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Traditional looking wooden chairs with red padding face towards an arched screen where "symphony of now" is projected.Traditional looking wooden chairs with red padding face towards an arched screen where "symphony of now" is projected.

Symphony of Now

Battle Royal Studios co-produced the feature-length documentary film Symphony of Now, in collaboration with Audi Zeitgeist Projects, Dreinull and Endorphine Productions. Premiered on the eve of the 2018 Berlinale, the film explores the relationship between the inhabitants of Berlin and their city, and is driven by an original symphonic soundtrack.
Concept
Set Design
Motion Mapping
Costume Design
Show Design
Motion Design
The crowd at the Symphony of Now premiere.The crowd at the Symphony of Now premiere.

A Hybrid Film Experience

The film directed by Johannes Schaff pays tribute to the vibrant energy of Berlin. Based on Walter Ruttmann’s 1927 avantgarde film „Berlin – Die Sinfonie der Großstadt“, the contemporary re-imagining follows the rhythms of Berlin at night across urban panoramas to secret corners and intimate moments.

Frank Wiedemann performs.Frank Wiedemann performs.
Thomas Fehlmann and Gudrun Gut perform.Thomas Fehlmann and Gudrun Gut perform.

Using filmmakers Lil Internet’s and Alexandra Weltz-Rombach‘s unique camera work in addition to his own cinematography, Schaff creates a kaleidoscope of images to capture the modern metropolis.

This journey through the city is accompanied by a soundtrack as captivating and dynamic as the city itself – a score curated and produced by Frank Wiedemann of Innervisions.

Thomas Fehlmann performs.Thomas Fehlmann performs.
4 musicians stand in front of the Symphony of Now poster outside the premiere.4 musicians stand in front of the Symphony of Now poster outside the premiere.

He collaborated with Berlin-based musicians such as Modeselektor, Samon Kawamura, Gudrun Gut, and Thomas Fehlmann, building improvisations around the original film material. The new film was then cut to match this score.

The result is not only a rare cinematic document of modern Berlin, but a testament to the musical innovation born of Berlin’s creative environment.

The Audi logo is projected onto the sidewalk in front of an Audi ad in front of the Symphony of Now screening.The Audi logo is projected onto the sidewalk in front of an Audi ad in front of the Symphony of Now screening.

The film premiered in February 2018 at the Delphi Theatre Berlin featuring live performances by the musicians.

Symphony of Now is an Audi Zeitgeist Project and Battle Royal Studios' second collaboration with the initiative following Zeitgeist Symbiosis in 2015.

Credits

Client

Audi City Berlin, DREINULL Agentur für mediatainment

Show Production & Stage Management – Battle Royal Studios

Pappel Studios – Executive Producer

Endorphine Productions – Producer

Johannes Schaff – Film Director, Camera, Editor

Lil Internet – Camera

Alexandra Weltz-Rombach – Camera

Philipp Dreißig – Camera

Frank Marten Pfeiffer – Camera

Bobby Good – Editor

Steffen Schmidt – Editor

Julian Neville – Editor

Robert Sieg – Editor

Sammy Metwalli – Editor

Frank Wiedemann and guests – Composition & Production

Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Musician

Samon Kawamura – Musician

Gudrun Gut & Thomas Fehlmann – Musician

Modeselektor – Musician

Alex.Do – Musician

Images by Markus Zumbansen

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