A quick update:
My short film There Was to be Peace has been selected to be included in an Austrian film festival.
It's the first time we are going to see it on the big screen. Wow! However, these sudden good news brought a lot of work for us. We want the film to look and sound as good as possible, so we had it color graded from scratch. My mate and audio engineer Sebastian Graefe created a 5.1-Dolby-track that blew me away. Follow him on Instagram here.
I also have to thank my Director of Photography Thomas Bader. It's only due to him that we are now in possession of a .dcp-file for our color corrected film. DCP stands for "Digital Cinema Package" and it collects digital cinema audio, image and data streams. It's basically what a cinema needs in order to be able to project your film.
Over the years I have shared a lot of before/after images of my color grading on Instagram and on my blog. My followers have asked me about my process and I was very happy to help them. Some suggested I should create LUTs for you, so you could boost your videos with just one click. Well, here you go. I'm starting with one LUT first and if it's popular, I'll be adding more in the future.
Below are previews (photo and video) and the link to where you can download the LUT.
The LUTs work with software such as Adobe's Premiere Pro and Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve.
For best results apply LUTs to videos shot with a flat picture profile.
Included is a .zip-file that contains:
While filming for a travel vlog in Granada, Spain I visited the grave of possibly the most precious Islamic scholar of the 20th century - Muhammad Asad.
First I didn't know what to do with the footage I filmed there, but now it has become this short feature.
Born as Leopold Weiss, Muhammad Asad was a Jewish-born Austro-Hungarian journalist, traveler, writer, linguist, thinker, political theorist and diplomat. Asad was one of the most influential European Muslims of the 20th century. I recommend reading his moving autobiography, 'The Road to Mecca', which (apart from the Qur'an) is possibly the most accessible book to Islam for non-Muslims. To me as a Muslim myself it answered many questions, some of which I didn't even know I had before reading this book.
as some of you might know from my Instagram feed, I'm currently in Andalusia, Spain. We are having a great time filming new episodes for our new travel vlog WE LOVE ROAMING.
On that note the first three episodes of our vlog's France segment have been released on YouTube. Every episode has been shot with both a DSLR camera (for vlogging) and a cinematic camera called URSA Mini 4.6K (for quality mood videos of the places we've been to). If you would like to see the mood videos in 4K, we have uploaded them separately. We just think it's a shame filming with a 4.6K camera and only have its footage availabe downsized and alongside the DSLR's FullHD footage.
A new episode will be posted on every Saturday. Feel free to subscribe if you don't want to miss any new videos.
A screenshot from the b-roll footage I shot for in France for the upcoming travel vlog called "We Love Roaming". The France segment will feature 7 episodes. Editing and color grading on episode 4 finished yesterday. 3 to go.
Shot on URSA Mini 4.6K
We Love Roaming:
Instagram: @weloveroaming (http://www.instagram.com/weloveroaming)
My new short film is out. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/5Qboc6S9LAQ
In a post-apocalyptic future, a young boy grows up to find the gang that murdered his parents and kidnapped his younger sister.
If you enjoyed watching this film, I'd appreciate a thumb up and a comment on YouTube.
For behind-the-scene photos of this project check #therewastobepeace on Instagram.
This film was shot on Red Epic Dragon and Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K.
Photo: Markus Dapper
LOGAN (2017) (4.5/5):
Some of you might know that even though I have always enjoyed reading certain Marvel comics, I really dislike the concept behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, no matter how technically well they are made. The first two "X-Men" films and especially the Wolverine series however stand out from Marvel's other films. Nevertheless, the first two Wolverine films weren't really that good. I really wanted to like the first two Wolverine installments, but they didn't live up to the high expectations I had of them.
Enter 'Logan', a film set in the X-Men universe. A Marvel film that for a change does not culminate in a huge CGI battle. It's about more. It's about telling a good story. 'Logan' is not your typical Marvel film and it doesn't even resemble the earlier two Wolverine-films. It feels like a totally different film to me, which is good, because it focusses on an aspect that Hollywood films once used to be all about, the Wild West genre. This return is what makes 'Logan' a good film in my view. Director James Mangold helmed one of my favourite modern Wild West films, the remake of '3:10 to Yuma' and with 'Logan' he explores similar themes such as sacrifice and vulnerability (or rather sacrifice despite being vulnerable).
I thought of all this during the first third of the film and suddenly there is a scene of people watching 'Shane', a Wild West film I used to watch on TV as a kid. So that was both a nice nostalgic moment, but also a confirmation of feeling that the film is just like a Wild West film.
'Logan' is not a superhero film. It's a film that heavily borrows its themes from the good old Wild West films, but in a tasteful manner. It just so happens to be set in the world of a few comic heroes.
I'm releasing our little film "There Was To Be Peace". Some of you know how much I meant to shoot the next installments prior to this release, but other projects keep coming up and my involvement in them are preventing me from doing so. That's why I'm releasing the film now. And you know what? It feels really good and I'm looking forward to presenting it to you on March 10th.
Photo by the great Markus Dapper. Check out his photography here: https://500px.com/markusdapper1
I'm currently in France and I took a few shots with my Ursa Mini 4.6K. Doesn't this place look like Minas Tirith from "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King"? Below is a before-and-after image and a short video I did a quick grade on.