Thursday, August 30, 2012

Berlin Calessino Tour with Expat Bloggers - In A Berlin Minute (Week 122)


Berlin Calessino Tour with Expat Bloggers - In A Berlin Minute (Week 122) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

Such a fun way to see Berlin: being driven around in an APE Calessino with two beautiful expats. A wonderful flashback to riding in a tuk tuk through Bangkok.


Last week expat travel blogger Cheryl Howard (@cherrysberries) invited me and expat twitter queen and Berlin blogger Sandy Hathaway (@SandyInBerlin) to go on a tour with Lino City Tours through Berlin.


Expats Sandy and Cheryl being driven in a Calessino

We went through Mitte, Kreuzberg and Neukoelln. Seeing all kinds of traditional sights: e.g., Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, TV Tower, Potsdamer Platz, Oranienstrasse, etc.) - and witness lots of Berlin characters: boom box music video shoot chick, window washer, juggler... and our expat friend and 6Wunderkinder wizard Mark Bate (@markbate).
 
When Cheryl has her blog post up about the tour I will link from HERE.

The cheery song is "HEY!!" by Florida band The Mirrors.


Cheryl Howard's Blog: http://cherylhoward.com/

Sandy Hathaway's Blog: http://sandyinberlin.wordpress.com/
The Mirrors: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Goonygoogoo-Productions/321663465094
Lino City Tours: http://www.lino-city-tours.com
Cheryl on Instagram: http://instagram.com/cdngrrleh

You can look at more photos from this video shoot on my personal blog: Photos from Calessino Tour in Berlin

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

AWF - Episodes (14 + 15) and Response Videos

Before I introduce the next two episodes of All's Well and Fair, I'd like to ask you to help me get to SXSW to talk about my experience of releasing this documentary online as an interactive transmedia series. Please vote, share and comment HERE. 

THANK YOU!!! 


Check out episodes 14 (Creativity) and 15 (Mass Media) from my documentary All's Well and Fair, which I released for free in episodes online so that you can enjoy it for free in small bites and maybe get involved in the conversation. 

You really don't need to watch the entire documentary to understand, appreciate or engage with an episode. So feel free to watch whichever episode sounds intriguing to you.

List of all episodes HERE.  

But if you'd like to watch the whole film in one setting without interruption, I recommend to click HERE, make sure you have auto-play turned on at the bottom of the screen, lean back and enjoy. 

And if you'd like to see what other people have to say and be inspired to post your own responses, I'm including a few appropriate response videos in this post. 








Monday, August 27, 2012

The xx - Angels (Live in Tokyo Hotel Room) - MusicMonday

Getting so excited about the new The xx album Coexist coming out in September.

They've been playing new songs live while touring around the world and you can find quite a few amature live videos. Pretty Much Amazing has an album list with links.


Now they've released a more official video for an accoustic version of "Angels" filmed in Romy's hotel room in Tokyo in July.

Because I'm posting this in Germany, I'll embed the version not-yet restricted here, but if you're in the free world you can also watch HERE.


Angels (live in Tokyo) von The xx
© The xx-Videos bei Clipfish

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Photos from Berlin Sky Time-Lapse Shoot

A few photos from this week's filming of "24-Hour Berlin Time-Lapse (Zeitraffer) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 121)" from the 35th floor of the Hotel Park Inn Alexanderplatz.


WATCH my 1-minute video "24-Hour Berlin Time-Lapse (Zeitraffer) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 121)"



READ blog post about the actual video to find out more.

TV Tower, Berlin and the sky - Sunny morning
Fernsehturm, Berlin und der Himmel - Sonniger Morgen
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TV Tower, Berlin and the sky - Rain
Fernsehturm, Berlin und der Himmel - Regen
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TV Tower, Berlin and the sky - Clouds and sun rays
Fernsehturm, Berlin und der Himmel - Wolken und Sonnenstrahlen
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TV Tower, Berlin and the sky - Night
Fernsehturm, Berlin und der Himmel - Nacht
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TV Tower, Berlin and the sky -  Early morning birds
Fernsehturm, Berlin und der Himmel - Fruehe Morgen Voegel
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A few photos from this week's filming of "24-Hour Berlin Time-Lapse (Zeitraffer) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 121)" from the 35th floor of the Hotel Park Inn Alexanderplatz.


WATCH my 1-minute video "24-Hour Berlin Time-Lapse (Zeitraffer) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 121)"



READ blog post about the actual video to find out more.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

24-Hour Berlin Time Lapse - In A Berlin Minute (Week 121)


24-Hour Berlin Time Lapse - In A Berlin Minute (Week 121) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

The view from the tallest building in Berlin (Hotel Park Inn by Radisson) over the course of 24+ hours squeezed into just under a minute offers quite a display of the sun and clouds chasing each other across the Berlin sky - with all the important sights below and the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), the tallest structure in Berlin, standing dramatically in the foreground.

Originally I was only going to film from sunrise to sunset but then I let the camera roll and was excited to discover a few special visitors at sunrise the next morning...

This was filmed on Monday, August 20, which must have been the hottest day of the year.

