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…come visit the Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, where Himmelfilm will screen in the exhibition Documentary Film in the 21st Century till 20.2.2011. Inspired by a song of British band The Orb Himmelfilm has been shot a few weeks after 9/11 in Israel. Having a large bag of collected sounds, universal memories of people such as Dick Ross, Marie Miyayama, Wim Wenders, Byambasuuren Davaa, Hussam Chaddat, Yossi Tzafrir, Mirna Brkanovic, Luigi Falorni and many others in our luggage, we tried hard reflecting on what skies were like when people were young. News blaring every single day news from Iran, Irak and Afghanistan, war in the air, gas-masks beeing handed out, “Der Himmel war ein Feind für mich” – as Mirna Brkanovic states in the movie.

Carrying a small baby of two months with us through the desert, Himmelfilm has been made by Jiska Rickels (dir) and Sanne Kurz (co-dir, cinematographer). Marion Neumann (1st AC) and Yuval Tzafrir (editor) helped in Israel, Gisela Castronari (editor) and creativepictures (prod) in Munich.

Himmelfilm has found its theatrical release in Benelux as supporting film with Wim Wenders Land of Plenty. It screened in Cannes and Rotterdam in 2005 and won in 2004 the Civis Intl. Media Award of the EBU.

To read more insights, see some images of first letters exchanged between the makers and the dungeon where the 35mm work-print rests in peace, check out my blog.

From time to time I am teaching. I like it a lot. And sometimes the results are amazing. This year I love the most this small bit from the in camera film trick workshop I held at HFF Munich as part of the post production seminar. Two-way mirrors, miniatures, Schüfftan and the lovely 435.


I have been tackling a long neglected thing: Cleaning up my Youtube Channel and replacing some ridiculously bad quality trailers with some brighter shinier samples of my work. We all love to look at polished silver, no?

Some old treasures came out of the glitter box again, when my friend and postpro-wizard Alexey Kuchinsky uploaded the files. Unter der Erde by Christian Moris Müller was shot on the ArriIIC with a turret head. In a subway during operation hours, all handheld 35mm coverage, we were hurrying in and out carriages when the trains reached there terminus – together with Edith Behleit, lead, stunning performer and great runner – she was amazing. And so was the crew, when blocking off Marienplatz, Munichs central subway hub on a Saturday afternoon before a large soccer match. Watch the emptiness.

I could see the sparkle in his eyes, when Alexey promised, he will insert little 3D-alien-forces in the background of suitable films next time – as a complimentary service…maybe on the rooftop of the subway? …weeeell…gotta think about that one…

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