The Albrechtsburg in Meissen, the cradle of Saxony.
In 929 King Heinrich I of Germany laid the foundations with the construction of a defensive wooden fortification. During the middle ages the castle hill was the most important residence of the Margraves of Meissen. However the area was divided between burgrave and bishop. At the end of the 11th century the most powerful rulers in central Germany were the Wettin family. In 1471 two brothers, Elector Ernst and Duke Albrecht, ordered the construction of the first residential castle in Germany. The master craftsman Arnold von Westfalen conceived a new type of stylistic vocabulary for the building. Large arched windows were placed between the wall pillars. This window and the cell vaulting became the hallmark of late gothic style in Saxony. The castle was designed and built as a place for holding court, for representational purposes and as an administrative centre. The private apartments with living rooms, bedrooms and toilets can still be seen today. After the discovery of European porcelain in 1710, Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony, ordered production to be housed in the Albrechtsburg in Meissen.Manufacture of porcelain was carried out in the gothic rooms for more than 150 years. These rooms with murals portraying a romanticized 19th century view of the history of Saxony and the Wettin dynasty are full of drama, symbol and narrative power.

we´re only had one day for shooting the film. not enough time to make realy big things. we shoot the big hallways and the big wallpaintings with motion controlled timelapse technique to get brilliant highres images. we made this to capture these images noisefree with the available light situation. the RAW format gave us the dynamic range in the images we´ve needed for the postproduction.

the german blogpost and bts stuff you will find here:

Client: Schloesserland Sachsen (
Directed by: Kathleen Biermann (
Produced by: NOVALAPSE
Archive Footage ( 01:4802:10 ) by: Adhoc Film
Speaker English: Michael Halstead
Speaker German: Andreas Jung (

shot with:

Canon EOS 7D
Canon EF-S 15-85mm
Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye
Sigma 30mm 1.4
Kessler Crane Cineslider, Revolution Head, Oracle Controller
Glidecam HD-1000
Zacuto Z-Finder
Ikan V5600 Fieldmonitor

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