Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards) and Marco Hietala (bass) of Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH took part in a press conference prior to the Russian premeire of their “Imaginaerum” film — based on the band’s album of the same name — on May 28 at Cinema Center at Krasnaya Presnya, Moscow. Video footage of the question-and-answer session can be seen below (courtesy of GameScope.ru).
The “Imaginaerum” film was released theatrically in Finland on November 23, 2012.
The movie had its premiere on November 10, 2012 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, where the audience was treated to both a full-scaleNIGHTWISH concert and the first-ever public screening of the movie.
The “Imaginaerum” screening at Hartwall Arena waspreceded by a show by the musicians in NIGHTWISH themselves in what was their final concert in Finland last year.
The official soundtrack of the movie, “Imaginaerum By Nightwish: The Score”, was released on the day before the premiere — Friday, November 9. The album features 13 grandiose, unreleased re-interpretations of“Imaginaerum” tracks by Petri Alanko.
Eagerly anticipated around the world, “Imaginaerum” creates a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Cirque du Soleil. The movie is an innovative mixture of story-telling and music, an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination… and what’s ultimately important in life.
Shot and post-produced in Canada, the movie was directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Films, and features appearances by allNIGHTWISH members. The screenplay is based on a wild vision thatTuomas Holopainen, the mastermind of the band, devised after the album “Dark Passion Play” came out in 2007.
“Imaginaerum” is one of the projects which received grants from the Finnish government institution called the Finnish Film Foundation. The movie, directed by Stobe Harju, about an old man on his deathbed who glimpses a childhood dream in which he refuses to grow old, and fights aging with his imagination, reportedly got $575,000 toward its $3.7 million budget.
During a September 2011 interview with Petri Silas of Finland’s Soundimagazine, NIGHTWISH mainman/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainenexplained that all the filming for the “Imaginaerum” movie was done in Canada with mostly Canadian actors/actresses. Post-production took place in Canada and Finland. He aso revealed the names of the actors who have two of the main roles in the film: Marianne Farley and Quinn Lord.
Speaking to Loudwire, Holopainen stated about the plot of the“Imaginaerum” film, “Basically it’s about this old guy who used to be a composer and he’s really sick; he’s lying on his death bed in a hospital and he’s going through his life, through his dreams — that’s the basic storyline. It’s all about praising life and life’s beauty, imagination and all the strife and the bad stuff we have to face.
“[The storyline] came from the director; I just had the twelve ideas, the twelve visions. He basically wrote the script and storyline around those originally visions and the only one we had to leave out was the ‘Ghost River’ part, because we didn’t have the finance to realize that vision.”
Asked if the band appears in the film at all, Tuomas said, “A little bit, we are seen in two different scenes as a band, playing in the background. That’s something that I really emphasized to the director, ‘Please don’t put the band into the movie,’ because we want to do a believable story and we have no idea how to act. We are not actors so if your give us some lines and we tried to act, it would look goofy. He insisted to put us into the movie because it’s our brainchild, so we’re just playing in there as a band; it’s a good compromise.”
“Imaginaerum” film cast:
* Francis X. McCarthy
* Quinn Lord
* Marianne Farley
* Joanna Noyes
* Ilkka Villi
* Keyanna Fielding
* Ron Lea
* Victoria Jung
* Hélène Robitaille
* Stefan Demers
* Anette Olzon
* Marco Hietala
* Tuomas Holopainen
* Emppu Vuorinen
* Jukka Nevalainen
Last week, QUEEN announced a summer tour with Adam Lambert but that’s not all the band has going on. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor have been working on a biopic about singer Freddie Mercury and Brian gave VH1 Radio Network’s Dave Basner an update on how it’s coming along.
“The movie is about to go,” May said. “We will be shooting in May. At this point, Roger and I step backwards because we have a great team to put the film together under the leadership of Graham King, who is probably the greatest independent producer in films. We will let them do it and shoot it and hopefully it will be an interesting thing.”
The movie has been in the works for years now and Brian spoke to VH1 Radio Network about what he’s learned about the moviemaking process.
“I’ve learned a lot about films in this process,” May said. “What you discover is films don’t really tell history, films are an entertainment and that’s an interesting journey to make. You realize that it cannot be absolutely true. What is the truth? The truth would be different for the people telling the story, but it will be a hell of an entertaining film I think.”
Roger added his two cents about filmmaking.
“It seems like the wheels grind slowly in the movie word,” he said. “I’m glad I’m a musician.”
There is no word yet on when the film will hit theaters but the tour with Lambert kicks off in June.
Ben Whishaw — best know for his portrayal as Q in the recent James Bond thriller “Skyfall” and Keith Richards in “Stoned” — will star as the flamboyant singer. He replaces Sacha Baron Cohen, who was originally attached to play Freddie but left the project last summer. The film will be directed by Dexter Fletcher, whose work includes “Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels” and the HBO series “Band Of Brothers”.
Danish thrash metal veterans ARTILLERY have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band’s new album has already been recorded and in the process of being mixed and mastered. The CD was tracked at Medley Studios in Copenhagen with producer Søren Andersen and will include such songs as “Anno Requirem”, “Dies Irae”, “Define Your Sins” and”Wardrum Heartbeat”. A late 2013 release is expected.
Comments ARTILLERY on the signing: “ARTILLERY is very proud to have signed with legendary Metal Blade Records!
“Metal Blade is the company who released METALLICA’s first song,SLAYER’s and TROUBLE’s debut records and who in their lineup have our fellow Danes MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND signed. With their over 30 years of experience in the business, this is a big step forward forARTILLERY.