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.

Ruined Films at Hoth Con (and moving towards the New Year!)

The good, the bad and the brute representing Ruined Films in Helsinki's Hoth Con.

The last few weeks approaching the Holidays have been quite active and we've been able to spread the message of The Twelve Parsec Stare in several different sources. The release of the anticipated The Force Awakens has sparked the interest of many different media agencies such as Helsingin Sanomat and Yle, who were interested in hearing what we had to say about the Episode VII. Our Hoth Con crew was also featured in AlfaTV's Filminurkka (Film Corner) number 150. In addition, Hese visited Radio Rock's morning show last week, spreading some Star Wars gospel on air!

Whereas most of the promotional work has been focused on our Star Wars short film (as the time is definitely right!) the creative planning for the next project keeps on grinding. We are currently working on a script for a proof of concept piece that we're hoping to take forward with a number of associates. This (in addition to some promotional work and a music video commission) will be our top priority moving to 2016. We're excited to start the new year!

Our Hoth Con display included a number of screen-used props from The Twelve Parsec Stare. We thought it would be interesting for the convention visitors to see some of our hand-crafted items and it really did spark a few conversations. On the two screens we displayed our Making Of series and some still pictures shot on the location by Marko Saari.

The Raunio brotherhood gave out an interview for Hesari...

...and Boba provided the mandatory fan service. Good times!

Ruined Films in Helsinki Hoth Con

Ruined Films will be participating in Hoth Con this Sunday 22nd of November, organized by our associate Head Hunter Store here in Helsinki.

The Star Wars -themed convention has loads of exciting activity in celebration of the coming Episode 7 and also includes a screening of our Boba Fett short film "The Twelve Parsec Stare." Here's your chance to see our Scifi/Western crossover on the big screen, witness some of the props used in the movie and discuss the making of the film with our crew!

See you on Sunday in Gloria! The chance to claim tickets and additional information about the event can be found here.

Olympiastadion Helsinki

As the Autumn pushes on, our good company finished our first major ad production! The promotional video project was done for Olympiastadion Helsinki and it aims to celebrate the past years on the iconic arena. Now the time has come to move forward.

Thanks to all of our associates and friends involved in the making of the film!

Production pictures by Antti Tuominen and Mathias Lönnström.

Break of dawn, the team is on site!
Eric immortalizing the nostalgic bench rows.
The right tool for the job!

Aerial angles.

The old stadium bathing in the last light of the day.

Our thanks go to our helping hands!

60 Hour Film Challenge: Letterbox

Ruined Films' contribution to Colchester Film Festival's 60 hour film challenge is here!

We got to embrace another interesting challenge almost right after arriving from our trip to Hong Kong. This time it was about a short film challenge, where the participants were tasked in making a short film of no more than five minutes. Each participating team was given a dedicated film title, a specific action as well as a line to incorporate into the film.

We had an amazingly dedicated team working on the production with individual members investing their whole weekend in filming and the post process. A tight time frame suits our filming style, as we quite enjoy productivity and creative pacing. You can view our short below!

Letterbox (Colchester 60 hour film challenge 2015) from Ruined Films on Vimeo.

100,000 views for The Twelve Parsec Stare!

What better way to wrap up summer than to celebrate this grand milestone; The Twelve Parsec Stare has breached the threshold of 100,000 views in YouTube!

We thank everyone that has spread the word and shared our short film here or in other medias. This will go on!

Ruined Films Pick of Nine X

Summer inspiration
Fruits of the labor

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

The Twelve Parsec Stare Production Diary 3

A new making of episode of The Twelve Parsec Stare is a bow to our hardworking extra cast! 

The Twelve Parsec Stare YouTube Premiere

The YouTube Premiere for The Twelve Parsec Stare is locked on our sights! Our short film interpretation of the infamous Bounty Hunter Boba Fett will hit the Ruined Films YouTube channel on the 30th of June. That's not terribly far far away...

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The cinematography and lighting departments of The Twelve Parsec Stare were handled by Mathias Lönnström, who we were fortunate to work with for the first time. Mathias is also engaged in a range of freelance photography and filming commissions as well as image editing work and media design. Ruined Films hopes to collaborate with Mathias again in the future and won't hesitate to recommend his services to our friends and associates! Get to know Mathias and his work better on his website.

