For the last couple of weeks I have been working on a fantastic web-project. Film distributor, Lionsgate UK, commissioned me to create a web-experience for the film The Lives Of Others a multi-award winning film which recently won the Oscar in the Foreign Language category of the 79th Academy Awards 2007. It is a thrilling drama about secret monitoring of the cultural scene of East Berlin in 1984 by secret agents of the Stasi, the GDR’s secret police. It stars Ulrich MÃ¼he as Stasi agent Gerd Wiesler, Ulrich Tukur as his chief officer Anton Grubitz, Sebastian Koch as the playwright Georg Dreyman, and Martina Gedeck as his lover Christa-Maria Sieland.
My brief was very open which allowed for a creative approach. I wanted to capture the mood of the film and give an insight into the film’s depiction of the hard voyeuristic Stasi regime whose mission it was ‘to know everything’. The project also allowed me to develop my techniques for handling video clips and integrating this with dynamic interactive interfaces that expanded and contracted smoothly.
The Lives Of Others is released in the UK from the 13th April and I fully recommend seeing this film. Don’t miss it!