Architecture and learning

With my collegue Thomas Mense I created a feature film which deals with the importance of creating new architecture for the needs of schoolkids. Brain research discovered that kids need to move and travel through rooms and open spaces in order to support and improve their ability to study. The brain of children is just a part of a fidgety body! See how the comprehensive school Rosenhoehe in Bielefeld tries to strike a new path in this matter.

UNICEF – Eva Padberg

I produced a clip for UNICEF Germany. My mate and collegue cinematographer Daniel Gerlich shot it with Topmodel Eva Padberg in Iraq on the Sony A7S Mark II and I had the pleasure to cut and colorgrade it. Eva Padberg is good will ambassador for UNICEF.

Melitta Professional

Stills from my recent corporate film for Melitta Professional “How we build professional coffee machines”.

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Musicvideo “SO ODER SO”

This video was written and directed by Daniel and me. I also shot it on the Canon 5D Mark III with Magic Lantern 14bit raw. The workflow with huge raw data is a bit challenging but in the end it provides an impressing quality. Great for grading.

My approach for lighting was to use natural light and practicals as much as possible. When we were preinspecting the private location we noticed that the daylight was coming indirectly through windows and a big skylight which encouraged us sticking to our original plan. My gaffer Simon did a tremendous job by shielding or pushing natural light where it was necessary. The secret weapon for in camera grading was the Digicon 1 Schneider filter, which flattened the contrast even more and gave as a little more latitude. Further it provided a unique, soft look when shooting backlight or straight into the light source.

A tight shedule on the shooting day forced us to decide quickly which was kind of fun.

Furthermore we were incredibly lucky with our tremendous cast, Alicia and Klaus.

In postproduction I applied filmconvert to the footage which gave me a unique look right away. I had this filmlook in mind which I knew so well. My decisions in colorgrading came almost instinctively.

Some filmstills:

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Albumfilm STROM

We created the Albumfilm for STROM from NULLZWO with a small team and used a Canon 5D Mark III and magic lantern raw. We decided to shoot only in the evening time so the sun was always setting. This allowed us to stretch the shooting over several months trying to keep the continuity in the mood. Another rule was always to use a tripod and barely pan the camera. Our camera operator Sebastian was faithful to these instructions.

The raw footage was converted into PRORES444 C-log and then graded with Apple Color and FilmConvert.

Some stills are here:

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Albumteaser STROM

We shot this teaser using the Canon 5D Mark III, a summicron 35 R lens, a 85mm Nikkor MF 1:1,4 and magic lantern 14bit raw. The idea was to create an atmosphere which fits the mood of STROM. All effects were made in camera. We mainly used old camera filters which were partly broken. Color grading in Apple Color and filmconvert.

Some stills:

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Andreas-Mohn-Stiftung – corporate movie

I accomplished a corporate film for the Andreas-Mohn-Stiftung (Andreas-Mohn-Foundation) in Bielefeld. The main interest of the foundation is to feature strength of human beings who might be artists, highly gifted people or children. I wanted to create a movie with real voices of the board of the foundation. So we interviewed them and were able to deploy the human focus of the work of the foundation to the movie as well.

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