A wonderful opportunity emerged to capture an emotional, moving story in front of a large audience in Berlin, with two Red Epic cameras.
For me it was kind of a bigger production with a lot of pre-planning for staff and equipment hire. You cannot believe how complicated it is to rent an Epic camera in Berlin. With the high crime rate and unemployment figures sky high: If you are not from Warner Brothers or Universal Pictures you can kind of write it on your stomach. Sub Graviti Productions...mmm, never heard of them before... Xaver Walser, South African, mmm.... must be something fishy here.
The goal was to capture the emotion coming from the audience as the dramatic story was told. It was a hard setup in a massive hall with ugly posters and horrible intro music. ("The eye of the Tiger" or something like that). The lighting was a mess with natural lights mixed with the daylight, stage lights and tungsten hall lights. I tried to dim the lights as much as possible without making the hosting hotel going too crazy. Then supported it with our hired film lights and did the best we could in a limited period.
My Berlin team filmmakers was just great. They were all very experienced and professional. Only once I needed to tell them the vision and they just got on with it. When all was done, no questions asked, 2 hours later, all the gear were back in the boxes neatly packed away and stored in a safe place for the rental company to pick it up. Impressive.
The crewCamera A: Martin Lötterle
Camera B: Xaver Walser
Sound: Armin Fischer
Assistant: Daniela Discher
Rental Berlin: MBF, Andre Berckersjürgen
Rental Zurich: Visuals, Ahmet Akguel
Thanks very much to a super team. Hope to come back to Berlin again sometime to do more interesting work together.