Chimney’s Sound Supervisor Mattias Eklund wins the 2013 year’s Guldbagge Award for Best Sound for the motion picture Känn ingen sorg. It is Mattias’ first Guldbagge Award.
As of August 2016, Chimney has officially received the ISO 27001:2013 certification as one of the first businesses within the creative industries. With the implementation of an effective information security management system (ISMS), the business is now eligible to work for companies with high security standards and assure confidential handling of projects.
The significantly increased physical security, implementation of streamlined business processes and further investment into IT infrastructure assured passing the audit in July. As the ISO 27001 requires continuous improvement, the work does not end here: Regular assessment and further development of security facets will be maintained to provide the highest product and service quality possible.
Chimney also recently passed the audit by operational services GmbH & Co. KG, in order to ensure standards for working with Volkswagen. The even greater measures of the ISO have now superseded the previous audit, in order to meet the increasing demand for cyber security from already existing as well as potential clients.
The preparations and passing the audit have resulted in a leaner and more agile organisation that can quickly react to client requirements, creating the necessary infrastructure for the continuously growing business, as well as being more flexible in the changing advertising and entertainment market. Data security will definitely play an even greater role in the future and Chimney is ready for it.
The White King, a movie adapted from Gyorfy Dragoman’s award-winning novel, premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival where it was nominated for the 2016 Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film and Best Performance in a British Feature Film. The cinema release will be at the beginning of 2017. With its stylish visuals and high production values, The White King has something for audiences of all ages and perspectives. We are very proud of being involved in this intense film on the "timely story about ideology, indoctrination and the fragility of freedom" (Ian Rankin).
It’s the story of a young boy in a dark, political adult world - foreboding, challenging, potentially deadly - and at the same time holding out hope for a better future. While the film has an arthouse sensibility, with its international award winning cast and powerful performances, it as well has commercial crossover potential.
Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones), Louis Suc, Agyness Deyn, Malachi Hallett (Crossing Lines), William Ahern, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Mitty) and Lorenzo Allchurch (Atlantis)
Directed by Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel
VFX by Chimney Germany
Soundpost & Picturepost by Chimney Sweden
(picture: Melle Meivogel)
Digital powerhouse The Chimney Group has opened a branch in LA that will be the main hub for the North American feature film and TV drama market. During the past years Chimney has done post and VFX work on international productions such as Her, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Let The Right One In and continues to see a growing demand for collaboration with US partners such as Scott Free, Annapurna, Sierra Affinity and Working Title.
Thanks to our well-established relationships with regional and national funds throughout Europe and several Chimney branches globally we can meet spending requirements, spearhead international co-productions by accessing financing and be the gateway into the European funding structure for filmmakers all over the world.
Bridging the realm between Hollywood and thriving foreign industry players is not the only reason why we open in LA. We also want to offer Producers, Directors and Photographers based in the US a boutique from where they can supervise local work as well as oversee the post-production work done remotely from Europe and other parts of the world.
Chimney has 350 employees worldwide and is 100% employee owned with a culture that fosters creativity, innovation and joy.Being independent not only gives us the unique opportunity to invest in the projects we believe in, but is also the fundamental reason behind our growth and success. With the LA branch Chimney is committed to continue on this path with dedicated artists that love to love powerful movies.
Bastian Konradt joined Chimney on the the 1st of July and will be located in the Berlin office. In his position as Senior CG Artist, Bastian will be closely co-operating with the other Senior on the team, Radek Jamrog.
After three years in Australia, working for Fin Design + Effects in Sydney, Bastian has now returned to his home town of Berlin: “I am excited about being back and working for Chimney. This really is an opportunity to create something great, with the support of a forward-thinking and innovative company.”
The animated film "With flamingo to the sky" created by Chimney in Warsaw for the Gajusz Foundation has won an award at KTR.
This project is very special to us as the Gajusz Foundation works to prevent human suffering and helps in situations where no one else could, in moments when one can only hope for miracles. And miracles do happen as many of the Gajusz' children are a proof of.
Created by Karol Belina Brzozowski, the film is a mesmerizing tale full of allegories and symbols that has been brought to life by Chimney's Director Marcin Drabinski and his team. It's a story about a child's death, love, warmth, courage and dignity and features wild dogs, hungry birds, mysterious dark creatures, a flamingo and the little girl hidden in a golden egg.
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The winners of the Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival were announced Saturday with “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki” taking the top prize.
Finnish Juho Kuosmanen directed the film about the buildup to the 1962 world featherweight championship title match. The black-and-white film centered on the bout between country baker Olli Maki and American titleholder Davey Moore.
Grading, VFX and conform were done by Chimney in Stockholm and deliveries from our offices in Gothenburg and Warsaw.
Chimney has conducted an efficiency study into how the top 1500 Australian companies use their YouTube channel, naming Virgin Mobile as leader in the 2016 "YouTop 100 survey".
A similar survey was conducted in 2014, which featured Australian companies such as Nestle, The Bank of Queensland and Ford Australia in its top ten. This is the first year Virgin Mobile has appeared on Chimney’s YouTop 100, beating out Google Australia and Samsung Australia to round out the top three.
The research also shows a 92 per cent increase in the amount of activity since the 2014 report, while the amount of videos uploaded each month among the YouTop100 counts for a 215 per cent increase, jumping from 18,000 uploads per month to 56,617.
Chimney studied the active channels views and videos to determine the ranking, which is the total number of views divided by the total number of videos on the channel in the last 12 months.
Bo Thorp, Commercial Director of Chimney said the study was conducted to demonstrate the importance of having an active YouTube channel. “As moving image experts, storytellers and passionate audiovisual creators, we wanted to highlight how companies are using their YouTube channels."
“We truly care about quality films and believe great content comes first. Though YouTube is but one place to showcase this material, it’s one of the most engaging platforms for consumers,” he continued.
“Naturally the bigger brands with the larger spend get a high placement, but it also surprises me how YouTube is seen as a dumping ground for ads – there is so much more one can do to increase engagement.“
Of the 1,500 top companies the survey looked at, 940 (62.6%) have YouTube channels, but only 490 (32,6%) of these are so called active (that have uploaded at least 12 videos in the last 12 months).
View the full ranking here.
The Finnish feature film “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki”, directed by Juho Kuosmanen has been nominated for the prestigious category Un Certain Regard of the Cannes Film Festival. Grading, VFX and conform were done by Chimney in Stockholm and deliveries will be made from our offices in Gothenburg and Warsaw.
The film "Men & Chicken" has been nominated for "Best Visual Effects" in the Danish Robert Awards. The film directed by Anders Thomas Jensen contains advanced VFX, mainly of digital animals done by Chimney and Haymaker. Nominated are Fredrik Nord, VFX Supervisor Chimney and Alex Hansson, VFX Supervisor Haymaker.
Together with the PR Agency Prime we created the film Travel Courage for The Stockholm County Administrative Board. We are happy to announce that the film has won Gold in the European Excellence Awards in the "Best Government Agencies & Parties" category.
“By creating the digital tool Travel Courage, The Stockholm County Administrative Board empowered the public and aligned public bodies in fighting child sex tourism for travel season. The local initiative went global. Now 1/3 Swedes knowing about Travel Courage know what to do about suspected child sex abuse abroad – before 1/10 knew. “TC should be part of society for all future.” - State Secretary
Project Manager - Sara Waldestam
Director - Karin Tegnér
CD, AD, Script - Karin Petersson
Photography - Christian Berg
Account Director - Fredrik Ragell
The German spy story has already thrilled an international audience, excited the world’s press and now finally comes into German living rooms.
It’s the first German-language drama series ever shown on US television and has been sold to more than 20 countries worldwide (including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Hungary, Russia and Israel).
The eight episodes were produced by UFA Fiction for RTL Television in Germany and have won prizes like the world’s best series at the "Festival Séries Mania" and prizes for best director TV series / series episode as well as best editorial work at the German Directors Award Show "Metropolis".
VFX & Set Supervision: Chimney
Editing: Boris Gromatzki et.al. | Firsteight
Film Production: UFA Fiction for RTL Television
We are very happy that the Swedish Christmas movie "En underbar jävla jul”, directed by Helena Bergström has been seen by 280 000 people since its premiere on November 13th. The movie also hit the record by being the most seen Swedish film during a premiere weekend in 2015.
The film is post-produced by Chimney Sweden.
Post-production Producer: Max Hallén
Project Manager: Linda Dalin
Editor: Tess Lindberg
Grade: Mats Holmgren
Conform: Tove Törbacka, Axel Rundqvist
VFX: Evelina Åstrand, Ulf Lundgren
Assisting Editor: Fredrik Jegeus
Di Supervisor: Vincent Larsson
QC control: Mats Forsberg
Title Design: David Kandell
Graphics: Ulf Lundgren
With more than 800 VFX shots combining live action and animation film, Chimney creates digital landscapes and brings the tomcat Findus & his friends to life.
Sven Nordqvist’s stories about the quirky old man Pettersson and his cat Findus have reached cult status. The second "Pettersson & Findus" movie promises a wonderful Christmas story about helpfulness and benevolence: For days it's so cold that old man Pettersson and his cat wont dare to stick their noses out of the door. Just as it begins to get warmer, the old man sprains his foot - only one day before Christmas Eve. How can they hope for the "best Christmas ever" now...?
Last week Pettersson performer, Stefan Kurt and the Hessian Minister, Boris Rhein (in the picture) met the crew in Chimney's Frankfurt studios for a press conference.
Cinema release: 2016
Author: Thomas Springer
Directed by: Ali Samadi Ahadi
Production: Tradewind Pictures, ZDF, Senator Film Munich, Chimney (Animation / Visual Effects)
Production Design: Bertram Strauß
Funded by: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, HessenInvestFilm, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Deutscher Filmförderfonds
Viva Hate was written by Peter Birro and takes place in Gothenburg in 1991 and is about music and young, desperate love. It is a colorful story about four young guys who play in a band and dream of making it big.
The series is a co-production between SVT, Anagram and Film i Väst, directed by Jens Lien and produced by Martin Persson and Marcos Hellberg.
