“Snowflake” – One of the First Feature Films Shot With Magic Lantern Seeks Crowdfunding

July 16th, 2014
"Snowflake" - One of the First Feature Films Shot With Magic Lantern Seeks Crowdfunding

So here we are, it’s only been a matter of time – there’s a bunch of daredevils in Berlin who are shooting a feature length film entirely with a 5D Mark III using the Magic Lantern firmware hack (click here to read our extensive Magic Lantern guide to learn how to actually deal with it!). Berlin based producers Adrian Topol, Erkan Acar, and Reza Brojerdi have teamed up with creative producer Eric Sonnenburg, writer Arend Remmers, director Adolfo Kolmerer and DOP Konstantin Freyer. The producers have gone so far and founded a corporation solely for the purpose of producing the “5D3 raw feature”, Schneeflöckchen GmbH, and the execution of production will be handled by Lopta Film GmbH in Berlin.

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Creative team & story

Director Adolfo Kolmerer and DoP Konstantin Freyer look back on numerous cooperations in advertisements and image films. With “Snowflake” they are now tackling their first feature film – a genre mix of action, thriller and black comedy set in the near future. The story evolves around two outlaws, Tan and Javid, who are tracking down the man who killed their families. Their hunt is going off-track when one day they find the screenplay to the very movie they are in. Multiple exceptional characters try to survive a vicious circle of revenge and karma, challenging their own personal sense of vengeance. All this is set in a hard-boiled exaggerated world, which at second glance may not be too far out.

Crowd-funding

The producers have launched a crowd-funding campaign to help fund the production, a way of funding that is still not so common for European cinema, where films are usually funded in cooperation with TV networks and public film funding institutions. But the script might be a bit too over-the-top and politically incorrect for involving such institutions. Not only that, the entire venture really started out as a friend’s project: The script was written to fit many of their actor friends (among them producers Acar, Brojerdi, and Topol), and shooting was done every other weekend with the help of their filmmaking colleagues.

Project history

Using Magic Lantern proved to be a real winner for the production, even though the decision to use it was based on the small scale on which the project was initiated. After shooting roughly 10% of the film within 6 months, a teaser was edited from the material. The quality of the RAW image and production overall got a lot of encouraging feedback for the team. Some well-known actors agreed to jump on board, and eventually German distributor Capelight Pictures was convinced to sign a DVD/Blu-Ray distribution deal. That’s when the team decided to shift gears, and launch the crowdfunding campaign to finish shooting this summer. Release is scheduled for mid 2015. The Snowflake team has agreed to regularly post video-updates here on cinema5d in which they will highlight certain details and aspects of working with Magic Lantern in production and in the postproduction workflow. So stay tuned for more! And don’t hesitate to shoot them some questions in the comments below.

 

Updated on July 18:

There are various comments saying that there have been other feature films produced with Magic Lantern Raw before. The producer Florian Müssener has issued a statement apologizing for the claim that they were the first ones:

Dear Cinema5D community,

the claim that we are producing the first feature film ever with the Magic Lantern hack is based in nescience of the productions mentioned in the previous comments. It’s by no way meant to downplay the pioneering effort of anyone who is or was involved in making them. 

We apologize if you felt this article is not objective – and we hope you will understand our intent to promote our project in an effective way. It should be safe to say, that ‘Snowflake’ is one of the first feature films ever to be shot with Magic Lantern. So we genuinely hope ‘Snowflake’ will resonate well with you, as we ourselves have been inspired immensely by this community. If you want more infos on the story and the people involved, please check out our campaign site on IndieGogo.

Sincerely, your ‘Snowflake’ Team

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Gustavo da Luz
Gustavo da Luz
GuestJuly 16th, 2014

5D MK2 with Magic Lanter has been shooting these film since 2013…Check this out. https://vimeo.com/84463390

Derek McCabe
MemberJuly 16th, 2014

Not much in the trailer, but very well done.. even the titles look very professional.

