TYPO Berlin photos


Just before the very last talk, when Jürgen Siebert thanked all participators, moderators and sponsors on stage, the main screen showed a set of long time exposure photos prepared by Alexander Branczyk and his FH Dortmund students using a computer operated LED stick originated in the Berlin based Trafo Pop movement. They happened to have prepared an »Antithesis« file and performed the photo with me.

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Photos of film shooting

Here is a selection of photos from the film sets.

They are in fairly high resolution and quality and should be fit even for print.
Please click on the preview images to download the full quality RGB JPG version.
Please make sure you include credits to the photographers wherever possible. You will find them in the file names. They are mainly by Daniel Scholz, but a few are by Christiane Kupfer. Daniel Scholz is a professional photographer and therefore requires the credits.

Important: Please wait with the release until after TYPO Berlin (May 17th 2014).

The first photo is the key visual. I will use it wherever possible myself, and have just ordered posters and flyers with that visual.

Antithesis - Photo by Daniel Scholz-1


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Antithesis release in spring 2014

Photo: Daniel Scholz

Photo: Daniel Scholz

Premiere on TYPO San Francisco & Berlin

It’s time I let you know about how things are shaping up for Antithesis.

I’m excited to announce that I will introduce the film to the public during two presentations on TYPO San Francisco (April 10–11 2014) and TYPO Berlin (May 15–17 2014).
Thanks to the tremendous support of the teams of FontShop in Berlin and San Francisco this makes for the awesomest imaginable release scope.

Yanone speaking on TYPO Berlin 2010, being introduced by Indra Kupferschmid

Yanone speaking on TYPO Berlin 2010, being introduced by Indra Kupferschmid

Release of the typeface

Another exciting announcement: The typeface shall henceforth be known as FF Antithesis and released soon. The wonderful people at FontShop International have accepted to release Antithesis within their renowned FontFont library. This is a deviation from my original plan to go all independent in type publishing. But it was my own decision and I’m very happy with it.

New web site

A completely reworked web site will go online in May after TYPO Berlin and replace this blog. It will thoroughly describe the typeface and how the film blends into it and all about the film and its making anyway.

This will also be the online release date of the film. I want to wait with the public release until just after the second of the two conferences.

Thanks for listening and stay tuned.

Not a 3D film

I’m deep into the preparations of the film — scene planning, location scouting, technical preparations. Filming is scheduled for August and October. And things are slowly getting exciting now.

But there’s an announcement that can’t wait any longer: The Antithesis film is not going to be a 3D film like I broadly advertised from early on.
I researched deep into the stereoscopic filming technology these past months and must conclude that with the very limited budget that is available to me, such a film is impossible to stem in 3D. Not only does one need a second camera, but also a rig that ties them together with a mirror system, and technology that can handle the two separate data streams for the photographer and the recording. Now while all of this is possible — it’s not on the budget that I have. Buying is out of reach, and so is renting.

Observant readers of the crowd funding campaign early this year have noticed that a very low budget was expected to torpedo my 3D aspirations. It’s what happened. While I clung on to that idea for a very long time it’s now the time to bid it farewell.
And since I’ve been open about the issue from the beginning, I hope it’s going to be okay.

Limited 3D viewing facilities at people’s homes on the other hand have never appeared as limitations for me. I was determined to organize screenings in proper theaters or independently organized in galleries around the world with the necessary 3D equipment for an adequate viewing experience. But first the 3D images need to go into the camera before they can come out of a projector.

Yanone’s camera

From an artistic point of view I’m not too sad about this development. 3D film is a very tight corset when it comes to photography. One example: The choice of lenses is pretty much limited to 50mm focal length — more or less the focal length of the human eye. Wide angle or tele lenses will disturb the viewer’s brain’s image processing since it’s not used to seeing wide angle or tele images in three dimensions. The fact that the images seem many times more real to the brain because of its impression of depth introduce many hurdles that should not be ignored.

