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fiction, 16 min, shooting format: Arri Alexa prores 2K and Red RAW 6K / 1:1,85 / color / screeening format: 2K DCP
director: Kristina Kean Shtubert, DoP: Nicola Hens, with the support of the MEDIA programm A CLEAR VIEW

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Awards & Festivals

Cinematography Award Cambridge Film Festival, UK.
Winner Venice Film Week, Italy; Cyprus Short Film Festival; Chalon Tous Court, France; Brno 16 Film Festival, Czeck Republic; Ex Ground Film Festival Wiesbaden; Klappe Auf Filmfestival Hamburg; Short Film Festival Verden
Official Selection Reykjavík International Film Festival, 2morrow Festival Moscow; Autumn at Voronet Film Festival Romania; Interfilm Berlin; Filmfest Dresden; Monstronale Halle; Sehsüchte Film Festival Potsdam; Neisse Film Festival; Zlín Film Festival, Czech Republic; Deutsch-Französisches Kurzfilmrendezvous, Strasbourg; Fünf Seen Film Festival; Goethe-Institut Namibia; Dhaka International Film Festival Bangladesh
The German Film Rating Commission (FBW) granted “particularly valuable” (Besonders Wertvoll)


ELISA portrays the claustrophobic and extremely painful relationship between nine year old Elisa and her mother. At night, Elisa scratches herself raw. This drives her mother insane. But rather than see this as a sign that something is wrong, she demands Elisa stop. Does the mother’s anger provoke further scratching, or is it the other way around? The little family begins to break apart and Elisa’s mother clumsily attempts to keep their life in order. But it has gotten out of control. An undefinable force is splitting them apart.

Aesthetically, this film moves between reality and imagination, between the normal world and altered perceptions. We set ourselves the challenge of creating both states of perception, blending them and thereby making Elisa’s world, her feelings and fears, palpable.

Preparation of VFX sequences with the support of ARRI Media. VFX shot on RED Dragon.

A CLEAR VIEW master class is presented by the dffb with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union in cooperation with the London Film School and FAMU Prag.

The program aims to understand and explore the possibilities of the digital post-production. Digital post-production has led to dramatic changes in the production of feature films. It is the greatest change in how films are produced since the introduction of sound film.
These new possibilities mean everyone involved in making films must completely re-think their approach: in the first instance this affects camera teams but it impinges just as much on the work of directors and producers. As a result of new digital production methods, a production concept that incorporates post-production needs to be developed before shooting begins, involving an analysis of the creative, technical and financial possibilities for the project.

The process is not primarily technology-driven; instead the new technical possibilities on the set and in postproduction extend the imaginative scope of directors. The program offers directors, camera teams and producers an opportunity for hands-on practical study of the new production context, based on the tangible outcomes from the projects they develop here.

A CLEAR VIEW is thus the first training program to respond to this fundamental and radical change in the filmmaking process.