The Last Projectionist

The Interfilm short film festival is on this week with over 500 short films in 7 different cinemas. This is where the fun begins for a projectionist. While the shift is 11 hours long they did give me some new toys to play with. Centered in this jumble of mess is a huge Panasonic digital projector hooked up to the Babylon sound-rack. I’m not going to mention how much it costs.

The Mobile Kino

Mobile Kino is run by Fernando Huerta and myself, Joshua Alas. Together we create the programs and organise the events. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into setting up a one night only cinema. Particularly its difficult transporting cinema equipment like our big movie screen. We had big plans for the coming summer so we started searching markets, ebay and craigslist for a transport bike to help us during the open air season. We found a great cargo bike that was in our price range but was located just outside of Hamburg. After winning the ebay auction we took the train to meet the couple selling the bike using a Brandenburg ticket. Our plan was to navigate the regional trains and squeeze the bike in on the trip back to Berlin. With a lot of effort and annoyed passengers we managed to fit the cargo bike on all three regional trains during the four hour trip home.
After a revamp to the front box and a paint job we had the designer who created our logo paint the sides. Daddison has a history of helping Mobile Kino by loaning us his skills and talent. When we were first getting started he created an amazing poster template and logo that we have used ever since. The Mobile Kino is now complete so keep your eyes open for our mobile cinema passing through your neighbourhood soon.

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The Last Projectionist

I just lugged this 35mm print of ‘In weiter Ferne, so nah!’ down two flights of stairs, around the BABYLON via the sidewalk to the studio kino and then up a three level spiral stare case to the projection room. Its hard work but my god 35mm film has so much character on the screen. The Babylon pay tribute to the late Otto Sander with screenings of ‘Der Himmel über Berlin’ and the sequel ‘In weiter Ferne, so nah!’

Check out the website for session times.


From Shorts to Features

Many talented directors found their path to success through the help of a short film. Feature films and long scripts by unknown, forgettable names are hard to get noticed and financially backed by production companies. Some of the biggest directors today first made a ripple by showing the world their point of view through a short film.

Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson met as screenwriting students at the University of Texas. After graduating the two friends became roommates and started what was to become a long and successful writing partnership. The pair co-wrote a 13min black and white film called “Bottle Rocket” which was selected to screen at a Dallas film festival. The short was later selected to be included in the Sundance Film Festival and started the careers of two amazing talents. After receiving mixed reviews the short film gained the attention of James L. Brooks. Interested in elements of the film, but particularly the style of subtle humour, he helped by financially backing the short to be made into a full length feature.


On the other side of the globe two directors share a similar story of success through the help of a short film and in the process totally revitalised a genre. James Wan and Leigh Whannell are the creators behind the horror film series “Saw”. Love it or hate it, Saw and these two friends put horror films back on the map. Only two days into the hugely successful release of the first Saw film, Liongate Pictures green lit the sequel. Saw is now 7 films deep and inspired many copies with similar shock and gore. The directors are included in a group of filmmakers given the name “The Splatpack”.
Before it all happened these two film makers mustered together all the resources they had, took one scene from their feature length script, rewrote it as a short film and headed to Hollywood to pitch the idea to anyone who would listen. The unique idea sparked interest and was given the green light. One million dollars and 18 days were all they needed to complete the feature. The original Saw went on to gross over 100million dollars.


Mike Judge created the animated character of Milton in 1991 with a series of shorts called Office Space. The films appeared on Saturday Night Live in the 90s with Judge supplying the voice of Milton himself. When the character was included in the Office Space feature the role was played by the Stephen Root pictured below.


As a student Jared Hess produced a 9min 16mm black-and-white short called “Peluca.” The film was apart of an assignment while studying at Brigham Young University. The film was later adapted into a feature “Napoleon Dynamite”.


Paul Thomas Anderson was only 17 when he made his first film. The 30min documentary styled short was edited using two VCRs. After his success Anderson remade the short into the feature film Boggie Nights.