1. Graffiti Factory - In A Berlin Minute (Week 21)

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    --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- Apparently Berlin has several abandoned factories covered in grafitti that also allow beautiful views of the city - when you sneak inside... The factory featured in my 21st 1-minute video from Berlin is the first one I have explored. It's on Köpenicker Strasse, west of Kiki Blofeld (not to be mixed up with the Graffiti-covered ice factory on the east side). Btw, right now I'm a bit frustrated with all this buzzing on diagonal lines in the videos. Not sure if a different codec or camera setting would help. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm shooting in AVCHD Lite on the Panasonic TZ10. And yes, I'd love to shoot on a Canon 5D - but unfortunately it doesn't fit into my pocket or my budget. Website: http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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    • Holocaust Memorial - In A Berlin Minute (Week 22)

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      --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- The official name of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin is "Denkmal für die Ermordeten Juden Europas" (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe). It was designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold and officially inaugurated on May 10, 2005 - sixty years after the end of World War II. There are as many concrete slabs on the field as there are pages in the Talmud. In the underground museum there is a list of all known Jewish Holocaust victims. When talking to my German friends about the memorial, I realized there really isn't a German word for Holocaust besides the word itself, which I've never heard anyone say here. But that doesn't mean people aren't aware of the murder of the Jews, Romani, homosexuals and dissidents. The shame and guilt are still felt in the generations born long after the war and have a lasting effect on the national identity of Germans. I won't deny that I've seen signs of Neo-Nazis and racism in Germany today - but then I don't know which country doesn't have those kinds of people. The memorial is supposedly controversial but I personally have found every visit to be a very moving and fitting experience. Admittedly it was even more intense to experience this together with my Brooklyn friend Erica, whose mother (and therefor her) is Jewish. There are so many associations as you see the large field of grey stones. Then you walk in and you get lost, dioriented - the sky and the outside world seem to move further away - you don't know what is around the next corner, who may run into you - you hear voices, children laughing, their innocence today and back then, when the parents were terrified - the thought of all the voices lost... When putting together the video, I tried to capture some of the atmosphere through mixing music with other sounds. It was a little disappointing not to use footage I filmed last year of the memorial when there was a light rain making it look like tears were running down the gray concrete. But the footage was of such different quality and in the end I can't include everything anyway - I don't have any impressive aerial footage or shots at night when the memorial is lit up either. And I'm really trying to stick with just using current footage. For anyone paying attention to such details though: yes, Erica was visiting three weeks ago, which means the footage is from a few weeks ago and not from this week. But I thought it was such an important place I wanted to share it as a weekly video. Website: http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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      • Festival of Lights - In A Berlin Minute (Week 25)

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        -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- It was a dark and stormy... and colorful night - and I went out on my Holland Fahrrad (Dutch bike) to capture these images for you from the Berlin Festival of Light 2010. The 6th Annual Festival of Light shines colorful lights and projections onto some of the most beloved sights of Berlin every night from 7pm to midnight, October 13 - 24. Because I'm trying to squeeze everything into just one minute of video, I only visited a few of the lit-up sights. In the order of appearance: - Neon Sign at Potsdamer Platz - Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) - Fernsehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz - Unter den Linden - Brandenburger Tor (Brandernburger Gate) - Potsdamer Platz - Gendarmenmarkt with Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral), Konzerthaus (Concert House) and Franz?sischer Dom (French Cathedral) Instead of cutting this video to a piece of music, I thought you might enjoy hearing the voices of Berliners and out-of-towners as they discuss, photograph and try to find the best route to the next illuminated sight. A very special thank you to Matt aka PictureReport (on Vimeo) for telling me about the Festival and for creating such inspiring photographs and videos. You will not want to miss the video he is making about this particular event. http://www.festival-of-lights.de Website: http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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        • U8 Subway - In A Berlin Minute (Week 24) [HD]

