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Our AIM is to BRING TALENTED PEOPLE TOGETHER: READ HOW BERLIN BASED director Ben Galster MET HIS NEXT CLIENT at BERLIN FASHION FILM FESTIVAL 2016

Like a goldfish in an bowl - ending love affairs are always dreary. On the other hand they are an engine for creative output ever since and beginnings of something new...

Today we are talking with Ben Galster who attended this year's BFFF, where he has met the musician DENA just after her concert at our venue - and - where both started talking about collaborating with each other on a professional level... The result is a music video for her new single "FREAKING OUT" where she is trying to overcome one of those mashups of intentions... 

At least in terms of her clip, it's been a fruitful cooperation! We've had a little chat with Ben about his experience. 

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HEY BEN, HOW WAS THE BFFF2016 FOR YOU?
THE ATMOSPHERE, THE PEOPLE?

It's been great to meet other professionals in an relaxed and casual environment and to have the chance to get chatty about trends, projects and the industry without any obligations! To make new contacts and meet old friends as well... I'm in Berlin for a year now and lived in London for a long time before that: The BFFF was very helpful in building up a new and inspiring network!  

HOW DID IT CAME TO THE CONTACT WITH DENA?

Lynden Campbell from DOMINO London was holding a presentation about Music Rights at the talk sessions. Afterwards we got in touch and drank a beer at the after-hour party. She then introduced me to one of her artists, who was DENA and who has just presented some of her songs from her recent EP right after the award-show. We came along quite well and met again afterwards, the video you see is the result of that!

ANY SPECIAL MOMENTS WHILE SHOOTING?

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One of our production-cars has been stolen during the night just before the shoot... This, how you can imagine, caused some complications and excitement... Luckily it has been found within the next day: On a parking lot at the outskirts of Berlin. More important: The whole equipment was still inside. No damage. Nothing missing.    

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How was the process of conceptualisation?

Normally I'm asking the artist about his 10 favourite things/references, which can come from any direction and context... Those informations I then include in two or three concepts. When one of them sounds attractive enough and fits to the budget, we move a step further... 

According to the final result: We were thinking of David Fincher's FIGHT CLUB, you'll see it in the colour-grading, the atmosphere created by the lighting, as well as in the image showing the support group circle. It's been important for us to tell a story and light was the main factor in that context. The DP Julian Landweer did a great job on that one.

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We wanted to have a bit playback in the video and the setup with the support group circle opened up a lot of options without risking to become boring...  And it's obvious at first sight that she's telling her personal story at the moment...

where did you shoot & WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS? ANY FOLLOWING COLLABORATIONS?

We had two long days for our shoot and seven locations all across Berlin, what had been an exciting task in terms of logistics! 

And definitively yes! We're already planning our following collaboration! More things are waiting in the pipe line.

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Thanks Ben for sharing your good experience with us. See you at the BFFF 2017 then! 

AND thanks to Dena for a great concert at BFFF 2016! We love to see you freaking out!


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