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"Der Häftling des Monats"

(aka "The Prisoner of the Month")

int. set "prison cell" in "Cinesphere Studios" close to Munich
scene briefing for Mike Langhans (l.) by director Mario Dircks (foregr. at small window)
cameraman Edwin Krieg with the "ARRI D20"
behind the scene in the sound recording department on the set: Claus Zingler

Kind short [horror/thriller]
Status finished
Length approx. 20 mins.
Format High-Definition [prototype-camera "D20" by ARRI]
Production year (shoot) 2005
Production Company "Early bird Films GmbH"
Co-Production "Cinesphere Studios"
Producer Axel Donath
Location Munich - Sauerlach [film studio]
Director Mario Dircks
1st A.D. Peter Baumann
Camera Op Edwin Krieg
Steadycam Op Louis Andrew
ARRI high def. camera engineer Andy Berkl
Starring Johanna Falckner (main part), Mike Langhans (main part), Benjamin Koller, Günther Spörrle, Daniel Bucher
Special Effects Makeup Sascha Kolmikow
Lighting [D.O.P] Peter Gottschall
Sound Assistant / 2nd unit Sound Recordist Michael Maier (2nd half of the shoot)
Specials "Der Häftling des Monats" turns out to be the first short film in the world which was shot on the High-Def prototype camera by ARRI mentioned above. The production is aimed at publication on the German pay TV "13th Street" (broadcasting date still due to be announced) as well as it's aimed to be sold to the German TV-Channels "ARTE" and "3-SAT"; for the whole of the studio shoot the crew was allowed to re-use the originally built set of the previous production by "Bavaria-Films" called "The Perfume" (starring Dustin Hoffmann). As "The Prisoner of the Month" the film was also screened at the Portobello Film Festival 2007 and there is still a website for the film online featuring a 30 sec. "Teaser"/"Trailer" (to be found in the "links" section).

original film poster "Der Häftling des Monats"

still: foregr. Mike Langhans, backgr. Johanna Falckner: a monster to be...
still: Mike Langhans to the CCTV camera... "Show your faces you bastards...!"
still: Günther Spörrle (foregr.) and the two corrupt cops
article in the local paper; headlines translated: "Local police supports film crew (by providing police car) / Start of shoot with the latest camera technology"