Last week we featured two films created by students at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, in Germany and this week comes another one. Granatapfel (german for pomegranate) is a PSA spec created for Unicef. The film was shot within 3 days and is directed by Christian Schilling and the direction of photography is by Johannes Schmidt. The music is by Alexander Wolf David and the sound design by Robin Harff & Floyd Fürstenau.
The film uses haunting visual metaphors to draw attention around “children in war zones” and received a number of award nominations, winning the 2016 Young Director Award in Cannes and both Best Film and Best Film Music/Sound Design at the 2016 Ginkgo Awards.
Christian Schilling chased his dream of becoming a director as soon as he received his general qualification for university entrance. In 2010 he entered the University at Darmstadt to study Motion Pictures. He experimented, created his own style and found his passion in doing commercials. As soon as he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2013 he joined the renowned Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg to study commercial directing. He is trying to reach visual and narrative perfection, combining his love for music and pictures. Johannes Schmidt grew with VHS cassettes and had his first experiences in analogue photography and the 8mm film. He decided to pursue his passion studying Motion Pictures at the University in Darmstadt, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts. Since 2014, he has been working as a freelance cameraman for clients such as Annemarie Börlind, DLG, Land Hessen, Lufthansa, Lions Entertainment, Porsche and VIVA.