The Twelve Parsec Stare is finished!

It feels amazing to announce our Star Wars and Boba Fett inspired short film "The Twelve Parsec Stare" is finished! After the principal photography in February we started the relentless post production phase, which has been an ongoing spree of countless hours and a tribute to human willpower for our compact production team. It all pays in the end and we hope to share the film with all of you as soon as possible.

The Twelve Parsec Stare's ambition was however never to be just a YouTube piece. From early on we meant to participate in domestic and international film festivals with our Sci-Fi/Western crossover short and this is in process of becoming reality; The Twelve Parsec Stare has already been submitted to Colchester Film Festival and other events are locked in our sights.

Film Festivals and YouTube release will have to wait just a while more until we arrange the promised screening for the cast, crew and their friends. This is the least we can do to honour your effort in the making of our film. Thank you.

We'll see you soon!

Ruined Films

Colchester Film Festival (19th-24th Oct) is an international film festival that takes in Colchester’s firstsite arts gallery annually in October.

Ink on the page

You never know who you run into through following your passion!

By the time we released our first making of articles and the behind the scenes galleries, we got an interesting message from Mr. Will Torres, a professional comic book artist from the United States. Based in New Jersey, Will is a big Star Wars fan who has created artwork for a variety of publications, including The Walking Dead Magazine. Will had seen our pictures floating in the net and contacted us with an amazing offer to create an exclusive piece of artwork for our Star Wars fan film!

We were of course honored to include Will in spreading The Twelve Parsec Stare gospel! Mr. Torres incorporated the lead characters in our movie into his artwork, which is made to resemble a classic comic book cover. Will used our production photos as a reference and got to know the story to put the artist into the mood for a great piece. Communication with the artist couldn't have been better and exchanging excited messages and inspiration was effortless and fun.

We'd like to thank Will again for the collaboration and wish him well in his future endeavors! The artist can be reached through his portfolio page, check it out!

The Twelve Parsec Stare exclusive artwork by Will Torres.

The Twelve Parsec Stare poster work

It's time for a little update on the post production of The Twelve Parsec Stare!

Although you'll still have to wait a while for the next production diary, we're happy to report progress on the film itself! Our crew has pushed the edit to its final stages and we already have a number of effect shots at the ready. In addition to the visual accomplishments the music and sound departments have been set into motion. It's amazingly inspiring to see things move forward and we're still ambitious enough to say the film will be out in May!

What else is new is that we've finished the official poster for the film (and a couple of alternative variants). The fans of Spaghetti Western might recognize a resemblance with a certain movie poster from the classic Dollars Trilogy...

We're also taking this opportunity to wish happy birthday to The Twelve Parsec Stare's hardworking cinematographer Mathias Lönnström! Cheers buddy!

The official poster, photo by Marko Saari.

An atmospheric variant.

And a simplified design. What do you guys think?

Making of: Meet Tesla John!

The stern barkeeper at his work.
Tesla John's outfit and the wicked scar
on his forehead were created by our
costuming and make-up team.

John generously brought his 
own zirkonium-morkonium.

As the time came to cast the barkeeper for The Twelve Parsec Stare, we knew we'd have to get our good friend John Parta for the part! We've had many projects with John in the past and his vision and presence always bring something special to the show. 

John is a seasoned actor and an author of several novels and short stories as well as works of poetry. What's equally interesting is his colourful life experience - each time we meet it feels like John has another great story to tell. The filming weekend of The Twelve Parsec Stare was no exception and John could be heard entertaining the co-actors and crew throughout the day.

In our film John is a retired smuggler and a freedom fighter who has after his career established a well-known space saloon "Tesla John's". Although his hearing is not what it used to be, he knows everything that goes down in his bar. While he can mostly be seen modestly serving drinks and snacks to all manner of strange creatures, his customers know better than to underestimate the old barkeeper. As a matter of fact Tesla John still keeps his scoped rifle blaster at arms length, as you can never be too careful in Tatooine's underworld...

