February 2016

Voodoo accounting vs. true-cost prizing (Part 1)

On this we all agree: excessive expenditure does not exist, neither from the perspective of procurement nor from that of the producer. There are only costs. Understanding a film calculation requires a concentrated amount of expert know-how. But there are other obstacles. Depending on the originator, the markup-fleischwolfcalculation not only contains a total amount but also additional costs, seemingly detached from the actual film production. [...]

The ABC of Project Work in Film and Video: Not sexy. But essential.

The French film pioneer Abel Gance (1889-1981) is said to have stated that the task of every filmmaker is placing a sun into every image. However, a director can only achieve this when he is able to rely on organisational support. Filmmaking is team work. And, frequently, a logistical nightmare. Not only image and product films, but even web videos are surprisingly often subject to prototype character. Commissioned films share this property with feature films. [...]

Kristian Widmer: »Taking risks would be highly unprofessional!«

The newspaper Tageswoche has posed the question as to the significance action cams have for professional film production. videothink BLoG supplemented this interview on this topic with Kristian Widmer, producer at Condor Films, with an overview of the key data about the two currently most important action cams. Moreover, at the end of this article you will find an addition (as of February 9th 2016) with the first available information about the EagleCam that has been developed by the Fraunhofer-Institute. [...]

The perfect film and video briefing

This checklist is an exclusive compilation of documents from the advanced training workshop entitled "The Perfect Briefing" for clients of Condor Films AG. It cannot be taken to be universally applicable. Depending on the size, type and complexity of the planned film or video project, customised changes and adaptations may be required. For image films, product films, web videos and other moving image communication products for marketing purposes, formulating the initial situation and the task correctly and comprehensively is an important basis for successful collaboration with film production companies. [...]