Marcel Winatschek's Tokyopunk

“House of love” tv doc show online now 12.09.

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Check this link on the ZDF Site to watch the whole bedroom 28minute episode. I had the pleasure to direct this flick and production wise shoot/edit the live footage. Overall production, animations and moderator texts were done by Megaherz in Munich. Leave your opinion if you like to. And sorry! Just the Palestinian-Israeli couple is speaking English.

I want to leave some shoutouts to Karin Hammer my wonderful editor, Theresa Rauter, the girl who made it happen, Pavel Cuzuioc, my multilayered sound engineer from Moldowa and Hajo Schomerus, who did a fabulous job on the cam. As well saying Thank you to the “Das Kleine Fernsehspiel” , especially Lucas Schmidt and the guys and gals of the production house Megaherz.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the old school broadcast dates of our bedroom episode:

Monday 22nd September 2014, 00:20 – 00:50  and on

Friday, 26th September 2014, 20.15 Uhr on ZDFkultur

the broadcast dates of the other episodes you find on ZDF-Das kleine Fernsehspiel

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MeTube @ NEW GERMAN DIRECTORS’ SHOWCASE by Saatchi & Saatchi 05.06.

From NGDS: Der 6. New German Directors Showcase präsentiert Arbeiten von 15 Regisseuren während des Adc Festivals. Fetisch-Oper “Metube – August Sings Carmen Habanera” von Daniel Moshel als Appetizer Auf Gosee

Again I’m happy to be part of this. The success story of MeTube won’t stop. Last week 3 more awards were incoming and I found myself saying to me… .  The thing is that whatever you do next it should be at least as good as the last thingy bingy and if not, don’t be afraid trying and sucking ;-)

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Sundance short film tour 2014 13.04.

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Beside the fact that MeTube was shown meanwhile on over 100 festivals receiving more than a dozen awards. Our film MeTube is part of the Sundance Short Film Tour 2014. Going to over 50 cities int he US. Including a longer run at the IFC Center in New York. Yes, we have the most prominent spot on the poster :-)

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work in progress: a robot’s tale – tristes déserts 28.03.

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Right now we are producing a baroque meets sci-fi robot tale. After the success of ‘Der Doppelgaenger’ (2009) director Stephanie Winter regrouped with August Schram to push again the limits of the opera based music video. Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Triste Déserts is a wonderful example of his lyrical vocal writing, which is the basis for Winter’s modern interpretation of this musical masterpiece. After shooting last summer we are working hard on its postproduction. We keep you posted …

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Sundance Impressions 04.02.

We arrived in our fabulous Zermatt resort after traveling for more than 19 hours. This Swiss influenced resort (13miles from Park City away because you (I mean the average poor filmmaker) can’t afford normal accommodation prices there) overwhelmed us on their parking lot with incredible authentic 100db loud Alpine horn music. Although we were longing all for our beds the opening party in Park City was on schedule. So we pushed each other to attend the event. Before we picked up our ‘very important, all accessing” credentials from the festival headquarter. Tired we arrived at the party resulting in dancing till 1:30 am.

Though we should know better the next day we decided to go to the filmmakers welcome lunch by car. Never go to Park City by car during festival time. I took us hours to find a parking spot. Basically this car stood the the most of the time on the same spot because every night the self proclaimed driver was too drunk to go. So we supported the local cab entrepreneurs a little. At the late lunch Philip joined us and from that moment on the next 4 days were dissolving, in cometogethers, parties, panels, interviews, meetings and again parties. My calendar was never stuffed so much with appointments and events. We all became masters of RSVP’ing which means basically saying yes to invitations which constantly were incoming (though the calendar and every single timeslot was already packed before we arrived in Utah).

Our first screening (of 4) of MeTube was on Friday the 17th. The Redstone cinema was crowded and the short program (III) can be described as “diversity rules”. The questions of the Q&A after the screening were a little lazy (consider satisfying questions for 9 filmmakers standing before the audience, right after 100 minutes of stop and go. Of course the q&a becomes lazy). But the response on our film afterwards was immense. There was no day when not somebody approached us telling that they are stunned by MeTube. So this feeling accompanied our days in Parks City all the time. We met the British fabulous Will who is the director of “BEST” and his editor Louis. They fitted really well into our rsvp party crew.

A downturn was that the attending MeTube team became sick one by one except of me.  First Martini, then Roli, Phil and Eugen. Maybe I didn’t get the flu coz my credential was blue or I wasn’t on the same plane like my colleagues. Who knows? BTW: Blue credentials. If you want to be well treated in Sundance you need to have a blue credential. So if you see some guy wearing it it is worth the thought to steal it coz the first thing people are looking at is this fucking plate you’ve hanged around your neck. Once a woman in Starbucks said “Oh you’re a director” and gave me a coffee for free! Never happened to me before at a franchise company.

