MWK: The new Sound Studio is geared first and foremost to sound designers and film music composers, and is a chance to dive into different case studies surrounding the topic of sound with renowned German and international experts. Dolby® Atmos, the new sound system by our partner Dolby® Labs, will be presented in the CineStar7 cinema and the first productions to be mixed using Atmos, for example Measuring the World, will be introduced by our invited sound experts. We look forward to working with the Berlin Heinrich Hertz Institute, which is offering our Talents the chance to work with the latest technologies and test them in practice. And we're quite proud to welcome the "Grand Master" of sound recording Walter Murch to this year's Campus, who'll join us to present his work and most recent developments to the Talents.
Which future trends will you highlight this year?
CT: For the first time, we're planning to publish a "Best of Campus" on the last Campus day in addition to a selection of articles from the Talent Press, which will give a summary of the trends we've observed.
MWK: Some developments are easier to name in advance, for instance the advancements in digital production design, as well as the need to tell stories through episodes and to unfold characters with more complexity than what is typically allowed in more classic formats. We've also observed that producers increasingly use their creative initiative to try to build emerging scriptwriters and directors over the long term. And we see a new generation of African filmmakers who are consciously offering a new profile and –thanks in part to the support of various international programmes- impressive and strong stories of a continent that has too long and too frequently been associated with cinematic clichés of poverty and backward-looking traditions.
How has the Berlinale Talent Campus changed? From a platform for exchange to a kind of production market?
CT: The festival already has a market. Let's say the Campus has turned more and more into a lab. But we'll also always remain a unique and lively platform for networking and exchanging. Because we not only bring screenwriters, directors and producers together, we foster an entire Campus community that also connects DoPs, editors, film score composers/sound designers, production designers, distributors, film critics and actors.