Exclusive video footage from the filming of “The Outpost” in Bulgaria was shown in Nick Paton Walsh’s report for CNN: ‘The Outpost’: The horror of Afghanistan brought to Hollywood.
The journalist shares his experience about being in Afganistan in 2009 and reliving the events today: “Exactly nine years later, I find myself standing in COP Keating again. Yet this time it’s in Bulgaria. A short drive from Sofia, Millennium Films has painstakingly recreated the base. It is larger in scale, which at first bewilders me, and without the deadly hills — they would have to be added later by CGI. The tiny place that had seemed so forlorn in person now comes across as the stuff of painful legend. Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood and Caleb Landry Jones lead a cast that contains actual survivors from the battle: some playing themselves, others their platoon colleagues. A West Point graduate, Rod Lurie, is even directing the film. It is more than a little jarring to see it all again. At one point, fake Taliban pop up from behind rocks and pretend to opened fire on us. It’s difficult to resist the instinct to duck down.”
The reporter’s team visited “The Outpost” set near Sofia together with their colleague Jake Tapper – CNN’s anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent as well as author of the book on which the script of the new movie is based.
“You think, in a battle like COP Keating,” says Tapper, “that they’d be motivated by their hatred of the enemy, their anger. And the truth of the matter is they are motivated by the love they have for their brothers in arms. The desire to save each other. There’s such a chasm between the 1% of the country who serve and the 99% who don’t — of which I am in the latter group — there’s such an inability to understand why they do what they do. But every one of the eight guys who was killed was killed in a mission of trying to help somebody else.”
The article wraps up with a word from Daniel Rodriguez, who is a Keating survivor and plays himself in the movie. “If you think of the Vietnam-era films and the WWII films, you do them after the war has already been done. But we live in a here-and-now generation. Let’s show the world how horrific it is, yet still leave our people over there at the same time.”
“There’s that expression: you die twice — once when you pass away, and then again when your name is spoken for the last time by somebody out there,” says director Rod Lurie in another piece for Variety. “And at least with a movie like this, these men’s names will be spoken in perpetuity. So it was a very personal film to make.”
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.”
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.
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 Architects, Glavbolgarstroy 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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!
“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.
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.
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.
Our student film competition gives chance to young filmmakers to show their best potential!
Four student teams shot their short movies in the last week of August, using everything they need on the territory of Nu Boyana Film Studios – equipment, sets, wardrobe, props and etc. The teams were formed of students, holding different positions – Screenwriter, Director, DP, Camera Assistant, Script Supervisor, Stylist, Set decorators, Video Editor, Sound Designer, Production Assistant and etc. The teams were given basic script guidance for the concept of their short movie and they decided weather to make a comedy, a drama or action out of it. The Studio provided professionals to serve as mentors, supporting the work of each team.
Made in Nu Boyana vocational training project is conducted for the first time, giving chance to future filmmakers to complete the whole process of producing a movie in the professional environment of the film studio. The students had to follow a strict production schedule – 3 days preparation, 2 days shooting and 10 days post-production. An international panel of judges, working in the movie business, will choose the winner film in September.
Take a peak behind the scenes of Made in Nu Boyana Student Film Competition 2014:
The Millennium’s project “Survivor” has wrapped at Nu Boyana Film Studios!
Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Angela Bassett are some of the big names involved in this political thriller. James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) is directing from a screenplay by Philip Shelby. The “Resident Evil” star Jovovich will play a compromised civil servant, who is trying to clear her name while preventing a major terrorist attack on New Year’s Eve on New York’s Times Square.
SO PROUD OF OUR TALENTED FRIENDS FROM RISE FILMS!
The series “PLEBS” shot entirely in our Studios won “Best New Comedy” at British Comedy Awards 2013! It is the most nominated show across all genres at the awards. It has been nominated also for Best Original Programme, Best Comedy Programme and Best Multi-channel Programme at the Broadcast Awards 2014, which will take place on 5th February 2014.
You’ve missed the teaser? Watch it now!
Warner Bros pushed the opening to March 2014. This film was entirely shot in Nu Boyana Film Studios. Please, take note of the new release dates in your country! Thank you!
Happy New Year! We wish you All an extraordinary 2014, plenty of inspiration and as many movies.
In this very beginning of the new year we have so much to cheer about.
Starting by the productions completed last year.
We have hosted some of the most feverishly expected Millennium productions of 2014: “The Legend of Hercules” (dir. Renny Harlin), “Eliza Graves”(dir. Brad Anderson;), “Autómata”, “Expendables 3” (dir. Patrick Hughes).
We have also had the pleasure of making some new friends, very exciting to work with. Projects such as the second sequel of the cult japanese comedy” “Thermae Romae II”( prod.company Fuji Television Network), and the action crime series “CROSSING LINES Season 2”, Germany/France (TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS & STUDIOCANAL & TF1) gave us great occasions to work with exceptional and talented professionals in the worldwide film industry, to share in their visions, and to fulfill their most demanding artistic wishes.
As for our production facilities, in 2013 our back lot capacity reached another turning point! Already being spotted by producers and filmmakers for our unique New York set and its economical cost, the biggest Roman set in the world is already here, in Sofia. Completed in April last year, this massive extension of the set fills 14 000 sq m. and offers a wide possibility for production needs. Roman street, open Thermae with fountains, central city square, 2 coliseums, one reaching 25m high with a capacity for 5000 extras, garden, baths, villas, temples, narrow streets and alleys, open market, training quarters and a variety of practical interiors – everything is here with which to raise an Empire.
2013 was also a time to be particularly proud of our recent accomplishments.
Starting with Kon-Tiki (completed in 2011) – , which hit hard with its Oscar-and Golden Globes nomination this year. On the other side, “Expendables 2” and “Olympus has fallen”, became box office explosions. The British sitcom “Plebs” (Rise Comedy) turned into the most successful sitcom launched in England for the last 14 years.
So thank you, dear 2013! You were a very generous year, marked by creativity, challenge and success.
Drear friends, let’s make it double this year!
2014, here we come!*
One of the old Nu Boyana’s cinema premises is going through a major upgrade! Soon we will be able to offer a spectacular 4K Christie projection and “immersible” up to 64 tracks Dolby Atmos sound mixing and monitoring.
The principal photography has just wrapped after over two months of shooting in Bulgaria and in our Studios. Amazing cast – Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren ..just to name a few…Huge technical scale with the use of 16 cameras. The golden eye of the director Patrick Hughes and the whole energy of the crew! Its gonna be something! Release date : August 2014! Stay tuned!
Just finished the shooting of the principal photography of CROSSING LINES Season 2, a summer primetime series on NBC, produced by TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS (a STUDIOCANAL company) & BERNERO PRODUCTIONS, in co-production with TF1 PRODUCTION and in association with SONY PICTURES TELEVISION NETWORKS. Created by Edward Allen Bernero (“Criminal Minds”) and starring William Fichtner, Carrie Anne Moss, Marc Lavoine, Gabriella Pession, Tom Wlaschiha… and Donald Sutherland, its follows a special police unit of the International Criminal Court that investigates serial criminals crossing all over European borders. Crossing Lines’ first season premieres have been well-received internationally and sold into over 180 territories.
24 hours. 2 strangers. 1 chance. GET READY FOR SOME SPECTACULAR RACE! *** Prod. Company: Warner Bross, Director : Courtney Solomon, Writers : Sean Finegan, Gregg Maxwell Parker; Cast: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Rebecca Budig, Bruce Payn; 9 shooting weeks in Sofia, no CGI…