Shooting Diary

Phase 1: Germany

September 15, 2008. The shooting for Energy Autonomy The Code of Survival begins. Our six person crew starts a journey that will take us to eleven countries all over the world in more than 80 days. In the first week, shooting in Germany is scheduled, mainly with regard to the topic of energy efficiency.

While Hermann Scheer is examining a super efficient building in the center of Germany, we are filming traditional apartment houses that have been renovated to meet the ecological and economical standards of a passive low-energy-house.

Technical challenges shape the first week. For this shooting, a brand new type of camera has been chosen, a state-of-the-art cinema camera with High Definition (HD) resolution. A challenge worth taking, according to both the director, Carl-A. Fechner, and the camera operator, Sorin Dragoi. This statement is supported by the first images, which are of an outstanding quality.

On Saturday, the last day of this shooting block, we are in Berlin. Hermann Scheer is preparing a speech on his concept for 100 percent renewable energies in China. Together with a Chinese specialist he analyses a computer animation that presents this scenario. The shooting is highly interesting not only for us, but also for the camera team of the UTOPIA internet community. UTOPIA is producing a short feature about the Energy Autonomy crew at work, supplemented by interviews with Hermann Scheer and Carl-A. Fechner. This feature will soon be available at, and both a written report and pictures of the shooting are online there even now. You can find direct links to this in the Press Review section.

The first week is over. After six long marathon days we are still enthusiastic, full of energy, and looking forward to the coming week in Northern Europe.