Please vote for titels….NOT .-)

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 | Backstage, Development | 3 Comments

I played around with the titel animation sequence login2life several months ago. Recently I found it on my harddisk and added supersound to it. I thought I should give them an audience. When principal photography start in May this year we should reconsider our titel animation. Here you can see the way how it became what it became concerning the pre trailer.

1) Blade II poser very commercial style

2) LED trendy “not again” style

3) The modest ‘a bit more than Jim Jarmusch’ way

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5 international stops, one so called trailer and no report II

Saturday, December 20th, 2008 | Common | No Comments

This post extends this one.-)

So I arrived at the afternoon at JFK airport and rolled with my rental Corola to Jersey. On the other side of the Hudson river a delicious motel waited for me. I payed more than 100 bucks a day for an accommodation which would cost a third of the price somewhere else. So this was a warm welcome and introduction to the prices in Manhatten. Very excited about the fact being in NY I couldn’t get some rest and went at the same night for a small location scout for filming some B-role footage of the Manhatten skyline for the next morning. I got some average night shots of the skyline but everything paid off next morning when I filmed some decent “the early bird gets the worm” cloudy sun rise footage from the same spot in Jersey. Then I headed to Manhatten to meet Nate Taylor at his editing working suite at Crewcuts. Nate is a very talented director and editor. He edits upper league commercials for living and owns with friends a company named Full Stealth. This way he is able to direct his own stuff. Nate’s MMOvie Trailer was the reason for this trip. This Machinima film was created in World of Warcraft and it is so entertaining and funny that I wanted very hard to get acquainted to the makers of this clip. That’s the reason why I finally met Nate at the penthouse of Crewcuts. Nate didn’t have to much obligation on this day and so he granted me loads of time to ask silly question around him, his life as an director and gamer and of course about the making of “The MMOvie”. The company had a beautiful terrace with direct view towards the Chrysler building. This was the perfect location for an interview. At night “Gentle Nate” invited some friends who were involved in the professional creation of MMOvie. We spent a great time putting some situations “in scene” which happend during the shoot of the beforementioned machinma. Nate and his team work at the moment on Nate’s first feature live action movie called “Forgetting the Girl”. Due to the financial crisis in the states it is very hard for him closing the budget but he is looking forward to start shooting during spring time in 2009 (no matter how much money he is able to rise). Thumbs up to you Nate. I hope everythig works out for you. 

After I left Nate I realized that my Corola was torn away. So I got aquatinted to load of bureaucracy in the NYC police department. On next day I shot some more B-role footage of stereotype places of NYC (5th ave, Central station, subway and so on), then headed to JFK, in between I enjoyed a delicious carot vanilla sour cream cake (I forgot how this thing is named, so please let me kno and comment) in Brookyn and finally took my plane to Denver, Colorado. There I met one of the most impressive people of my whole Life. But this I’ll post in my next blog entry.

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5 int’l stops, one so called trailer and no report.

Sunday, November 9th, 2008 | Backstage, Cast, Development | 1 Comment

After I injured my knee 3 days ago, I now have time to lean back (right now I do this in the hospital awaiting my upcoming operation) and write something about the shooting background. But first of all I have to state that everyone featured in the trailer was extremely kind and positive concerning my attack on their private life. Everyone confronted me with the say “Come over, it will be fun!” So I did. The first stop in the two weeks of shoot time was Berlin. There I encountered Jaynine Scarborough aka Juliane Gabriel. She is a pretty good musician inworld as well as in rl. She teaches young Berlins in singing, and this she does in her cosy home pretty expressive. It is fun watching her falling completely in immersion when she enforces her pupils to give their best and thus pushing their limits. From Jazz, over Pop, Folklore to Classic, her courses are not genre specific. She is able to teach and perform everything. So in my opinion she is excellent because she puts all her heart into it. 

In SL she runs a beautiful big garden named Thousand Rooms. That is why we attended for an interview the garden of the beautiful Max Liebermann House at Berlin’s Wannsee. The Food of the Spanish restaurant she showed my wife and me was absolutely fantastic (@Juliane:please leave a comment with the name and location of this fabulous place!). 

It was pretty exciting for me to see how Jaynine got one rl performance booking through her activism in SL. For me this was a nice example how SL and rl is woven together. (Ok, now I just exited the operation room. My head is still dizzy from the spinal injection. So please excuse me if the text seems a bit confusing). 

On the day of my departure back to Vienna I spontaneously met Jan and Tobias from ‘You in 3D’.  If you are looking for a perfect representation of you, your business, or whatever in SL (or even better in virtual Berlin), here you find some pretty amazing guys who make anything possible you even can’t imagine. But they do more than just business in SL, they are enriching the cultural life of Berlin as well as in SL in organizing loads of events and programs, also intermixing all levels of perception possibilities.  I was pretty amazed by her office. Mainly it is divided into two rooms: The first room looks pretty neat with oversized printouts of virtual Berlin plastering the walls. Here Tobias team are representing almost a white collar image. If you step through the narrow gangway to Jan’s working place you are entering a world you thought it exists just in movies. But see for yourself.



Thank you Jan and Tobi for giving me spontaneous insights into your work and even more thank you for the great coffee and the shipping of my wife’s lost mobile phone!

All in all I shot 10 hours of footage in Berlin. After arriving back in Vienna angel Tom (my producer) gave me another 20 Tapes for the upcoming 9 days-trip to the States.  24 hours later I left to NYC. Nate Taylor and his MMOvie was the Focus of my trip to Manhattan. 

But this I’ll feature on my next L2L blog entry. My knee needs a little rest .-)

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First ‘Login 2 Life’ Clip online!

Saturday, October 18th, 2008 | Common | 5 Comments

Just got back from Lilles. Completely – and in the most positive sense of the word – exhausted.
Here is the result of 5 weeks of hard work – enjoy…

If you don’t already have it installed, download flashplayer here

You can also watch this Trailer on YouTube