Silence in Berlin

September 2012

 

Big cities aren’t usually per­ceived as places of tran­quil­lity and retreat. Even more, they tend to build an image of them­selves that is the oppos­ite – always on the go, speedy, stylish. It’s not a new phe­nomenon, by the way. Berlin has cul­tiv­ated a mul­tiple per­son­al­ity for decades. Famous for pulse rate and clash of various cul­tures and life­styles, Berlin is actu­ally a laid back place.

During post pro­duc­tion I showed a rough edit of the video to our mul­ti­me­dia intern, asking her if she noted any lengthy seg­ments. Answer: “It’s one lengthy video, from start to end”. Point taken :-) It was valu­able feed­back because it reminded me to build my next project around a first hand prot­ag­on­ist again. I do like the depth of the inter­view we did together with writer Michael Bienert about his awesome book “Stille Winkel in Berlin”. From a storytelling per­spect­ive, however, expert inter­view and first hand account are dif­fer­ent beasts, of course.