And then I have already filmed a few sequences on a festival last month that I want to see in the film. Footage that I could only shoot because I have my camera with me all the time — not a 3D camera. And there will be more occasions like it.

And there’s another development going on that is so exciting to me that I completely forget about the 3D thing. People are coding alternative firmware for the Canon camera model that I happen to own. A firmware that can since recently record 1080p HD footage at 25 frames per second in RAW photo quality. That means endlessly more color depth and pretty much the image quality known from RAW photography. The resulting film quality will match that of cinema productions with film cameras that cost 20,000€ or more.
I need to do some more testing, but right now it looks like I can use that technology.

Atop you see my film equipment, a Canon DSLR with a field monitor and a follow focus ring. Maybe you can imagine that we’ll be able to shoot some amazing picture with that.

Tree Hugger titles [updated]

Friends, this is beautiful:
It’s Kaffeesatz set in, well, plants.
Looks like ivy.
It’s a rendering made by my friend and Kromse-mate Bernhard from his ongoing promotion project called Tree Hugger at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar about digital tree renderings.
Imagine this as an animation, type growing slowly from plants. Imagine this in 3D. Image the title of my forthcoming Antithesis film animated with this technology.
I’ll keep you posted.

Kaffeesatz Loves Trees


I’ve added this as a perk over on the Indiegogo campaign.
Get your name rendered in beautiful ivy.

Floating Souls Music Video for »Sunfish«

This video will demonstrate you the skills and will power of Alexander Stephan, a fellow tribesman and my 3D Coproducer for the Antithesis film.
It’s a music video he made for Sunfish, further close friends of ours. It is a mix of real 3D footage and computer animation. Alexander has his new website Magical Agency up, though there is nothing to see except the video at this point. Also on the web site you will find an Anaglyph 3D version of the video requiring the use of red/cyan Anaglyph glasses.

Film Trailer

In time for the crowd funding I’m happy to show you the film trailer. Nature scenes were shot in Darß/Germany, club scenes at the MehrBass/MehrSpaß Trance party in Weimar. Dance improvisation with Johanna shot at the Labor of Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau.
The music in the first and third part of the trailer is already a preview of the original score being composed and produced by Georg Bauer for the film.

Crowd Funding Start, Deutsch

Kromsdorf, 23. Oktober 2012


Multimediatalent Yanone dreht 3D-Tanzmusikfilm »Antithesis« angelehnt an seine gleichnamige Schriftfamilie

Am 3. Dezember 2012 startet das Crowd-Funding für ein ungewöhnliches Filmprojekt: Der junge deutsche Schriftgestalter und Multimedia-Künstler Yanone dreht einen Tanzmusikfilm, dessen Konzept seiner Schriftfamilie Antithesis entlehnt ist.

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Crowd Funding Start, English

Kromsdorf/Germany, October 26th 2012


Multimedia talent Yanone makes 3D dance music film »Antithesis« after typeface of same name

On December 3rd 2012 a crowd funding campaign starts for an unusual film project: The young Germany type designer and multimedia artist Yanone makes a dance music film, whose concept is borrowed from his typeface Antithesis.

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Johanna Roggan, dancer and choreographer

This post is dedicated to dancer and choreographer Johanna Roggan.
She’s a dear friend of mine and will play a major role in the Antithesis film: She will dance, being the only human appearance in the film, as well as choreograph her own dancing.
I’m excited to present to you a film portrait I shot early this year, meeting Johanna after a dance play for three dancers that she directed and choreographed. An interview is accompanied by beautiful scenes filmed on stage at the play.


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Juicie Café

This one is slightly off-topic, but not really. It’s a short film portrait I made this summer about my brother’s festival orange juice business and our extended trip through Hungary and all the way down to Greece to buy oranges directly from a farmer’s cooperative.
I show it here because it’s on these Psytrance festivals I’m following my brother to for already twelve years now where I’ve had many of the substantial ideas for the Antithesis film. Also in this film portrait you see a few pictures from the OZORA Festival in Hungary; some will also make their way into the upcoming Antithesis film trailer.