Last week the film, which was meant to convince the people of Büttgen of fiber internet, was released. The press reported about it and many people saw and shared it on various channels. And lo and behold: we are getting fiber in Büttgen! The power of moving images?
The facts: for a demand survey to be successful, 40 % of all households had to sign a contract. After several weeks of an ongoing demand survey and increasingly slow progress, the result for Büttgen was 30% on the closing date. Fortunately, there was an extension of almost 5 weeks, but no more figures were communicated. if progress had continued to be so sluggish, the demand survey wouldn’t have been successful in any case. so last week the film was released, and then, just under a week before the new deadline, a successful demand survey is announced.
Only the provider Deutsche Glasfaser will know whether the film was decisive or not. But it certainly played its part.
Some time ago we moved “into the countryside”. There are many advantages here (especially at the current time) compared to Cologne, but especially one big disadvantage: extremely slow internet connection. The Telekom website falsely shows a speed of 50 Mbit for our address, which would have been slow, but at least somehow tolerable. however, it turned out that a staggering speed of only 16 Mbit is available. In the meantime, DSL has been canceled thanks to an unlimited LTE rate plan (ca. 200 Mbit). But for that price, we could have gigabit internet via fiber instead.
And now the time has come: a demand survey for fiber internet in Büttgen is currently being conducted, but it is proceeding at a relatively slow pace. The need for fiber is not as great for everyone as it is for us in the area here, since for example there is gigabit cable internet in the village center. Hardly anyone there wants fiber, although there are still many arguments in favor of it. In addition, the statement “I don’t need that, what I have is enough for me” is heard very often, especially here with a very high average age.
So I decided to make a film. I sat down (digitally) with writer and director Patrick Jäschke and we developed a script. Shortly after, I was approached by a representative of the city. The budget was as small as the local bandwidth, but my personal urge for faster internet access was as big as the bandwidth of gigabit fiber. And so it happened that I made the official film about the fiber rollout in Büttgen. Patrick and I developed a concept according to the new circumstances, which deals with one of Büttgen’s passions: cycling. Cycling is deeply rooted here.
Via cycling, analogies are built up to the benefit and common cause for fiber internet. The film is not meant to explain or convince factually. Rather, it is about telling stories. The goal is to evoke emotions so that even people who are not originally interested in switching to fiber, will watch the film because of the people portrayed, the metaphors and thus the messages are nevertheless being communicated. Explanatory films or pure advertising are probably of no interest to them.
The shoot, among other things, in the cycling hall (the Sportforum Büttgen) took place with some well-known Büttgen personalities. Even though we weren’t so lucky with the weather on the second day of shooting, it was fantastic on the day of the shoot for the scenic shots and I was able to capture some very atmospheric pictures. I even had to take out some of the orange in color correction on the shot with the mill, otherwise it would have looked too artificial and no one would have believed that I didn’t turn up the colors. It was indeed such a lovely orange on location.
The result is a film called: “Highspeed and team spirit”, as usual in 4K and with German and English subtitles (the film is embedded from my YouTube account, the film on the city’s page can be found here):
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. 😉
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:
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.