5. Your films are classified as docu-fiction. Could you tell us a little more about this genre? Which aspects of your films are fictional and which documentary?
I think what makes our work process special is that we meet our actors first, and then write and structure the script around them. This way we can work everything we have learned about the individual person into our story – their lifestyle, their family, and their surroundings. This creates a very documentary-like impression. However, everything that happens in the movie happens because we wrote it that way, so it’s completely fictional.
6. Could you tell us a little bit about the filmmaking process? Working with a very small team, how do you divide the work? How do you write the script, and how much collaboration is there with your characters? How long did it take for you to film and complete this movie?
We really are a very small team. Rainer is in charge of the camera, I do the sound. That’s it. No assistants, no lightning technicians, nothing at all. Therefore we highly rely on the participation of the actors. The shoot for Mister Universo took exactly six weeks. After a short break, we started editing. It took a little over half a year to finish the final edit.
7. Finally, may we ask if you already have plans for your next project, and if so, would you be willing to share some details?
We are currently working on a documentary, which is set in the fading world of the old “Wienerlied.” Just like in Mister Universo, we have found remarkable characters whose stories simply have to be told.