With my daughter I visited her friends in the Algarve, Portugal. We had a wonderful stay and great evenings with Lara and Marco. It was a wonderful time.
As you see, from every travel I try to do a short video. This time I take the chance to support the NGO. As the Earthquake happened in Nepal they were doing couch-surfing. They want to help. Have a look at the video, they explain how it comes.
It was a great team work with the company specially with M.He had a hard job to install the tools and do it so, that the camera can catch every moment.
Video Tutorials are more and more one important instrument for companies to create value for their customers. I´m satisfied.
Of course you could have done more, with slider, more different light and so on. But it is a question of budget and for what you are producing the films. In this case it makes no sense that you shoot like an image film. The focus is the explanation, how to do it. A real tutorial, the guys have to use it on the construction, they have to see what is important and that quick.
In the last time I´m occupied with racism, colonialism in Germany. It started that i could listen the discussion about refugees, racism in germany. My question is what I have to do as film maker. I asked myself, why media, politicians, scientists don`t talk, discuss the questions with origine and people of the other cultures, for example from Africa or the arabians. Scientists from these
Universities, artists or simple people? I looked to inform my self.
And I found and get inspired by a book: „Kritik der schwarzen Vernunft“ original title is in french: „Critique de la rasion nègre“ from Achille Mbembe.
He is a philosopher, teaching now in J`burg. He wrote a book about the colonialism and the black raison. Does exists
colonialisme nowadays. By his book I get inspired and want to create as photographer or film maker, my own thoughts. The basic idea is to find these old pictures of colonialism and the old stereotypes of african people. With this thoughts I started to work with Barbies as Comic figures or for a Stop Motion video.
Why Barbies? For me they are the synonym for innocence. As father i tried to resist agains the wish of my daughter to play with Barbies. I gave up, she won 🙂 She did it well.
My idea was why does not the Barbies talk about racism? Not the white Barbies, the african Barbies. Going further I developed a comic novel where i reverse the refugee problematic in close future. The Europeans flee to Africa and get blocked by their own fences, walls and AFRICOP ex EUROCOP agency.
My first experiences were, you don´t get a real used african Barbie in Germany! Wow, isn`t it an example for racism?
That`s another story.
Back to Esther.
We met and discussed what her and mine interest is. For the first shooting, always i prefere to do an easy shooting. At first we have to find out, how we work together. What is her interests, what are mines. Does they fit together. Does she feel comfortable with me as photographer. Can she trust me and open herself?
Only if an actor, actress or model feel comfortabloe and trust you as director or photographer you will create great Moments.
That`s what i believe and how I work in my projects. I see the work as a team work.
For the shooting i got inspired by the book of the african philosopher. What are my media literacy about the colonialism. What kind of
pictures I have in mind, unconsciously? I took the subject „Travelling, Moving, Departure“ I thought that could fit for her too. Cos she moved to Germany. For a first step it would fit. Than we will see, if she is interesting to move on with my idea, or what we will create together. Click on the pics ofEsther to see more.
This is the other style I do some experience. The forground is a model set. I mixed it with photo collage. It is something usual. My idea is, to build a more complex forground, i like to show more from the bar, that you can imagine more the world where the story happen. Once it will be important. Because the story plays in the near future.
If any one who is interesting or like building models, photosets as seen, write me 🙂
Unbelievable, one month ago when i wrote the last comment. With what I´m occupied? I´m stocked with my Barbies Comic project. What I cannot solve is the backgrounds. I cannot draw, I don´t want to do handcraft. Realy it is not my favorite. So, how i can create the world where my Barbies are living? Of course i could do photo collage. But my idea is to mix it with different styles. For example to draw the background in black and white drawing. Or mix it with some model sets in combination with a greenscreen.
The pic above shows my first works. It is shot with color filtered flash on the background. That gives a nice background and i can change the colors into the mood of the story. This style guide the concentration to the puppets. What I`m missing is the world in which the Barbies living. For example the first scene plays in a bar. How looks the bar, what are they doing in the bar? I know it, but alone with colors I cannot express their life.
100 years ago, today at the 5. February 1916 the Cabaret Voltaire opensin Zurich. It was the born of DADA. Artists meets at the Cabaret Voltaire to show their lates work. All of them were against the 1. World War in Europe. They didn´t know if anyone comes. They did for themselves and not for a casting show. More details about Dada or Dadaisme, you will find under 100 years DADA
No it is time to stand up and do something against war, anti-democraty, racism. For our rights and that we are all humans.
Ok, it is not the latest work, nevermind a nice work. It was an overnight editing. Cameraman was Peter from Tencam. It was a job for Neumann & Müller ICS, the agency OVATION for the company PTC.
