Soviet Unterzoegersdorf in “A Guidebook of Alternative Nows”

Just received our copy of A Guidebook of Alternative Nows in the mail.
We contributed a piece about Soviet Unterzoegersdorf and Sierra Zulu.

A Guidebook of Alternative Nows is a collaboratively created book. A Guidebook of Alternative Nows is a collaboratively created book. 34 visionary creative thinkers and makers contributed to this book which illuminates ways of devising more socially, economically, and ecologically just versions of now.

The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press, 2012
Concept: Amber Hickey
Editor: Amber Hickey
Graphic Design: Angelina Köpplin
Cover Art: Mary Tremonte
Paperback book with two alternative covers, 266 pages, Color,
17 x 24 centimeters (6.7 x 9.45 inches)


Sierra Zulu Kickstarter Reward: The Bust of Pavel Protin

People’s General Pavel Protin, nicknamed ‘Pavel the Prole’, was one of the VIPs (Very Important Proletarian) of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf. As a special remembrance reward we offer a 3D-printed bust of the People’s General! For only $42!
This fine item made of heat-squirted plastic is limited and will never ever be posted on Thingiverse! Artifical scarcity, but in a memorable way!

(Image: Pavel Protin, proud)

(Image: Pavel Protin, proud in different medium)

For filthy rich reactionaries: We also added a $5432 option.

(Link to Kickstarter page.)

Sierra Zulu Kickstarter Reward for Disk Proletarians!

Complaints? Do we hear complaints? YES!
People on the international network demand a reward including a copy of the film in a lower price segment! Bolsheviks! Do not worry! We listen to the people! It is our profession!
Henceforth, we shall offer a proletarian, unlimited, unsigned and completely regular “DVD” of “Sierra Zulu” for “$54”. It will also include a small cardboard Soviet. We shall make it with this machine:

Link to Kickstarter.

Earthmoving pre-production!

Comrades! Comradettes!
A brief report from the glorious front line of pre-production!

Sandra Gigerl, Katharina Würthner and Ines Stoderegger are doing a wonderful job organizing the shoot of the Sierra Zulu prequel next week. We promise to blog some pictures soon.

Our actors will be: Jeff Ricketts, Alexander Fennon, Martin Auer, Adrienne Ferguson, Lynsey Thurgar, Stuart Freeman, Achmed Abdel Salam, Günther Friesinger, Arman T. Riahi, Tom de Roeck, Richard Pyrker and Lorenz eSeL Seidler.

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as informal meeting!

Location scouting for Sierra Zulu

The village Unterzoegersdorf really exists, near Stockerau, and we are planning to shoot some scenes there, but it’s pretty much impossible to build our UN camp near the tiny hamlet. We have to find the perfect spot, and that’s why our location scout — Sarah Strauss — is currently travelling through Lower Austria.

Let’s redefine “the middle of nowhere!”

Sierra Zulu at SOURCES 2

SOURCES 2 is a series of high-powered work units for scriptwriters and teams of writers and co-writers, directors or producers with a specific film project in development.

Sierra Zulu’s Roland Gratzer and Johannes Grenzfurthner will take part in the upcoming workshop in Haparanda (Northern Sweden). There is not a lot of daylight, but tons of time to discuss and refine some exciting scripts.
And there is a sauna.

Sierra Zulu presents: Andreas Rausch

Our friend Andreas Rausch lives in Bamberg/Germany and works as an independent illustrator and storyboard artist.
We are highly delighted that we could convince him to join our team as the official storyboard maestro.

What’s Andreas story?
After finishing school, Andreas began work in the field of ceramics as a potter, painter and sculptor. While working with ceramics in 1994, he started his career as an illustrator and comic artist for various magazines, postcard manufacturers and comic books publishers, which lead to his independence as an artist in 1997.
In 2000 he began to work as a storyboard artist and set illustrator and painter, which included productions for cinema and TV.
In 2005 his graphic documentary Zappaesk was published by Ehapa, and was given a 2-page feature in Rolling Stone magazine.

(Above: Andreas is drawing some early storyboard images; August 2011 in Vienna)

What’s a storyboard anyways?
A film storyboard is essentially a series of sketches produced beforehand to help a film team visualize the scenes and find potential problems before they occur. In creating a motion picture with any degree of fidelity to a script, a storyboard provides a visual layout of events as they are to be seen through the camera lens.

When can we see the first sketches for Sierra Zulu?
Patience is a virtue, comrade… but here is a first glimpse.

(Above: a first glimpse)