Sylwester Krawczyk has joined the Chimney Poland team as an Account Director. His tasks will include building a range of services for end clients, including digital communication and content strategy.
He has 12 years of experience within digital marketing that he gained working for interactive agencies, mainly within Client Service and Strategy Departments.
He has worked with brands such as PKO BP, ING, Guinness, Desperados and Ballantine's.
On September 17th Chimney Gothenburg and Haymaker will open the doors to their new creative studios on Vallgatan 22 in central Gothenburg. The purpose of the new facilities is to gather talents and strength that have earlier been spread across the region.
Chimney offices located in western Sweden have traditionally created content for feature film, drama and television such as The Zero Theorem by Terry Gilliam and the Swedish film Shed No Tears (Känn ingen sorg) and there are now three Guldbagge winners at the office on Vallgatan. Haymaker offers special competence within 3D and VFX and creates films for brands such as Puma and Craft.
Chimney has an impressing position in the industry and is continuously developing through innovation of new services. Therefor we want to offer communications solutions in the western part of Sweden as well.
“The opening of Chimney Gothenburg will bring together many talented minds. Along with Haymaker and in combination with Chimney´s global offices, I am convinced that Chimney will have a leading position within the future communications landscape in the region.” says Andreas Hylander, CEO Chimney Gothenburg.
“Thanks to our international clients, we have succeeded to gather the most experienced and competent artists in the industry. Together with Chimney we are able to boost our offer into larger markets, both nationally and internationally.” adds Fredrik Swerin, CEO Haymaker.
Chimney is currently working on the feature film Beyond Deceit (working title) featuring Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins, a Volvo commercial for Acne together with Forsman & Bodenfors and the TV series 30 grader i februari for Anagram.
We are happy to announce that the following three TV projects that Chimney has post produced have been rewarded at Kristallen 2015. "Idol" was elected entertainment show of the year, David Hellenius hosting “Hellenius Hörna” was awarded best male TV host and Carina Berg & Christine Meltzer in “Berg & Meltzer i Europa” were awarded best female TV hostesses. Congratulations to the award winners!
Chimney invests in innovation and new services by recruiting Ola Bringle in the role of Commercial Director. Ola will have overall responsibility for the end client business in Sweden. He will mainly focus on business development, primarily in terms of digital content, but also on internal processes where he will collaborate closely with the Project Managers and the Concept department.
Ola comes from PS Communication where he has been CEO and Managing Director since 2008.He has also worked at Bodén & Co. and in the travel industry.
Peter Söderlind, CEO Chimney Sweden is very pleased to have Ola on board, especially since Ola is very good at bringing the business forward. ”While Ola led PS Communication, the agency's turnover and number of employees tripled and he broadened the service offer by launching several new business areas within digital communication and moving images. This is very impressive.” he says.
Ola says that the new role at Chimney is very exciting and he looks forward to be a part of the journey. ”Chimney has an impressive and unique position in the industry. The hugely talented people who work at Chimney, combined with the company's ability to constantly evolve, makes me confident that Chimney will belong to one of the main players in the future of the communication landscape.
OnJuly 23rd, The T-Mobile New Horizons IFF started. It is oen of Poland’s top international events, that is visited by more than 600 film professionals every year. One of the accompanying events is Polish Days – the most important industry event of the 15. T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. Programmers, Sales Agents, film funds, Producers and Distributors from all over the world get the chance to watch the latest Polish films during closed screenings.
Chimney Poland is a Partner of Polish Days and the Founder of the awards in the competition for filmmakers. Polish Days takes place on 29 – 31 July 2015. The official T-Mobile New Horizons website can be viewed here.
For the second time Chimney has conducted a study of Polish companies’ efficiency in use of their YouTube channel. Online communication via videos becomes more and more important, especially when it comes to the creation of a company’s image.
Ranking shows us, that companies are much more aware of that fact. 222 YouTube channels have been updated during last 12 months (so called active channels) and have been studied when it comes to amount of views and amount of videos. Based on the study’s results the companies have been ranked. The ranking is based on efficiency, which is the total number of visitors in the last 12 months divided by the total number of videos on the channel.
Below is this year's top 10. Full ranking can be viewed here.
"Binny and the Ghost" has won the Golden Sparrow Award (Der Goldene Spatz 2015) for 'Best Series' at The German Children's Media Festival. We are very proud to have produced more than 300 VFX shots for the 1st season as well as digital effects for the Disney Channel on-air promotion. Disney Channel Germany launched it's biggest in-house serial production last year for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, produced by UFA Fiction.
The jury states that Binny prevailed with “much humor and love for the small details as well as the high level of acting skills…”
Channel: Disney Channel
Film Production: UFA Fiction GmbH
Director: Sven Bohse, Nico Zingelmann und Andy Fetscher
VFX: Chimney Germany
Producer: Sebastian Leutner, Sara Sarmiento
Supervisor: Jan Adamczyk
Artists: Radoslaw Jamrog, Simon Sandin, Christina Agapitou, Lorena Steinmann, Akin Göcmenli, Armin Kepplinger, Patrick Kreuser, Andreas Dahn
Ten new episodes are currently being shot and we are crazy excited for the 2nd season.
Chimney Sweden strengthens its Colorist team, which together with Carl Skaff will consist of four people. Chimney has earlier graded films such as “Her”, ”Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, ”Let the right one in”, ”Searching for Sugarman” to mention an few. We now choose to invest even more in grading, both when it comes to long and short formats. The investment is based on large international demand as well as the increased need for professional grading of all types.
Carl Skaff started at Stopp in 2001, and when they bought a film scanner, he often found himself in the dark grading room. Carl has through the years had the honor to work with Sweden’s best directors, photographers and creators - Felix Herngren, Tarek Saleh and Carl Nilsson, among others. He has graded commercials for IKEA, If, AMF and other brands, and he has worked with feature film productions as well as music videos. A selection of his work can be viewed here.
Carl’s vision is to carry grading forward in terms of technology, creativity and workflow. ”It’s incredibly exciting and fun to be part of the Chimney Group, to get a chance to meet new clients, but also to continue to cultivate my relationships with my old clients in a new environment. It feels very exciting and I look forward to new challenges in joining this new and creative professional team.” he says.
Chimney is also very happy that one of Sweden’s most experienced graders joins the team. “Carl has extensive experience of grading both in commercial and feature film projects. He is also very competent when it comes to technology. Mats Holmgren, Oskar Larsson, Noelle Frid and Carl Skaff are now forming a “Grading dream team” at Chimney.” says a satisfied Joakim Dahl, Head of Creation at Chimney.
Carl will start by grading “Solsidan” and ”30 grader i februari”.
"RAVEN THE LITTLE RASCAL - THE BIG RACE" has premiered at the International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) in Stuttgart. The animated film tells the little rascal's new adventures. The official cinema release is in August. The film is produced by Akkord Film and Chimney Germany has made the final compositing of more than 1200 shots.
"Deutschland 83" was elected as the worlds best series during the Festival Séries Mania - the worlds most important series festival. Chimney Berlin was honoured to make the VFX and supervision of all 8 episodes that UFA Fiction produced for RTL Television in Germany.
The series has been succesfully sold to international channels and will be shown in the USA and several European countries. The first two episodes premiered at the 66th Berlinale in February in the BERLINALE SPECIAL section.
The enthralling story evolves around a young East German agent who is torn by socio-cultural, political and private conflicts in times of the Cold War. The series was directed by Edward Berger and Samira Radsi.
Photo: Nik Konietzny © RTL
The feature film “One Floor Below”, directed by Radu Muntean and co-produced by Chimney and Bleck Film has been selected for the prestigious category Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. Grading and deliveries were made by Chimney Sweden from our offices in Gothenburg and Stockholm.
For the second time Chimney has conducted a study of Polish companies' efficiency in the use of their YouTube channel. The fact is that online communication via videos becomes more and more important, especially when it comes to the creation of a brand’s image. Therefore 213 YouTube channels that have been updated in the last 12 months (so called active channels) have been studied when it comes to amount of views and amount of videos.
The companies have been divided into 20 industries and the study results have generated industry rankings such as: FMCG, Motorization, Finance and Insurance. The ranking is based on efficiency, which is the total number of visitors the last 12 months divided by the total number of videos on the channel which allows us to see how the comanies position themselves within their industry and what challenges they face. Chimney's Top100 Poland industry ranking can be viewed here.
Is it the school system? Is it the climate? Do Swedes perhaps sleep less and work harder? Where does this entrepreneurial energy come from? - Were some of the questions answered by the panel called "The Swedish Innovation Phenomenon" that took place during this years SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas.
The panel was moderated by Chimney's Founder and COO Henric Larsson. In the panel he was joined by Hyper Island's CMO Charlotte Sundåker and B-Reel's CEO Anders Wahlquist.
The 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will pay tribute to the Swedish Hollywood actress Ingrid Bergman. She is the face on this year's festival poster (photo David Seymour) and during the festival, Stig Björkman's new documentary “Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words” will premiere. The film is co-produced by Chimney and produced by MANTARAY FILM.
A new dimension of grading starts at Chimney. We have upgraded our grading suites in all offices to the latest and coolest monitor generation. The New Dolby Professional Reference Monitor enables the creative process for colorists and cinematographers by ensuring that the final image will reflect exactly what you see on the display. The Dolby is the most accurate color-correction monitor available and displays the full dynamic range that the latest advanced digital cameras can capture. Happy grading!
Chimney’s founder and COO Henric Larsson is moderating a panel during this year’s SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas.
The panel called “The Swedish Innovation Phenomenon” takes place on March 14th and features Anders Wahlquist, CEO at the production company B-Reel and Charlotte Sundåker, Marketing & Communications Director at Hyper Island.
Alphaville was founded in 2005 and has over the years mainly worked with commercials, with focus on animation and visual effects. Today, Alphaville is one of the leading companies in Sweden in its field, with several international awards and global projects for companies such as Nike, Mercedes-Benz and Mastercard.