At first I was quite disappointed about the haziness and the grey sky (compared to the beautiful white clouds against a blue sky on other days this past week), but when I watched the footage and saw the rain clouds roll in I was redeemed. If you look closely you can see the TV tower get wet and the moisture evaporate. If you stop the video, you can even see raindrops on the window.

By the way, spending the hottest day (and two nights) at the hotel with air conditioning (not something common in Germany) had its own special benefit. 

TV Tower and the sky above Berlin
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I don't know why the camera frame keeps jumping. It wasn't set on autofocus. So I can only imagine it had something to do with the aperture changing or that the building's window was moving from air pressure.

The song is called "Angry Farmer" and was written and produced by Jason Matherne of Goonygoogoo Productions.

If you'd like to experience this view with your own eyes, get yourself a room at the Hotel Park Inn, which kindly provided me free room to shoot this video. You can also head up to their rooftop terrace, where you can enjoy the view as captured by David Yates on his AndBerlin Blog during our location scout last week.

And yes, it's true, my observant viewers: this is the first In A Minute video that's not quite a minute long. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Wrongkong: "Dear Euphoria" (MusicMonday)


Always great when I discover a great song and it turns out the band is actually from Germany, like Wrongkong from Nuernberg. Turn it up loud... and dance...

Dear Euphoria by Wrongkong.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Photos of Siegessäule (Victory Column) and the view!

A few photos from this week's filming of the Siegessäule (Victory Column) and the lovely Viktoria Statue (Goldelse).

WATCH my 1-minute video Siegessäule (Victory Column - Goldelse) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 120) [HD]

READ blog post about the Siegessäule to find out more.

Fernsehturm und Siegessäule (Goldelse)
TV Tower and Victory Column
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Viktoria aka Goldelse
Siegessäule - Victory Column - Berlin
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Schatten der Goldelse
Angel Shadow
Siegessäule - Victory Column - Berlin
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Wendeltreppe in der Sigesäule
Spiral Staircase inside Victory Column
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CU Viktoria aka Goldelse
Siegessäule - Victory Column - Berlin
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Berlin skyline seen from Victory Column (Reichstag, TV Tower, Brandenburg Gate)
Berliner Skyline von der Siegessäule gesehen (Reichstag, Fernsehturm, Brandenburger Tor, , Strasse des 17. Juni)
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Grosser Stern
Siegessäule - Victory Column - Berlin
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Reichstag, Fernsehturm, Brandenburger Tor - Sicht von der Siegessäule
Reichstag, TV Tower, Brandenburg Gate - View from Victory Column
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WATCH my 1-minute video Siegessäule (Victory Column - Goldelse) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 120) [HD]

READ blog post about the Siegessäule to find out more. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Siegessäule (Victory Column - Goldelse) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 120)


Siegessäule (Victory Column - Goldelse) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 120) [HD] from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

Siegessäule (Victory Column) and especially the Viktoria Statue on top, which Berliners like to call Goldelse is one of the outstanding landmarks in Berlin and should be on everyone's must-see list.

It's located inside Tiergarten and was built between 1864 and 1873 based on a design by Heinrich Strack. Of course, it's about winning wars. I won't indulge.

The reason I will always be so fond of the Siegessaeule and especially the Viktoria is the film Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders, my favorite film. Now that I have finally made it up to the top of the column, I was able to finally see what the angel saw: Der Himmel Uber Berlin.

As much as the view was amazing, I doubt I'll ever make it up there again. My mild case of claustrophobia and fear of heights was tested in the staircase and up at the top. But it was well worth the trip.

Goldelse and Birds
It was great to have my friend Andre van Lier visit from Hamburg and walk through the frame. I like it when my friends make it into the videos.

The song is called "Pegasus 13" and is by none other than Jason Matherne.

You can look at more photos from this video shoot on my personal blog: Photos of Siegessäule (Victory Column) and the view!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

All's Well and Fair - Episodes 12 + 13


Check out episodes 12 (Food) and 13 (Drugs + Alcohol) from my documentary All's Well and Fair, which I released for free in episodes online so that you can enjoy it for free in small bites and maybe get involved in the conversation. 

You really don't need to watch the entire documentary to understand, appreciate or engage with an episode. So feel free to watch whichever episode sounds intriguing to you. 

List of all episodes HERE





By now all episodes have been released on the official All's Well and Fair website and the DVD is available for sale via Amazon (all orders) and paypal (Germany or USA only, please).

As always, I'm really interested in hearing or watching your own story or response to what you see in the videos. If you need more inspiration, HERE is a list of all response videos so far.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Best Coast: "The Only Place" (MusicMonday)

Best Coast from the video for "The Only Place"

The album The Only Place by the California duo Best Coast has quickly become my favorite album of the summer.

No wonder with such great summer songs as the title track "The Only Place," that makes you want to jump into a convertible with your best friend and head straight for the beach.

However, I also love the album for its darker songs of feeling misunderstood and longing for something else.

