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 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.
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.
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.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
The Production Master Class at Nu Boyana studios begins on November 16th. Apply now to email@example.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.
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.
Send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org before September 25th 2016 and make the first step to becoming a visual effects artist.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Post production
- 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: email@example.com
*PLEASE in “subject” of your email put in your desired department position! If you are open to any position, indicate “flexible”.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.