Ruined Films is a passionate cell of filmmaking talent and vision. We're engaged in creative media production and offer a range of professional services from complete promotional videos to individual post production tasks. We operate out of our beautiful nation's capital, Helsinki.
Our purpose is to create and to see the initial concepts become reality.

Imagine what we could achieve together.

Wonderful New Year!

Kissing 2014 goodbye with a peek to the early 2015!

This year has been amazing, busy and productive! Here's to all of you who have shared the way and followed us here and in our other channels.

Expect to see more on our ongoing project really soon!

 

Nightmare 2

In addition to our private projects Eric has been doing some poster work for finnish feature film Nightmare 2 - Painajainen jatkuu. You might have seen the poster or its many variations all over national theaters and websites, here it is once again. We've said it before but we'll say it again, it's both fun and useful to have so many kinds of artistic talent in the crew!

More on our next big project very soon!




Ruined Films Pick of Nine VIII

Phasing
Joy
Festivities
Rebirth




Pick of Nine is a monthly gallery of our crew's photography 
flavored with a personally meaningful perspective.

Ruined Films On The Set IV



Here's another Ruined Films "On The Set" video composed of the material shot during the production of The Pit Fighter - Bard & Jester Commercial. Nice and effective filming day, just the way we like them!

The Pit Fighter behind the scenes gallery

A few pics on the production and shooting of The Pit Fighter, Bard & Jester Commercial.


Ruined Films Pick of Nine VII

Opportunity
Drive
Vision
Trust




Pick of Nine is a monthly gallery of our crew's photography 
flavored with a personally meaningful perspective.

Stockholm-Helsinki

A part of our crew is travelling to Stockholm right now in order to participate in the grand Comic Con! We will be promoting our Black Cat Fan Film "Close Call" on site and hope to make new acquaintances, slip around some flyers and to have great time in the inspiring environment! Picture highlights will follow.


The Pit Fighter

The Pit Fighter is a promotional video we made for the use of Bard & Jester, a company producing and selling fantasy and Steampunk props as well as leather armour. We approached the commercial concept from a trailer kind of angle, which would leave the viewers looking for more. With the Bard & Jester products the story and the character is yours - how would you fend in the crucible of the Pit Fighter Arena?



Cast
Pit Fighter: Henrik Raunio
Quartermaster: Teemu Valve

Crew
Producer: Henrik Raunio
Cinematographer & Visual effects artist: Eric Raunio
Sound artist: Scott McGregor
Makeup artist: Sini Viitanen
Director: Eric Raunio


Behind the mask: Black Cat
























The protagonist of our latest short is one of the iconic Marvel females and the original idea for the film sparked out of a lasting fandom for the said character. Putting the costume together for Black Cat was as much a project as the making of the film it finally inspired. We'll let the creator (and the actress!) walk you through!

I’ve done cosplay for years and I’ve always wanted to make a superhero costume for myself. Yet it took me some time to find out who would feel the most home to me. I’ve been a huge Spiderman fan since my childhood and used to watch the animated TV-series with my dad on Saturday mornings.

During the last few years I've been going through Batman movies and comics, which reminded me of my old Marvel fascination and BAM! There she was, Black Cat! All the coolness and feline characteristics that Catwoman has but put together even sassier.


I started to dig deeper into her background story and realized I already knew parts of it. I fell in love with her vulnerability and the fact that she was covering that up by getting tougher and training herself which even made her to start enjoying life again. That was it - I knew I had to bring her to life. When the Ruined Films guys heard I was making the costume, they became excited about it and we made a deal to shoot a short fight scene for the character in a few months.

To kick off the process I went looking for good reference pictures and deciding which designs were the ones I loved the most. I decided to go for the new era look without all the bling on the costume's collar and the white He-Man style boots and gloves.

I loved the more sophisticated versions of the clothing and ordered a high quality shiny catsuit made to my size from fets-fash.com. I knew it would save me time and money because the fabric is hard to find and quite expensive. I chose the shiny and a little bit stretchy material instead of the pvc because I needed to be able to move in it and latex and pvc don’t breathe at all (even though they look amazing). The iconic mask was ordered from a very talented guys at xtremedesignfx.com!

