The Movie Magic in 2016

Dear friends,

It was a year of hard work and devotion for the Nu Boyana community. We have serviced 35 international film productions at the studios and over 250 commercials, music videos and events. 

Worldwide FX,
our daughter company, has worked on more than 2000 VFX shots during the last twelve months and had another course for beginners in 2D compositing. It has also been the year of its 15th anniversary. The company has grown from a classical small studio with five employees into a well-known visual effects house with more than 150 employees. It has been an amazing 15-year journey for the VFX artists who have been dedicated to creating top notch visual effects and to breathing life into the spectacular ideas of filmmakers.

B2Y Productions - our in-house production company delivered more than 37 projects to domestic and international clients. Traditionally we participated in major world film and entertainment industry markets - AFM, Cannes Marché du Film, EFM Berlin, Focus London, IBC.

Following our dedication to support Bulgarian filmmakers, we partnered with the biggest local movie events - Sofia International Film Festival and Sofia Meetings, the oldest film festival in Bulgaria - Kinomania, So Independent Film Festival and we provided services for them. We supported as a co-producer several Bulgarian features which we hope will impress audiences in the movie theatres next year.

Nu Boyana Film School made it possible for more than 70 students to gain hands-on experience in the cinematic arts and learn from acknowledged film professionals. We were happy to give a chance to more than 77 aspiring filmmakers to become our trainees and show their potential for starting a career in the industry.

We opened our Boyana Events branch and for the first time the studios welcomed the public for special parties, concerts and amazing performances. 

2016 was a year full of exciting projects and unforgettable moments at Nu Boyana Film Studios! And the best part of it - we made many new friends and welcomed at the studio lots of amazing talents from all over the world. Thank you everyone, it was a pleasure! 

Enjoy with us some of this year's movie magic pieces and stay tuned for more in 2017!

Happy New Year!

Nu Boyana Team

LIDL Christmas commercial, serviced by B2Y Productions and filmed at the magical Nu Boyana Film Studios sets!
The Hitman’s Bodyguard turned Sofia into an exciting shooting location. 400 Bulgarian crew members worked on the production. Starring are Hollywood A-listers Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman. Millennium Film's project is directed by Patrick Hughes.
Action thriller Stoic was filmed at Nu Boyana. Isaak Florentine is at the helm of the project. Antonio Banderas is joined by Karl Urban and Paz Vega for the story of a lawyer desperate for vengeance against the person who murdered his family. 
Michael Buble and his team chose Nu Boyana for the production of the first video, promoting his fragrance for women "By Invitation".
MOTi - Turn Me Up ft. Nabiha
Nu Boyana's in-house production company B2Y shot the new music video for Dutch electro house DJ and producer MOTi. The song "Turn me up" is featuring Nabiha and became one of the most popular tracks of summer 2016.  
First-of-its-kind interactive video was shot at Nu Boyana Studios for French duo Cassius' new single The Missing. The exquisite work by directors We Are From L.A lets you play with 20 different characters in more than 100 different combinations. Try it out!
Amazing creative work by Berlin based directors duo Wolf&Lamm for Wanda Productions in the latest Strellson commercial, filmed at Nu Boyana!
NY Street Food - The Fireman directed by Ben Gregor was filmed at the NY set at the studios. The McDonald's commercial was produced by Moonwalk films and our friends from Filmmaker.BG.
World-renowned Israeli musician Idan Raichel performed an unique show with his friends on stage at Nu Boyana's ancient set. The event was part of Tole-Fest (Festival of Tolerance 2016). 
Nu Boyana Film School students learned what it takes to create a full length feature film from scratch, using the studios infrastructure and resources.
Sofia - Digital Capital of the New Markets
Watch Sofia - Digital Capital of the New Markets  - a special project, created by our in-house company B2Y Productions for Sofia Municipality. 
Smart - French Film TVC
Check out the new commercial for Daimler filmed at Nu Boyana studios by our friends Push Pull Production.
We were happy to host a new Bulgarian project at Nu Boyana London set. "Lily the Little Fish" is a beautiful and magical story about the world of children that we so often dream about going back to.
Behind the Scenes of Kinomania 2016
Take a look behind-the-scenes of the shooting of the official promo videos for 30 years Kinomania festival.
Adrien Brody, John Malkovich and Antonio Banderas filmed in Sofia Unchained, a thriller with Paul Solet directing his script. They play career criminals who trap themselves in a warehouse and run into the attack dog named DeNiro. 
In 2016 Gerard Butler came back to Bulgaria for the production of Hunter Killer. The crew filmed in the studios and on location in Sofia and Varna, using the Black Sea as a background. An authentic submarine set was built in one of Nu Boyana sound stages.
Criminal VFX Breakdown by Worldwide FX
Worldwide FX team completed more than 500 shots for Criminal, starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. The 2D and 3D departments worked closely with the director Ariel Vromen delivering a full variety of CG shots.
Barbarians Rising Behind-the-Scenes-HD
Barbarians Rising, the new docudrama, premiered on History Channel. The Behind-the-scenes footage shows the authentic ancient atmosphere created at Nu Boyana Film Studios for the project.
We welcomed in Bulgaria some of the finest yogis and artists at the first Udaya Live Yoga & Music Festival on Aug 18-22 in Borovets Resort. Acknowledged yoga teachers, musicians and devoted participants from all over the globe gathered at the Rila Mountains, known as the Root Chakra of the world, to experience an unforgettable 5-day retreat for their bodies and souls.
Looking forward to the 2017 festival!
Belarusbank "Evolution"
Worldwide FX team dived in the deep end for a Belarusbank commercial featuring the Olympic silver medalist Aleksandra Gerasimenya. In the Evolution VFX Breakdown you can see how they provided the famous swimmer with a stunning futuristic swimsuit that made her faster than ever.
Yariv Lerner, Nu Boyana CEO gave Grand Prix Awards at Sofia International Film Festival's 2016 co-production market Sofia Meetings and at So Independent film festival – 50000 Euro in studio service and 5000 Euro soft money upon commencement of the project. 
Nu Boyana Film co-produced the Bulgarian project Heights - an adaptation of Milen Ruskov’s novel of the same name. The movie explores life in Bulgaria in the 1870s, a few years before the liberation war.
The new music video for popular singer NAO was one of the first projects for the year of B2Y Productions.
Freeview - The Making Of
Our partners from Solent Film produced an amazing video in Bulgaria, part of the campaign, launched by DBLG and Anomaly London.
Check out Freeview - The Making Of.
Over 1000 people were gathered at one of Nu Boyana sound stages and were filmed entirely in-camera. With zero use of VFX the artists managed to capture the collective energy of the beautifully choreographed bodies.
The Global Farm (2016 Documentary) Official Trailer
‘The Global Farm’ documentary, produced by Nu Boyana Film premiered to great audience success at the Sofia International Film Festival 2016.
Los Angeles urban farmer Courtney Guerra explores how different communities are feeding themselves. In her journey, starting from Bulgaria she discovers interesting stories about success, failure and everything in-between. 
Orange France Christmas Presents Big November 2016
Enjoy Orange France commercial, filmed at Nu Boyana studios, serviced by B2Y Productions.
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