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SOUTH AFRICA
 
time to explore a new continent. research for a new film took us to south africa. SANWILD is a private initiative committed to the protection of wild animals. because rhinos and elephants are among some of the most endangered species as they are hunted down by poachers. Tragic and sad... suedafrika2.jpg
PREMIERE OF "THE GOLD OF THE MAYA"
 
it’s finally finished – the new and fourth chocolate documentary film we’ve produced for ZOTTER. the premiere was very well received and attracted a large audience. take a look at the trailer HERE . and there are some pictures from the premiere HERE.  gold_maya.jpg
TIME LAPSE
 
third time lucky. after the first lot dried up on us and the second lot went mouldy, our third lot of cocoa beans finally germinated. And our patience was rewarded with some thrilling insights into plant life. kakaozeitraffer.jpg
CLEAN ROOM
 
the making of a corporate PR film. cleanliness is the order of the day. and it’s not a simple matter of washing your hands. filming on the premises of FRESENIUS KABI demands preparations not unlike those required in an operating theatre. our equipment has never been so clean.   fresenius2.jpg
SHANGHAI
 
zotter has expanded. and we were there to capture it on film. the documentary we filmed during the opening ceremony can be seen in the KINOBOX cinema in the EDIBLE ZOO. you can take a quick look around the new facilities with the boss himself as your guide on YOUTUBE shanghai.jpg
ANIMAL TALES
 
he was one of the first animal rights activists and he’s also written about animals. MANFRED KYBER has written several funny stories as well as some sad and nightmarish tales about animals. WILLI BERNHART staged dramatic readings of the stories for us. featured in the KINOBOX cinema in the EDIBLE ZOO. HERE are some of the pictures from the film shoot. tiergeschichten.jpg
BELIZE
 
we’re working on a new documentary about cocoa. we went to belize to visit the maya. click HERE to see a selection of pictures from the film shoot. belize.jpg
WHAT A CIRCUS
 
in a new performance entitled "du dai dü", O-DIE! puts the spotlight on the joy of living. refreshingly down-to-earth and truly impressive. we produced the video clips as well as a TEASER. o-die.jpg
CHINESE LADY
 
the book trailer is a relatively new media format. similar to a film trailer, the idea is to whet the appetite of potential readers. the trailer can be accessed via QR code and internet streaming . this one features the new book "die chinesische dame" (“the chinese lady”) by GERHARD J. REKEL   published by STYRIA PREMIUM.  chin_dame.jpg
PUPPET SHOW
 
a quick "dos and don’ts" guide for the zotter chocolate theatre. the puppet company "CHARLY & PETZ" features in the advertising spot. kasperl.jpg
PETER ROSEGGER
 
we recently recorded a reading of the story "ein abelsberger schweineverkäufer" (“the pig seller of abelsberg” by Peter Rosegger) for the BIA-NET project "welcome to european stories"   in our new studio.  lesung.jpg
YUMMY! MEALS FOR SCHOOLS
 
the new KINOBOX cinema recently showed the official premiere of the "YUMMY! MEALS FOR SCHOOLS" film about the aid project of the same name for which we travelled with josef zotter and family to the thai-burmese border. there were reports in the KLEINE ZEITUNG and KRONEN ZEITUNG newspapers and the Austrian national broadcasting company ORF was there too .

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SPANISH TELEVISION
 
the national spanish channel TVE is the first european tv broadcasting company to buy the rights to BURMA DISPLACED and will broadcast the film on national TV.  burma_displaced.jpg
NEW DIMENSIONS
 
4K stands for a new standard in digital cinema. 4K also stands for four times the resolution compared to conventional FULL HD. You can see the finest strand of hair. we recently used the brand new camera from sony to film in this new format in ZOTTER'S EDIBLE ZOO . the film will be on show from the beginning of july in the entrance area in front of the new cinema in the chocolate theatre. click here to see a few of the pictures.  4k.jpg
CHRIST’S SUFFERING
 
willi bernhart from THEATERMERZ has succeeded in making the apparently impossible possible: he has created a play from the STABAT MATER composed by GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI . we were involved in the work on this interesting play and produced the  film clips.

