WIE MÄNNER ÜBER FRAUEN REDEN
Since we are fans of the German movie “Bang Boom Bang” (which won the Bayerischer Filmpreis among others), we have always dreamed of making a movie with actor and Grimme award winner Oliver Korittke (“Mann tut was Mann kann,” “Die Musterknaben”).
With the help of a mutual friend of ours, we met with Oliver Korittke and showed him our screenplay. He then called back that same night and greeted us with the words, “guys, the DJ in your screenplay is just like me!”
Only a few days later, we outlined our movie project together with actor and multiple award winner Frederick Lau (“Die Welle,” “Neue Vahr Süd,” Deutscher Filmpreis, Deutscher Comedypreis, Grimme-Preis) at the Echo award ceremony. Frederick was also very enthusiastic about the movie immediately.
He then suggested charismatic actor Kida Ramadan (“Kebab Connection,” “Knallhart,” “Tatort”), who was very eager to play in a comedy instead of playing yet another villain.
Kida, in turn, suggested Barnaby Metschurat (“Solino” by Fatih Akin, “Anatomie 2,” Bayerischer Filmpreis), who is a superb actor and a native of Berlin-Kreuzberg (where we filmed most of our movie).
Once we had come up with this wild bunch, we knew that we needed an equally likeable actress for the female lead. Still, we did not find our favorite actress for this role until Ellenie Salvo Gonzalez (who starred in “Vollidiot”, a movie grossing five million euros in German cinemas, together with Oliver Pocher) walked through the door. “She is natural, likeable, and charismatic. It is a pleasure to work with this woman.”
As we have been planning, financing, implementing, and publishing movie projects for many years, we soon found investors in our own network. After two years of hard work with a professional team of 80 people, the movie has been edited completely and is almost ready for its theatrical launch in Germany.
During filming with an experienced team led by award-winning cinematographer Raphael Beinder (winner of Deutscher Kamerapreis 2008), we created an appropriate and modern setting for our star ensemble. Parts of the project were unconventional, but this fact only led to more fun during filming and can easily be noticed in the entire movie. In fact, our team spirit was far better than during the average German movie project. Both the renowned actors and the other team members did not charge their usual salaries for WIE MÄNNER ÜBER FRAUEN REDEN because they were immediately convinced of our common movie project and still are today.
We were able to come up with the production budget using our own capital and investments by several friends and long-term business partners. Both we producers and our network financed the movie using our private funds because we are all convinced that our movie will be successful. Ultimately, everyone will profit.
Thus, the entire film project has been supported by a growing crowd of actors, team members, and investors from the very beginning.
Over the last few years, we producers subordinated everything else to our vision of a successful movie and oriented our entire life around this movie. Now, the movie has been completely filmed and edited. Thus, at this point, we have already done the lion’s share of the work before the movie’s theatrical release. The next steps will be digital image and sound editing (post-production) and marketing. This is why we need you, the crowd!
The theatrical release of our movie is scheduled for early 2016
In order to make our vision come true together with the crowd, we will enable Companists to invest in a movie for the first time. Our investment model includes the following aspects:
- If a total of 1 million euros is invested, the community of Companists will receive €1 per ticket sold for the first one million tickets and €0.50 per ticket sold for every additional ticket.
- After the theatrical release, the movie will be made available on Blu-ray/DVD, via video on demand, and on pay TV and free TV. The community of Companists will then receive a 10 % share in the proceeds.
“Direct, honest, blunt, funny, personal, naive, perhaps even a bit eye-opening” – Barnaby Metschurat
The authentic urban comedy WIE MÄNNER ÜBER FRAUEN REDEN shows the ongoing conflict resulting from attraction between women and men with all its misunderstandings and emotions. A group of friends from the trendy Kreuzberg neighborhood in Berlin is struggling with the various challenges of growing up. In doing so, they do not mince their words. But it is precisely this direct everyday language that has led to a romantic urban comedy for a large audience.
Excerpt from Filming
The public has already become aware of the female perspective through “Sex and the City” and “Traumfrauen:” Sometimes, women talk about men in a romantic way, and at other times, they talk about men in a rather blunt way. Now, however, the public will find out the naked truth about how men talk about women (as the movie’s German title WIE MÄNNER ÜBER FRAUEN REDEN indicates).
Successful movies like “Fack ju, Göhte” (7.5 million viewers) prove there is huge demand for movies with direct language. This is especially true for young moviegoers in Germany.
WIE MÄNNER ÜBER FRAUEN REDEN reflects the zeitgeist of a time in which nobody really wants to or is able to grow up. The plot is set in Kreuzberg, the trendy Berlin hot spot that is on everyone’s lips in Germany and abroad and thus provides the ideal setting for a modern German urban comedy.
Excerpt #2 from Filming
Through “WIE MÄNNER ÜBER FRAUEN REDEN,” we want to entertain people in the most authentic way possible. The result is 90 minutes of pure entertainment.
Our core team consists of the two producers Björn Birg and Henrik Regel.
The production manager, Björn supervises the organizational and commercial aspects of the movie project. Henrik, the creative director, is in charge of the creative and visionary aspects of the project.
We have launched a campaign on Companisto because we want to stick to the underlying crowd principle of our project in order to remain independent.
We plan to use the Companists’ investment for
- post-production (image and sound editing),
- the soundtrack,
- and the marketing campaign for our movie.
Post-production is so important because the “look and feel” of a movie is a decisive factor in the audience’s perception of the movie.
For purposes of color grading (color correction), the technology team of Optical Art will provide us with its grading suite and an experienced colorist. Consequently, we will be able to use the highest quality available in digital image processing for the footage, which has been filmed using the Arri Alexa camera.
Picture of Grading Suite
Of course, the soundtrack we select will have significant influence on the movie’s success. Since we have an excellent network in both the major and the independent music industry, we will integrate exciting artists into our project and ensure that our movie will be accompanied by the perfect urban soundtrack.
In terms of sound editing and final mixing, we will be supported by creative sound designers and sound engineers of postperfect Vision & Sound. During the final mixing and mastering process at the large theatrical mixing stage, these sound editors will ensure the perfect interplay of images and sound in our movie.
At the launch of the marketing campaign, we will also start the countdown to the theatrical release. During this countdown phase, our network will work to our advantage. The goal of our marketing campaign is to have raised maximum awareness by the time of the premiere. In order to do so, we will have to make people notice the movie and start our marketing activities as early as four to six months before the theatrical release.
The theatrical release of our movie is scheduled for early 2016.