 

 
In a recent interview for The New York Times Liev Schreiber describes “Chuck” movie as a “cautionary tale about celebrity and fame, tripped down the rabbit hole of narcissism” and admits that over the past ten years he’s had things in his own life drawing him closer to that story.
 

Liev Schreiber and Ron Perlman in a dramatic scene from “Chuck”

 
We were happy to host part of the filming of this interesting project at Nu Boyana studios where we specially constructed a big boxing ring in one of the sound stages. When talking to a Bulgarian journalist about how he felt working for the first time in Sofia, Liev Schreiber admitted that both the director and him were “pesimistic” in the beginning but after they arrived in Bulgaria became really impressed with the commitment of the people in the crew. He also found Nu Boyana studios to be a great facility, having various sets – New York streets, London backlot and etc.
 

Behind-the-scenes: Director Philippe Falardeau at the boxing ring

 

Worldwide FX celebrate their 15th Anniversary

Nu Boyana is the home of Worldwide FX – one of the biggest VFX studios in Europe. In the last 15 years the VFX artists have been dedicated to creating top notch visual effects and to breathing life into the spectacular ideas of filmmakers.
 Worldwide FX released a new showreel celebrating their 15th anniversary which displays work from most recent projects including London Has Fallen, Mechanic Resurrection, Criminal and some gems from the past.
 

Thank you for being part of our journey!

L’Oreal Artistic Forum 2017

It was an honour for us to host at Nu Boyana one of the biggest annual events for L’Oreal Professionel Bulgaria their Artistic Forum 2017. The event gathers over 600 professional hairdressers and guests from all over the country to celebrate together the past academic year and the beginning of the new one.

L’Oreal Academy Bulgaria with the help of our Boyana Events team created a magnificent atmosphere, amazing sets and stages for the guests at the studios.

Location Sound Recording Training

Nu Boyana organizes a 4-week Location Sound Recording training course that will take place in our studios from March 20th, 2017.

We are looking for 10-12 young and ambitious people with some basic audio knowledge, passionate not only for sound but willing and ready to work outside in the snowy fields, under the red hot sun or recording thunderclaps in the pouring rain!

The class will be led by the prominent French location sound mixer Pierre–Yves Lavoué, known for his work in “Dzift”, “Love.Net”, “The color of the Chameleon” and more Bulgarian and foreign productions.

We may offer a full time location recording job in the Sound department of NuBoyana Film Studios to the students who show excellent results during the class.

Candidate requirements:
The candidates should be at least 18-years-old with good English language, communication skills and excellent discipline.
A high school diploma is a must but a University degree and previous sound related practices will be an advantage.

Class period:
March 20th – April 14th, Monday to Friday, 3+3 hours a day

Send your full Resume and a headshot to: students@nuboyana.com by March 10th.
Approved applicants will be invited for an interview.
The course is free of charge.

New class: Acting for Film starts in March

Join our Acting for Film class at FilmForge – a Nu Boyana Center for Vocational Training!

Learn how to be yourself in front of the camera. Improve your ability to play monologues and dialogues, get noticed on a casting and more! Your mentor will be Velizar Binev – the Bulgarian actor with the largest number of Hollywood and international movies in his portfolio.
 

Actors Svetlana Atanasova, Sophia Vassileva and Luke Cousins (left to right) rehearsing in Nu Boyana casting room on “Bar Tricks” scenes. Photo: Ves Sarafov

Bolt CineBot and Phantom Flex 4K on set at Nu Boyana

Nu Boyana Film Studios recently acquired two amazing new pieces of equipment – a Bolt motion control rig and a Phantom Flex 4K.

BoltCinebot is the fastest high speed camera robot in the world. It has the ability to get up to full speed almost instantly so the camera can go from standstill to high-speed motion and back in fractions of seconds. Bolt is controlled by the Academy Award winning software Flair. Combined with it, the Bolt rig is quick to program moves on set and offers all of the features for importing moves from 3D packages and exporting moves.
 

Phantom Flex 4K is the newest camera available by Vision Research. The camera is specifically designed for motion picture capture and delivers updated easy to use camera interface. The Flex 4K is capable of recording at speeds of up to 1000 frames a second at 4k resolution and reaches a maximum frame rate of 3000 fps at 720p. The picture quality of the camera is supreme and opens up a world of possibilities in post-production. The Flex 4K has been the standard in high speed cinematography since its release in 2014, delivering top quality image for film productions all around the world.

With their innovative characteristics the two filmmaking gadgets are able to capture the movie magic in a precise and fascinating way never seen before!

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” tackles not only this statement but another major theme – women in history.Voevoda_poster

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.
Haunted House - outside

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.

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