Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Swisscom Shadow

A few months ago I was asked to direct a small part of a Swisscom commercial. It was running parallel with the major Swisscom Shadow shoot from Tobias Fueter. It was just surreal to be part of such a huge commercial shoot with more than 160 people running around. For myself I had a 6 person crew to work with and that was an absolute luxury for a guy that is used to doing everything himself. Firstly the biggest challenge was that I had to work with dancers that were not actors. Furthermore, how do you light a shadow and then how do you get emotion from a head without a face. I was overwhelmed - to say the least.

When it came to the edit one had to think completely out of the box to make ends meet. There was really nothing to edit and the only way I could think to make it more interesting was to add some graphic elements to the pictures. Everybody was skeptical with my first cut, since the story board was not structured in this way, but when the clients saw it they loved it and in-fact asked to add even more elements.

With every job there are so many things that can go wrong and on this job it felt like I was always on the edge of disaster. Somehow I was spared another day. Thankful.

My first every greenscreen attempt. 

One more film I recently finished, but did not have the time to show on my blog. This one I am very proud of and truly felt like it was one of my better jobs. 

Music again composed and mixed by Roland Frei. Assistant on the shoot, Anthony Salamin. Producer Ivo Adam, Performance by Olivia Studer and Gioele Guerra.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Losing Grip

On Sunday I spotted this little grasshopper that did not give up for more than 150 km, hanging on my car mirror while I was doing about 125km/hour between Winterthur and Chur in Switzerland. This super grasshopper amazed me with his dedication as the wind blew him around violently and his little body was thrown around while hanging onto the side mirror for dear life.  I could not help thinking of my own life and how we all go through these turbulences that just want to rip us apart while we hang on like it's the last moment. You could just never give up and in that manner you can never lose.

Then at that very same Sunday... my all-time director.. and filmmaker from whom I learned the most, gave up on life. It's crazy..  You think if you could just get there you would be happy. If I could just do that I would be happy... and then this happens. Mr Tony Scott was a hero in my eyes. Films like True Romance, Man on Fire and Spy Game helped me in recognizing a style in my own films. The film from which I learned the most especially when it comes to editing, is the short BMW film, Beat the Devil. In my eyes a master piece. I even once wrote Tony a letter, including 2 Cuban cigars, when I picked up a sound effect from a film that was also used in the BMW short. Well now I will never know if he got the letter or smoked the cigars. So sad... 

And just when I thought the grasshopper was invincible, he ventured too far to the side and lost his grip....