The company has recently included the production of TV shows and games in their services and is currently producing two feature film documentaries for K-Special/SVT with support from the Swedish Film Institute, as well a Jazzoo, a concept for the young audience that includes a book, television series, interactive concerts and games.Alphaville is run by the Executive Producer Sara Waldestam, Adam Marko-Nord, Director and Creative Director as well as Kalle Sandzén, Technical Director. Sara is very pleased with the collaboration with Chimney and is convinced that the companies are a good match. ”Alphaville has a lot in common with Chimney, both in terms of values and culture as well as the projects we are working on."
Peter Söderlind, CEO at Chimney Sweden believes that the collaboration strengthens what Chimney can offer to existing customers. “The partnership means that a very creative trio joins Chimney’s existing team and at the same time gives Alphaville’s costumers new opportunities to explore.” He continues: "Alphaville’s unique service offer, both long format, commercial and concept development for all types of platforms is a strong complement to Chimney’s business. Together we will be able to do many exciting things! "
Mats is a Colorist and has done digital grading on hundreds of Swedish and international films. The international projects he’s been involved in most recently is the Oscar winning film Her (directed by Spike Jonze) and Good Kill (directed by Andrew Niccol). During 2014 he’s been involved in several Swedish films as well: Stockholm Stories, Tommy and Gentlemen, just to mention a few.
Mats began his career in film photography, but soon moved over to post production as the digital revolution came and he sensed there were interesting things happening in the field.
How did you start working as a colorist?
- During an internship at Chimney I made all the VFX for the feature Pelle Svanslös that was my first real job. After that I graded Livvakterna. During that time the industry had just started with digital grading. Livvakterna was the first film we graded digitally and then put it back on negative. After that it just continued. I did not decide from the beginning that I would work with grading, but it suited me perfectly.
What is it about grading that you like so much?
- Each film is a fun challenge, each production offers something new. It's rewarding to get the best out of the picture - the color, the light, the contrast, the skin tone. It is about treating the different formats in the best possible way - 35mm film versus digital. I prefer 35mm, but there are several advantages with digital too. Technically, 35mm is more nuanced, has more life and falls more naturally. However, a digital camera can be better in other ways. Either way it is fun to refine someone's photography.
Does the resolution matter to you – if it is HD/2K/4K?
- No, not in terms of 35mm film. 2K or 4K scan is the same to me. The digital formats are a bit difficult to pin down; there is always a lot happening with technology and it’s constantly evolving. For example, I think it feels a bit better to work with a film that is shot with anamorphic optics that has used the whole sensor of the camera compared to cropping the picture to 2,39 format recorded with non anamorphic optic. But I cannot generalize, as there are many other things that also play a great part.
Tell us how grading can affect a film
- You treat the format and optimize it in the way that the photographer intended. You find the right look, tone, shades, and bring the negative forward in the best possible way. It gives the film continuity as the shooting days may vary in light and temperature. It can also be about sharpness and softness, about grain and the actual finish of the film.
Tell us about your process - you get the film after the editing is completed. What's the first thing you do?
- It depends on the project. Usually I start working immediately. My first step is to find a good base light. I do not fiddle, I start by roughly going through the material. Often you talk to the director and photographer about what direction the film should take.
How much control does the photographer and the director have over the grading?
- They indirectly control the grading through the choice of set, costume, scenography and light. The photographer is almost always with me when I do the grading. The director is also often there, but it varies from film to film. I work a lot by myself once we get further into the film.
You have worked with Hoyte van Hoytema a number of times – what is it in your work relationship that works so well?
- I like his photo style. There is a clear direction from the start. We like a bit of the same things and our partnership works well.
How do you keep yourself technologically updated?
- We get new versions of the software that we use for grading and they sometimes offer new tools and improvements. In addition, I have to keep track of the rest of the world and see how things evolve with different formats and standards. There are other people at the office that follow the development, including the VFX department, as it also affects their work.
Do you have a favorite film and a grading that you admire?
- Right now, I think that the films from the 70’s and 80's are interesting. Back then they did a lot on set. In the lab they only were able to influence the RGB and density, but despite that the films look great. The more you do on set, the better the end results is – it is even true today, despite all the digital opportunities.
Which project are you most proud of?
- Oh, it is hard to pick just one. All of them are great in their own way. A lot depends on perception and conditions. But it’s been especially fun to work with Spike Jonze, and films like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Call Girl, Gentlemen and Let the right one in. In some cases, I’ve had a few extra days to work and that can make a huge difference when it comes to grading. It is also always fun afterwards with films that become a success and are well received by the audience.
What characterizes a successful grading?
- A successful grading is when the customer is satisfied. I can have my input, but it is their vision that is the most important to reach.
What is your latest project?
- My latest feature film was a Rumanian film called One Floor Below. We have also just completed the TV series Gentlemen and made ten episodes of a comedy series called Ack Värmland. Now I have started with the new season of Johan Falk.
How does it feel to have won a Guldbagge? Were you surprised?
- It is really fun. There is no category for grading, so I never though it could happen. It was great when Jannike Åhlund called and asked if I was planning to go to the award show. "No, not this year." I said and then she replied, "Then I will give you a good reason to do so." Since I was not among the nominees, I could not say anything to anyone.
What does the Guldbagge mean to you?
- It is exciting to get appreciation from people I have worked with and that people have recommended me for the Guldbagge. It is always nice to be valued for the work that one does.
The idea of writing a book about European film financing has been growing over the last few years at Chimney and last year the first edition of Chimney’s Top 100 European Film Funds: The Gateway to European Film Financing was published. The book got a lot of great feedback from the feature film market and the 2015 edition has now been launched.
“The film business is going through a significant change where resources and funding are decreasing in many places making it more complicated and expensive to finance a project. We hope that this book will give the reader inspiration and new creative ways of putting together solid financial planning.” explains Fredrik Zander, Editor in Chief.
The information presented in this publication was gathered by Chimney’s team during extensive research and through direct contact with representatives of the Funds.
Chimney's colorist Mats Holmgren wins a Guldbagge Award for "Best Achievement". It is the last time the prize is being awarded.
Mats has done digital grading on hundreds of Swedish and international films. Her and Good Kill are some of the international projects he has been involved in. During 2014, he has, among others, worked on the following Swedish films HallåHallå, Stockholm Stories, Tommy and Gentlemen.
Meet Per Nyström, Sound Supervisor/designer who has been nominated for the Guldbagge Award for “Best Sound/Sound Design”.
We meet a few days after the nominations have been announced. Per is on paternity leave with Lou, who just turned one. Per also has two, now adult, children.
We start by talking about what most people talk about: the weather and children’s sleeping habits. As soon as I press record, the atmosphere changes and Per becomes more serious. A film worker’s professionalism, one can argue. A person who has great passion and commitment for his profession, I would say.
Per has worked with over one hundred film titles, both Swedish and international. Most recently "Gentlemen" directed by Mikael Marcimain, and it is also for the work on this movie he has been nominated.
Per, congratulations. We will talk about film, but first lets start with a sports question. How does it feel?
- It feels great, especially since it is a movie that I think is incredibly good and I am very pleased with my work on it. That is not always the case for someone who is so self-critical as I am.
Why are you are so pleased with the work on this particular film?
- This is a movie with a lot of dialogue and music, which is normally very difficult to combine. The music often interrupts the dialogue, but in a successful way. Micke (Michael Marcimain) and I have worked together before, for example on "Call Girl". Already back then we started to talk about “Gentlemen”. We talked about films from the 70's, where they mixed sound in a way that today would be described as "daring". Christopher Nordin (editor), Mattias Bärjed (music) and Jonas Kullhammar (composer) have done a fantastic job. Their expertise and professionalism made my work into a great result.
Tell us a bit more about your work relationship with Mikael Marcimain?
- Micke is a control freak, in a good way. He has full insight and control over what is going on, in a humble way, which makes it easy to work together. He always makes sure that everyone moves in the same direction. As an example, I can mention how he gathered everyone who was going to work on the production – everyone from the set designer to everyone in post-production – in a meeting in early 2013. It was a seminar about the project, Klas Östergren (book author and screenwriter) read aloud from the book and talked about the time period. We all read the script, spoke about the environments and watched old movies and photographs. Personally, I was not supposed to start to work on the project until 1.5 years later, but Micke wanted everyone to go into the project with the same feeling. During my many years in the industry I have never experienced this kind of work method, but I appreciate it very much. It was great.
How did your work on this particular project?
- The sound mix was supposed to be finished in June 2014, but we worked in to December, in and out of the mixing room with lots of small adjustments. I think that time is one of the keys to why it went so well. It constantly became better, all the little things we did led to the finished result. We had so many open channels in the audio program that we had to have several separate open sessions. Lines, effects and instruments could be changed on an ongoing basis. Actually, we should have been four mixers, but we were two, and at the end only one. This sounds very technical and geeky but it is what made it such a beautiful result. That and the fact that the work was incredibly intense.
I have never before experienced such a flow in the dialogue between the actors. The whole craftsmanship, everything from the script, to the acting, all the way to the finished product was insanely good. All lines were perfect. The overall composition of everyone's craftsmanship was incredible and this is what makes the film so magical.
How did you work with the music? I am in particularly interested in the scene that takes place in a jazz club.
- Everything that is portrayed as live music in the movie was recorded live. Initially the plan was to add the music afterwards, but during the seminar, we decided to record everything on the spot. That gave me a large artistic freedom in the post-production. Patrik Strömdahl was brought in as music technician and did a tremendous job. The microphones that were used were typical for the various epochs, so they both looked and sounded "right".
Andreas Kundler who plays Bill and David Dencik who plays Henry Morgan, both rehearsed the songs that were played on the saxophone and piano. Outside the picture stands Jonas Kullhammar and plays the saxophone and behind David sits Carl Bagge on the other side and plays the piano and it is them we hear. Everything is 100% live, nothing was added afterwards. If we had made a studio recording, we would have not been able to get the same motion and dynamics of the sound. Thanks to the live recording I was able can use different microphones and managed to synch the sound with the picture. It made it feel right on spot.
How do you examine your own work?
- The story is important. Everything I do has to reflect on it. In the theater and sometimes on film you can feel that certain elements in the production take over and live on their own. If it is not stylistically deliberate, it is rarely good. For me, everything is about interaction, a gut feeling. Intellectualize does not work for me, some things cannot be explained. They must be felt. It is all about time. You have to have time to feel.
