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Red Bull Media House presents 'The Art of FLIGHT 3D'

SRF produces opener for crime series 'Der Bestatter'

Since January 10, 2013, the Red Bull Media House production 'The Art ofFlight' has been shown in 52 German Cineplex theatres.

The documentary accompaniesTravis Rice and some of the world's best snowboarders like John Jackson, MarkLandvik, Scotty Lago, Nicolas Müller, Jake Blauvelt, Pat Moore and JeremyJones. The exceptional athletes are on a two-year journey to unknown anduntraveled slopes that have never been used before. 'The Art of FLIGHT 3D'documents the search for this terrain, these pristine mountain slopes and thebreakneck descents. The film shows the acrobatics on the boards from anall-new, three-dimensional perspective: Modern film equipment, which was partlydeveloped specifically for this project, makes for unique and stunning images.Aerial photographs with the Cineflex V14 camera combined with the ultra-slowmotion Phantom HD Gold camera, subjective perspectives and numerous othersettings and techniques provide a unique view of modern snowboarding.Adventurous borderline situations paired with dramatic and breathtaking action– because of the unusual camera angles and close proximity to the protagonists,the audience has the feeling of being right there. "Seeing 'The Art ofFLIGHT' in 3D is as if you were watching a completely different movie,"says Travis Rice. "The whole experience is much more developed, and I wasblown away by the picture quality," Rice added. The Curt Morgan film wasproduced by Red Bull Media House in association with Brain Farm Digital Cinemaand realized in 3D together with Venture 3D. It was filmed on location inChile's Darwin Range of Patagonia, in Alaska's Tordrillo Range, Wyoming's SnakeRiver Range, in Aspen, Colorado, the Andes and in the Revelstoke and Goat Rangeof the Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia. For more information and a listof participating cinemas, visit www.artofflightmovie.com

SRF's creative teamrecently produced an opener for their crime series 'Der Bestatter' ('The Undertaker').

'Der Bestatter' is a new Swiss prime-time showand airs every Tuesday night on SRF1. Mike Müller plays undertaker Luc Conrad,who as an ex-police officer can't stop investigating and solves extraordinarydeaths with criminalistic flair. The briefing for the opener was to find acentral theme that shows how Luc Conrad is an advocate for the dead. The ideafor the project was to have the protagonists uncover deaths - in the truestsense of the word: A white cloth stretches over the dead body of a young woman.Luc Conrad enters the scene and realizes that something is wrong. He pulls awaythe shroud and takes a closer look: It was murder. The challenge while filmingwas the production of the shroud scenes: "They required us to do severaltakes. These scenes were filmed at 120 frames played backwards during editingto visualize covering up the corpse as magically as possible," says SvenVolz, Junior Art Director at SRF. The shooting took place in the FTK-StudioZurich and was done with a Red Epic camera. Subsequently, post-production wascarried out using After Effects and Cinema 4D. Conception, design and post-productionwere realised under the direction of Patrick Arnecke in the SRF designdepartment. Designer Janine Schärer developed the basic concept, which wasexpanded and produced by senior designer Pascal Schelbli. The productioncompany snakefilm carried out the shooting under the leadership of Sven Volzand Pascal Schelbli. The opener was directed by Markus Fischer, who alsodirected two episodes of the series.

Last call for entries for the Shocking Shorts Award 2013

Places still available at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Until 28 February youngfilmmakers can submit their short films to the Shocking Shorts Awards 2013competition. In June 2013, 13th Street Universal will award the short filmprize to a young director for the 14th time. The TV channel for thrill andcrime offers the winner the opportunity to participate in the Universal StudiosFilmmaster Program. Here, the winner can acquire know-how and internationalexperience at the Universal Studios in Hollywood. Short films in the genresaction, crime, thriller, mystery or horror are eligible for submission to theShocking Shorts Awards 2013. The short film must be in German, be no older than2 years and have a maximum length of 30 minutes. Submissions can be sent inuntil 28 February 2013. More information and registration documents athttp://www.13thstreet.de/shocking-shorts-award/teilnahme

Until February 15, 2013,those interested can apply for a spot at the Institute for Animation, VisualEffects and Digital Post-Production for the winter semester 2013/14 at theFilmakademie Baden-Württemberg. The following fields of studies are still acceptingapplicants: Animation/Effects, Interactive Media, Animation/Effect Producingand Technical Directing. The animation institute teaches according to theprinciple 'Learning by Doing' – student training is geared directly to themarket. Joint basic studies and close collaboration with all the students atthe Academy are an indispensible part of the training. Furthermore, theinstitute constantly reacts to new digital technologies and thus offers apractical and thorough training. Additional information available at http://www.animationsinstitut.de/studium.html.

Event tip: TV Komm. 2013

Eyes & Ears of Europe

TV Komm. 2013 will take place in Karlsruhe on February26, 2013. The topic of this year's event is 'Digital Transformation'. Thecombination of declining ad revenue for traditional media and new channels,players and platforms that push into the market and provide additionalcompetition means that the industry has never faced such great challenges. In15 best-practice workshops, technical experts from public and privatebroadcasters, platform operators and media companies present their concepts forsuccess and how they deal with the digital challenges. Additionally, sales andmarketing professionals will present their Best Cases and demonstrate how themoving image can be ideally positioned on all channels. RTL Interactive, ProSiebenSat.1, RTL2, SWR, Neverest,Pilot and Clipkit, among others, will give an insight into their strategies. Inaddition, platform providers such as Unitymedia, KabelBW, Eutelsat, TechniSatYahoo and Germany! will explain their new channels and services for mediacompanies, radio and TV broadcasters. Eyes & Ears members can attend theevent at a reduced fee of 200 Euros. To register for the event, Eyes & Earsmembers should send an eMail toinfo@eeofe.orgto receive a code to register at the reduced rate.More information about TV Komm. 2013 is available at www.tvkomm.de.

Book tip: Die Digitalisierung von Medien und Kultur'

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To what extent hasthe introduction of new digitisation techniques changed the production,content, distribution, function, effect and reception of media? Jörg Beckerposes this question in the recently published book 'Die Digitalisierung vonMedien und Kultur'. From language and image, to music, radio and newspapers, upto cinema, television and internet – all important mass media are subject todetailed examination. With a mix of informative presentation and critical mediaanalysis, this guide provides a solid overview on the effects of mediadigitization.The 264-pagepublication is published by the Springer VS Verlag publishing house and can bepurchased for 29.95 Euros. Further information at http://www.springer.com/springer+vs/medien/book/978-3-658-00728-7