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The Hitman’s Bodyguard Triumphing The Box Office

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 Hitman’s Bodyguard premiered in the American box office on August 18, and has had a strong presence there, quick to take the first place and remain there. Since then it has grossed 39.6 million dollars in the U.S. and Canada and critics have praised highly the screen chemistry of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson.
 
 
Both actors are content with the film’s premises and are eager to point out its strong points. In an interview for Cinemablend, Reynolds remarks that even though it explores familiar tropes in the action movie genre, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a very laid back feature, which has a lot of fun with deconstructing some of the already set tropes for the genre. Jackson also comments, that the involvement of romance in the film is much higher than in similar titles, which proves to be a fun and engaging for the audience decision. Salma Hayek and Elodie Yung are also part of the cast – Hayek as Kincaid’s wife Sonia and Yung as the Interpol agent and Bryce’s ex-girlfriend Amelia Ryder.
 

Salma Hayek as “Sonia Kincaid” in THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD. Photo by Jack English.

 

Elodie Yung as “Amelia Roussel” in THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD. 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

 
After having premiered at Toronto and Venice last year, “Chuck” screened as part of the Tribeca Film Festival and opens in theatres on May 5. Liev Schreiber stars as Chuck Wepner. Also starring Elisabeth Moss, Jim Gaffigan, Naomi Watts and Ron Perlman.

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!

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

‘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.

Made in Nu Boyana

Our student film competition gives chance to young filmmakers to show their best potential!
Made in Nu Boyana - Student Film Competition
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 - Student Film Competition
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.
Made in Nu Boyana - Student Film CompetitionTake a peak behind the scenes of Made in Nu Boyana Student Film Competition 2014:

“SURVIVOR” – Wrapped!

The Millennium’s project “Survivor” has wrapped at Nu Boyana Film Studios!

Survivor - Pierce Brosnan and Milla Jovovich

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.

PLEBS – A Success Story!

SO PROUD OF OUR TALENTED FRIENDS FROM RISE FILMS!

Plebs - A Success Story!

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.

2014 Here We Come!

Dear friends,

Happy New Year! We wish you All an extraordinary 2014, plenty of inspiration and as many movies.

2014 - Here We Come!

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!*

The dreamed “See-The-Sound” experience! Soon in our studios!

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 Expendables 3” is complete!

Expendables 3

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!

The European criminal series “CROSSING LINES” in Bulgaria for the shooting of Season 2…..

Crossing Lines

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.

“The Getaway” – now on theaters!

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…

New poster for “Eliza Graves”

A new poster for director Brad Anderson’s Eliza Graves is now online. Trailer: Coming Soon! Stay tuned!

New poster for “Eliza Graves”

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