Together with production partners Context TV and EuroArts Music International, Shaksfin Productions has realized the first cinematic 3D concert film that will be realeased in movie theatres in May 2011.
Filmed in Singapore with innovative 3D film equipment, the production features the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle, playing Mahler’s First Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances at Singapore’s spectacular Esplanade Concert Hall.
The outstanding acoustics and visual brilliance of the Concert Hall provide an impressive backdrop for the first 3D concert film to focus on classical music. The film takes advantage of the location by interspersing shots of Singapore’s stunning architecture with footage from within the concert hall.
Music experts have commented on the brilliance of sound and the exceptional musical experience when viewing the live concert in 3D. Particularly the first part of the film – featuring Mahler’s First Symphony – focuses intently on the superb quality of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s musicians and Sir Simon Rattle’s inspiring performance. Intimate close-ups of musical groups single out soloists and highlight their instruments, giving an entirely new dimension to the concert experience.
In the film production’s second part, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, film director Michael Bayer and director of photography Tomas Erhart combined the captivating rhythm and musical energy with alluring visual images of Singapore’s multi-facetted city life.
The Singapore impressions are of exceptional beauty and clarity, showing the pro-gressive face of the mega city as well as its spiritual side and personal moments: impressive skylines, harbour scenes, street-crossings, modern buildings and sky-scrapers, worshippers in churches and temples, flourishing recreational parks, shopping malls and business centers, restaurants and night life, and Singapore’s diverse population.
For this spectaluar production a first-rate international team was hired: German, British and Japanese audio engineers and camera operators filmed with up to eight 3D and HD cameras. Local staff and equipment (cranes, dollies, tracks and transportation devices) supported the team in Singapore.
Starting May 2011, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic – A Musical Journey in 3D will be released in cinemas world wide by distribution partner Arts Alliance Media. In Great Britain, more than 140 cinemas have already booked the 3D production.
The film was funded by the Media Board of Berlin-Brandenburg and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).