I had the honor to contribute to the 3rd series of the brilliant Heimat Triology by Edgar Reitz. It’s a software that serves as a MP3 DJ mixer, a lightshow user interface and a controller for fireworks which can be seen in the last part of Heimat 3, called “Goodbye to Schabbach”.
The software was done in MaxMSP and did actually work, but in the end it was only the user interface that was filmed while the sound, light and fireworks were controlled seperately. Everything was composed afterwards in the cut.
I’ve always been a big fan of the first Heimat series and was surprised when Irmhild Gumm asked me if I could do this job. She used to study with me at the HFG in Offenbach and was doing Production Design for the 3rd series of the triology at the time.
The plot for the computer user interface scene is about the young Saxon electrician Tillmann (Peter Schneider) from the former eastern part of Germany who connected his old Robotron computer (from the GDR) with a new Apple Powerbook and used this setup at the Millenium New Year’s Eve celebration at the “Gï¿½nderrode House” of Hermï¿½nnche and Clarissa, the principal performers.