Keep the cameras rolling! COVID-19 was a major challenge for our industry but we adapted well. New rules, new positions, new beginnings. Here is how we managed at Nu Boyana Film Studios. Watch the special report by Scott Roxborough for Deutsche Welle and Arts 21 Program.
In the past 9 months our team at Nu Boyana studios kept going and learning valuable lessons on the way. With good preparation, planning and flexibility, we completed the production of 8 feature films* and 16 international commercials for world brands.
The credit goes to all Bulgarian and foreign professionals, involved in the process, including the team of our in-house company B2Y Productions – for their hard work, resilience and dedication.
Most decisions we made this year proved that taking risks and being innovative pays off and makes you stronger!
We know that there are more challenges ahead but we are ready to tackle them, living up to the highest standards in the industry.
Looking forward to working with you in 2021!
Feature films we hosted at the studios in 2020:
TILL DEATH (Millennium Media), directed by S.K.Dale
THE DEVILS LIGHT (Lionsgate), directed by Daniel Stamm
COBWEB (Lionsgate), directed by Samuel Bodin
ROYAL BLOSSOM and LOST AND FOUND IN ROME (Free Dolphin Productions)
AFTER WE FELL & AFTER EVER HAPPY (Voltage), directed by Castille Landon
THE ASSET (Millennium Media), directed by Martin Campbell; We also finished the post production of the project at the studios.
Covid-19 has changed our world and how we work. Implementing strict measures and Covid-19 Safety Guidelines has allowed us to continue working safely and efficiently.
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An amazing project that we started in 2019. Stay tuned for the interesting and useful master classes and trainings that Nu Boyana Stunt Academy will offer!
Here is a look at some of the trainings we had so far at the academy:
Underwater stunt Course, led by diving coordinator Ian Creed
Film Combat Course, taught by stunt coordinator Adam Horton
In between courses we keep a weekly schedule at our Fit for Film space, where you can do your workout and meet with members of our stunt community.
As the master of stunts Jackie Chan says in his biographical book: “The way to never grow up is to love what you do“.
Join our stunt academy and we’ll give you just another thing to love in your life and why not choose to do it for a living!
This is a very special project of ours and frankly we have thought about making it a reality for quite some time. Action and stunts have always been amongst the most cherished ingredients of the films we shoot. And we have always worked with great talents in the stunt world.
The time has come that we start to not only work with the best talent, but provide the necessary environment and conditions for them to pass their knowledge and train the next generation of stunt men and women.
This is our why we established the Nu Boyana Stunt Academy.
August 19 – September 1
Taught by Adam Horton at the Nu Boyana Stunt Academy
This 2-week course takes place at Nu Boyana Film Studios, Europe’s biggest film studio, where action stars and their stunt teams have filmed hundreds of powerful fight scenes in franchises like The Expendables, Olympus Has Fallen, and Hitman’s Bodyguard.
Aside from having an unforgettable experience for both the mind and body, those who complete the course will gain the professional combat skills that can help forge them a career in film and television.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN – https://nuboyanastunts.com/
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It’s not only the width and depth of our pool, or the modernity of the building that we are proud of.
It’s also the great teamwork and talent of all our colleagues. They can design and do all the engineering for your idea from scratch.
Underwater filming can be a bit challenging, that’s why safety always stays a priority. We made sure to have found the best professionals and equipment for a smooth and relaxed working environment.
Actors are taken care of by our experienced safety divers, so they can give the best performance. Because we know not everyone is most comfortable in deep waters.
Our underwater stage hosts film productions and commercial projects, providing enough space and rooms for actors and crew (makeup & wardrobe, production office, bathrooms, etc.).
We are also very proud with our SFX masters, set designers and lighting technicians. They can adapt this huge underwater space to basically anything. You name it.
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.”
The movie “211” starring Nicolas Cage was 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
March 20th – April 14th, Monday to Friday, 3+3 hours a day
Send your full Resume and a headshot to: email@example.com by March 10th.
Approved applicants will be invited for an interview.
The course is free of charge.
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.
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.