Martin Lejeune popped over to Finland to join the shoot of Star Wreck 2pi the Swiss-Norwegian-Finnish spin off to 2005’s Star Wreck: In The Pirkining
So, here I am running on about three hours sleep, holding a microphone below a man who is painted like a chocolate bar in a heavy metal wig as he barks orders at a battle fleet which is presumably somewhere behind the green screen we’re in front of.
Hang on. Let’s back up. After a day of travel, I’ve been sleeping on a sofa at the offices of Energia productions in Tampere, Finland. Not very much -mind you -due to the two-hour time difference. Everyone’s been setting up equipment like it’s nine in the morning, but I could swear it was still closer to seven.
Something which is not helped by the fact I’d arrived late the night before and been handed a bottle of rum by someone determined to make a case for Fin’s being the most welcoming culture in the world.
It’s as cold as a fridge outside so to wake myself up I go for a walk and grab some breakfast. So I head out to take my first daylight glimpse of Tampere.
Accidentally, I manage to make brief eye contact with a group of old men sitting on a bench, which I soon find out is a massive taboo here as one stands up and starts getting irate with me in Finnish. I ignore him until he goes away. It is later explained to me that in Finland the most interesting thing to do is stare at is your feet. Always.
Upon my return to the office to discover a pair of scantily clad women throwing themselves from imaginary computer terminals and falling out of chairs.
We are shooting Star Wreck 2pi the Swiss-Norwegian-Finnish spin off to 2005’s ‘Star Wreck: In The Pirkining’ and this is just the kind of thing that is to be expected.