Welcome to Norwegian Ninja!
As we are new here at WAM, we will first use some time to gather steam. We're looking for wreckers from anywhere on the globe who would be interested in contributing to Norway's first ever ninja movie for the big screen! (If you are a Norwegian wrecker you may know about the project from its local title: "Nytt Norsk Håp". Google that for some press coverage.)
The writer/director is Thomas Cappelen Malling, and the film is produced by yours truly and the Oslo-based production company Tordenfilm. We will shoot the film in the fall of 2009, and it will be ready for release in the second half of 2010. The total budget is NOK 19 million / EUR 2,1 million.
The film is centered on a secret force of Norwegian ninjas, led by Arne Treholt (see wikipedia link below), who fight back against Superpower incursions in the fair kingdom of Norway. Genre-wise it's a satirical adventure film. However, we strongly wish to avoid being a genre parody or spoof like "Naked Gun" or "Austin Powers". We want believable characters who take the events of the film at face value. Great comedy is a serious business, indeed.
We will discuss more of the film's content and style in relation to specific tasks.
But listed below are some thematic keywords for our film.
These are areas in which we wish to have wreckers contribute with tasks in the future.
Ninjas and ninjutsu - both historically and what we see in pop culture today
European Cold War history, seventies-eighties
The Treholt espionage trial ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arne_Treholt )
NATO's Stay Behind forces ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Gladio )
Conspiracy theories surrounding Cold War politics and espionage.
Seventies-eighties exotic military tech
Steampunk gadgets and vehicles
Eighties dress/hair styles and lingo
Old-school visual effects (in-camera stuff like miniatures, false perspectives, matte paintings etc.)
New-school visual effects (3D animation and compositing etc.)
Stunts/acrobatics/parkour/martial arts/extreme sports
The first task we ask of you, our wrecking partners, is to sign up for our production.
Use the Shots function to announce yourself and your areas of interest!
As inspiration, we've attached a "class of 1980" photo of the Ninja Force, taken at their training base at Ramsund, Norway. The legend reads: "When the job is done, it's history".
So, we need to talk more about music or a potential soundtrack or playlist.
Ofcourse, next to an original score (which I'm sure someone is already hard at work on, heavy with synths as it should be). A very cool and entertaining task to play around with is putting together a playlist or compilation of songs and music that could work out as some form of a soundtrack.
Music that could help strengthen the atmosphere and overall feel of the production. Or songs that helps illustrate the zeigeist and feeling that really make the audience connect with the setting/story/plot.
Yeah yeah, enough talk - so I made a playlist for Spotify!
Check it out http://open.spotify.com/user/z0mbieelvis/playlist/5inbxt1qHkFyRjGIXmssMi
For those of you who doesn't have access to Spotify,
I'll transcribe the list below. But what sounds or tunes would YOU like to hear? Or what kind of music do you associate with the late 70s or early 80s that would be perfect to score a norwegian ninja movie?
Let's spin some records! ;D
perhaps one should paraphrase one or more scenes from the movie orions belte. it would fit very nice!!
one should let sverre anker ousdal once again play skipper on the sandy hook, together with helge jordal as tommy jansen and put jon michelet in the role hans ola sørlie had in the movie from 1984.
these are the right guys to deploy treholt and the ninjas out on covert ops.!!!
also.. it would be nice to once again see jon eikemo as a representative for the norwegian police, but this time as ørnulf tofte( chief investigator from politiets overvåkningstjeneste in the actual treholt case.) which could be treholt`s nemesis in the norwegian ninja movie.
let me strongly suggest reading the ørnulf tofte biography "spaneren" to get first hand information and inspiration regarding POT`s point of view on contraespionage dealing with the russians in norway and europe, at the time being.... and toftes point of view regarding the treholt case.
While on the topic of cold war and arctic regions.. What could be more perfectly intriguing and fascinating than unique soviet-era snowmobiles!? Some of these stayed in production up until as late as the 70s and 80s.
There is an article worth reading/browsing here:
This could perhaps bring a charming 007-mystique aswell as productionvalue?!
I totally fell in love with one of the blogs referred to further down, the dark roasted blend, if you haven't yet explored it, you should. Everything on their site is breathtaking or weird.
Anyway, if you haven't already seen it, these women and their robot friends are simply wonderful. And even they're from a different era, the idea might be something for your Umbraco caracter.
In the end of the 70ies NBC made an attempt to put on a gigant tv-drama called Supertrain. I was thinking that this train, witch apparantly caused so much trouble for the production (wrecking all the time) that it finally made them close the whole thing down. Maybe also because it was a major flop.
Anyway, it's a real fun train. And the music is also kind of interesting. And the way it's shot also. And the bad models. fun fun fun
One of the missions of the ninja troop could be stopping a russian submarine with the help of a fishing boats fishing net. I remember spooky tales of russian submarines travelling up and down our fjords spying with their super telescopes, this was one of THE paranoia scenarios during the 80s! Maybe it could be linked with the deep sea divers in Norway as well, who were paving the way for the Norwegian oil adventure?
Wouldn´t it be cool with scuba diving Ninjas, originally disguised as mustachioed filshermen on an old fishing trawler!