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          -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- This week brought a few bigger decisions - some still need to be made. One of the easier ones was to change the name of my weekly one-minute videos from "German New Yorker in Berlin" to "In A Berlin Minute". It seemed helpful to make it apparent immediately that this is just a one-minute video - and that there's a reason why I don't go into all the details of a location or event that I filmed. The aspect that the observations come from a German New Yorker in Berlin probably don't come into play in the videos so much anyway - that's more part of the writing that goes along with it. The title "In A Berlin Minute" derives from the expression "In A New York Minute", which actually, according to the Urban dictionary, refers to "an instant. Or as Johnny Carson once said, it's the interval between a Manhattan traffic light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn. It appears to have originated in Texas around 1967. It is a reference to the frenzied and hectic pace of New Yorkers' lives. A New Yorker does in an instant what a Texan would take a minute to do." Of course, Germans are considered to be very accurate, which would mean a Berlin minute by contrast to the New York minute is exactly 60 seconds... like my weekly videos. This week's video gives you a quick glimpse into the U8 subway line and its rollercoaster-style twists and turns. In the 24 weeks I've been in Berlin, I've lived in 3 apartments - in three different districts - but all of them were on the U8 line. It was time I honored my favorite train. Now I just need to figure out if the next apartment is on the same train line or if I'm actually returning to New York before then. That's the biggest decision left... Website: http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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          • Berlin Street Art 2012 (West Berlin) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 136)

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            -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- All this street art I found in old West Berlin neighborhoods: Wedding, Neukölln and Kreuzberg. There will be an extended version soon because not everything fit into the 1-minute format (no surprise), which will also include Charlottenburg and Tiergarten. Artists include: XXCREW, Alias, Mr. Fahrenheit, tona, owys, Mein Lieber Prost, Mimi The Clown, MOI, icon 73, Dede, Alicé and Robert Montgomery. I will add the others when I figure them out or when you let me know. Also because I'm about to jump on a train to Hamburg I don't have time right now to add links for all the artists on the blog post. Will do asap. The Robert Montgomery at the end is a tease for another video I have in the works: text art and slogans on the streets of Berlin. The song is "Something Elated" by Broke For Free. Admittedly I slowed it down a bit to work better with the speed of images. The song is available via: http://FreeMusicArchive.org/music/Broke_For_Free - CC BY 3.0 For links to more information, please visit http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google.com/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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            • TV Tower / Fernsehturm - In A Berlin Minute (Week 29)

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              -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- Usually I try to shoot fresh footage during the week leading up to the publishing date of the weekly video. Every week I actually mark how many weeks I've been in Berlin and something that I've done or seen. This week however is dedicated to the one Berlin sight that is visible from all over the city: the TV Tower (German: Fernsehturm). It deserved a little longer range of collecting footage, which I've done ever since I got here. The TV Tower was built during the 1960s in the former GDR (that's East Germany) and is still the tallest building in Berlin with 368 meters (1,207 feet). The next tallest building (that actually has floors all the way through, not just an elevator to the top) is the Park Inn Hotel right next to it (across Alexanderplatz). Supposedly the tower is nicknamed "Pope's Revenge" because light reflecting off it creates a crucifix. But I've never heard anyone call it that nor have I noticed that reflection. The music in this piece called "Fill The Spill" is again from my talented friend Jason Matherne. Thank you, Jason! Website: http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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              • Rio de Janeiro - In A Brazil Minute (Week 147)

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                --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- Visiting Rio de Janeiro at the beginning and again in the middle of my 3-week Brazil trip was amazing. The 6th largest city in the Americas has become a home of a World Heritage Site named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea" Rio offers amazing vistas of mountains, bays, beaches, the Atlantic Ocean, contrasting architecture, a surprisingly different style of street art and graffiti, delicious (though greasy) seafood, tasty drinks, friendly strangers, the threat of theft, music, costumes, colors, hot temperatures, a lot more clouds and rain than expected and the lively Brazilians that will dance in the rainy streets anyway. This was one of the most difficult videos to edit. How do you squeeze about a week of Rio into one minute? Pretty impossible. I tried. I will certainly publish a few more videos and an extended version soon (on YouTube they'll be on my LuciWest channel). In this video you'll see: Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ The Redeemer, Favelas, street art in Santa Teresa and Cosme Velho, an inner city chicken, the church at Largo do Machado (where you can get amazing Lebanese food in the small mall), Botafogo, the creatures and beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, a passion-fruit Caipiroska and pre-Carnival revelers outside our home-away-from-home the Devassa Brewery in Ipanema. Yes, I would whole-heartedly recommend a visit to Rio... and they sell umbrellas and bikinis everywhere... The music is "1 x 0" by Pixinguinha and Benedito Lacerda in a recording from 1941. It is in the public domain. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1_x_0_Pixinguinha_e_Benedito.ogg Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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                • Tschuess Mitte - In A Berlin Minute (Week 52)