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THAILAND
 
ZOTTER is supporting the Austrian aid organisation HELFENOHNEGRENZEN (help without frontiers) with its special edition chocolate bars "yummy! meals for schools" . each chocolate bar sold pays for a school dinner for a burmese refugee child. we are currently producing a film promoting this project and will be travelling with josef zotter to the thai-burmese border.  schokomachtsatt.jpg
FILM AWARD
 
BURMA DISPLACED won the "golden reel humanitarian award" at the TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILMFESTIVAL . we are delighted to have won this award!  award.jpg
USA PREMIERE
 
BURMA DISPLACED has made it to the other side of the pond. the USA premiere will take place at the TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILMFESTIVAL . we have also prepared a 60 minute TV version and updated the film to take into account the latest political developments in burma.   burma_displaced.jpg
BIOMEDICINE
 
we are producing another film on a research project of the BIOMEDICINE institute at JOANNEUM RESEARCH.  jr_health.jpg
NEW STUDIO
 
we have started work on alterations to our new studio. two avid editing desks, a bluebox, a small cinema, more space and all that in a beautiful countryside setting on the outskirts of graz. what more could you want? studio.jpg
FILM DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
 
BURMA DISPLACED has now found a film distribution company to take care of international sales. we chose JAVA FILMS because we liked the fact that the company combines a young, highly committed team with international experience.  javafilms.jpg
DIGITAL
 
the image film about the relocation of the new DIGITAL institute is now finished.  digital.jpg
INDIA
 
india is probably best known for its spices. not all that many people know that excellent cocoa grows here too. sepp zotter happens to be one of them and we followed him to kerala in southern india to make a new film for the chocolate theatre. a taste of things to come: HERE are a few pictures from the film shoot.  indienkakao.jpg
FILM MARKETS
 
the film BURMA DISPLACED was selected from around 3,000 entries to be featured at the "dokmarket" at the DOCUMENTARY FILMFESTIVAL LEIPZIG the film is also being shown at JIHLAVA (eastsilver) , at the INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM (docs for sale) as well at the market of FESTIVAL DES LIBERTES in Brussels. burma_displaced.jpg
INNSBRUCK
 
BURMA DISPLACED has been nominated in the documentary film section at the INTERNATIONAL FILMFESTIVAL INNSBRUCK nominiert. this year the festival, which focuses on films from africa, asia and latin america, celebrates its 20th anniversary. iffi.jpg
EDIBLE ZOO
 
JOSEF ZOTTER‘s latest project:: an edible zoo. it focuses on the way we deal with "animals as food". visitors to the 27 hectare zoo have the opportunity to see and eat traditional farm animals. a ground-breaking project and one we whole-heartedly support. we’re currently working on a documentary film on the topic. a short clip featuring the zoo is already finished. tiergarten_trailer.jpg
PR FILM
 
we’re producing a PR film for KS ING. KRISTL & CO. KRISTL & CO specialises in the installation of building facilities for large-scale international projects. while filming on location in zadar we took a closer look at a modern shopping centre. kristl.jpg
UNDER THE SKIN
 
a novel method for use in preclinical and clinical testing of new drug treatments has been developed at the institute for biomedicine at JOANNEUM RESEARCH we’re working on the production of an advertising video. jr_health.jpg
GRATKORN TV
 
as of mid-2011 we’re producing tv broadcasts for GRATKORN TV . it’s pretty exciting having the opportunity to work on documentaries so close to home. gratkorn.jpg
HELP WITHOUT FRONTIERS
 
our filming for BURMA DISPLACED included some footage featuring the work of the aid organisation HELP WITHOUT FRONTIERS. this material has been used to produce several short films offering a brief insight into the wide-ranging work of this organisation. you can see them on the website HELP WITHOUT FRONTIERSand of course on youtube . hog.jpg
LOSS OF A FRIEND
 
FRANZ SENCNJAK has died. he passed away after a short, serious illness. with his passing we have lost both a wonderful person and a talented filmmaker.
for me personally, franz was not only a very good friend but also a teacher, a source of inspiration, a much valued discussion partner and filming colleague.
thank you franz – it was an honour to be your friend. thank you for the great times we had and the wonderful films we made together.
we will miss you dearly and will always remember you.
GOOD LIGHT!
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Franz Sencnjak
BURMA DISPLACED
 
at long last: BURMA DISPLACED is soon to have its premiere. to find out more please go to www.burma-displaced.comif you’re more interested in finding friends on facebook then click  HERE and if you’d like to see the trailer click HERE

 

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FILMING IN THAILAND
 
we spent three weeks on the thai-burmese border filming the final takes for the new documentary about Burmese refugees entitled BURMA DISPLACED. take a look at some of the photos HERE .