Florian
Florian
GuestJuly 23rd, 2014

Thanks Derek, could you specify what you mean with ‘not much in the trailer’? We will be editing a new teaser/trailer soon, and would like to make it as appealing as possible – Regards Florian

Joe Bassman
Joe Bassman
GuestJuly 17th, 2014

Freu mich schon auf den Film! Der Trailer ist HAMMER!

Cinema5D
Cinema5D
GuestJuly 17th, 2014

Wir sind auch beeindruckt :)

Karl Kim
Karl Kim
GuestJuly 17th, 2014

Sorry Nino, I also shot another feature film this past winter/spring with the 5DMk2 ML hack- in Anamorphic no less (Kowa anamorphics will cover from 50mm up). An action oriented movie, featuring latin television stars. Will release information as soon as I am given permission to.

javier
javier
GuestJuly 18th, 2014

The first movie do it in ML RAW, and with the work of all the community and the cofounder was this, documented. Re-write the articule please.

https://vimeo.com/79940228

javier
javier
GuestJuly 18th, 2014

Other source, first projection Argentina – Uruguay 2013:

http://www.nosoloencines.com.ar/p/nuevas-pelis.html

Florian
Florian
GuestJuly 18th, 2014

Dear Cinema5D community,

the claim that we are producing the first feature film ever with the Magic Lantern hack is based in nescience of the productions mentioned in the previous comments. It’s by no way meant to downplay the pioneering effort of anyone who is or was involved in making them.

We apologize if you felt this article is not objective – and we hope you will understand our intent to promote our project in an effective way. It should be safe to say, that ‘Snowflake’ is one of the first feature films ever to be shot with Magic Lantern. So we genuinely hope ‘Snowflake’ will resonate well with you, as we ourselves have been inspired immensely by this community. If you want more infos on the story and the people involved, please check out our campaign site on IndieGogo.

Sincerely, your ‘Snowflake’ Team

Gustavo da Luz
Gustavo da Luz
GuestJuly 18th, 2014

I wish the whole team good luck and much success in your movie. It’s good to see fellows to use the Magic Lantern in its productions as I used in my. Be well.

Florian
Florian
GuestJuly 20th, 2014

Thanks Gustavo. I suppose we are all trying to “push the whale into the sea”.

Sean
Sean
GuestJuly 18th, 2014

WOW are people really bickering over who is 1st?
What is this grade school?
Who freaking cares!
Be the first to actually make money with a 5DMKII/III & ML and then you have a leg to stand on.
“Damn Kids!”

Stuart Steinberg
Stuart Steinberg
GuestAugust 5th, 2014

This discussion seems to place undue attention on the format of the piece. What’s important is how specifically ML can improve your production quality. Sean is right :) If you can’t apply this versatile tool in a fresh & engaging way, its not going to help you. I fundamentally disagree with using “ML Raw” as a marketing ploy (Urban Sniper), who is your audience? Video producers?

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 Eric Sonnenburg
Eric Sonnenburg
MemberAugust 22nd, 2017

Three years have passed since Nino posted this article about our Film! We tirelessly produced over the course of the past four years this die hard passion project called “SCHNEEFLÖCKCHEN” as a wild bunch of Berlin-based independent filmmakers, who set out to make one of the most ambitious German “no-budget” feature films ever. Having the idea for this extraordinary genre movie, we instantly knew that we will never get this financed in a conventional way. The story was way too outrageous and we as filmmakers were yet too unknown to ever be trusted with the budget this movie needed. But we already made up our minds: We will make this film no matter what. So we collected some money from friends, private investors and a crowdfunding campaign, said “Screw it, let’s do it”, went to work and never looked back. Yes, we started shooting the film on weekends on a hacked Canon 5D with a small rebel crew which over the years snowballed into a big bananas filmmaking-family of over two hundred people. Against all odds we were able to pull off a real cinematic movie production. Always running on fumes budget-wise, we kept going relentlessly… until today where we finally and proudly present to you what has been the wildest ride of our lives.

You can watch the official Trailer here: https://vimeo.com/230411435
We are currently looking for festivals & distribution deals to make the film available to everyone! I’d be happy to hear what you think about it!

Let us know and for more information you can follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schneefloeckchenDERFILM/

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