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                  -- http://MovingPostcard.com -- After 52 weeks (one entire year!) it's time to say goodbye again - but not quite yet to all of Berlin (although it was a close call). We've decided to stay on a little longer and are just changing neighborhoods again. So the 52nd weekly video is dedicated the geographic heart of Berlin: Mitte. To be precise it's a personal view of Mitte, featuring spots that are meaningful to me (and not all fit): Rosenthaler Platz and Scott and Sankt Oberholz and Rosenthaler Grill Plattenbauten and Squat and new buildings on Linienstrasse (and Kleine Rosenthaler Strasse) Alias street art on Brunnenstrasse Alexanderplatz with Weltzeituhr and TV Tower Hackescher Markt Cheesecake at Kaffee Mitte Alt Berlin Wei Wei and other street art on Alte Schönhauser Allee (across from Good Morning, Veitnam) Weinmeisterstrasse Haus Elke Holzapfel and Mandy at Soma Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit at CO Berlin on Oranienstrasse Tacheles with Polizei and Scott Solary and John Jasek And last but not least "The Beach" on the Spree across from Museumsinsel where we've had many sunset beers and will hopeful bid farewell to Marisa Baptista tonight before she moves back to Portugal tomorrow. Oh, "what a difference a year makes" or "Kinder, wie die Zeit vergeht". And the amazing song you've heard in this video and also in the "Ciao Kreuzberg" episode (Week 14) is the still unreleased track "Berlin - New York" by Ralf Zwiebel (of Radiopilot and All Button In). Website: http://MovingPostcard.com Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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                  • Berlin Time Lapse - In A Berlin Minute (Week 171)

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                    --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- Now this is a truly fast Moving Postcard. For my last week in Berlin I created a montage of time-lapse shots that I've collected over three years for you. This seemed especially appropriate because during that last week I had a party and a screening of all 1-minute videos at 8mm Bar in Berlin, for which I tried to assemble all 170 videos. It was an exercise in battling frame rates and codec formats (you don't want to know) - but also an opportunity to re-watch a lot of the videos and let me rediscover some moments. Rather emotional, I'll tell you. There may just be another compilation of shots with all my friends who've had cameos in these videos. In the end I streamed all the videos from Vimeo via a projector. Since it's a web series, that was really the way to go. And as a result of the re-watching, I now have put together this compilation for you. By the way, not all shots have been in other videos already - but they're all from In A Berlin Minute shoots. I wonder if anyone can name them all... Maybe you can? The song is called "The Strange Case of Doctor Chiaia" by Tans. It's the second time I've used it. I need some new music! I just have one little bit of bad news. The sunset you see towards the end is something I ended up shooting (a closer shot) during this last week for an entire 11 minutes until the sun was gone. I was going to post that sped up on my LuciWest YouTube channel. However, that footage must have not ended up on any of my 5 hard drives that I just moved to the states with me but on one of the two back-up drives I left behind. Maybe one day I can share it with you. This will be my last Berlin video for awhile. But not to worry, if you've enjoyed seeing a 1-minute video from me every week - I will continue posting videos from other places. And, maybe most importantly, you can always re-watch, re-discover or explore for the first time 172 (one week there were two) 1-minute videos and quite a few extended versions. Maybe this compilation will inspire to go looking around my searchable website MovingPostcard.com. Look for your favorite places or something you've never seen with your own eyes... And know that I always appreciate reading what you think. Thank you again and again to all who have been watching, sharing and encouraging me to keep this going. Love, Luci Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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                    • In A Berlin Minute - In A Brooklyn Minute - Trailer [Moving Postcard]

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                      --- http://MovingPostcard.com --- One-minute moving postcard videos by Luci Westphal every Thursday. Personal blog: http://goodhardworkingpeople.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPostcard Twitter: http://twitter.com/luciwest Flickr: http://flickr.com/luciwest Google+: http://google/+MovingPostcard YouTube: http://youtube.com/GNYBerlin YouTube: http://youtube.com/LuciWest Tumblr: http://luciwest.tumblr.com Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/LuciWest Instagram: http://Instagram.com/LuciWest Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LuciWest

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