The first animated Star Wreck film was created by Samuli Torssonen in 1992 using Deluxe Animation 2d software. The series evolved to live action in Star Wreck V: Lost Contact (1997). It was shot against a blue screen (a blue sheet actually, loaned from Samuli’s mother) and for the first time Samuli stepped in the front of the camera and played the role of Captain Pirk. In 1999 the production of Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning was launched. It was supposed to be a short film but the script got bigger and bigger and eventually it became a feature length film. It was released in 2005 after seven (7!) years of production.
Very few people knew what to expect when they arrived to the premiere of Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning on 20th of August 2005 in an abandoned cinema in the Finnish city of Tampere. Produced by Samuli Torssonen the film would go on to become one of the first online video hits with millions of downloads. Much of this was due to the pioneering way the film was made and distributed. Star Wreck was the first film made together with an online community and the first feature length film made for free internet distribution through BitTorrent.
The new Star Wreck – directed by Jussi Lehtiniemi is set on an alternate future where the world is united in a New Soviet Union. Some might call it atompunk, since it will be a world where nuclear power runs everything from lawn movers to combine harvesters the size of building – not to mention spaceships. First there will be a short film that introduces the new world and answers the question whether this is a sequel, prequel or a reboot. Torssonen and Lehtiniemi are already planning the feature length film.
The film production design and visual effects will be produced by Troll VFX – the team behind the Iron Sky (2012) visual effects.
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