 

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YUMMY!
 
we’ve produced several advertising clips for the chocolate theatre in bergl. real images were combined with drawings by Andreas H. Gratze resulting in some rather quirky animation. Click HERE , for a taster and see more at the chocolate theatre.

 

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RESEARCH AWARD
 
the styrian provincial government will present its second modelling and simulation research awards. we will again be making the short films for the event.  news_simulation.jpg
VIVA EL CACAO!
 
long live chocolate – especially if it’s organic and fairtrade chocolate. and of course it has to be both according to styrian chocolatier JOSEF ZOTTER . we accompanied him on his recent trip to nicaragua. the film is being screened in the HD cinema in his CHOCOLATE THEATRE and will soon be out on DVD. if you can’t wait: WATCH the trailer.   news_viva.jpg
GOING UNDERGROUND
 
the film about the european research project TUNCONSTRUCT is ready. it presents new methods of tunnel construction in 17 minutes. filming was done on location in graz, essen, madrid and barcelona. watch the film HERE.   news_tc_final.jpg
FFG FORUM
 
this year we’re again producing films for the AUSTRIAN RESEARCH PROMOTION AGENCY (FFG) on the topic of research in austria. a theme running through this year’s films is the question: can we and should we really be spending money on research in times like these? HERE’s the answer.  news_ffg09.jpg
TUNNEL CONSTRUCTION
 
we’re currently working on a film for GRAZ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY focusing on the EU research project TUNCONSTRUCT , which investigates new methods of tunnel construction.  tunconstruct.jpg
KULTURMONTAG
 
ROLAND WEHAP appeared as a studio guest in a live broadcast on the topic of HAPPINESS in the Austrian television programme KULTURMONTAG . the interview focused on the new documentary film BURMESE DREAMS as well as filming in nicaragua. if you missed the programme you can watch it HERE. news_kulturmontag.jpg
COCOA FROM NICARAGUA
 
rowe productions is on the road in nicaragua with Styrian chocolatier JOSEF ZOTTER – three whole weeks of filming all there is to know about growing cocoa beans. the idea is to produce a new film for screening in the chocolate theatre in bergl as well as a longer version to be shown in schools.  nica.jpg
CYCLING EXPERIENCES  
a new angle on cycling. the styrian biking book RADLERLEBEN is full of tales of cycling experiences related by cycling fans. a short film screened at the book presentation features some of the authors in action. in case you missed it: watch the film online HERE news_radlerleben.jpg
WIRBELIX
 
regular exercise is the key to having a healthy spine and it’s really important to start young. we’re producing a video for the GRAZ BACK SCHOOL especially for primary school children. let’s move it: WIRBELIX in action.  wirbelix.jpg
BURMA AI AT YET ANOTHER FESTIVAL
 
the MOVIESTHATMATTER film festival held in the netherlands is the successor of the AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. a selection of informative, inspirational and occasionally shocking films will be shown from 2-8 april. BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE is one of them!  news_mtm.jpg
MITZI BLUE
 
introducing the latest chocolate from josef zotter: MITZI BLUE . mitzi blue is the name of a vintage car josef zotter happened to come across, inspiring him to create this new kind of chocolate. the video clip reveals how it all came about: the story of mitzi blue . news_mitziblue.jpg
HIGHSPEED SPORT
 
from golf to mountain biking and table tennis to high diving: images of sport in styria captured with a high speed camera at 1,000 frames per second. the video clip "sport1" produced for the STYRIAN PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT is now ready. watch it HERE .
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DOWNTOWN L.A.  
from the east coast to the west coast. BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE is showing at the ZERO FILM FESTIVAL in los angeles. the festival prides itself on only showing truly "independent" films, films made on a shoestring. And BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE certainly qualifies for that. Here’s to good old styrian pumpkin seed oil! news_zero.jpg
PRAISE FROM THE JURY
 

BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE only just missed out on being awarded a prize at the 20th mountain and adventure film festival. it still received considerable praise. a quotation from the jury: a film that takes a clear stance. it not only describes the situation in Burma itself but also demonstrates the duality of travelling in such countries in an ironic and self- mocking way. brave, demanding, multi-faceted and truly adventurous!  click HERE to go to the festival site and HERE are a few pictures ... oh, yeah, and HERE is where you can order a DVD of the film.