How do you work?
- I am a slow starter. Or rather, I need time to ponder on what I should do with the more complex scenes. Usually I start with the more basic things that also need to be made. Then I lie in the evenings in bed and think of the more difficult scenes. It is a long process that looks very different for everyone. Some people work like me, while others work their way through the scenes. Sometimes I wish I was more like that, it can create a lot of anxiety not to be able to feel that something is truly finished. In a way it’s like constantly starting from scratch, which can be frustrating. Having said that, it is fun to be creative. It is especially fantastic if you get results like this film.
What are you most proud of professionally?
- I am very proud of “Searching for Sugarman”, I made the sound together with Malik Bendjelloul. "Faro" and "Call Girl" are two other projects that I really appreciated and felt satisfied with the end result. “Searching for Sugarman” gave me a nomination for MPSE's (Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild) Golden Reel, one of in total three selected in the documentary category. I was very proud, because the sound geeks in the US select the projects and people and Swedes rarely get noticed in the States, except for directors and actors. It made me really happy.
Finally, what does Guldbaggen mean to you?
We who work with sound have been seen as technical people, but thanks to Guldbaggen this has changed for the better. We are happy for all types of attention. When I was nominated for "Call Girl", I was really nervous. This time I’m not, at least not yet. But I will probably be when it gets closer. Anyways, I’m really looking forward to it!
Intervju med Per Nyström, Guldbaggenominerad för ”Bästa ljud/ljuddesign”
Möt Per Nyström, Ljudsupervisor/designer som i år mottagit nominering till Guldbagge för ”Bästa ljud/ljuddesign”, i ett unikt reportage i Chimneys serie om ”Personerna bakom den vita duken”.
Vi träffas några dagar efter att nomineringarna offentliggjorts. Per har bytt plats med sin sambo och är nu på föräldraledighet med Lou, som hunnit fylla ett år. Sedan tidigare har Per två, nu vuxna, barn.
Vi pratar som man mest gör, om väder och vind. Om barns sovvanor och hur ens egna förändras i och med dem. Så fort jag trycker på record på bandaren så är det som att allt förbyts, det blir tagning. En filmarbetares professionalism skulle man kunna argumentera, en person som har en stor passion för sitt yrke och åtagande skulle jag säga.
Per har genom åren jobbat på ett 100-tal fillmtitlar, både svenska och internationella. Nu senast var det ”Gentlemen” i regi av Mikael Marcimain som varit på tapeten, det är också i denna films Guldbagge-regn som Pers nominering återfinns.
Per, stort grattis till Guldbaggenomineringen. Nu är det film det handlar om, men vi börjar ändå med sportfrågan. Hur känns det?
- Det känns jättekul, speciellt för att det är en film som jag tycker är otroligt bra och för att jag är väldigt nöjd med mitt arbete. Så är inte alltid fallet för någon som är så självkritisk som jag. Jag kände efter premiären nu i höstas att det här blev riktigt bra.
Hur kommer det sig att du är så nöjd med arbetet på just den här filmen?
- Man ska komma ihåg att det här är en film med väldigt mycket dialog och musik, något som normalt är väldigt svårt att förena. Musiken stör ofta dialogen, men den här gången tycker jag att vi lyckades. Micke (Mikael Marcimain) och jag har jobbat ihop tidigare, bland annat på ”Call Girl”. Vi började redan då prata om den här filmen. Vi pratade om att hämta inspiration från gamla 70-talsfilmer, där man mixade på ett sätt som idag skulle betecknas som ”vågat”. Man brakar på med musik, så kommer repliken, man tar bort musiken och sedan kommer musiken igen. Sedan har Kristoffer Nordin (klippare), Mattias Bärjed (musik) och Jonas Kullhammar (kompositör) gjort ett fantastiskt arbete. Deras kunnande och professionalism gjorde att mitt långa arbete med musikläggningen fick ett fint slutresultat.
Berätta lite mer om din arbetsrelation till Mikael Marcimain?
- Micke är en kontrollmänniska, på ett bra sätt. Han har full insyn och kontroll över vad som händer, men med en prestigelöshet som gör det enkelt att jobba tillsammans. Han ser alltid till att få alla att gå mot samma mål. Ett typexempel på det är när han samlade alla A-funktioner, från Scenografi hela vägen till efterarbetet, i början av 2013 för att hålla seminarium om visionerna för projektet. Klas Östergren (bokförfattare av förlagan, samt manusförfattare) läste högt samt beskrev tiden och dess anda. Vi läste manus, gick igenom miljöer och tittade på gamla filmer och fotografier. Personligen skulle jag inte börja jobba med projektet förrän 1,5 år senare, men Micke vill att alla ska gå in i projektet med samma känsla och börja spåna om riktningen man ska mot. Under mina många år i branschen har jag aldrig varit med om den här typen av arbetsmodell, men jag uppskattar den mycket. Det var verkligen roligt.
Hur såg ditt arbete med Gentlemen ut?
- Filmen skulle vara färdigmixad i juni 2014, men vi höll på hela vägen fram till premiären i december, in och ut ur mix-rummet under hela hösten, med massor av små justeringar. Jag tror att tiden är just en av nycklarna till att det blev bra. Det blir konstant lite bättre, alla smågrejerna vi gör leder till att helheten blir gjuten. Vi hade så många kanaler i vårt ljudprogram att vi var tvungna att ha flera separata sessioner, där allt låg ”öppet”. Repliker, effekter och instrument kunde hela tiden ändras. Egentligen borde vi ha varit fyra mixare, men vi var två. Och på slutet bara en. Det blir ju mycket tekniskt ”nörderi” men det är också det som gjort att det i slutändan blivit ett så härligt resultat. Det och att vi jobbat otroligt intensivt.
Jag har aldrig tidigare varit med om ett sådant flöde i replikerna. Hantverket, från manus, skådespel och hela vägen fram är makalöst bra. Alla repliker bara sitter. Den totala kompositionen av allas hantverk är otrolig och det är det som gör filmen så magisk.
Musiken, hur jobbade ni med den från inspelning? Det finns bland annat en passage i filmen där man är på en jazzklubb?
- Allt som porträtteras i filmen som live-musik är också inspelat live. Från början var det tänkt att man skulle göra som brukligt och spela in musiken efteråt och lägga på, men under de tidigare nämnda seminariedagarna med produktionsteamet bestämde vi att allting skulle spelas in på plats. Det gav mig en stor konstnärlig frihet vad gäller efterarbetet. Patrik Strömdahl togs in som musiktekniker och gjorde ett jättearbete. Mikrofonerna man använde var tidstypiska för de olika epokerna, så att de både såg och lät ”rätt”.
En rolig detalj är att Andreas Kundler som spelar Bill, samt David Dencik som spelar Henry Morgan, båda repat in låtarna som skulle spelas på saxofon respektive piano. Precis utanför bild, står Jonas Kullhammar och spelar saxofon och bakom David sitter Carl Bagge på andra sidan ett skynke och spelar piano, så det är dem vi hör. Allting är alltså 100 % live, inga pålägg gjorda i efterhand. Hade man istället gjort en studioinspelning hade man inte kunnat få samma rörelse och dynamik i ljudet. I och med att det är inspelat på det här sättet kan jag använda olika mickar och på så sätt panorera ljudet tillsammans med bilden. Det gör att det verkligen känns som att man är på plats.
Hur ser du på ditt eget arbete?
- Historien är alltid det viktiga. Allting jag gör måste hela tiden riktas mot den. Jag tycker man ofta kan känna på teater och ibland på film, att vissa element i produktionen tar över och lever sina egna liv. Om det inte är ett medvetet grepp rent stilistiskt, blir det sällan bra. För mig handlar allting om ett samspel, en magkänsla. Att intellektualisera fungerar inte, händelser ska inte behöva förklaras. De måste kännas. Och det handlar mycket om tid. Man måste ha tiden att hinna känna.
Hur arbetar du?
- Personligen är jag ganska trögstartad. Eller snarare så behöver jag låta mer komplexa scener mogna i mig. Jag behöver tid att grubbla på hur jag ska göra. Oftast börjar jag med mer basala saker, sådant som ändå måste göras. Sedan ligger jag på kvällarna i sängen och funderar på någon scen som är mer komplex. Det är en lång process, och den ser väldigt olika ut för alla. En del är som jag, medan andra betar av scen för scen. Jag önskar ibland att jag kunde jobba mer så, det kan vara väldigt ångestskapande att aldrig känna att något är riktigt färdigt. På ett sätt blir det som att vi konstant börjar om från början, vilket kan vara frustrerande. Samtidigt är det roligt att ge sig hän kreativt. Får man resultat som den här gången är det fantastiskt.
Vad är du mest stolt över, yrkesmässigt?
- Jag är mycket stolt över ”Searching for Sugarman”, som jag gjorde ljudet på tillsammans med Malik Bendjelloul. ”Faro” och ”Call Girl” är två andra projekt som jag uppskattade mycket och är nöjd med slutresultatet på. ”Searching for Sugarman” gav mig en nominering till MPSE:s (Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild) Golden reel, som en av totalt tre utvalda i dokumentärfilmskategorin. Då blev jag väldigt stolt, eftersom det är ljudnördarna i USA som väljer ut projekten och personerna. Det är inte så ofta vi som jobbar i med film Sverige blir uppmärksammade i Staterna, förutom regissörer och skådespelare. Det gjorde mig verkligen glad.
Slutligen, vad betyder Guldbaggen för dig?
- Vi som jobbar med ljud har haft en teknikstämpel, men med Guldbaggens intåg så förändrades den synen lite, till det bättre. Så all den typen av uppmärksamhet blir man ju glad för. Då, när jag var nominerad för ”Call Girl”, var jag verkligen skitnervös och skakad. Den här gången är jag inte det – än så länge. Men det kommer jag nog vara när det närmar sig. Jag ser i vilket fall mycket fram emot det!
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Chimney has opened a new branch in Switzerland. It is now the company's third office within the DACH region, alongside Berlin and Frankfurt am Main. The new branch is under the leadership of Country Manager Nelly Riggenbach Hasler, who has a background within Employer Branding and Media.
