It is quiet as a mouse in the druid’s grove. Idyllic peace. Only the rustle of the forest. Final discussions are underway. Full concentration. "And please", the director suddenly shouts loudly, and the seven-meter-long camera crane starts moving. Eight-year-old dennis runs across the foliage and through the rocks, fast towards the cave. A terrifying monster is close on his heels.
But of course it does him no harm. For the monster in the thick, black fur is just a stuntman, the mystical forest scenery blob a film set of some students of the film academy baden-wurttemberg. And the film is shot in the middle of the "france". Nico kreis, born in forchheim, is the producer of the 60-second commercial film "dont’ be afraid of the dark, brought the production to its home.
"I used to walk here with my dad. The place has simply a uniqueness", he enthuses, watching the 35-strong film crew go about their business. Nico seems relaxed and tense at the same time. As a producer, he has the overview. His tasks are manifold. "Everybody is in a twirling frenzy. It’s good to have someone who has time and peace for everything", says the 23-year-old. Since 2009 he is at the filmakademie baden-wurttemberg in ludwigsburg, studying film.
Four days of shooting are planned for director denis parchow’s graduation film. It should be ready by august. Yesterday and on thursday the team shot from 7 o’clock in the morning until nightfall. Now at the weekend they film in a specially equipped studio in ludwigsburg. This is where the real hero, the teddy bear, makes his grand entrance. He hurls the monster in the children’s room against the wall, so that it dissolves into smoke. And that’s what the film is supposed to convey: the teddy as a valuable companion and protector. "In the meantime, the game console has become every child’s daily companion", nico regrets. A teddy bear, on the other hand, is timeless. "You have a stronger bond with him than with any other toy." The "steiff" brand supports the project as an advertising partner.
Nico, meanwhile, is concentrating on his work again. For him, the film business has become routine, but it’s always fascinating anew: "there are moments when you just enjoy everything. But as cool as it is, you still have to function." After all, he says, the film lives from teamwork. "You must never say: I made this film. Many filmmakers forget this."
And also dennis makes his first turn spab. "I’ve had to run so much today, I can’t even pay for it anymore", he jokes. Meanwhile he stands with director parchow. He shows him the last picture on the monitor. "Run a little faster", he asks the bright young. The chemistry between the two is right. And then all of a sudden it gets quiet again. Fog and snow particles slowly drift through the lush green of the trees, sun rays mingle with them. Dennis is running again for all he’s worth. "And out", the director stops him. The scene is in the can. At least ten seconds. Now it’s time to dismantle everything. A change of scene, just a few hundred meters away in the dreamlike marchenwald of the druid grove.
The film team got plenty of support from the surrounding area:
market wiesenttal, farm streitberg, bakery brandes from gobweinstein, bakery kalchreuther from gobweinstein, butchery wehrfritz from muggendorf, butchery richter from gobweinstein, butchery lamm from gobweinstein, public utilities ebermannstadt, burghotel burggaillenreuth, robert geibler wines, eagle distillery schutz, spa distillery, mr. Nutzel