This video won the third price in the Muvi-Awards
during the Oberhausener Short Film Days 2001. Quite an
achievement, more so when you know that it was made on a
production budget of just 60 German Marks. For
intro.de, director Daniela Sieling reports on the history
of the project:
"Last year, I also made a video, for the song "Das bisschen besser" by Die Sterne,
for the Muvi-Award at the Oberhausener Short Film Days. I was very pleased with the
result, so I asked Matthew Elliot (The Third Eye Foundation) whether it would be okay
if I used his music for a video. He immediately agreed, so I shot it in four
evenings in my living room, in December 2000. The actors: four friends and me.
a 3-Chip Sony camera, and then cut it in about a week in January 2001 on my Pentium 2
computer using Adobe Premiere 4.2. Doing it was great, since I could do everything
myself. It cost me about 60 German Marks for the material.
The idea is based on the theme of the music. When I heard the piece, I had immediately
pictured arguing humans. That was my guideline, everything else followed more or less
intuitively from there.
In the video, a woman is seen sitting at the kitchentable, with four different people,
talking to her. She herself says nothing, and behaves rather passively.
Then the four suddenly get excited and come on to her aggressively - an everyday form of
mutual Vampirism or identity exchange."
Who looks at this beautiful work of Daniela Sieling should in any case see it through
to the end. Only in the last quarter one sees, parallel to the deconstruction of the musical
theme, how what's happening in the up to that point peaceful kitchen escalates.
Loss of distance and crossing boundaries come into the play, cause and effect of the human
motive for aggression lie on the dissection table. Is that Vampirism? Abel Ferrara,
(translated from http://www.intro.de/)