Beauty. Emotional moments. Great stories.
Or why do you love to watch films?
I had a great shoot on Greenland for a commercial for Albatros travel. More from my fantastic trip to Greenland soon, like: How to put up a 6000 Dollar tent in 40 seconds...
"Bears in the Mountains of Heaven" (2014), coproduction with WDR, commissioning editor Gabriele Conze. It was my most exciting, most difficult, most rewarding film project ever including two near misses (one suicidal cardriver and one angry bear). I have just finished the English version with Simon Tunkin as narrator - a real joy.
Kazakhstan - what would the steppe be without the freedom of the horses?
The family life of Tien Shan brown bears has never been filmed before. Small wonder - the Mountains of Heaven are still a rugged wilderness, and almost everywhere poachers try to kill the bears, so I did not expect a warm welcome from the animals. We were lucky that mother bear turned a blind eye to us so that we could take part in her life with her two sons.
The vastness of the steppe was a place of my dreams since I have watched the film "Urga" as a student. I have spent many lovely days during a period of four years in the Kazakh steppe since. Here´s a little meditation about the beauty of the steppe summer and a tribute to one of Germany´s great nature filmmakers, my mentor Dietmar Keil. The land dries up in the heat. But where there is water, life still thrives.
I wonder if that lovely willow tree still exists, the whole area is now being converted into a big mine (presumably because of rare earths for our mobile phones).
Thanks to mother bear for letting us watch her life with her cubs for a while. I hope you and your kids will be fine and not shot and sold to China in little pieces. Thanks to Dagmar Schreiber for essential help in Kazakhstan, and to Micha for guiding and everything. A guy to steal horses with - fortunately we did not have to.
More information about the nature of the Kazakh steppe at my friend Maxim Koshkin´s site http://kazakhsteppe.com/index.php/en/
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