But let's stay with the positive summer vibes today. Especially when watching the video for "The Only Place" the song to me doesn't just refer to just California or any physical place, but also the wonderful "place" of being with your best friend.

So I'd like to dedicate this post to all my wonderful friends, the old and the new.



Sunday, August 12, 2012

Photos from Olympic Village (Olympisches Dorf) - Berlin

A few photos from this week's filming at the Olympic Village from the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

WATCH my 1-minute video "Olympic Village (Olympisches Dorf) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 119)"

READ blog post about the 1936 Olympic Village to find out more about the history and current state. 

American Pavilion at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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American Pavilion 43 at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Lenin Mural in Big Hall inside Hindenburg Haus
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Mural Russian / Soviet World War II - inside Hindenburg Haus
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Mutilated Russian / Soviet mural about defeating Nazis in Berlin
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)

Detail of Soviet mural features down-turned standard with swastika
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Three soldiers detail from German relief created for the 1936 Olympics, yet celebrating military. Amazed this survived the near 50 years of Soviet troops in the building.
Hindenburg Haus at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Abandoned Swimming Pool
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Jumping Platform at Abandoned Swimming Pool
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Ladder into Abandoned Swimming Pool
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Water Hydrant at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Speisesaal - Massive Cafeteria
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Boarded up Speisesaal - Massive Cafeteria
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Boarded up and Warped Windows - Speisesaal - Massive Cafeteria
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Boarded up Doors - Speisesaal - Massive Cafeteria
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Rusted Doors and Smashed Windows
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Abandoned Buildings
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Peeling Wall Paint
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Abandoned High Rise
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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A Little Color Left - But No Glass
Abandoned High Rise
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Looking Through Missing Window Into Staircase
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Overgrown Door
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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Gate Still Stands
at Olympic Village (Berlin, 1936)
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WATCH my 1-minute video "Olympic Village (Olympisches Dorf) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 119)"

READ blog post about the 1936 Olympic Village to find out more about the history and current state. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Olympic Village - In A Berlin Minute (Week 119)

Olympic Village (Olympisches Dorf) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 119) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

The Olympic Village in (Elstal) Berlin was the first brick-on-brick Olympic village and is therefore the oldest Olympic village still in existence. It was built for the 1936 Olympics.

From the beginning it was conceived to be a military base for the German army - before and after the Olympics.

After the end of World War II it was used as a Soviet military base until 1992.

This explains the mixture of old German buildings and more recent Soviet buildings and the propaganda art work on the walls being also from Germans and from Soviets/Russians.

The Olympic Village is easily reached by regional train from Berlin to Elstal and a 2km walk. The Village is open every day from April to October. While you can walk around without a tour, I highly recommend paying the 5 Euros and getting access to the buildings and all the inside information from the knowledgeable tour guide.


Olympic Village Swimming Pool
More info: http://dkb-stiftung.de/web/Das_Olympische_Dorf_von_1936.32.htm

The music (not my taste, by the way) is the actual Olympic Hymn from 1936. Music composed by Richard Strauss and lyrics by Robert Lubahn.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

All's Well and Fair - Episodes 10 + 11


It's been a while since I last posted episodes from my documentary All's Well and Fair here on this blog. So if you need a refresher, you might want to check out the list of episodes.

But as I keep telling everyone, you really don't need to watch the entire documentary to understand, appreciate or engage with an episode. So feel free to watch whichever episode sounds intriguing to you. 

By now all episodes have been released on the official All's Well and Fair website and the DVD is available for sale via Amazon (all orders) and paypal (Germany or USA only, please).

As always, I'm really interested in hearing or watching your own story or response to what you see in the videos. If you need more inspiration, HERE is a list of all response videos so far.





Monday, August 6, 2012

The Ting Tings: "Guggenheim" and "Hang It Up" (MusicMonday)

The Ting Ting
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Have not been able to stop listening to "Guggenheim" by The Ting Tings from their recent album Sounds from Nowheresville.


Here is a live video of "Guggenheim" that doesn't sound half bad.


My second favorite song from the album has an official video. So here is also "Hang It Up".



Oh, because it's just such a great song, let's throw in "Shut Up and Let Me Go" (from their first album and one of my favorite songs) right now... and schedule in some dancing for later this week...




Sunday, August 5, 2012

Photos from Tiergarten

A few photos from this week's filming in Tiergarten.

WATCH the 1-minute video "Tiergarten - In A Berlin Minute (Week 118)".

READ blog post about Tiergarten.


Café am Neuen See - Tiergarten
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Path of Shadow and Light - Tiergarten
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Fox - Tiergarten
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Memorial for Homosexuals Persecuted by Nazis - Tiergarten
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Lantern Museum - Tiergarten
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Swan - Tiergarten
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Bath Huts - Tiergarten
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Flower and Hunting Statue - Tiergarten
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Grosse Sternallee sign - Tiergarten
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Angel Reading - Goethe Statue - Tiergarten
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Stand By Me Tree - Tiergarten
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Stand By Me - Tiergarten
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WATCH the 1-minute video "Tiergarten - In A Berlin Minute (Week 118)".

READ blog post about Tiergarten.