Crossing Europe is Austria’s second-biggest international filmfestival, presenting the works of 150 different filmmakers from all over Europe. The festival, aiming for divers-contemporary filmcreation, has its main focus on socio-political questions as well as music- and youthculture.
This year we had the honor to co-produce the official festivaltrailer for its 17. edition in a cooperation with Karol Kensy, a Linz-based director and friend.
The project was fun to work on, although the realisation could have been easier during another season of the year. As the single-shot clip was recorded outside in winter, cold temperatures turned out to be challenging for both the team and equipment. The concept was to capture the night-time scene in a tracking shot on a crane, taking place on an urban pump track. However, thankfully our 10 skaters did not loose their patience and ultimately the protagonist returned to her real bed. Here’s a insight of the trailer which will be published on 3rd of March:
Karol describes the idea behind the story as following:
In Zeiten wo das globale Klima immer schneller aus dem Gleichgewicht gerät, scheint künstliches Licht nur ein weiterer Störfaktor für die Natur zu sein. Durch unsere Telefone erscheinen wir selbst in der Unschärfe wie kleine Glühwürmchen und spiegeln dabei auf bizarre Weise diese Natur wieder. Eine Natur in welcher wir wie Nachtfalter vom Licht angezogen werden, sei es durch Bildschirme, Beleuchtung oder das Kino. Es stellt sich die Frage: Wie lange können wir uns in dieser aus Licht erzeugten Traumwelt wohlfühlen bevor wir merken dass uns der Boden unter den Füßen zu heiß wird?
Globalisation of economies more often causes the need to go on long disctance- intercontinental travels to work on remote places in the world. So for us, as a green, sustainable company it is also not possible to entirely avoid using planes.
Once again we were instructed to do shootings overseas this time for a customer in New Zealand. As for the reason that we constantly try keeping our ecological footprint low, we were looking for a way to compensate the caused damage to nature of which we are co-responsible when booking our seat in the plane. There exists a huge variety of organisations who offer compensation services in terms of climate protection projects.
Critics say it is just a way to calm down ones conscience by paying a kind of remission while continue doing the wrong thing by excessively flying around the world without thinking about the consequences.. We think, as long as there aren´t any alternative and green technologies to reach other continents, its the better choice to at least try to keep your wastage of greenhouse gas balanced with this option. For sure it´d be always the better way if we could completely deal without it…
Not only in your living room it is nice to have plants caring for a comfortable indoor climate to feel good. Also at work its better to not resign from the green life, as long as there is enough space.
If, like in our case, there are already many desktops and spaces reserved for computers and office stuff, it was the more neccessary to find a creative solution to both finding a place for plants and creating a decorative arty room installation object.
For making our latest video, an extensive industrial video for Austrian marketleader Ebner Industrieofenbau, we had to travel a lot, even on other continents. For example just in the USA we travelled at least 3.500 kilometers through eight different federal states. We did some scenes in Russia, Switzerland, Germany and the Czech Republic.
During this journey we made many new experiences and got to know lots of people from different countries and of course we filmed some great scenes! The whole production which includes also 3D animations was filmed in full 4K resolution and is in total over 4 TB big. All in all we can say that all the stress and effort that brings such a journey with it, was totally worth it.
For our documentary „7 Mountains to Glory“, we needed a helicopter shot to be modified to look like it takes place at night, due to the film’s story. The shot is approximately 25 seconds long and has been captured among sunny but slighly diffuse conditions. To get the feeling of that wet and cloudy early morning (4:00 am) of the race day, when the athletes were heading toward the Traunstein’s plateau, we added some clouds, a dark sky, colours and lights using After Effects. The challenge was to apply the effects over the whole sequence, in which the perspective, foreground etc. is going through a lot of changes. Rotoscopying had to be done by hand as well.
For more information about the movie/ screening dates etc. stay tuned and please visit www.bergmarathon.at
The premiere of our documentary „Seven Mountains to Glory“ was a huge success! In a fully sold out city theater in the town of Gmunden, the place where the story about the „most beautiful adventure-race in all of Austria“ takes place in front of 500 visitors. The movie, which has lasted for at least one year in production and had a postproduction process of several months during the summer of 2017, was warmly received by the local audience. Among them were many participants of the race and all of the main characters of the movie. Additional screenings in Gmunden, Linz and other cities are in planning and we are currently doing the submission for different festivals of mountain film.
Shooting for the first time on the African continent was a very challenging and adventurous experience. Altough we were accommodated very well in the unique Running hotel „Kerio View“ in Kenya’s marathon-capitol Iten, the daily shooting work was affected by the high altitude which sometimes led to breathlessness. The beautiful landscape and the kindness of the local people made all that effort worth it though, and we were able to collect stunning footage of the locals, professional marathon runners, and the running culture of this country. The full documentary of this trip is still being edited and will be seen on Christian Pflügls lectures and training events. The trailer can be seen here.
In August 2016 we got the opportunity to shoot some aerial footage for our documentary about the Traunsee Bergmarathon. The aim was to fly alongside the original race track to generate timelapse shots which shall be shown together with an animated red line- race track in the movie. The footage is now being 3D tracked and the track animated with the use of GPS data as well as different maps of the trailrun.
We are currently working on different animation movies containing various animation techniques like Graphic Recording, animated Paintings, 3D Animation etc. For the customers Trotec Laser, Hartl Crusher, Fonds Gesundes Österreich, and Dynamic Perspective.
We are proud to announce, that as from now, we can provide 4K – RAW recordings up to 14 bit. Captured with the Atomos Shogun Recorder/Monitor via HD SDI.
This Option allows us to use the recordings for intense postproduction processes. It offers a wide range of creative compositions in terms of colour grading, keying, digital scaling, and output projects with high end imagery.