Download: DVD „Biker's Soul”
The adventurous travel of a German motorcycle club to the religious heart of Russia. A film about the universal spirit of motorcycling.
» funny, sharp, ironic and intelligent.. « - Europe's #1 Motorcyle Magazine
» Without doubt a true insider tip! « - Europe's #1 Motorcyle Travel Magazine
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DVD „Biker's Soul”
The adventurous travel of a German motorcycle club to the religious heart of Russia. A film about the universal spirit of motorcycling.
» funny, sharp, ironic and intelligent.. « - Europe's #1 Motorcyle Magazine
» Without doubt a true insider tip! « - Europe's #1 Motorcyle Travel Magazine
Collectors Edition in a Digipak · 63 minutes + 40 minutes extras · audio commentary of the filmmaker · in English, German and Russian
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Download: DVD „Route 66”
Gonzo-Documentary, 104 Min · English & German audiotracks · NTSC

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Open Source Feature Film from Poland

Tim Baumann, one of the few Open Source Filmmakers, just released three different sounddesign version of his 93 minutes feature film Valkaama in HD under a Creative Commons BY-SA license. Valkaama was an impressive project & Tim also did some detailed Free Culture research, you can grab a copy of his diploma "Open Source Film Geschäftsmodelle".
"By making these files available we are now officially ending the Valkaama project. It has been a great time working on Valkaama and a great experience being part of the first to create and share Open Source feature films. The website will stay of course online and I will be monitoring the website's forum occasionally to keep it free of spam and to answer comments or questions.
So from our side this is a goodbye. We hope you enjoy(ed) watching the movie and if you haven't downloaded it yet you can get the DVD or your HD copy here.

Over and out :)

Tim & The Valkaama Team"

„Biker's Soul”: finished

I'll try to get at a cleric involved in every future film project of mine, since our Open Source road trip documentaryBiker's Soul” has been blessed from the beginning, while our sci-fi feature film „The Last Drug” is giving me nightmares for years now.
It's completed and going straight to the pressroom. The netrelease under a Creative Commons license will follow in early 2010 - as soon as I come up with a sponsor. Meanwhile, let me share some production details:

Camera

I have been using the Sony PDX10P for 3 films now. It's a 1/3" chip 3CCD handycam - technically outdated, but still in use in a certain niche, last time I saw it was in Long Way Round. I can still recommend it for productions like these - it's extremely robust, tiny & handy and has a great full automatic mode, which I almost always used, since it's so reliable. Colors are good, sharpness is okay for SD and auto focus is fast and precise with some faults at extreme back light.
What I don't like anymore is SD resolution: I'm missing the sharpness, the possibility for jump cuts, keying and motion stabilisation. Another drawback is the bad low light capability - if you are gonzo filming on a trip like this there are always low light situations where you just can't pull out a video light. If you are on a tight budget and you can live with these limitations: the camera sells for under $1000 on eBay - I found it always better to buy outdated professional equipment than the newest consumer stuff for the same price.
For my next road trip documentary I'm thinking about experimenting with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Not a dedicated video camera, but I have the feeling, that you can achieve extremely interesting esthetics, that will work excellent in a gonzo style documentary.

Color Correction

I did the color correction in Adobe Premiere and all it took was a correction of the RGB curves. Maybe some saturation adjustments here and there.
My 63 minutes project file was very unstable after I put those effects on every clip. More than 20 crashes a day was quite common - I was hoping CS4 would be more stable, but I have to admit that my editing workstation is an antique 2GB Dual Core E6600. My new system is about to arrive, now that I finished the post production, how stupid is that.
After rendering I'm running every frame through a Photoshop Action as well, using the new "vibrant" adjustment to desaturate everything but the skin tones. My color correction school was this: Professional Photoshop: The Classic Guide to Color Correction. I don't like the writing style but I learned a lot.

Editing

I like Adobe Premiere. Quite unstable when you max out your system, but it perfectly fits my workflow: SD capture here, HD capture there, this codec here, that codec there, drag in some internet files, edit in photoshop and throw it back in a second, create some minor animations - it always works the way you expect it. I'll stick to Premiere.

In January I'll get back to our feature film production The Last Drug. I learned quite a lot with this documentary - although I didn't expected to. I hope this will help me getting The Last Drug done - I certainly feel the urge to get my hands on it again.

Jesus, this text reads like shit. I'm just to tired to write a proper english right now.

VEB at the Netaudio Festival in Berlin

We will be at the Netaudio Berlin-Festival to show a preview of our Open Source Science-Fiction Feature Film The Last Drug on Saturday, 10th. Expect some great acts from all over Europe on the festival - I can't wait to see disrupt from my favorite Dub label Jahtari performing.

We will beginn our screening on Saturday at 1:30 PM at the "Back Door Room" with our short Autobahn 38 (in English). The Last Drug will start at 2 PM (in German). Our Open Source Road Movie Route 66 will be shown at the "Smokers Lounge" (in English).

„Sita Sings the Blues” sources online!

Animator Nina Paley turned into a Free Culture activist after she was harassed by a major label, releasing her feature length animation film „Sita Sings the Blues” last year.
Nina just released the complete sources under Creative Commons by-sa!

Creative Commons Day Hamburg: 8.8.2009

On Saturday there will be a Creative Commons Day in Hamburg, Germany, with films, lectures, presentations, live music & party.
The event was organised by the Pirate Party, which also did a nice Open Source open air film festival in Hamburg last year - we received some great feedback back then.
Route 66” will be screened at 2 pm - admission will be free. Sounds like a nice event, I'll try to be there at the after party.

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