This week, the LMU School of Film and Television students have been busy learning about directing in theory and practice during their Directing Workshop.
The workshop was led by René Harder from the Alanus Hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft. Acting students from the same school also participated in the workshop.
On Monday, all students got to know each other in fun little games and formed seven teams of 3 actors and 2 AIB students.
Then, all groups were given the same script ‘Ice Cream’ and tasked to come up with their own interpretation of the scene.
Thursday was shooting day and all the students were busy acting, filming and directing their short scenes.
Today, our Film students are editing their shorts to have them screened tonight at the AIB Germany, so both Actors and AIB students can see the outcome of their hard work.
This was for sure a fun way to gain experience in filming and especially directing! A big thank you to Rene Harder and the students from the Alanus Hochschule Fachgebiet Schauspiel!
Check out the pictures below for some impressions from the shoots and get-togethers.
From September 19-21, the Penn State and Texas A&M Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning students turned into artists in a workshop on Public Art, led by renowned artist Thorsten Goldberg from Berlin (http://thorstengoldberg.de/en/) together with Bruno Röver, AIB and June Martin, Texas A&M.
The challenge given to teams of three to four students was to come up with a piece of art to be installed on-site, that highlights, accentuates, questions or challenges special qualities & usages of a part of the 3.94km railway corridor in the northern part of Bonn, which is at the same time the site of the students’ semester design studio.
After a lot of hammering, gluing, cutting, sawing and painting, the teams presented film footage of their art installation at the AIB facilities. Balloons were released, improvised doors installed, mosaics of moveable wood chips with poetic words on them were laid out. In a quite unique project, one group accentuated the tram traffic by playing a triangle at a tram stop to the sound of trams passing through.
In the end, many new facets of the project site came to light, and many intriguing interpretations were discussed. Public Art as an informant for design – the students certainly lived up to that challenge!
Then, on September 25, the Texas A&M University and Penn State Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning students explored the "Neue Bahnstadt Opladen” - a new mixed-use development on the grounds of a former railway maintenance facility along the train tracks around Opladen Station, Leverkusen.
The group was hosted by Ms. Rottes, CEO of Neue Bahnstadt Opladen GmbH and its public relations officer Laura Batenbruch, who introduced the students to the unique development concept, masterplan and design features of the Neue Bahnstadt Opladen. A guided tour through the quarter was also part of the program.
All in all, this was a wonderful insight into contemporary approaches to urban development and design in the challenging environment of major traffic infrastructure, that students can now incorporate into their design approach for the studio project they are working on this semester.
Everyone greatly appreciated the time and effort taken by Ms. Rottes and Ms. Batenbruch to introduce the group to this project.
Update from our LMU Film Program!
A lot has been going on in the first couple of weeks in our LMU Film program.
Two weeks ago, the students had their first Workshop on Sound. Check them out boom pole-ing around the AIB courtyard below.
Last Friday, AIB screened the movie ‘Karl Marx City’ by Petra Epperlein. This personal documentary has Petra, who grew up in Communist East Germany, returning to her childhood home to investigate her father’s suicide. In time, she suspects that her dad's involvement with the Stasi security forces went much deeper than she ever knew.
Afterwards, the attendees had the chance to ask questions and discuss with Petra Epperlein in a little Q&A.
Saturday, the students embarked on a trip to Amsterdam to attend the IBC conference. The conference, which is the leading Media, Entertainment and Technology show, provides a great space to network, discuss and explore a myriad of different topics – ranging from technical advances in the industry to everything pertaining to the creation, management, and delivery of media of any kind. Interesting keynotes, panels, hands-on areas, and discussions were a great way for the students to learn more about the industry they aspire to work in.
This week, they will be participating in a week-long workshop on cinematography. They will learn about lighting, camera movement and set procedures to give them the knowledge, tools, and tricks they need to get started on filming their own documentaries soon.
Check out the pics below and stay tuned for more updates soon!
Firmenlauf Bonn – Corporate Fun Run!
On Thursday, students from all of our Fall programs and some of our program coordinators participated in the Bonn Corporate Fun Run.
The run took place in the Rheinaue, Bonn’s biggest and most beautiful park with idyllic gardens, little hills, and a scenic lake located right along the Rhine River.
The participants braved the rainy and chilly September weather to help raise money for our long-time partner organization, the Marol Academy in South Sudan.
Through the run, we were able to raise 210€ which will now help the Marol Academy to build schools and ensure the education of many young boys and especially girls. See here for more information.
In the name of AIB and the Marol Academy, a big thank-you to all that participated in the run and fought the rain and wind to help do some good!
Check out the pictures below for an impression of the event.
Film Outside the Frame is LMU SFTV’s annual student film festival and awards ceremony which honors both current and former students, including distinguished alumni, in all areas of filmmaking.
This year, several of our Bonn Film Program Alumni were nominated in different categories. Three of the nominated films were even shot as semester projects during the AIB LMU Film program 2016.
Here are the nominees:
- “Phantasiaman” by Mariel Sosa – 2016 alumna of AIB program. The documentary was shot during her time in Bonn and won the audience award at our big end-of-semester screening. The film is nominated for the Silver Lion Award and in the category of Best Documentary.
- “Karikatur: The Work of Klaus Stuttmann” by Clark Eglinton – 2016 alumnus of AIB program. This doc was also shot during Clark’s semester abroad at AIB. The doc is nominated for the Silver Lion Award.
- “Fall from Grace” by Morgan Hinshaw – 2016 alumna of AIB program. Her doc was also shot during her time at AIB and is nominated for the Faculty Award for Promotion of Social Justice.
- “Mr. Cool” by Aaron Hill – currently in the AIB Film semester program. His film is nominated for the Cub Award and the Bernard Abbene Comedy Writing Award. His other film “How to Lucid Dream” is also in the running and nominated for the Cub Award.
- “Onset” by Nick Ertola – 2015 alumnus of AIB. He is credited as director/editor, together with Andy Fronczak (DP), Ben Imperato (Writer), and David Fortune, Ana Podrez, and Elias Ontiveros as producers. The film is nominated for the Golden Lion Award, the Student Choice Award, the Ian Conner Award for Best Cinematography, the Dreier Family Award for Best Editing, and the James Wong Best Picture Award.
- “March of Band Nerds” produced by Nader Motamedi – also a 2015 alumnus of AIB. Nader produced the film together with Elise Dean (Writer/Producer). It is nominated for the Bernard Abbene Comedy Writing Award (Best Comedy).
- "Time, Life and Why..." directed by Kayla Hashimoto – 2015 alumna of AIB. She also served as writer in collaboration with Katelyn Saindon, another AIB alumna of 2015. The film was produced by Alexandra Marske and Nader Motamedi, also 2015 alumni of AIB. The film is nominated for two awards: the SFTV Dean's Directing Award and the Arkoff Award For Best Produced Screenplay.
- "Keeper" directed by Jennifer Bohnert - 2016 alumna of AIB. Her film is also nominated for the Faculty Award for Promotion of Social Justice and was also shot during her time at AIB.
Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck for the ceremony on October 1, 2017. AIB is rooting for all of you!
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