One of the most important parts of the costume is the hair and I have to admit, it was not an easy task to find a proper white lace wig. I ordered several from a number of sources just to check out the quality of them, but I wasn't entirely happy with the feel or the color of any of them. After ages of looking for a good wig I finally found a perfect one from Wigsbuy, that had lace wigs even in white color I was desperately looking for. The style was just about right. Fluffy and sassy and glamour at the same time. Score! Speaking of the hair, the fur for the suit collar was equally challenging to find. Finally I ended up finding a pretty hideous plush toy that had the exact fur quality I was looking for. The poor toy got skinned, but Black Cat bodysuit was ready once the fur was stitched onto the collar.

At the same time I had started working with the infamous nails of the Black Cat. What I ended up doing was just to buy cheap plastic "witch nails" from a Halloween store. These were then cut into right shape and size and glued onto the gloves that I had gotten along with the suit. After the glue was dry I took a black silicone tube and started molding and filling in the holes to make the nails look more cat-like.

During a test-fit I realized that the huge zipper ring that Black Cat has had to be exactly the size as portrayed in the comics. Otherwise the costume looked a little weak. I went out and purchased a set of metal rings to be welded together with the zipper handle by my friend Iris. Having spare rings turned out to be quite handy during the shooting; while doing the stunts (like being dragged on the floor by a colossal mercenary...) the original ring just broke into pieces. So it was great to have a few extras. Thank you Iris!



As the suit was getting nearer and nearer to completion, we started to practice the fight choreography with Simo Kurki (Crossbones) and fight scene's talented designer Lim Greatman. We did most of the training outside in daylight, but Helsinki's famous Kisahalli served as a secondary training site for our intense rehearsals. It was already midsummer and it was HOT, but I was ready to embrace the hard work to bring my feline heroine alive. So me and Simo put the effort into it with a smile (but believe me, there was a few curses here and there)!

So a few setbacks later and with the help of some very nice people the costume and the actress were finally ready for shooting. I’m very grateful to everyone who helped me with this costume and my dream to bring Black Cat alive. And I must say… It sure came out purrrrrfect.

Photography by Marko Saari

Check out Close Call - The Black Cat fan film here.


Ruined Films Pick of Nine VI

Organize
Nostalgia
Bonding
Move




Pick of Nine is a monthly gallery of our crew's photography 
flavored with a personally meaningful perspective.

Behind the mask: Crossbones
























In our latest short film "Close Call" the villain is perhaps one of the more eccentric Marvel bad guys. Although Brock Rumlow's character was introduced in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the renegade mercenary version of him is better known from the comic book pages. Crossbones is a charismatic individual and we didn't have to look far when choosing the antagonist for the film. For more information on the masked mercenary you can check this page.


Crossbones is one of the more down-to-earth supervillains which makes him really convincing. Because of his military flavor it was also both fun and practical to design the costume, gathering cool combat gear is a bit lighter task compared to having to create capes, armour and tights usually favoured by super hero characters. Crossbones' practical approach into his business created design questions that we had to answer; what kind of armour and armament he would be using, what kind of details would be included and how the outfit would be made to resemble the one seen in the comics.


Our Crossbones costume is a mix of military and law enforcement style of gear. As the mercenary is usually seen wearing a black top in the comics, we chose a modular SWAT vest for him. Different pieces of equipment each had a dedicated pouch and he would carry his pistol and additional ammo, radio, smoke grenades and other military-themed details in his vest. This "second line" of equipment was extended with belt-attaching drop leg panel and a holster for his second gun. For our version of Crossbones we included camouflage pants with a modern Multicam pattern. This would serve as a recognition on the characters affection on efficiency.



The most important and recognizable part of the costume is of course the mask. Although the comicbook design of the character's "face" is more or less a stylized balaclava, we felt that having more distinctive features would add to Crossbones' presence. We modified a skull mask to also have a texture and feeling of a light armour, perhaps offering a little protection in hand to hand combat (and against sharp kitty claws...) which also matches with mercenary's other functional choices of equipment. The iconic white cross is visible on Crossbones' mask, but also on his vest and other kneepad.