 

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US PREMIERE
 
BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE has made it to the big apple: the film’s celebrating its us premiere in the heart of new york at the GOTHAM SCREEN FILM FESTIVAL . news_gotham.jpg
RESEARCH AWARDS 2008
 
rowe productions has produced several short films on modelling and simulation for the styrian research awards 2008. simulation is used increasingly in research and development. the potential of computer simulations is demonstrated in a short film. a further three films present the award winners and their exciting projects.  news_simulation.jpg
CAMBRIDGE FILMFESTIVAL
 
BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE has had its UK premiere. there was strong interest in the film and the movie theatre was packed to capacity. there were interesting discussions at the Q&A session that followed and the viewing public was both moved and thrilled by the film. 5 out of 5 – does it get any better than that?! HERE is a review and HERE are some pictures from the screening . news_cambridge.jpg
PURE CHOCOLATE
 
ZOTTER CHOCOLATES is launching a new attraction this autumn: CHOCOPHONIA – the popular chocolate tasting tour can now be enjoyed at your own pace using special audio guides. to ensure all the senses are brought into play, rowe productions has been involved in work on the visual elements.  the journey from the bean through to the chocolate bar is documented on a total of 23 high-definition screens. one of the highlights is the inclusion of our high speed images. HERE is a taster . news_zotter.jpg
GOOD NEWS
 

this really is GOOD NEWS: BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE will be screened at the highly regarded CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL . the CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL ranks as one of the leading film festivals in the UK ( "screening the very best of current international cinema"). films like  FITZCARRALDO, PARIS - TEXAS, SUPER SIZE ME and BOWLING FOR COLOMBINE all had their UK premieres here. and now it’s featuring BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE!  the film will also be screened at the MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL in graz in november.

 

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NEW FILM IN ZIB1
 

the ZIB1 news programme on ORF is featuring our new film in a short report looking at the lives of burmese refugees in thailand and bangladesh. if you missed the programme you can catch it HERE . there will also be a longer feature on the subject in "NEUES VOM ÖSTERREICHISCHEN FILM" on 9.9.2008 at 22.30 on 3SAT and later on ORF. the programme will not only be focussing on the new film but also on the state of (truly) independent filmmaking in austria.

 

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BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE
 

interest in BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE remains strong. following the success of the screening at DAS KINO in salzburg, where funds were raised for HELP WITHOUT FRONTIERS , there are plans for a similar event to be held in graz. the film will be screened at  "BURMA WEINT" , an event organised by the AFRO ASIAN INSTITUTE , followed by a panel discussion, a jazz brunch and readings of burmese fairy tales. BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE is also being screened at a film festival: in THE HAGUE at SHOOT ME . (programme 11MB)

 

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TIME LAPSE IN PARIS
 
ROBERT LEITNER, our specialist in video technology, has taken our high definition time lapse videos to new levels of perfection. the result is a collection of impressive images, which have been put together in a short demo film. take a look: PARIS IN TIME LAPSE http://www.rowe.at/de/images/stories/NEWS/tl_paris.jpg
DEMO REEL FOR IIS
 
the IIS , the institute of information systems and information management at JOANNEUM RESEARCH, has asked rowe productions to produce a demo reel. the aim is to capture the extensive activities of the IIS in the field of audiovisual data analysis and database development in visual form. the reel will be used at the IIS OPEN 2008 as well as a welcome screen in the institute’s entrance area.

 

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MATHFILM 08
 
our high speed production "bitte zahlen" (“numbers, please!”), which was produced for the HEINZ NIXDORF MUSEUMSFORUM , has been nominated for the MathFilm Festival 2008 , an international competition for films and videos about mathematics. a selection of films will be screened during the year of mathematics 2008 in various cities in germany and a collection of short films will be released on DVD by SPRINGER VERLAG .  

