We made a film.

Dear Person,

this website is dedicated to a movie which was shot in five days in mid-december by Christian Roth and Freddy Gomoll. The shoot wouldn't have been possible without the help of our friends. "Thank you" to everyone involved and lending a helping hand and foot. To everyone who answered our holler for a pencil or the gaffer tape and stayed up late and eating the same sandwiches for five days straight.
About six weeks ago Freddy and I had this idea for a movie. It didn't exactly drop from the sky yet it more or less just happened. In this blog I'm not gonna give anything away as far as the content of the movie, well, let's say, no more than what is revealed by watching the trailer which will be online soon. Let me just say this much by the way of a quote that hasn't any relation to the movie really:

"Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon never out of sight, never landing until the watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by time. That's the life of man."
- Zora Neale Hurston ("Their eyes were watching God")

In this Blog I'm gonna give some updates about how everything is coming along. Finally, I will let y'all know when and where the premiere of the film will be. For now, feast your eyes on some photos from the set of a movie that had no budget but a lot of people with heart.

Cracklens & Fred rolling.

2008 will be quite a year for Danny Sommerfeld: not only did he turn a top dog skateboard pro, he also stars in a movie for the first time - skate videos aside.

That's what low-budget-high-expectations filmmaking will do to you. Look at the posture. As the days passed I slowly degraded back into the shape of my neanderthal ancestors nutured on a diet of coffee and cheese sandwiches. Cracklens pushing it along.

This is the raw set. Built by Michael Neuss. It was Freddy's idea to have a "reflecting ceiling". I was kind of worried because I knew, I was going to be the one who has to put tiny screws into a wobbly styrofoam construction. On a shaky ladder. Overhead. That was the first day. Afterwards I thought "Oof, what a tough day...". Four days later putting screws into styrofoam would have felt like a walk in the park - being pushed in a wheelchair.

This is the half-finished first set. About 24 hours later and already dragging hours behind the schedule.

Freddy having fun with utility tools. In fact, the first day was the only day I let anyone else paint the set. Their hands just didn't now how to make paintbrush and paint kiss lightly. Freddy retired to fine tuning the dolly tracks.

That's it for now, folks. Gotta get back into my crouched position behind my super-slow PowerBook. Have nice holidays. Merry Christmas and check back soon. The trailer should be online for at the dawn of 08.

Greetings from the Hessencoast, Cracklens


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