The film shows the most recognisable German players from their national team in their own inner “personas” all shot in B&W in a very dramatic and moody fashion with a very fast paced edit.
The players ranged from Ozil as a tribe warrior going through a ritual that involves branding his number on his back using a hot branding iron, following onto seeing Muller as a knight in shining armour on a horse and briefly revealing his “inner” army, to Schweinsteiger’s speed and “animal” strength to finally seeing Neuer replicating himself as several samurais in a field.
These “inner personnas” made a very strong visual film, showing each players skills and “identity” by stylising their own trademarks.
Every frame of the film was worked on, maximising the already dramatic effect of the B&W set to making a limbo world of shapes and shadows using masking, re-framing, camera movements, defocusing effects, flares, superimposed imagery, subliminal frames, composites of smoke, flames, brief close-ups of particles, dust, CGI balls etc, all mixed with fast flashes. This really pushed the edit so we would “feel” the “raw” inner persona of every player.
The Mill was very involved from the beginning. In this production, I was supervising and helping onset this very fast and difficult shoot, with many complicated shots involving a lot of smoke elements, light flashes and multiple passes for the Visual Effects. The shoot was in one of Germany’s biggest studios; the ‘Bavaria Studios in Geiselgasteig’, Munich.