Journal

The Nobodies

Finished shooting (DP) a comedy written and directed by Greg Bratman and Dusty Brown, featuring themselves as “The Nobodies”, alongside Jack McBrayer from “30 Rock”, Tony Hale from “Arrested Development” and Ellie Kemper from “The Office”. Really excited to be a part of this project. Read more →

Watch Negative: Nothing in the air!

IT’S OFFICIAL:

Starting December 2013, “Negative: Nothing” will be playing on all long distance flights of SWISS Int. Airlines!
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A Drunken Dreamy J. Allen

I have been working with Josh on a number of commercial projects over the years. Josh is a location and post production sound engineer. He was also involved in the audio post production mix of the first “negative: nothing” trailer in 2012. It is only late last year that I found out that Josh is also a gifted musician, performing under the name “J. Allen”. When I went to see his show at Pianos at last year’s CMJ music event in New York, I was blown away by the personal, absorbing and dreamy quality of his songs. Since then, we were talking about making a video. It was one of those projects that was always in the back of my mind, but due to scheduling conflicts we never found the time to do it. Well, not up until last week… Read more →

The Journey of “Negative: Nothing”

Initially in August 2011, our documentary was supposed to be a 5-10 minute video. But very quickly the project became bigger and bigger. Read more →

Behind the Scenes of “Still Walking” music video

Take a look behind the scenes of the making of the music video for “Still Walking”, the theme song for Swiss / Japanese documentary “Negative: Nothing” with Thomas Koehler. The full music video will be coming soon…
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“Negative: Nothing” – Japan Pre-Premiere Screening Tour 2012

In November / December 2012 my brother and I travelled once again to Japan for a few pre-premiere screenings of our documentary film “Negative: Nothing” in Osaka and Tokyo. We were fortunate to have Taiwan based Swiss journalist Martin Aldrovandi follow us during that time. He made a video report about our tour which turned out really nicely. We are quite overwhelmed by the all the positive and emotional reactions in Japan. The reactions were so good that we are now planning on another screening tour through Japan in March 2013. We can’t wait to go back. If you’re interested in attending a screening please visit the following link: Upcoming Screenings.

TV Report by Martin Aldrovandi
Audience Reactions in Japan
Official Trailer 2013

Negative: Nothing Japan Pre-Premiere

We are preparing a couple of pre-premiere screenings of our documentary “Negative: Nothing – Step by Step for Japan” in Japan. There will be screenings in Osaka and Tokyo. If you are around and interested please get in touch and reserve your seat. The screenings are free but reservation is required.

Screening Dates with RSVP Link

Unicorn Kid and Sky Ferreira for Newtown Radio

The CMJ Music Marathon in New York City is coming to an end. After a longer break I was finally back directing and shooting at Newtown Radio. I had the great pleasure to shoot a piece with director Beto Vargas for the Sky Ferreira Session and direct/edit a piece for Oliver Sabin aka Unicorn Kid from Edinburgh. The pieces are scheduled to be released in the coming weeks…

Updates:
Unicorn Kid Session has been released on Noisey/Vice. (Dec.9,2012)
Sky Ferreira Session has been release on Noisey/Vice. (Nov.27,2012)

First Swiss Pre-Premiere Screening

We celebrated the first Swiss pre-premiere screening of our documentary Negative: Nothing in Thomas Koehler’s home town Winterthur in the presence of Mayor Michael Künzle and Vice-Ambassador of Japan, Minister Yasushi Fukagawa. It was also the first time Thomas Köhler got to see the film!! What a nice evening. Looking forward to the next screening on Wednesday in Zurich…

News Article (Der Landbote – Oct 8, 2012)
More Press Coverage

In the soundstudio with John Kilgore

We spent a week in the soundstudio with John Kilgore working on “Negative: Nothing”. Thank you for making our documentary sound beautiful!

http://www.johnkilgore.com

Rocky Das Musical

I’ve had the pleasure of working as video editor and DP with video designer Pablo Molina on the upcoming broadway show of ‘Rocky’. It will first open in Germany then eventually come to Broadway.

Here’s a little video on the show itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAPkNSIHMLw

High 5 Low 5

The music video we made this summer for the Swiss / Japanese duo Tim & Puma Mimi has been screening on MTV Switzerland and on a couple of shows on Swiss TV (SF).

Tape TV

My Stage on Swiss TV

Roboclip on Swiss TV

Negative: Nothing on Kickstarter!

We launched a Kickstarter project for our documentary film “Negative: Nothing – Step by Step for Japan.” My brother and I will be editing for the next 6 week full time with the goal to have a complete film (with score, mix and color correction) ready for the premiere in October. Please help us spread the word! Thank you for your continued support!

Kickstarter Campaign
Official Website (with Trailer)

Interview with Japanther

I direct, shoot and edit on a weekly basis interviews with musicians for the ‘Newtown Sessions’ at Swan 7 Recording Studios in Brooklyn. The session with ‘Japanther’ is one of my favorite ones so far. I love how Matt Reilly and Ian Vanek blend art and music in playful and unexpected ways. Their immediate and raw energy is quite addictive.

Interview
Whole Session
japanther.com

Small, Beautifully Moving Parts

Small, Beautifully Moving Parts is a heartfelt, charming and well crafted road movie which just got a release here in New York City (and a couple of other cities). I had the pleasure of working for Lisa Robinson and Annie Howell’s film during post-production with designer Paul Chudy. We contributed a quirky little animation which you can see at the very end of the film. Wait for it right before the credits start… I highly recommend to see it in the theater. It’s one of those films that truly come to life on the big screen with an audience. It’s running at the Cinema Village theater at University Place and 12th Street starting Friday, May 11, 2012.

www.smallbeautifullymovingparts.com
Review in the Daily News
Photos of the premiere in New York (May 11, 2012)

Interview with Media Defrag in Tokyo

While shooting Thomas Koehler’s ceremony for our documentary “Negative: Nothing” at the Swiss embassy in Tokyo, we were invited by online magazine ‘Defrag’ for a video interview. Thank you Ryohei Nakajima for having us.

View Interview

PS: Take a look at their ‘People’ and ‘Projects’ videos. They’re very nicely made.

Interview with World Radio Switzerland

This morning Thomas and I gave a short phone interview with World Radio Switzerland about the doc project ‘Negative: Nothing’. Thank you Jo Fahy!

Listen to the Interview

‘Negative: Nothing’ review in Cinema Today Japan

The filmmakers and brothers Jan and Stephan Knuesel speak for the first time of their new documentary film production “Negative: Nothing – Step by Step for Japan.’ […] The directors explain: “In the coming months we will continue seeing films showing the horrible images of the tragedy after the Great Earthquake and the Tsunami. Our documentary film portrays with Thomas Koehler’s walk a different side of the story and at the same time a beautiful side of Japan.”

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