The short film "FORMATION" - a little retrospective

in the lead role - Manuel Dragan




The short film "FORMATION" produced in Stall and Rangersdorf (Carinthia/Austria) is already reaching international level. Several awards have been won in different countries, in different categories. Other film festivals have been submitted.

To really get to the bottom of "FORMATION", you have to look back to 2012. There the first critical thoughts of Helmut Michael Kemmer emerged, which he chatted with one of his friends. A few months later - at the beginning of 2013 - he published the first texts in his socially critical essay "Ich bin Rebell." (I am Rebell). In the winter of 2017, Josef M. Fasching, a native of Mörtschacher and a good friend of Helmut Michael, spoke on the phone. Both had already made several short films together. This was the birth of FORMATION. They first visited the Forum for Filmmakers in Austria. There they met the Viennese director Vesely Marek and the professional actor Manuel Dragan. After discussing the script and possibilities together, they joined the project. The production work began and more and more team members were found. The film commission Carinthia helped with this. Grandurfilm Studio from Klagenfurt agreed to provide all the film equipment. Nearly three months of preparation were due for only two days of filming. For the search of the rest of the team, the performers and comparators, they were supported by the local newspapers. When the municipalities of Stall and Rangersdorf pledged their support, nothing stood in the way of the shooting. The film team was ready for February 26, 2018.
"It was a march of protest! A march for humanity. Against the superficiality, politically neutral and against the course of time. Currently, we have chosen technology instead of the human, the closeness, affection and togetherness. We have opted for control instead of relying on responsibility and trust. Right now, we should listen to these thoughts and take a path again, where mutual, respect and honesty place a much higher priority than other values." This is what FORMATION stands for, according to the author.
Our world is in the hands of those "making and creating", not in those who "let go and look away". So was the motto of the film people and actors who made the short film "FORMATION" in the communities of Stall and Rangersdorf in the Mölltal. They showed solidarity. A rare commodity in the present day. They all bit their teeth together and showed idealism and re-energised the freezing cold. Where the technique almost failed, at minus 20 ° C, they marched, played them and worked them.
The short film was awarded to a large audience in Lienz on 3 November 2018. The feedback was consistently positive, the premiere a great success. After being advertised at the festivals in Austria, the film is now taking to the international stage. The first submissions have been made and the first international festival results have already been submitted:
Winner TOPSHORTS Las Vegas/USA Best Song - Lockstep Jakob Eder
Winner Cult Critic Awards Kolkata/India Best Soundtrack Jakob Eder
Winner European Cinematography Awards Amsterdam/NL Best Poster Markus Bernsteiner
Finalist European Cinematography Awards Amsterdam/NL Best Short Team
Winner New York Cinematography Awards New York/USA Best Poster Markus Bernsteiner
Finalist New York Cinematography Awards New York/USA Best Short Team
Winner 52 Weeks Film Festival California/USA Best Short Team
Winner 52 Weeks Film Festival California/USA Best Actor Manuel Dragan
Winner Anaheim Film Festival California/USA Best Social Issue Team
Winner Florence Film Awards Florence/Italy Best Sound Design Sebastian Kübler
Winner Crown Wood Int. Film Festival Kolkata/India Best Actor Manuel Dragan
Winner (Bronze) Independent International Film Festiaval Los Angeles/USA Best Experimental Short Vesely Marek
Winner (Bronze) Independent International Film Festiaval Los Angeles/USA Best Editing Vesely Marek
Finalist The Oaks International Film Festival California/USA Best Short Team
Winner TOP Indie Film Awards Tokio / Japan Best Writing Helmut Michael Kemmer
Finalist Buenos Aires International Film Festival Buenos Aires Best Soundtrack Jakob Eder
 

Bilder von der Premiere im CineX Lienz (Photos Philipp Brunner)

 Formation is about freedom and personal responsibility. We prefer technology rather than humanity. It is a protest march against superficiality and votes against the passage of time. This raises the question of whether we humans still make their own decisions or if something else, such as technologies, media, states, corporations decide for us. The special thing about the filming of Formation is that it was shot on the DJI Inspire 2, a movie drone, in the Mölltal (in Lainach & Stall).  The majority of the team comes from our regions.  The theme is a bit daring and contemporary.
 
 Helmut Michael Kemmer puts it in a nutshell: "Art internalizes criticism! Art internalizes emotions! Art internalizes incompatible! In an always own way! "For the directorial work the Viennese director Vesely Marek could be won. The cameraman Josef M. Fasching and Raphael Urf (GrandurFilmStudio), who came from the Mölltal, took over the picture design together with his colleagues Max Ehrlich and Janine Dezman from Klagenfurt and all the equipment. The production team strengthened Josef Fasching senior, Heidi Schober, Werner Gradnig and Gerald Dellacher. The poster was designed by Markus Bernsteiner. The film music was done by Jakob Eder.
 The main role was played by actor Manuel Dragan from Klagenfurt as the moderator of time. The supporting roles include Gernot Aichholzer, Norman Patrick Zanin, Andreas Ortner, Mag. Regina Stich, Michaela Jessica Rehak, Christian Thaler, Judith Schober, Andreas Brandstätter, Laura-Penelope Draxl, Marko Mavija, Mager Sylvia, Karoline Thaler, Andreas Lackner, Andreas To see Brandstätter and Mathias Funder. The children roles were played by Tobias Thaler and Julia Thaler.
 