 

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40 YEARS of FFG
 
the AUSTRIAN RESEARCH PROMOTION AGENCY (FFG) is the central institution for the funding of applied research, technology and innovation in austria. A special award will be presented as part of FFG’s 40th anniversary celebrations - we  made the introductory film.

 

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E-LEARNING  
rowe productions is working on the production of a promotional film on the topic of e-learning: APOSDLE is an EU funded project to develop a software platform and tools for work-integrated learning. 

 

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BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
 
on 1 february 2008 BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE celebrated its international premiere with the screening of the english version at METAHOUSE in phnom penh (cambodia). Unfortunately we couldn’t attend as filming in thailand took longer than planned but we heard it was very successful. future screenings are planned.  

 

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NEW DOCUMENTARY IN PROGRESS  
burma’s fate is still very much on our minds: now we’re spending 2 months on the thai- burmese border working on a new documentary. this time we’re looking at the desperate situation of ethnic minority refugees. we’ll also be visiting relief projects run by CHILD'S SMILE and HELPWITHOUTFRONTIERS .

 

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BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE ON ORF 2 AND 3SAT
 
ORF will be the first European TV channel to broadcast a full-length version of BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE as a documentary film.  3SAT will show the film a day later. there’ll be a report on the film in the programme lebens.art which will be focusing on the current situation in burma. viewers clearly like the film: click here to go to the "Fan Club" .

 

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NANONET STYRIA
 
nanotechnology is a young field. On the occasion of its 5th anniversary, the nanotechnology network NANONET STYRIA asked us to produce a film examining the development of nanotechnology in styria..

 

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LIFE IS SWEET
 
who says film-making isn’t enjoyable? it sure is when the film happens to be about chocolate. chocolate lovers everywhere have heard of JOSEPH ZOTTER . the styrian confectioner is a master craftsman famous for his chocolate creations. his most recent venture is the chocolate theatre for which rowe productions has produced several films. chocolate is a true feast for the eyes too in the new high definition movie theatre.

 

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MORE HIGH SPEED
 
we’re producing a huge amount of high speed images for our footage agent OXFORD SCIENTIFIC. we get to have fun throwing tomatoes, cucumbers, chillies and all sorts of other veggies around for a whole week in the process. fancy a taste

 

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BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE AT THE CINEMA AND ON TV
 

BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE is still showing at austrian cinemas. having run for seven weeks at the rechbauer cinema in graz, the film is now also showing in klagenfurt, linz and vienna.  radio and tv channels are also interested in the film: reports have been broadcast on FM4 , ORF and 3-SAT .  

 

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SPORT STYRIA
 
we’re producing an event clip on the topic of “sport in styria” for the SPORTS DEPARTMENT of the styrian provincial government. and what could be more fitting than using high speed photography. although of course a golf ball is pretty fast even at 1,000 frames/second...

 

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NUMBERS PLEASE!
 

we’re producing a video on the topic of numbers for  HEINZ NIXDORF MUSEUMSFORUM . the video will be shown in the museum’s entrance area to welcome visitors to the exhibition "numbers, please – the wonderful world from zero to infinity". spectacular HD images created using time lapse and high speed will be included on the video.

 

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NEW IMAGE FILM ON THE VULKANLAND REGION
 
a whole region is booming: the “Vulkanland” region in south-eastern Styria is fast gaining a reputation for its culinary specialities. rowe productions is producing an image film about this beautiful region for auersbach town council. a short film on the topic of "health and exercise" will also be produced as a spin-off as auersbach is also a HEALTHY COMMUNITY .

 

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COOPERATION WITH GEONEX
 
austrian roland wehap and martin moll from switzerland have two things in common: both of them are geographers and filmmakers. reason enough to set up a cooperation. rowe productions will primarily provide know how on high speed photography. for more info on the swiss production company go to www.geonex.ch .

 

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BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE AT THE CINEMA
 
the premiere of the new film BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE was a great success. media reports were also very positive: more at press reviews . have a look at  pictures from the premiere and a tv report shown on  STEIERMARK HEUTE .
the film is showing for 7 weeks at  the RECHBAUER  cinema!

 

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PREMIERE FOR BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE
 

after almost three years in production, the semi-documentary film BURMA ALL INCLUSIVE is finally finished. and of course there’s also a website dedicated to the film . the film will celebrate its premiere at the rechbauer cinema i




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