A Member Of
The Directors Guild
A 3D animated feature film that I have just directed based on the best selling book "Der Kleine Medicus" written by the famous German doctor, Prof. Dietrich Grönemeyer.
"Nano" and "Lilly" get shrunk down and go on a fantastic journey through the human body in a hi-tech capsule as they try to chase and destroy a remote controlled "Gobot" developed by the evil "Schlotter".
Status: In German cinemas from 30th October 2014.
Produced by Wunderwerk
These awards are for technical achievement and innovation in the Film and TV Industry. This year we had over seventy entries with several companies submitting new ranges of fantastic quality lenses. It was definitely.. "Back to Anamorphics" year!
That fantastic "look" which peaked in the 70's with out of focus backgrounds and twinkling highlights has come back with the development of distortion free lenses suitable for both film and digital production.
I've been a Jury Member for the last eight years and yet again enjoyed the difficult but rewarding job of selecting the winners.
1973 - 1978
BBC Television - Film Department - London
Asst. Dubbing Mixer in Film Dubbing Theater
Trainee Assistant Film Cameraman
Production Assistant - Trainee Director
CAL Production - London
Founded CAL Production as my first video and film production company.
Directed over 150 image films, documentaries and shorts.
Opened one of the first video rental shops in the UK.
CAL Videographics - London
Founded the first video computer graphics company in the UK.
We made visual effects for films including Superman III, Emerald Forest, Peter Greenaway's 'Dante's Inferno’... Station idents for all major UK and many European TV channels... Music Videos for Elton John, Paul McCartney, Dire Straits, Mike Oldfield etc.
We also worked with all the major advertising agencies and production companies both nationally and internationally.
CAL Group Ltd - London
The group of companies included CAL Videographics, Axis Associates Design, and Peter Claridge Pictures based at Shepperton Studios. The concept being to provide a "total service" for design, computer animation and live action shooting.
Media Technologie MTC AG
1988 - 1990
Media Technologie MTC AG - Zürich - Switzerland
Founded as a production company based at Limelight Studios in Zürich.
Wrote and directed "Always in Time" a visual effects film for Swatch using motion control.
Developed "VIA - The Media Network". A concept for delivering media over the telephone network using hardware from Sony. Their business development manager said "It was the best business concept he had seen in the last ten years!".
Scanline Animation - Munich - Germany
Co-founded Scanline Animation as computer animation production company in Bavaria Film Studios together with Thomas Zauner and Stephanie Stalf.
Bavaria Film Studios - Munich - Germany
For three years I was the Digital Production Supervisor at Bavaria Film where I also wrote and directed `The Castle’ as a promotional film for the studios.
1993 - 1995
MTC GmbH - Munich - Germany
Co-founded the production company with Christof Gurland within the Bavaria Studios complex. During this time I was also a consultant to French investors during their purchase of
Babelsberg Studios in Berlin.
Finally sold M.T.C. GmbH to Bavaria Film GmbH to form a daughter company ‘Bavaria Interactive’.
Peter Claridge Pictures
Directed a series of Disney “Mickey Mouse” TV commercials for Lang Film in Stuttgart.
Helicops - Series One
2nd Unit Director and VFX Supervisor for Polyphon Film on the TV action series 'Helicops'
1 x 90mins Pilot
13 x 45 mins episodes.
VFX Supervisor for a 90 minute RTL TV Movie directed by American, Joe Coppoletta.
Helicops Series - 2
Directed three One hour episodes of the action TV series “Helicops” for Polyphon / SAT1.
Visual Effects Supervisor for Carl Schenkel's movie "Hostile Takeover".
Shot in Frankfurt, Munich and Bavaria Studios.
Never Too Dark
Directed "Never too Dark".
A twenty five minute Action Thriller for Microsoft.
Produced by the Cadrage Agency.
Directed 4 x One hour episodes of the police action TV series “Die Kumpel” on SAT1
Producers: r+m projektfilm
Directed ‘Tamanana’ a family CGI animated film using “Performance Capture” of the actors.
A Zeitsprung production.
Driving Technology – Faster
Directed “Driving Technology – Faster” a short film about the development of technology in Formula One motor racing, featuring Nicki Lauda.
Producer: Cadrage Agency
Directed “EcoFast” as a short humorous look at the differences between working with technology from Siemens… or without it!
Producer: Cadrage Agency
Post production visual effects consultant on the
RTL 90 min. TV Movie “Post Impact”.
Tandem Communications / UFO Film / RTL.
2nd Unit Director and Visual Effects Supervisor on the feature film “Siegfried”.
Animatronic animals, real animals, actors, a CGI dragon… and children! Shot in Slovakia, post in Munich and Prague.
Producer: Constantin Film
I directed over eighty crime reconstruction films
for the TV series "Aktenzeichen XY…".
The 'new look' show grew to regular viewing figures of between 4 to 5 million+ viewers with one of my episodes reaching 5.9m.
Producers: Securitel / ZDF
Wernher von Braun
2009 “The Rocket Man” a 90 minute Drama Documentary made for ZDF by Zeitsprung Entertainment in Cologne, traces the life of Wernher von Braun from childhood through to the Apollo moon landing in 1969.
The Little Medic
2011-2014 Directed “Der Kleine Medicus" an animated CGI 3D feature film based on the best selling books by Dietrich Groenemeyer.
Producers: Wunderwerk in co-produktion with der kleine medicus beteiligungs GmbH, Zeitsprung Pictures, Senator Film München and Beta Film.
Disney - Mickey Mouse
Helicops - Series One
Helicops - Series 2
Never Too Dark
The Little Medic
Peter Claridge Pictures - Munich
After many years of starting and running companies, I decided to concentrate on my directing.