We'd like to thank John again for his friendship and performance! Any finnish-speaking followers can get to know the artist and his distinctive character better on John's personal website.

Making of stills by Jouko Väänänen and Scott Mcgregor, thanks!

Making of: cosmic characters of The Twelve Parsec Stare

Our last weekend's filming operation was a gathering for many strange creatures. To capture the mood of a busy underground space bar we set up a Facebook recruiting group to gather costumed extras for our project. As we're talking about a Star Wars project, the filming naturally sparked interest and the willing participants already had a vision on what to wear for the occasion. All we had to do was to direct the theme towards Tatooine; we built a small reference pic gallery for the interested extras to take some guidance from.

We can't say we weren't nervous on the Saturday morning when our saloon customers were supposed to come in, as we couldn't be entirely sure if anyone would show up! In the duration of the morning hours we were however relieved of our fears, as many amazingly dressed extras arrived to aid us in our project. We adjusted some of the costumes with our own prop item reserve and gave out a few complete costumes to helpers who didn't have their own. Soon enough the space bar was packed and we were ready to start filming!

Here's just a glimpse on the character selection we had the joy to film. Thanking everyone for their participation and input!

Our lead character, the intergalactic bounty hunter Boba Fett, was of course on the set for the whole week.

A modest moisture farmer came in for a drink and met a mysterious rogue spy.

A rare weequay breed was seen stalking the corners of the bar with a smoky drink in hand.

A young bantha herder had felt a need for some refreshments after a day in the scorching sun.

Maurice Bush, a radical captain of the Ravishing One, had come to negotiate on some transportation deals for his next run.

Maurice's first mate was also present signing in the cargo and commenting on his captain's business decisions.

A zabrak speeder messenger had come to pick up another package for delivery.

This calamari merchant was dealing herbs and stronger substances in for the bar's drink brewery.

A hooded, wayfaring thruster engineer had stopped by to refuel his ship, but also had time to quench his thirst.

We can also reveal that we've already started with the first edit version and it's already looking so so sweet! Can't wait it to be ready, but for now we'll need to cope with more photographs and Production Diaries!

Making of: The amazing atmosphere of The Twelve Parsec Stare

Boom, we made it! The hefty challenge of an intense shoot weekend was met and disintegrated. The principal photography of our Star Wars short film "The Twelve Parsec Stare" is now finished and secured into the vaults of a number of heavily guarded hard drives. In the duration of the busy weekend our crew got all the material we needed and even had time to film additional inserts to aid in the forthcoming editing process!

We would first and foremost like to express our huge gratitude to our brilliant actors and to the patient and hard-working extras, who were not only amazingly motivated but also captured the essence of our vision perfectly in their thematic wardrobe. We didn't hear a single complaint over the inevitable waiting periods and many people dedicated their entire weekend to help us in our project. The crew of Ruined Films salutes you!
Special thanks need to be given to our supporters who made material donations and borrowed equipment, as well as to our tireless make-up department and the catering team.

Special shout-out to the rad crew of All Good Entertainment, who provided the speciality lighting equipment and the fog machinery used in our weekend production! The team (based in Helsinki) arrange event production services, DJ's, VJ's and rental of sound, lighting, stage and video equipment for a multitude of audiovisual needs. Big thanks!

The effective redhead lights used in our production were courtesy of Johnnie Saares Photography. A great aid in prop department, set materials and transportation was provided by Ville Ahtonen. Cheers, brothers!

With the wrap of our cinematography the production transfers into its post phase which will take the length of the starting spring. If everything proceeds as we've foreseen, the short will be finished by May, when we also aim to arrange a screening. While waiting for the finished flick you should keep an eye out for our video-format Production Diaries, which we'll release during the post production period.

So that it wouldn't be all sentimentality, thank-yous and other sugary marketing, here's a visual treat for you. Composed by the amazingly talented Marko Saari during the Saturday of our shoot weekend, the compact picture gallery will highlight the dusty but colourful atmosphere of a certain space saloon in the depths of Mos Eisley. We will also soon present another pic selection of the strange characters we had the fortune to capture on film.

Stay tuned and have the force by your side!

Ruined Films