His pics were great, he collected unusual pics and the standard like outside, people talking and so on. I worked with the Creative Director Amanda together. It is great if you realize you have the same thinking about edits, pics and the best is when you work as a team. I started with the edit than Amanda joined me and we finished the short clip. She and her boss are very suprised that the client has only one single change. Normaly there a much more changes and every of the company people have to say something.
Warum? so frage ich mich, wird im Eventbereich keine spannendere Bildgestaltung versucht. Die Agenturen geben sich viel Mühe mit einem tollen Aufbau, Design und versuchen immer wieder etwas Neues dem Kunden anzubieten. Bei Videoprojektionen allerdings wird seit Jahrzehnten so olle Bildgestaltung gemacht.
Liegt es daran, dass sie nie die Videofraktion fragen? Die Agentur kann ja alles, liegt es wirklich daran? Dabei wollen sie die TV Shows nach empfinden. Selbst hier wird außer Steadycam, nein, manchmal sieht man Bildgestaltungen mit Vordergrund – Mittelgrund -Hintergrund.
Allerdings auf Events, keine Chance. Da werden keine spannenden Perspektiven gesucht, selten Fahrten, schon gar nicht, mal aus dem Publikum von der Unschärfe in die Schärfe, es werden ganz einfach nur auf Standards gesetzt. OK, bei einen Redner gross muss man ja nicht das Rad neu erfinden. Bei einer Talk Runde, kann man durchaus mit der Bildgestaltung spielen. Denn die Totale sehen die Zuschauer ja selbst.
Persönlich denke ich, dass eine spannendere und durchaus ungewöhnlichere Bildgestaltung durchaus auch für mehr Aufmerksamkeit sorgt und dem ganzen Event eine gelungenere Note verleiht. Ich bin mir bewusst, dass die Videoprojektion oft nur „eben dazu gehört“. Ohne jetzt wirklich vom wichtigen, dem Redner abzulenken, gäbe es noch einige Möglichkeiten.
Natürlich geht das nicht, wenn Kamera und Kameramann/frau am besten unsichtbar sein sollten. Aber WARUM, wenn Videoprojektion, dann bitte auch mal spannendere Bildgestaltung.
My idea is to REVERSE the refugee problematic. Not the arabians or north africans are refugees. In the close future the Europeans escape to the African Continent. They destroyed the Europe with fracking, pollution. Another problem is that the goverments destroyed the democracy. The Africans learned over the centuries to survive with less or nothing. And in my future they through out all the industry and companies. The situation becomes than in Europe. The Europeans are blocked by their refugee movement by their own walls or electric fences. Which they build up in the beginnning of the 21. century against the refugee movement nowadays.
My idas has nothing to do with the horrible and catastrophic situation of the refugees nowadays. My thoughts are, to show the complete wrong discussions about Asyl or refugees in Germany in the future and to reverse the problematic.
I found a great author, he is professor of history and plitical philosopher. He teaches in Jo`bourg, South Africa. He wrote it in french, i bought the german version, don´t worry. He is writing about racism, capitalism and the term nigger. How does race and nigger belongs together for the europeans and USA. Does it change or does it exist in another way.
The idea change a little, now i will write more about racism and love. But not a usual love story as it is often written in the fairy tell or myths. To write about politics can be boring, that why I decide to use the Bondage as a contrast to the racism subject. All is playing in the future.
My first work was to sell used barbies, white and coloured dolls. Than i discovered new clothes, that the barbies don`t look so childys. I found some great clothes and styles on ebay. The next step was to photograph them. I discovered an interesting way with flashes.
The next step was to create an own style, somthing between Comic and Manga. The barbies have some relations to the Manga style 🙂
Because i had non experiences with such dolls, i had big trouble that they stay like i want them to stay. My daughters laughed and told me why don´t you asked us 🙂 Yeah why i didn´t do it? Another problem is, that the barbies has another context. My daughters don´t like the look so much. Let´s see where the story goes.
If you are interesting, contact me. Can you write or will work with me, you are welcome!
Times runs os fast my last comments was over 2 months ago.
What´s new. Between Christmas and the New Year i start to create a comic book. Everytime i start with something new, it needs more time than i thought. It is normal. The first was my calendar. I never thought it needs so long time to create a good design. The photos are great, i shoot seagulls in Hamburg. I did the premiere color correction and decided which display window is the best. That´s all. Than it needs time to prepare the printing.
Finally i ordered a few calenders. They were great. Even i lost the 17. January 2016. The often change of the design makes it happen 🙂
What i learned was i have to start earlier, if want to sell the calendar via Internet. I have to start now, that i will finished in August! Let´s do it!