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M - The Making of a Series

11.02.2019 - Christoph Brunner, Martin Gschlacht, Hannes Salat, moderated by Andrew Amondson

Successive storytelling is what first comes to mind when we think about series. But that’s only part of the puzzle. Descend into the underworlds of M – A City Hunts a Murderer, the serial adaption of Fritz Lang’s 1931 masterpiece. The cinematographer, production designer and editor shed light on the benefits of their multi-layered collaboration during production. These experts from the world of film (collaborators on Ulrich Seidl’s In the Basement and the horror-hit Goodnight Mommy) tell us about the specificities of workflows and the shared responsibilities of each department under the circumstances of serial production.


Christoph Brunner

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Christoph Brunner is a freelance film editor. He studied directing and cinematography at the Film Academy Vienna after attending Die Graphische in Vienna. His credits include the television series M – A CITY HUNTS A MURDERER (2018), Josef Hader’s WILD MOUSE (2017) and Ulrich Seidl’s IN THE BASEMENT (2014). In 2017, he won the Filmplus editing award for documentary film (together with Christof Scherteinleib) for Ulrich Seidl’s SAFARI.

Martin Gschlacht

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Martin Gschlacht is an Austrian cinematographer and film producer who works internationally. In 1999, he helped established the production company Coop99. Highlights include a Golden Bear, two European Film Awards and an Oscar nomination. As a cinematographer, he mainly works on arthouse films. He has won multiple Austrian Film Awards and took home a European Film Prize in 2015. Last year saw the release of his first contribution to a major American studio production.

Hannes Salat

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Hannes Salat was born in Vienna in 1969 and has been a production designer since 1999. He received an Austrian Film Award in 2016 (together with Hubert Klausner) and again in 2017. In addition to his film projects, he teaches production design at the Film Academy Vienna and at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Moderated by

Andrew Amondson

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Andrew Amondson is an independent producer, director and creative whose work includes Emmy award-winning nonfiction series and narrative and documentary films, the most recent of which was commissioned by the Wim Wenders Foundation. He was a member of the Berlinale Talents selection committee from 2004 to 2007, responsible for developing and curating a number of special programmes. Andrew is based in Berlin and Los Angeles.