Chimney has a heritage steeped in film and we have for the last 20 year created entertaining and impactful moving images for brands such as H&M and SAS, for advertising agencies like DDB and feature films like “Searching for Sugarman” and Spike Jonze’s “Her” as well as TV series, music videos, and web-based films.
The Chimney Group’s CEO Michal Kalinowski believes that the offering and expertise is exactly what companies and organizations in Switzerland need. He says: “The traditional TV culture has rapidly changed during the last couple of years, hence brands can no longer rely on the power of TV commercials. Instead they need to build their own content within new media such as YouTube in order to catch the audience”. He is confident about the choice of former Universum Manager Nelly Riggenbach Hasler to lead and build Chimney Switzerland out of Basel and Zürich: “Nelly not only has a study background within Postindustrial design which suits very well with Chimney’s creative side but even more importantly she brings deep insights about the Swiss and German market.
“I see a great momentum for Chimney Switzerland and I am very exited to bring Chimney’s visual excellence to world known Swiss made brands and to open Switzerland’s first one-stop-shop for unique content for a wide range of channels such as online, social media and YouTube, as well as impactful digital broadcasting” she says.
Chimney eröffnet Niederlassung in der Schweiz
Chimney hat ab sofort auch ein Büro in Basel, Schweiz. Nach Berlin und Frankfurt am Main ist dies die dritte Niederlassung in der DACH-Region. Country Managerin Switzerland wird Nelly Riggenbach Hasler: Sie wird das Büro in Basel aufbauen.
Nelly Riggenbach Hasler war zuvor für Universum als „Vice President EMEA - Talent Strategy and Employer Branding“ tätig. In dieser Position hat sie das Unternehmen über alle Kommunikationskanäle als engagierten Arbeitgeber positioniert. Weitere Stationen waren Director Western Europe, Director DACH und Country Manager beim gleichen Unternehmen.
Nelly Riggenbach Hasler: „Chimney startet mit dem richtigen Angebot zur richtigen Zeit in der Schweiz. Bewegtbild gehört die Zukunft. Ob als Corporate Video oder Commercial von Unternehmen, im Branded Entertainment, in der Life Kommunikation oder via Social Media: Menschen nutzen Videos, zur Information, zur Unterhaltung, zur Bildung. Ich freue mich, dass ich mit Chimney das hoch dynamische, kreative Thema Bewegtbild vorantreiben kann."
„In den letzten Jahren hat sich das Mediennutzungsverhalten erneut derart stark verändert, dass sich Marken nicht mehr nur auf den Erfolg von Print, TV- oder Online-Werbung verlassen können. Jetzt ist die Zeit, den eigenen Content aufzubauen, ihn auch über eigene Kanäle an die Zielgruppen zu senden und so direkt in Dialog zu treten. Jedes Land hat lokale Besonderheiten in der Kommunikation und wir freuen uns sehr, mit Nelly eine Country Managerin gefunden zu haben, die zum einen über profunde Kenntnisse der Kommunikationslandschaft in der Schweiz verfügt und zum anderen mit Begeisterung und Leidenschaft dabei ist“, so Arndt Dallmann, CEO Chimney Germany und verantwortlich für die DACH-Region.
We are proud to announce that the film "Joanna" directed by Aneta Kopacz that Chimney has worked on has been Oscar nominated in the "Documentary Short Subject" category.
The film follows a mother that faces a terminal illness and tries to leave a record of what she hopes to teach her son by writing a blog.
Two partners of Chimney won prizes for films that were graded and finished at Chimney Berlin.
Feit Film's camera man Pascal Walderer has recieved the "Spezial Edi. für Kamera" in the category "Corporate-Marketing Film" for their work on Quant e-Sportslimousine.
Edi. is the Swiss prize for advertising, industry and company films.
B-Reel Germany has won gold at the Ciclope Festival in the category of "Interactive Films“ for the film „The Forgotten Roadtrip“ with the client Mercedes Benz.
Former Google Manager Timo Josten has been appointed as Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific region, to lead and build the local team and drive the strategy out of Singapore. His appointment demonstrates Chimney’s commitment to digital production, which was first displayed after it opened its first APAC office in Sydney in March this year. Since then, Chimney APAC has made headlines around the world for its BuyMyBarina campaign, which went viral with 1.2M views and featured internationally on Good Morning America, NBC, CBS, ABC News and CNN.
It seems the momentum of the industry is accelerating, with recent report Analyzing the ROI of Video Marketing showing video as the most widely adopted content marketing asset type by Best-in-Class companies, with 95% of the highest-performing companies using video.
"A lot is happening in the Asian market, both in terms of consumer trends as well as digitally and Chimney wants to access these creative pools in order to better help our existing clients." says Michal Kalinowski, CEO Chimney Group.
Timo Josten, Managing Director Chimney Asia Pacific, is very excited to be launching in Singapore. "With 60% of the world's population residing in Asia, of which over half are under 30 years old, there has never been a more exciting opportunity to bring Chimney's innovative storytelling to Asia. I have spent years working at Google, watching the Online World increasingly fuse with the Offline World, something that is happening more rapidly here in Asia, than anywhere else in the World! I'm incredibly excited to introduce Chimney to Asia at this unique moment in time, to bring our entertainment heritage to a new Asian generation. An audience that demands to be constantly connected, entertained and informed in realtime, across a range of screens, moments and daily experiences" he says.
View more information and the work of Chimney APAC at http://chimneygroup.com.sg.
Peter Phillips, Producer of HBO's "Girls" is holding two seminars at Chimney Sweden in October where he talks about the american production model, manily focusing on TV series.
September 15th the shooting of the feature film “Demon” started. The film is co-produced by Chimney and directed by Marcin Wrona and is a cooperation between Poland and Israel. “Demon” will be released in the second half of 2015.
The plot: Peter, (Italy Tiran) called Pyton, comes to Poland to marry beautiful Żaneta (Agnieszka Żulewska). Things get complicated when he finds human remains, buried next to his and his future wife's new home.
On September 24th and 25th the International Conference Filmteractive that focuses on innovative audiovisual content and the newest trends within the industry takes place in Łódź, Poland.
In the film Tommy (Ethan Hawke), a family man and Air Force officer begins to question the ethics of his job as a drone pilot.
The project was a true group effort for Chimney managed by DI Producer Anneli Oscarsson. Grade by Mats Holmgren, conform by Jonas Jangvad in Sweden and the VFX team was led by Michael Wortmann from the Berlin office. DCP delivery was made through the team in Warsaw.
Mikael Marcimain's feature film "Gentlemen" has been in production at Chimney during the spring and summer and will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival early September. Chimney’s colorist Mats Holmgren has graded the film and the sound mix was done by Per Nyström.
The project is one of the biggest 35mm undertakings Chimney has done so far for one feature film. We had more than 300 lab rolls scanned by the Warsaw office.
On the VFX-side, VFX Producer Andreas Hylander oversaw the completion of over 150 shots - turning modern day Stockholm into the Stockholm of the 50's and 60's. This includes the re-creation of a complete time-accurate subway station as well as old school graffiti. Here you can view a short VFX breakdown.
The film will also become a TV-series, so the feature film is currently being re-edited into eight 45-minute episodes.
"Gentlemen" premieres in Swedish cinemas on December 5th.
The 1999 Barina that went viral on social media around the world recently has been sold to NRMA Insurance, with all proceeds going to charity.
The hilarious “Buy My Barina” video posted by Chimney's Digital Director David Johns to sell his much loved old manual car became a viral hit worldwide, receiving over one million views on YouTube within its first week as well as hundreds of thousands of tweets and offers on social media.
Ironic in adopting the sleek sophistication of new car ads, the viral video saw attention from network television around the world, including Good Morning America, NBC, CBS, ABC News, CNN and locally Sunrise and The Project.
Johns has announced that his 1999 Holden Barina hatchback, which boasts “front/rear screen wiper technology” and “matching seats”, has now been sold for a sizeable amount to be donated to Cancer Council Australia as a result of NRMA Insurance purchasing the car.
“I am thrilled to have sold my car to NRMA Insurance,” Johns said. “There were so many fun and creative offers from all over the world, but I’m so pleased to have done some good with the video in raising money for the Cancer Council.”
NRMA Insurance, which lists Cancer Council as a Workplace Giving charity partner, has announced it is equally thrilled with the purchase.
“We are very excited to have purchased the car for such a great cause,” Robert McDonald, Head of Research at NRMA Insurance said.
“As part of our road safety research program, we regularly test new and older vehicles and we have some special plans for this little car.”
“We are very grateful to receive the proceeds of the #buymybarina sale," said Professor Ian Oliver, CEO, Cancer Council Australia. "NRMA Insurance has been an ongoing supporter of Cancer Council and we’re delighted they have chosen to make a further contribution to Cancer Council’s vital work in cancer research, education and patient support.”
View the video and website at www.buymybarina.com; offers from the public were posted via Twitter using #buymybarina.
Social media has gone crazy over the hilarious Buy My Barina video posted by David Johns, Digital Director at Chimney Asia Pacific to sell his trusty old manual car after he and his mates came up with the idea over a few beers. Johns has announced that his 1999 Holden Barina “Limited City Edition” will now be sold to the highest bidder to raise funds for Cancer Council Australia.
“I cannot believe the amazing response to the video and the website we made as a bit of a laugh,” Johns said. “I thought I might get around $1000 for the car, but with all the interest and media exposure we hope to raise a lot more than that for the Cancer Council.”
David nominated Cancer Council Australia to receive all proceeds from the sale of the Barina because cancer claimed his father 12 years ago. With the brilliant Buy My Barina video a raging favourite on YouTube and Twitter, David’s ageing pride and joy could well break secondhand car sale records. Who wouldn’t bid for a 15-year-old classic Aussie car with this sales pitch: “This is Driving Redefined, with 20th Century Technology – FM/AM Radio, Auto-stop Cassette Player, Front/rear screen wiper and internal fan. Don’t just make history, drive it.”
