EMOTION. BEAUTY. STORY.
2017 will be busy to the very end. Looking forward to explore both new fields and shoot in some favourite places in 2018...
2016 A stunning year. Mindblowing aerials with Shotover F1 and four months of shooting on Iceland. My new camera, the Varicam LT, revolutionized my work.
2015 Back to Iceland - fighting not to despair in a lot of miserable weather, but my animal family has treated me so kindly. And the most lovely spring ever in my homeland with me filming in gorgeous UltraHD.
2014 "Tian Shan - Land of Bears and Horses" (2014), coproduction with WDR. It was my most exciting, most difficult, most rewarding film project ever including two near misses (one amok cardriver and one angry bear). OffTheFence BV brings my director´s cut to a worldwide TV audience.
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 pretended to ignore us so that we could take part in her life with her two sons.
Here´s a little meditation about the beauty of the steppe summer. 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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