 Thanks to all the helpers who contributed greatly to the success of this film project, the film team sincerely thanks them for, among other things, the use of the volunteer fire brigade Lainach, the support of the police Winklern and the communities of Stall and Rangersdorf. Thanks are also due to Theo Ebner (Margaretenbad Lainach), Café Suntinger in Stall, Getränkewelt Lienz, the bakery Dullnig, Physiotherapie Kemmer and ADEG Pichler in Großkirchheim.

Director

VESELY MAREK

 

Screenplay

HELMUT MICHAEL KEMMER

 

Production Manager

GERALD DELLACHER

HEIDI SCHOBER

 

Assistant Director

KRISTINA ZENZ

 

CAST

In Order of Appearence

 

                                                                                                   Moderator          MANUEL DRAGAN

                              

                                                                           Restaurant Guest RED          REGINA STICH

                                                                      Restaurant Guest BLACK          NORMAN PATRICK ZANIN

                                                                         Restaurant Guest BLUE          LAURA-PENELOPE DRAXL

                                                                                             Businessman           GERNOT AICHHOLZER

                                                                                                          Author            ANDREAS ORTNER

 

                                                                                                          Father             CHRISTIAN THALER

                                                                                                         Mother             MICHAELA JESSICA REHAK

                                                                                                                Girl              JULIA THALER

                                                                                                                Boy              TOBIAS THALER

 

                                                                                                        Woman               JUDITH SCHOBER

                                                                                                               Man                ANDREAS BRANDSTÄTTER

 

                                                                                                     Teenager               JUDITH SCHOBER

 

CAST

in Formation

 

MICHAELA JESSICA REHAK

ANDREAS ORTNER

ANDREAS LACKNER

KAROLINE THALER

ANDREAS BRANDSTÄTTER

MAGER SYLVIA

MATHIAS FUNDER

REGINA STICH

LAURA-PENELOPE DRAXL

MARKO MAVIJA

NORMAN PATRICK ZANIN

HEIDI SCHOBER

 

                                                                                                Producer                  HELMUT MICHAEL KEMMER

                                                                                                                                      VESELY MAREK

 

                                                                           Executive Producer                   HEIDI SCHOBER

                                                                  Production Coordinator                  WERNER GRADNIG

                                                                        Production Assistant                   MICHAELE KEMMER

 

                                                                 Director of Photography                   JOSEF M. FASCHING

                                                                 Drone/Camera Operator                   RAPHAEL URF

                                                                                Assistant Camera                   MATHIAS MÜLLER

 

                                                                                          Sound Mixer                   JANINE DEZMAN

                                                                                            

                                                                                       Sound Design                   SEBASTIAN KÜBLER

 

                                                                                              Translator                   LAURA-PENELOPE DRAXL

 

                                                                                     ADR Supervisor                  ERWIN MEISEL

                                                                                   ADR recorded at                  CGG WIEN

 

 

                                                                                    Postproduction                  VESELY MAREK

 

                                                                                                       Gaffer                   MAX EHRLICH

                                                                                                   Key Grip                  JOSEF FASCHING SENIOR

 

                                                                                      Graphics Artist                  MARKUS BERNSTEINER

 

                                                                                Set Photographer                  TANJA PFLEGER

 

                                                                                                      Drivers                   ALFRED KEMMER

                                                                                                                                        MELANIE UNTEREINER

 

Music by

JAKOB EDER

 

Silent Hill         Saloon        Dream it true         Is it better now         Lockstep

 

Is it the end

 

Funded by

 

GEMEINDE STALL

 

GEMEINDE RANGERSDORF

 

 

Supported by

 

CARINTHIA FILM COMMISSION

 

GRANDUR FILMSTUDIO

 

COPTER LOG SERVICES

 

JMF FILM

 

EAGLE WAVE RECORDS

 

PHYSIOTHERAPIE KEMMER

 

ADEG MARIA & ERNST PICHLER GROSSKIRCHHEIM

 

BÄCKEREI DULLNIG STALL

 

GETRÄNKEWELT LIENZ

 

 

BIG THANKS TO

 

DIE FREIWILLIGE FEUERWEHR LAINACH

DIE POLIZEI WINKLERN

FAMILIE KEMMER

CAFE RESTAURANT SUNTINGER STALL

ERHOLUNGSHOTEL  MARGARETHENBAD RANGERSDORF

MADELAINE ZWISCHENBERGER

 

ALSO THANKS TO

 

THOMAS F.J. LEDERER

CHRISTOF WRUSSNIG

ANGELIKA CORI TREFFNER

 

 

 


"Art internalizes criticism! Art internalizes emotions! Art internalizes incompatible! In an always own way!"