Buy My Barina has logged over 700,000 views on YouTube, 500,000-plus tweets and thousands of buying offers. The viral video, which looks like a slick new-car commercial, has attracted attention from television around the world, including Good Morning America, NBC, CBS, ABC News, CNN and locally Sunrise and The Project.
A campaign to sell an unsellable 1999 Barina hatchback created by Chimney Asia Pacific has gone into viral overdrive around the world.
In the past 24 hours there have been over 400,000 views on YouTube, 400,000-plus tweets and thousands of offers to buy the ageing manual motor that belongs to David Johns, Digital Director at Chimney Asia Pacific. The hilarious “Buy My Barina” video, which looks like a new-car commercial, has also appeared on network television around the world, including Good Morning America and ABC News.
Johns called on the generosity of workmates to make the ultra-cool video and a website that showcases the key features of his 15-year-old pride and joy, a 1999 Holden Barina "Limited City Edition", such as:
"Designed in Germany, built in Spain, sold to you in Australia"; "Front and rear tyres"; "Interchangeable hubcaps (3)"; "Transmission: manual (includes reverse)"; "Auto-stop Cassette Player"; and "Diverse heritage for the compact driver".
"This has been an amazing response to a video we made for a bit of fun to help David sell his car," Lee Ritson, CEO Asia Pacific for Chimney Group, says.
"The Barina idea was conceived over a couple of beers, like most good ideas" says David.
"We knew we were on to something when we showed a few people and they were in hysterics. We have a team of really innovative people who love producing proactive pieces to showcase our ideas and make people want to watch and engage." he continues.
Chimney has conducted a study of Swedish companies' efficiency in the use of their YouTube channel. 288 YouTube channels that have been updated in the last 12 months (so called active channels) have been studied when it comes to amount of views and amount of videos. Based on the study results the companies have been ranked. The ranking is based on efficiency, which is the total number of visitors the last 12 months divided by the total number of videos on the channel. Main finings and the ranking can be viewed here.
White God, the Swedish/Hungarian/German feature film directed by Kornél Mundruczó, produced by Proton Cinema and co-produced by Pola Pandora and Chimney, has been awarded the ”Prix Un Certain Regard”.
The jury was led by Argentinian director Pablo Trapero and Criterion Collection president Peter Becker, Swedish actress Maria Bonnevie, French actress Geraldine Pailhas and director Moussa Touré from Senegal.
White God is supported by Eurimages with producers from Hungary, Sweden and Germany. It is produced in Hungary and sound, grading as well as visual effects is done in Sweden and Germany by Chimney.
“I am extremely proud that Chimney is yet again part of a project that wins awards at the biggest film festivals in the world. All involved artists and film creators have added their unique skills to make a world-class film” says Fredrik Zander, Executive Producer at Chimney.
Chimney has signed with Voyage as its exclusive representation for the US feature film and TV drama market. Newly minted management company Voyage has offices in Los Angeles and Stockholm, and specializes in bridging the realm between Hollywood and thriving foreign industry players.
“As a result of Chimney’s widely recognized content and our ability to operate as a production partner and efficiently structure international co-productions, we continue to see a growing demand for collaboration with US partners,” says Fredrik Zander, Chimney’s Head of Art & Entertainment. “Having the chance to work with Voyage, with its strong North American network and their understanding of international production and finance solutions, presents us with a very exciting opportunity.”
Voyage’s Philip Westgren adds, “Chimney’s stellar post and VFX work on such films as Her, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Let The Right One In, speaks for itself. Add to that their ability to spearhead international co-productions by accessing equity and incentives everywhere they operate, and you have an ally that Hollywood is eager to engage with. We couldn’t be more excited to be in business with Fredrik and his team.”
Voyage was launched earlier this year by Philip Westgren, veteran Producer Lawrence Gordon, and Stockholm based Pelle Strandberg. The company was founded as a direct response to a worldwide content industry that in order to thrive must collaborate across borders more than ever before. Deeply immersed in both Hollywood and thriving marketplaces, Voyage unites its allies on both sides through talent, content and border-crossing finance and production solutions.
White God, the Swedish/Hungarian/German feature film directed by Kornél Mundruczó, produced by Proton Cinema and co-produced by Pola Pandora and Chimney, has been selected for the prestigious category Un Certain Regard where it will be screened during Festival de Cannes. It is a story about genocide, about a world where some are chosen and others are deselected. The theme is not unknown but the question that is asked in this film is: Will it ever stop? This feature is Mundruczós sixth one. He has previously received a lot of praise for Tender Son as well as Delta; both of the films were nominated for the Golden Palm.
White God is supported by Eurimages with producers from Hungary, Sweden and Germany. It is produced in Hungary and sound, grading as well as visual effects is done in Sweden and Germany by Chimney.
“We are extremely proud that we get to represent a film that is part of the Cannes official selection yet again. This shows that Chimney is one of the front-runners within the European film industry. We are especially happy that it is White God as the project has been a cooperation of several Chimney offices across Europe. We keep our fingers crossed that the jury in Cannes treats us well.” says Fredrik Zander, Executive Producer at Chimney.
Mikael Marcimains long awaited feature film and TV show Gentlemen based on the books Gentlemen and Gangsters written by Klas Östergren is currently in production at Chimney. Over 150 VFX shots are used in order to transform Stockholm of today to Stockholm of the sixties and seventies. The editing of the feature film is finished and we are currently working on the VFX and audio.
The VFX work will entail, amongst other things, a recreation of Slussen, create environments for Stockholm, Paris, Berlin and Copenhagen, anything ranging from dirty facades to hiding modern lamps and - last but not least - a running giraffe. We work with offices across locations and a massive amount of film has been shipped to the Warsaw office for scanning.
Two Chimney projects are featured in the Autodesk Showreel 2014 that premiered during NAB in Las Vegas. One of them is a Media Markt commercial, post production by Chimney Poland. The second one is a Eurojackpot commercial, post production by Chimney Sweden.
Brands and companies are constantly publishing content to an increasing number of channels. Many of those are digital, placing new demands on corporate communication toolboxes. Strong sound identities are expected to become significant competitive parameters in the communication of the future.
Companies are communicating through owned channels like never before. The pursuit of content that adds value is spreading fast, and terms like ‘content marketing’, ‘real-time marketing’ and ‘branded content’ takes up space in articles and at seminars. Businesses are beginning to understand the importance of producing content that gets viewed, read, shared, and ultimately converts customers and sales. The challenge is to maintain a high level of quality in a time where rapid response and execution is crucial. Michal Kalinowski, CEO at Chimney, believes that sound design is an important component in creating consistent communication:
"People are naturally attracted to beauty. We are drawn to great music as well as beautiful architecture, art and gastronomy. It’s a strong identity marker for who you are and what you stand for. A sound identity allows companies to establish recognition across channels - but also to stand out in a cluttered media landscape. Sound can accentuate a message and trigger the right emotions, whether one wishes to come across as stable, responsive, innovative, dynamic, or something completely different."
A good sound identity supports the company's desired image and business objectives and ensures that all audiovisual communication is in sync with the company's values and positioning. This may sound abstract, but according to Karsten Kjems, Chief Audio Visual Strategist at Chimney, it's a very natural evolution:
"Sound can be incredibly powerful. The more of your senses that are being pointed in the same direction at the same time, the stronger you’ll perceive the message. We know this from movies and TV, but for a long time, sound has been neglected as a corporate communication tool. Most brands are well aware of the value of a consistent visual identity – such as using the same color, logo and font in all communication. Now is the time for sound. Not more but bettersound. If sound does not add value it's just noise, which has no positive business impact."
The effects of this better sound is backed by Eva Fog Bruun, Head of Brand Strategy at Velux, who expands on the topic:
"Having our own sound identity means that we can concentrate on the content – the plot of a commercial, for instance. It also means that we no longer need to spend time on finding and paying for music that could never represent us nearly as accurate as our own sound. It is tremendously effective that we are always guaranteed to sound and look like Velux."
Velux has a flexible library of different variations of their core sound identity, which can be used in all internal and external communications. However, Velux is not alone in having discovered the benefits of a customized sound design. International market giants like Apple, Coca Cola and McDonalds have been reaping them for years.
Karsten Kjems sees it as a matter of course that the brands of the future will have a sound identity – and as a necessity for achieving at strong market positioning.
"With the media evolution from print to digital follows an evolution from illustrations and jingles to motion pictures and full sound identities. In my opinion, the audio identity is the new corporate website: Once the ball gets rolling, everyone wants one, but the first-movers are the ones who truly get ahead,“ Kjems concludes.
What is a sound identity?
A sound identity is a consistent development of a unique auditory identity for a company or brand. In line with visual identities, the auditory elements are deduced from the company's values and positioning. The goal is to create a consistent identity with a strong recognition value.
The key design elements of a sound identity are: Sound brand elements, sound logo, interaction sounds, navigation sounds, music for web videos and commercials, sounds for product and case presentations, etc.
Should my company get a sound identity?
The sound of your computer starting up. Or the one boding that your train is delayed for some reason. The tune that makes you crave a McFeast. Or fills the gaps during the count down for a chat with "the next available representative".
These are examples of sounds that you recognize quickly and instinctively as you go about your everyday life. A sound identity is all of the above and much more.
Chimney has become intercontinental by welcoming Marbay, a digital production house based in Sydney, to the Chimney Group. The partnership with Marbay will offer direction and digital solutions to Chimney’s clients in Europe.
Johan Polhem, Film Director and Co-Founder of Marbay believes that the merger will have a very positive outcome for Marbay’s client stock as well: “Expanding Marbay’s production and digital offering with high level visualization and concept services from Chimney’s side will help us to support even more of our clients’ needs.”
The partnership opens up for potential expansion to Asia from a very strong Australian market as stepping-stone.
“Several of Marbay’s current clients want them to expand their business to Singapore, this is something we will do together under the Chimney brand” says Michal Kalinowski, CEO at Chimney.
Marbay was founded by Swedish Director and Creative Johan Polhem and British Producer and former Marketing Director Lee Ritson. With Chimney Australia - which Marbay will be called in the near future - Chimney employs 280 people in 5 different countries.
The motion picture Her, directed and written by Spike Jonze, color graded and conformed by Chimney, has won an Oscar for Original Screenplay.
