"The invention of the film came too late. It was made at a time when nothing was going on." (after Harun Farocki)
Well, those two guys were the first who managed to ... the two guys from Berlin were the first who could. Build this whole network. Nepski Prospect is the old Russian name for Charlottengrad or Ku’damm when 350,000 Russians lived there. And I thought it was a good name for what I first found there and everything else after that when I was hired as a best boy for what I thought was a huge advertising production. I’d received a call sheet with about 40 names on it but when I arrived at this flat on Ku’damm, there were just two boys. With iPhones. And later two models who lived there turned up. So, the whole shoot was crazily expensive, but there was nothing to see. Cameras make it possible for no one to be there. The director was in South Africa, the production designer in London and all 40 crew members were all over the world. And we all exactly the picture in front of us that was shot there. And then they set up a boombox under the models’ sofa so they could hear the director in South Africa. And these four people, I don’t know, did this crazily expensive shoot, paid for by FIFA and EA Sports.
And I asked them how this works – and one of the boys just did this (stuck up his middle finger) and said, "We learnt how it works four days ago, and now you want me to explain how it works when I’m setting it up?"
The first movie camera in history shot pictures of a factory. Over 100 years later, you can now say that factories haven’t attracted many films. It’s repelled them, more like. Factories are completely undramatic. Except during industrial disputes. Hardly anything of the factory itself was shown in the film. Just the factory gates, with people going in and out. Yes, you can even say that when the film was made, there wasn’t much in the world to see. Everything happened behind closed doors. Film and film history came too late, at a time when there was nothing left to see.
And now, with this start-up, there’s nothing going on inside anymore because the cameras do all the work. They see and speak and listen, but hardly anyone does anything that lives up to the word 'Action'."
Camera Ute Schall, Roman Kuskowski
Set Design Nina von Mechow
Costumes Tabea Braun
Lighting Matthias Vogel
Sound Marcel Braun
Camera Assistant Jula Liebhold
Video Technology Lennart Löttker
Boom Operator Bernd Schindler, Gabriel von Seidlein
23 September 2020