There was a special event, which was just for the guys and gals with the blue cards. The invitation sounded something like “Robert Redford invites you to Director’s brunch”. On Saturday 18th we were collectively transported by bus to his own beautiful Sundance Resort (which is literally 1,5 hours away from Park City).  In his rehearsal hall (I was said that some of the lab programs take place here) we got a delicious brunch and had the chance to talk to whoever was sitting next to you, directors, jury members, programmers but in the first hour not to the one and only Robert. As I thought about the fact that everybody is present but not the inviter I decided to go for a piss outside the building. And guess who I met on my way to the restroom. I was a little nervous when I shook his hand and telling awkwardly that I’m looking forward to meet him at the brunch.  Since then I haven’t washed my right hand. (Now I’m sitting here in Clermont-Ferrand and writing thiswondering why I nobody sits next to me.)

The next milestone was the award ceremony on Tuesday 21st taking place in a bowling are. Though my ratio was telling me that MeTube couldn’t win anything on this festival coz it has not this emotional dramatic character arch every classical film uses, a little hope still was in my heart because of the unbelievable great response everybody was giving us.
We didn’t receive anything but the festival crew was well experienced in putting us in a bowling hall with free alcohol. We could drink our sorrows away while bowling. So everything could be worse right?

After it became quieter in Park City. Finally there was some time left to watch some interesting movies.  I personally made it to 4 other screenings. I loved the film “Ping Pong Summer” (director Michael Tully) which is set into the 80ies and is basically carries the story of Karate Kid but with ping pong rackets. If you were growing up in the 80ies you’ll love it.

Lastly I want to shout out some proper words to the Sundance Crew. It was for all of us an amazing festival (I think 400-600 employees are working for the festival and approximately 2000 volunteers and this for 120 films including the 60 shorts). It has been the best festival I’ve ever visited because of different gifted opportunities you get a director. So thank you for that. Also I want to thank my funders who made this whole trip affordable. And last but not least thanks to August and my whole team who made this project possible.

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Thx to my Sundance Film Festival travel funders 19.01.

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Today at the Outfest Queer brunch @ Sundace FF we enjoyed a great eggy and meaty brunch. And on this photo occasion I thought I have to thank my wonderful travel funders who made it possible that I can attend the awesomest festival without going to be bankrupt. Here I want to mention Ms Martina Greil from the film funding department of city Salzburg, Mag. Andreas Lins from the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles, Christian Joseph Ebner , the Deputy Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York and last but not least the Sundance Institute. More to come soon.

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Sundance Film Festival approaching and we are on 15.01.

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Roland, Eugen, Martini, Philip and me are travelling today to Salt Lake City and we are pretty amazed what we are heading towards. I keep you updated as soon, we’ll be  joined in Park City…

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4 directors + 4 rooms + 12couples = HOL 05.08.

Finally we finished shooting and editing on the 4 episodes ZDF TV show ‘House of Love’. It’s a show about successful relationships. 4 times 3 couples equals 4 episodes of the show. The creativity enforcing dogma was: Every director got a room. No scene can be shot outside the assigned room. I obtained by lot the sleepingroom, Alejandro Amelio got the living room, Bettina Timm the kitchen and Romy Steyer the bath room. During pre production it was obvious that Romy drew the short straw in finding her couples (And I was lucky that my wish room became hers.-) After finding couples took a relatively long period of time the shoot was pretty fast. Each of us  shot a 30 minutes doc in 6-7 days. After Login2life (100 shooting days) this was a pretty neat experience for me. Speaking for my couples I can say that we  as a small team had great fun in filming them. Open minded and supportive Peter, Martin, Osama, Yasmin, Günter and Sigrid allowed us to ask hell out of them while keeping cool. After Megaherz Munich finishes working on the motion design elements of the show it will be broadcasted in 2014 by the ZDF. We are all looking forward to announce the broadcast dates. Meanwhile some Set Fotos here

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Bavaria Blu TV ad 12.07.

Ok, I’m getting even more specialized in cheese, mountains, and meadows …

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3 months after release: MeTube moves fast 07.05.

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After the web release of MeTube the film obtained almost 600k views on youtube,  was screened on three French TV stations (including the renowned Canal+), is invited on half a dozen festivals internationally and is also requested by cinemas and film distributors for special screenings. One of the highlights so far is the reception of two awards at the Berlin Music Video Festival for ‘best concept’ and the overall winning for ‘best production’. I feel really honored and at the same time I am grateful for the obtained opportunity to be part of such a project.

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