“Last year Searching for Sugarman won. It is amazing to see that one of our projects wins again”. says Fredrik Zander, Head of Art & Entertainment at Chimney.
Her was a great project for Chimney, especially the cooperation between Mats Holmgren that graded the film and the very talented cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema. Her has won and been nominated for several prestigious awards, both in the United States and in Europe. Especially the film’s screenplay has been praised. Fredrik Zander is very happy about the Oscar: “I kept my fingers crossed during last nights gala and I hope this positive trend continues for Chimney projects more years to come!”
The idea of writing a book about European film financing has been growing over the last few years at Chimney and last Sunday Chimney’s Top 100 European Film Funds: The Gateway to European Film Financing was launched at Berlinale and is available for purchase at www.amazon.co.uk.
“The film business is going through a significant change where resources and funding are decreasing in many places making it more complicated and expensive to finance a project. We hope that this book will give the reader inspiration and new creative ways of putting together solid financial planning.” explains Fredrik Zander, Editor in Chief.
The information presented in this publication was gathered by Chimney’s team during extensive research and through direct contact with representatives of the Funds. Chimney believes that putting this information into a physical book form is the best way to present these facts and an app that will serve as a compliment to the book will be launched later this year. The company intends to publish annually as new funds pop up and others disappear and conditions change.
Over the years Chimney has seen been involved in several critically acclaimed films. Most recently Spike Jonzes Her that was nominated for five Oscars as well as The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window And Disappeared that was picked to be shown during a gala screening as part of the Berlinale Special. “We are extremely proud to initiate this book and we anticipate it will make possible the continuous production of fantastic films in Europe as we know how rewarding it is to work in this business.” says Fredrik Zander.
Fredrik Zander, Head of Art & Entertainment/Executive Producer at Chimney and Editor in Chief of the book will travel to events and festivals to present it. To get updates, follow the book using #chimneystop100.
Chimney Germany has opened a new branch in Frankfurt am Main. It is now the company's second office in Germany, alongside Berlin. The site is under the leadership of Oliver Kähler, managing director at Chimney since December 2013.
"We work mainly for clients in the fields of advertising, film, TV, and digital. Many of them are based in the Frankfurt metropolitan area, and part of our team comes from Frankfurt as well. With our new branch we are shortening the distance to our clients, building on our network of contacts, and utilizing the synergy we have there," said Tobias Phleps, CEO of Chimney Deutschland, about the decision to open an office in Frankfurt.
Chimney employs a team of around 25 people in Berlin, and plans to employ nine more in Frankfurt during the course of 2014. Agencies, companies, and institutions are among Chimney's clients. Some of the projects Chimney has recently done the concepts, production, and finishing for include the TV commercial "Kindermund" for Volkswagen (lead agency Tribal DDB Berlin), the holiday campaign for Coca-Cola (agency: Ogilvy), and the current TV commercial for Babbel.
Chimney’s Sound Supervisor Mattias Eklund wins the 2013 year’s Guldbagge Award for Best Sound for the motion picture Känn ingen sorg. It is Mattias’ first Guldbagge Award.
The Audience Award went to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Chimney made all the postproduction on this motion picture, such as sound and visual effects.
”It is amazing to see that a project that Chimney has been involved in wins yet again! I am also very happy for Mattias, especially since this was his first nomination and he managed to win first time around.” says Fredrik Zander, Head of Art & Entertainment/Executive Producer at Chimney.
The motion picture Her, directed and written by Spike Jonze, color graded and conformed by Chimney, has been nominated for: Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Music - Original score, Music - Original Song and Production Design. The Chimney team that worked on the project primarily consists of Colorist Mats Holmgren, DI Supervisor Jonas Jangvad and DI Producer Anneli Oscarsson.
The film features Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson and follows a lonely writer (Phoenix) that develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.
“In 2012 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was nominated, last year Searching for Sugarman won. It is amazing to see that it has become a trend that projects Chimney is involved in are a part of the prestigious Academy Awards.” says Fredrik Zander, Head of Art & Entertainment at Chimney.
The Her project was a great cooperation for Chimney, especially with the very talented cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema who Chimney has previously worked with on projects like Let the right one in, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Call Girl. Fredrik Zander is very happy to see such appreciation for the film: “I kept my fingers crossed for this nomination, especially since it has received such nice reviews and praises from around the world. Lets now hope Her wins!”
The 86th Academy Awards will be held on 2nd March.
Spike Jonze wins a Best Screenplay Golden Globe Award for Her, a motion picture featuring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson that he also directed and produced. On December 4, 2013, the film was also chosen the best film of 2013 at the National Board of Review Awards and shared first place for Best Film with Gravity in the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. Her is graded by Mats Holmgren at Chimney Sweden.
Two Chimney employees have been nominated for this years Guldbagge Awards. Mattias Eklund has been nominated Best Sound Design in Känn ingen sorg and Jens Johansson has together with Petter Fladeby and Andreas Franck been nominated for Best Sound Design in Snabba Cash – Livet deluxe.
The Guldbagge Awards is Sweden’s leading film award and has been presented since 1964 for outstanding contributions to Swedish film. In total around 450 Guldbagge Awards have been handed out over the years, and 19 Guldbagge Awards are now presented annually in various categories. This year the awards ceremony takes place January 20th at Cirkus in Stockholm.
When the 26th European Film Awards return to Berlin and Haus der Berliner Festspiele on 7 December, Chimney will be there together with the winners, nominees and other EFA patrons. Among the guests this year will also be the German actors and actresses Moritz Bleibtreu, Julia Jentsch and Ulrich Matthes, as well the recipients of the honorary awards Catherine Deneuve and Pedro Almodóvar.
We are especially happy that “Call Girl”, a project that Chimney was invloved in is nominated in the European Discovery - Prix Fipresci category.
Roygalan initiated by the Swedish Film & TV Producers' Association to promote Sweden's best commercials and the people behind them. At Chimney we are honored to work with people that win Roy awards! Congrats to Callboy for winning "Best Commercial of the Year" for Adressändring, graded by Chimney'sMats Holmgren. And of course applause to the one and only Tobias Granström, who won "Best Director of the Year".
Chimney has enhanced the team with a new Creative Director - Calle Ostlund, who will work with branded content and TV.
Calle has several years of experience within film production. He has worked as a Director for SVT - ‘Swedish Public Service Television’ as well as a Producer for Jarowskji, one of Sweden’s leading TV production companies. Over the last couple of years he has steered his career towards the creative side of the business, being employed as a Creative Director at ITV.
“Throughout the 20 years that Chimney has been active within the film industry we have seen how well storytelling principles from TV and feature film work within advertising.?The last couple of years this trend has become more obvious as consumers demand entertaining commercials. Branded content is the future.” says CEO Michal Kalinowski.
Several recent studies show that consumers tend to have positive feelings about companies that offer content instead of traditional advertising. Content is especially important when it comes to the decision of which companies to follow in social media.
“Chimney wants to help its customers to communicate in a way that catches the audience and that is where my knowledge from TV comes in. I know how to produce something entertaining and can apply my know-how to the needs that Chimneys clients have.” says Calle Ostlund.
Chimney would like to congratulate the Swedish film director Fredrik Bond and his feature film The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, which has been accepted in to the Stockholm Film Festival in November. The film follows a guy (Shia LeBeouf) that falls in love with a girl (Evan Rachel Wood) who is married to Nigel (Mads Mikkelsen), a violent and mentally unstable crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. Chimney Sweden worked on conform, VFX and grade for this film, and Chimney Poland made the DCP elements.
The feature film “Walesa. Man of Hope”, directed by Andrzej Wajda, tells the life story of Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Poland's Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, and it has been chosen as Poland’s Oscar candidate. It will also be shown at festivals around the world. Chimney Poland did VFX and digital distribution in cinemas for this film. This title was Chimneys third cooperation with director Andrzej Wajda, cinematograher Paweł Edelman and production company Akson Studio. The previous cooperations were "Katyń" and "Tatarak" (The Sweet Rush). "Walesa. Man of Hope" premiered during the Venice Film Festival in September and will start showing in Polish cinemas on Friday October 4th.
We are very happy to announce that two films that Chimney Poland has worked on, received awards during the 38th Gdynia Film Festival. The feature film “In the Name Of”, directed by Magłośka Szumowska, was awarded with the Silver Lion (second place in the main competition). This film was also rewarded with two individual awards: one went to the director Magłośka Szumowska and the second one went to Andrzej Chyra for his acting in a leading role. The second film "Baby Blues", directed by Kasia Rosłaniec, received three awards. It received a special prize from the jury for its courageous form and content and its unique artistic values. Moreover, Magdalena Berus won an individual award for her professional acting debut, and Matylda Rosłaniec won an award for the beautiful costumes. Chimney Poland was involved in the post production process of both films, digital Intermediate was made on both titles and we did all the VFX on "Baby Blues".
Spike Jonze’s movie “Her”, graded by Mats Holmgren at Chimney Sweden, will open in a limited release in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto on December 18th, 2013. It will open in a wide release on January 10th, 2014. "Her" has also been announced by the New York Film Festival as it's selection for the prestigious Closing Night Gala slot. To watch the very promising trailer visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzV6mXIOVl4
Danish capital Copenhagen receives INDEX: Award 2013 for the city’s climate adaptation plan, a plan that provides a unique and robust framework for a massive influx of sustainable design solutions in the future.
Whether or not CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases are to blame, an irreversible fact is that the planet’s climate is currently in a state of change, throwing tsunamis and massive rain pours at its inhabitants. And even though we cannot precisely predict the next natural disaster, we do know that our surroundings are changing dramatically.
Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, found a way to connect and address the climate changes in one master plan – The city’s Climate Adaptation Plan, aiming to prepare Copenhagen for the future by developing the Danish capital as a climate proof, attractive, and green city. The plan is one of two winners in the COMMUNITY category of INDEX: Award 2013, and jury member Arnold S. Wasserman calls it “a foresight of critical importance.”
The animated movie produced by Chimney - Copenhagen Climate Change - was a vital brik in standing out from the 1022 nominated projects.
