In the following weeks I am gonna share a few pre-LV movies I made here in Germany whenever I managed to get a crew together long enough to finish one. I usually didn't take any roles myself so that I could concentrate on the camera work and directing and all that.
So instead of going forward in skill and complexity of movie making as I usually do when uploading here, one can see where I'm coming from. No visual effects, no fancy soundtracks (those I made myself back in the day). And of course German with subtitles.
The first step back we are going to take is to the year before I joined LV.
The Three Dark Kings (2006)
After WW2 there was a brand of literature brewing called "Heimkehrer Literatur" - stories of those who came home from the war. One of the most known is Wolfgang Borchert whose short stories are still tought in schools today. Those stories mostly evolve around soldiers that came back from the Russian front. Needless to say they weren't exactly in good shape - physically or mentally.
In '06 I was approached by someone I knew from school and who I made a couple of fun projects with to turn one of said short stories into a movie for his drama class on the university he went to. The project was to compare the stage and movies as forms of visual story telling. The group of students would act the play in front of an audience and then show the movie. To defend my craft I was invited to join the presentation and resulting discussion. Of course I never made it there cause on the way to the event my car broke down on the Autobahn. Just my luck. But the movie remains and I've been told that the audience was rather taken with it.
So later this week I'll upload this oldie for those who are interested. Consider this a heads up, it's low profile movie making with the skill set I had _before_ I joined LV. And it's not in English. The only changes I made for this release is the added subtitles. I might be able to digitally remove some of the more modern day items that show up here and there and don't belong into the time period but I figured it's a testament to what was possible back then and if nothing else a stepstone I had to take to arrive where I am now.