Forks and Other Weapons: A Propmaker's World

Archived event Berlin 2020
Time / Location
Feb 23rd 2020 / HAU3 - Top Floor
Simon Weisse moderated by Andrew Amondson
Admission with ticket only: Talents, industry, general public | learn more
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Lay down your arms! Simon Weisse moves props from his Berlin-based workshop into sight for a peek into his niche art. Simon’s notable career has seen him create model cities populated by dogs and futuristic weapons for detail-obsessed directors like Wes Anderson and the Wachowskis. From brainstorming to the painful hours of precisiongluing, Simon invites us into his creative process. Keen to counter the regime of waste that shadows a propmaker’s work, Simon battles it out in pursuit of sustainability in the world of cinematic miniatures.

Guido Castagnoli

Andrew Amondson

Andrew Amondson is a 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 and is currently a member of the production and development team at Studio Olafur Eliasson. He is based in Berlin and Los Angeles.

Studio Babelsberg

Simon Weisse

The prop maker, production designer and model builder Simon Weisse represents an increasingly rare profession in the world of film production – the craft of miniature stage construction. Using examples he worked on, like Tom Tykwer’s PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER, Steven Spielberg’s BRIDGE OF SPIES and series like HOMELAND and BERLIN STATION, he will explain numerous techniques and methods of his craft, from the design stage through to shooting on set.