I’m dropping you an email, because…
I finally finished to make my first feature film. I have a couple of movie projects in the pipeline, but they are all so big and hard to finance, and will take more time… and out of sheer frustration we made a feature film, shot in only 5 days, with a budget of only 5000 EUR. Damn, that was something, but also exciting, and I’m happy with it.
It’s a no-budget post-apocalyptic fantasy agitprop comedy extravaganza called “Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl”.
Just a plot teaser:
The growing tension between the last two remaining superpowers - China and Google - escalates in the early 21st century, and results in the global inferno of the “Google Wars”. But the years go by, radioactive dust settles on old battlegrounds, and a New World rises from the ashes of the old.
Fratt Aigner, a seedy journalist, and Alalia Grundschober, a nerdy technician, live and work in Mega City Schwechat: the biggest semi-urban sprawl in the foothills of what remained of the Alps. Newspaper mogul Thurnher von Pjölk assigns them a special task: to venture into the boondocks of the Gstetten and find the legendary Echsenfriedl. It is the beginning of a journey full of dangers, creatures and precarious working conditions.
We created it for ORF (Austria’s PBS), where it first aired in March 2014 — and we even won a small award for it. But we also submitted it to a bunch of film festivals all around the globe…
Nice side story: We were brainstorming how to get a bit more money for the project.
So we added a text insert into the film, one similar to watermarks used in festival viewing copies. The text insert asks the viewer to report the film as copyright infringement by calling a premium-rate phone number (1.09 EUR/minute). And when the film aired on Austrian national television, people really called the number to report us (!). So we co-financed the film with proceeds from the premium-rate number. I call this new strategy ‘crowdratting.’
Anyhow, here is the website: http://monochrom.at/gstettensaga/
And IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3296276/
And of course it’s already on PirateBay (whoever leaked it: feel free to share): http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/9902996/Die.Gstettensaga_-_The.Rise.of.Echsenfriedl_-_2014.EngSubs.HDRip