Here is a selection of some projects I have worked on over the years since then.
CGI & VISUAL EFFECTS
Smoke and mirrors have been replaced by bits and bytes
but the result should be the same... the illusion must be convincing!
At a trade exhibition in the early 1980's
I saw the first prototype of a computer graphics system designed for television.
It was produced by a leading American hardware manufacturer and was being demonstrated with all the "bells and whistles" associated with launch of such a pioneering product. When I approached a salesman to ask about the price, I was viewed up and down and being only twenty five years old, was obviously assessed as not being a suitable prospect for such an expensive piece of equipment... I was suitably dismissed.
However, not too far away the BBC and Logica were showing their new product, "Flair". Also a paint system for television graphics, it was a rival to the American system, but without the same "bells and whistles" type of sales presentation
...so I bought one!
That was the start of CAL VideoGraphics Ltd,
the first facilities company based in London to specialize in computer graphics for television.
I went on to buy the first commercially available Paintbox from Quantel, the first FGS4000 3D animation system from Bosch... and to build a company which was to become internationally well known for it's excellence in 2D and 3D computer animation.
Shortly after setting up CAL I directed "Travelers Cheques... No Problem!"
a twenty six minute film for Barclays Bank staring Robert Lindsey.
It was the first time in Britain that live action had been combined with computer generated backgrounds. The visual effects scenes were used as dream sequences intercut with the normal live action. The Flair 8bit computer images were then used as backgrounds in the blue screen sets at Wembley Studios.
The film went on to win many international awards.
Art Direction: Malcolm Stone and Ricky Eyers
This is what really kick-started my career in CGI and Visual Effects.
We provided the "on-screen" displays which were used in the showdown scene at the end of the film. On the right are the steps we needed to produce the 3D "green wireframe" animations!
It's short but sweet!
* First we made two physical plaster models of Christopher Reeve.
* We then cut up one into thin horizontal slices, the other into vertical ones.
* Next I traced around every "slice" of both models onto separate sheets of paper.
* Then every individual contour was "plotted" into the software.
* This data was then used to construct a "wireframe" model of Superman.
* A 3D program produced the animations to rotate him around all three axis.
* That animation was then printed out frame by frame onto paper, in black and white.
* Afterwards every frame was "frame-grabbed" into Flair with a video camera.
* Then, by hand and again frame by frame, the original black line was converted to green.
* Next each frame was recorded for ten seconds onto video tape.
*Finally, in a editing suite, a single frame from each of the ten second sequences was cut together to produce the final animation! Twenty five frames for each second.
An amazing process that could be done today with the computing power of a mobile phone! As the business grew and CAL VideoGraphics became well known as an animation and VFX facility, we opened Axis Associates as a design company and Peter Claridge Pictures at Shepperton Studios to provide film and video production services.
Sitting in a dark cinema immersed in a story being played out
on a huge screen is always a magical moment for me.
It's been a long journey getting to this point and it's difficult to put into words what I feel about directing my first cinema film after forty three years of directing.
A 3D animated feature film actually brings together all the things I have learn along the way... live action, visual effects, CGI animation, music and of course creating a wonderful soundtrack which brought me in a complete circle back to where I started at the BBC... Film Sound!
It was an amazing team effort and I look forward very much to my next project, "Crazy Island inspired by Mordillo", it will be a big challenge and another exciting adventure.
The Little Medic (Der Kleine Medicus) will be in cinemas from
30th October 2014.
Produced by Wunderwerk
I was the 2nd Unit Director and Visual Effects Supervisor for Sven Unterwald's movie produced by Constantin Film. It's the story of Siegfried... but seen through the eyes of German comedian Tom Gerhard!
Working with the animatronics company John Cox's Creature Workshop, and the world famous animal trainer Karl Lewis, I was contracted to look after the other lead characters... a pig and a dragon... along with casting hundreds of kids looking for the perfect "Baby Siegfried" !
Television is where I started my career... l often look back and say a big
"Thank-you" to the BBC for giving me such a great training.
Wernher von Braun... "The Rocket Man".
A mix of documentary archive footage and newly shot drama reconstructions filmed in HD. It tells the story of this intreaging man, from his childhood vision, through developing the V2 rocket for Hitler and culminating with the Apollo landing on the moon for NASA.
ZDF / Zeitsprung Entertainment
Format: TV Drama Documentary - 90 mins.
Broadcast on German TV since 1967, XY... is a "crime reconstruction" show on ZDF. It is made in co-operation with the police to ask for the viewers assistance with unsolved crimes.
This original German show formed the basis for "Crimewatch" in the UK and "Americas Most Wanted" in the USA.
Over several years I shot over eighty films for the series.
ZDF / Securitel
Format: TV - 90 mins.
Helicops was a "very high production value" TV series for SAT1 in Germany.
I directed three one hour episodes, after being the Visual Effects Supervisor for the ninety minute pilot and the first season of thirteen episodes. Action packed with stunts and visual effects, it was a series about an elite "High Tech" police response unit that used a helicopter full of very futuristic technology to track down the villains!
Starring: Christoph M. Ohrt, Matthias Matz, Doreen Jacobi, Iris Junik, Peter Simonischek, Joachim Kretzer... and others.
Die Kumpel was also a police TV series for SAT1 in Germany.
This time I directed four one hour episodes of the light hearted crime series set in the mining area of central Germany.
Starring: Katharina Abt, Frank Stieren, Axel Häfner, Bernd Stegemann, Volker Büdts, Ingo Naujoks... and others.
To browse through a selection of videos please click on the categories listed below.
They include pioneering CGI projects, Image Films, Music Videos, Commercials, Golden Oldies...
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