Crossbones was portrayed by Simo Kurki, a finnish wrestler that was really enthusiastic to work with us. We wanted to make the size difference between Black Cat and Crossbones obvious and the fight between them would need to look really physically unfair. Simo did a great job sporting the heavy and hot gear throughout the shooting days (and having his nose squashed inside the mask for hours!). The physical appearance was however all that was required of Simo, as Crossbones' lines were recorded in New York with voice actor Tyric Jackson. The pair did a great job bringing the imposing badass into life and were great to work with. Thank you again for your participation!

"The name's Crossbones, darlin'!"

Cat's out: Preparing Close Call






















Our Black Cat project was originally an intention to do a little fight choreography and to show off the impressive costume. Although compact action shorts (and stunt displays) are usually easier to put together production-wise, we felt the end product would be more interesting with a little story around it. It would also be fun to write something to support the inevitable fight scene, as Black Cat's character is really interesting and the depth in the double life of Felicia Hardy and her masked alter-ego would serve as an awesome base even for a full-length feature. In the pre-production phase we agreed to keep it compact with a limited number of intense shooting days.

At the same time our crew gathered to transform the story into a written form, our awesome cast, Sini Stephanie Viitanen (Black Cat) of New York Film Academy and Simo Kurki (Crossbones) of Fight Club Finland Pro Wrestling, were sent off to stunt training. We had a great asset on the action department as Lim Greatman (one of the best practical stuntmen we know as well as a skilled choreographist) could spare some of his time to train our cast. Some two weeks later the script was ready and our sassy cat burglar and mercenary brute were ready to rock it out in front of the camera.

The script and screenwriting were mostly composed by Henrik but everyone had their impact in the development of the story. As Sini is a big Black Cat fan we valued her vision and opinions especially to make the lead character appear right and real. We did have a couple of transformations of the script during the production and did a little rearranging on the scenes; the opening of the completed film was originally its final scene. The original opening would've offered deeper insight on why Rumlow was after Black Cat, this plot devise is now referred to in the News Broadcast part of the film.

We had contacted a few potential locations in Helsinki metropolitan area and done some scouting beforehand. The location of Kaapelitehdas seemed best for our needs and we were also impressed by their particularly positive attitude on the filming. The wide spaces, inspiring hallways and the ability to affect the shape of the rooms with modular walls were all very handy. We can't thank Kaapelitehdas enough for their flexibility and assistance in arranging a filming weekend on their premises and we would be glad to work with them again in the future.

What was next was getting ourselves to filming. And boy, were we looking forward to that!




Who let the Cat out?



We're proud to say that we did.

Close Call was a project that started out merely as a costume acquisition. A concept for a comic book themed fan film developed from the idea of a photoshoot, something that costumers and cosplayers are quite common to do. Creative comic enthusiasts as we are, we made a decision to do a light action-oriented short as a summer project. The idea took off and evolved into a script, a choreography and a set date for shooting.

The main parts of the movie were shot in a two-day window during a weekend in 2013. Our compact crew and cast were prepared and motivated and the shooting was an absolute joy if not a little tiring because of the long days. We departed from the location in high spirits, with some ace material and a working title: Black and White.

The post production phase of the movie was delayed for almost a year because of development of the script and therefore the stalling of pick ups. We were also entangled with several other promotional and personal projects. However, from the first stunt training to the upload stage of the finished product, everyone involved has just wanted to see the original idea come to life on the screen. As the annual gaming convention Ropecon (our set deadline for the completion) drew near, we were finally ready to release the film and cheer.

Close Call is a completely unofficial Black Cat fan film, basing its story and characters on the comics universe of Marvel. It was shot in Helsinki, Finland and in New York during 2013 and 2014. We'd like to express our huge gratitude to everyone involved in the filmmaking process. This was a blast, but we're certainly ready for another adventure.

Watch this space for production stories, behind the scenes pictures and random commentary on the year-long project. Oh, and watch the film too!