Watch the 2 min. movie here: Copenhagen Climate Change
Read about INDEX: Awards 2013 and all the project: INDEX: Award
Terry Gilliam's new film THE ZERO THEOREM is now completed. In this film, Christoph Waltz plays a computer wizard who works at home because he cannot stand people or the modern world. He isolates himself, trying to prove the "zero theorem" - which basically says: all is for nothing.
“He is positively trying to prove a negative, but life intervenes and he may or may not discover his soul by the end of the movie. He’s waiting for a phone call that’s going to give meaning to his life, which applies to many of us, especially those of in the film industry who often wait to hear if we’ve got a piece of casting or financing.” says Terry Gilliam
The World Premiere will take place during the 70th Venice International Film Festival - more specifically on September 2nd. THE ZERO THEOREM will also be in competition for the Golden Lion. This is very exciting for Chimney and we look forward to seeing the result of all the work we have done on this film.
As part of Chimney Group’s ambition to become the world’s best creation agency, the company’s Danish branch has welcomed a Head of Sound and established two recording studios in their offices on Dronningens Tværgade in Copenhagen.
On May 1, Chimney welcomed Nikolai Kronborg as CEO of their Danish office, but the changes didn’t stop there. Chimney also created a brand-new sound department, which will be competently run by the new Head of Sound, Dennis Lee.
“When we strive to be among the world’s best in working with motion pictures, it is crucial that we are able to deliver on both the quality and flexibility that is expected by our customers and partners. In that regard, the new sound studios seem like important and natural additions, which, with Dennis leading the department, will have a major impact on our work,” says CEO, Nikolai Kronborg.
Lee has 20 years of experience from the sound and music industries. He has composed, mixed and designed sound for everything from games, advertising, feature film, documentaries, and corporate videos. His portfolio includes both Danish and international clients from places like Universal Music, EMI Music, Sony Music, Strix, and most recently, Minerva Film.
Regarding joining Chimney, Lee says, “There is a very strong professional pride at Chimney that I find easy to relate to. People pour their heart and soul into their work, and there is an awesome drive and atmosphere around the office. My greatest passion is and has always been sound, sound design and music. I am really looking forward to sharing this passion with my new colleagues and Chimney’s customers on many exciting projects.”
The new sound department is meant to ensure that the company’s clients experience an easy and smooth process, and to strengthen the cooperation between Chimney’s Danish and foreign branches.
“Moving the sound production in-house provides us with a degree of security and flexibility in all phases of our work – from pitch to production to delivery – which is impossible to achieve with an external partner. More Chimney recording studios will prove to be a huge benefit for the group organization, our Danish department, and most importantly, our clients. Internally, it will lead to an optimization of our processes, a faster reaction time, and more dynamic communication between our visual and auditory divisions, which will strengthen the creative output,” explains Nikolai Kronborg.
For more information contact:
CEO, Nikolai Kronborg by phone: +45 4029 1651 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Sound, Dennis Lee by phone: +45 2615 8989 or e-mail: email@example.com
Chimney Germany is very happy to expand our business by welcoming three new people to the Berlin team. On the creative side we have the Senior Flame Artist, Sam Hencher, and on the production side we have the Executive Producer, Timo Wolf. Our third addition is Executive Assistant, Britta Jaensch, who has many years of office experience, primarily 17 years at MetaDesign in Berlin.
Before Sam Hencher joined Chimney his career had led him to many parts of the world. He spent seven years in London working for companies such as Sky, Golden Square and The Mill. During his time at Framestore CFC he won an EMMY for best effects for Dinotopia. After London he steered his way to Asia where he worked on commercials and directed “The Look” for CCTV. Cape Town became his next home, working for Videolab, Refinery and launching The Voodoo Theatre. After several years in South Africa Sam felt a longing for Europe and was offered a job at Redrum in Sweden where he became a partner. When Sam is not at Chimney he spends his time painting and has an upcoming exhibition in London. To view Sam’s accomplishments, here is his showreel.
Timo Wolf studied law and social affairs at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main. During his studies he worked at the German office of Production International, a London based commercial production house, where he stayed from 2001-2005 working as a Producer. Just like Sam, Timo has spent some time in Asia, working as a freelance Film Producer in Shanghai. In 2007 he came back to Germany to join the design house ACHT Frankfurt Visual Catering as Executive Producer. Much of his work added to the company’s success and helped it grow.
“The combination of Sam Hencher and Timo Wolf means a first class Artist & Producer Team for Chimney Germany, which helps us to continue to build a great reputation in Germany as well as abroad.“ says Ralf Drechsler, CCO and Partner at Chimney Germany.
Several films that Chimneys senior colorist Pana was involved in have won prizes in Cannes. We are very happy about this and would like to congratulate BBDO Germany that won two Gold Lions in the categories Film and Film Craft for the Smart commercial "Off road" that was produced by Big Fish and directed by Warwick. Another applause to the director Tom Schlagkamp that climbed all the way to the top of the podium and received the Young Director's Award for European Webfilm for his “Rock’n’roll Manifesto”.
The amazing spot for Indian Premium League that Chimney, together with Bang Bang Films and B-reel, produced during the spring has just won 2 silver awards in Asia!
In 2001 some great people at M&C Saatchi, RSA films and Y&R started "The Fireflies Ride", something that came to be an annual event. Amateur cyclists from the advertising and film industry traverse 1000+ km across the alps from Lake Geneva to Cannes, cycling over 18 mountains in just 8 days and arrive June 20th during the Cannes Lions advertising festival.
The FireFlies are committed to raising money for Leuka, a charity formed to support Research & Treatment of Leukaemia at the Hammersmith Hospital,
London, renowned as a world leader in treatment of Cancers of the Blood. FireFlies have raised an incredible £1.2 Million in aid of Leuka so far.
Inspired by the courage it takes to fight Cancer the riders, generously supported by Film Directors Sir Ridley Scott & Tony Scott, tackle the most grueling climbs of the Tour de France; the motto is:
FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER WE RIDE
Careful preparations have been made by Chimney´s rider, Mattias Eklund, and brutal training takes place as we speak:
"Cycling is pretty much like doing great sound for film, you push yourself to the ultimate limit of what you thought was possible and then you try to forget the taste of blood in your mouth, put in the the next gear and give it another 30%" he says with a smile.
"Another great thing is that you get to wear these really nice, fast and fancy clothes". he adds.
We wish him the best of luck in this years edition of The fireflies ride. SEE YOU IN CANNES!
Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Yasmin Le Bon, Cindy Crawford and Eva Herzigova teamed up with Duran Duran and Director Jonas Åkerlund and his Swedish team at Stockholm based, The Chimney Pot, to create the epic video for the song "Girl Panic", shot on location in the beautiful Savoy Hotel in London. The super models play the band members in this short-movie / video that is 10 min long. It was a challenge for the director to sync the calendars of the band and the models but we are grateful they finally got it to work out!
Henric Larsson, CEO ”It was a great challenge for us at The Chimney Pot to help create the look of the video and make sure these beauties looked perfect. This job was a cooperation with our sister company Uncle Berlin.”
Helena De Brun, supervisor Chimney ”Last years video of the year was Telephone with Lady Gaga and Beyoncé that we also worked on, this video by Duran Duran will be this years most talked about video! It was an intense month of working double shifts in two countries to make the deadline. We are excausted but proud!”
This project was another chance for Chimney to continue it's long cooperation with top-ranked director Jonas Åkerlund and to add (probably the last opportunity...) work for these five top models to our huge portfolio of work for the biggest artists in the world.
At an early stage of preproduction of his international debut Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, director Tomas Alfredsson asked The Chimney Pot to get involved in the VFX for the film. TCP has done a lot of work previously with both Tomas and the DOP Hoyte van Hoytema so we were very exited when they asked us to work with them on TTSS. On the film Let the right one in TCP did the DI, VFX, grading and sound design with great results.
We now got the chance to prove ourselves once again creating one of the key shots of the film, and it all grew from there. The director and producers were so impressed with our first shot of the MI6 archive that TCP ended up completing almost a hundred VFX shots for the film in the end. The most essential VFX shot establishing the massive underground MI6 archive was supposed to be a big collage of filmed plates stitched together. Due to problems a very small studio set, TCP VFX supervisor Fredrik Nord decided to recreate the whole archive in 3D instead. Survey photos and measurements of the small part of the set filmed previously were done in London and the digital archive was then built and rendered by 3D supervisor Ruslan Ogorodnik at TCP.
The challenge of creating a full 4K CG shot in 3D turned out to be quite difficult since the level of detail for realism is very critical in 4K. Actors filmed at a set in London were rotoscoped and placed in the 3D environment. The director was so pleased with the finished VFX that he decided to do one more scene with the archive and TCP got the chance to bid and create the remaining VFX shots of the film. In the end TCP created a large variety of shots for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Everything from creating 3D flies to set extensions and retouch. We are very pleased with the results and the positive response we got from everyone in production.
We also provided all the DI services to the production company Working Title. Our Senior colorist Mats Holmgren tell us more about the process:
"Before the shooting of Tinker Tailor we did some tests with the dop Hoyte van Hoytema. He was looking for grain. Grain and an impressionistic look, with inspiration from a nice book he had, was the guiding principle. We did the scanning and grade in 4K to get the best result out of the 35mm film negative. By underexposing the negative, Hoyte got a result that caused me to lift the gamma quite high during the grade, also causing a heavy amount of grain. Hoyte was happy with the look. We watched a print in the cinema. It was recorded in 4K with the arrirecorder.
A year later it was scanned and conformed in 4K ready to grade.
We desaturated the film and took a little blue out so we got a warmer tonality. The underexposed negative worked just great.
I have worked with DOP Hoyte van Hoytema and director Tomas Alfredson on several films before this one. I can only say that the grading came along naturally using the nice negative Hoyte and Tomas delivered us."
Executive Producer : Fredrik Zander
VFX Producers : Anneli Oscarsson Emma Stenborg
VFX Supervisor : Fredrik Nord
3D Supervisor : Ruslan Ogorodnik
Compositors : Olle Peterson, Oskar Larsson, Axel Klostermann, Andreas Karlsson