Tag Archives: Till Kleinert

Villains and Heroes

31 May

One of the early contributors to our crowdfunding campaign has been Bastian Finke, who with a whooping contribution of $1.5k made the campaign bar rise significantly!

Bastian is not only a hero for that, but much more so for being the head of Maneo, Berlin’s gay anti-violence-project, advising and helping LGBT people who have become victim to acts of homophobic violence. If you would like to learn more about Maneo and their activities, please find their site linked on our sidebar!

By helping us out, Bastian sure earned himself ‘A Night to Remember’ with producer Anna de Paoli, director Till Kleinert and actor Pit Bukowski.

Thank you very much!

Interview with Till

21 May

Learn more about the origins of director Till Kleinert’s films in this interview,
shot in a building more grisly than anything he could ever come up with –
the Sony Center at Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz.
Sadly the home of the otherwise great German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb).


Enter the Dark

17 May

Part of the objective of today’s and yesterday’s location tour was to figure out the visual basics of Jakob’s nightly pursuit of the Samurai. A Fenix TK35 LED flashlight helped us create a great uncanny mood without having any ‘professional’ lights at our disposal for the test.

(Obviously, the people in the shots are not the actual actors.)

It’s quite amazing what two flashlights and a bounceboard can do. Looming shadows, the white ‘dress’ ghostly overexposing, absolute blackness at the seams of the frame. To people knowing me as an avid player of the Silent Hill video games it should come as no surprise that I am very fond of that particular lighting style.

Meet the Gang – Pt. 2

17 May

Martin (dop), Bastian (1st ad) and Till (director) spent yesterday and today scouting for locations south of Berlin. The weather was inconsistent, which ultimately led to this very nice scenario – Till on the left, Martin on the right.

A Glimpse at Our Previous Work

14 May

See Pit + Till introducing DER SAMURAI and presenting a trailer of their previous collaboration COWBOY. Take note of the music at the start of the video, an early cue composed by Conrad Oleak for DER SAMURAI.

Hold on to your feet!

Meet the Gang – Pt. 1

10 May

Let’s all introduce each other, shall we?

Last week Pit Bukowski – the amazing young actor who will be playing the Samurai – and I sat down to briefly announce the upcoming production of DER SAMURAI into a camera. The thing about talking into a camera is – it’s hard. So, pleased to meet you: star Pit Bukowski and writer/director Till Kleinert failing to remain focused (literally) and straight-faced.

We eventually ended up doing the announcement standing up, which miraculously worked much better. So, I guess the lesson here might be: if you’re trying to be comfortable in a potentially uncomfortable situation, don’t try to make yourself too comfortable.