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What is games.film actually doing?

Well, I’ve written about my newest project “games.film“, which takes up my whole time, and about that we’ve been working on our documentary space.games.film, but what are we actually doing with games.film?

The best way to explan is, because I am a cameraman, to let the images speak for themselves and refer to the trailer below. For those who prefer to read, there is a short overview about our work here. And while we’re at it hosting a firework of links, here’s one to our games.film website. 😉

 

space.games.film

Our newest project: space.games.film

In the last blog entry I wrote about the migration of this website. Nothing has happened here since then. This is simply because I just didn’t have time to write anything anymore. We did some smaller trips and for example went to the beautiful East Frisia in northern Germany, which I could have written a post about. I could have written an anecdote about how I got stuck at the airport for a shoot in Krakow, Poland, but my latest project is taking up all my time right now.

For over three years I have been working with Patrick on a documentary about PC games. Games and film – games.film was born. Our goal has always been that the film not only appeals to insiders, but also that non-nerds will find the film entertaining. Of course it is partly nerdy, but above all it is about the people who are behind it. And we really met some very interesting people!

The name of the film, matching the name of the whole project: space.games.film. We tell the exciting story of PC space games, the rise, fall and renaissance of the now again popular genre. The trailer gives a small impression of the film:

 

new site

A new website?

Technically it’s the old website (buzzword: ‘relaunch’). The content is still the same, only the ‘foundation’ has changed – from Joomla to WordPress. “BUT WHY?!” might a web developer ask. The answer is simple: because it’s easier. No doubt, Joomla is a lot more powerful and has more possibilities than wordPress, even without having to install plugins for every little thing. But the administration of a WordPress site (at least this one) is easier. Besides, I just don’t need the complexity of Joomla for my little site.

I replicated the old website with WordPress with little variances. The blog posts are also integrated into the new site, only the comments couldn’t be transfered.

U 995 at night

Shore leave on the U 995

Some time ago I recommended a very exciting documentary about a submarine journey. As it so happened, last weekend we were near Kiel and visited the museum U-Boat U 995. That is about 25 minutes away in Laboe. With the documentary in mind it was much more impressive to walk through this submarine than if we had not seen the documentary. The narrowness, the multitude of controls, but also the idea of being under water for days on end was very fascinating.

Right next to the museum boat is the Naval Memorial to the sailors of all nations who remained on the seas. This is also a museum, but it does not only consist of the 72m high tower. Among other things, there is also an exhibition with many large ship models and a lot of information about shipping in the past and today and is definitely worth a visit.

U 31 Doku

Documentary recommendation: The hurricane ride of the U31

There are always documentary gems on television that are particularly exciting, fun, or simply interesting. The documentary of the NDR about a trip of the submarine U31 definitely offers all of the above. The hurricane was certainly not planned and it was probably only meant to be a report about the everyday life on a submarine. But sometimes you just have to be at the right place at the right time.

You can watch the film on the YouTube-Dokukanal of the NDR: Click