It is true. April showers bring May flowers. We are very pleased to announce that our project is selected for 'The EBU Documentary Experts Meeting' in Sheffield in England. The EBU stands for the European Broadcasting Union, the world's leading alliance of public service media. 'The Glass Ceiling' is one of the eighteen selected European film projects, submitted by ARTE GEIE. On June 9th, producer Julia Ton will have the honour to pitch with renownedcommissioning editor Madeleine Avramoussis. Avramoussis will represent her colleague Claudia Bucher from ARTE GEIE and Erkko Lyytinen from YLE.
The Glass Ceiling is selected for the prestigious 'EBU Documentary Experts Meeting' in Sheffield in England
In May 2019, we finally moved forward to production. We had the pleasure to film IT Director Mervi Lampinen in Germany. Thanks to the collaboration of Michael Beilfuss of the IDG Communications Media AG, we could film a CIO Roundtable Meeting in Munich. The shoot did not only make the invisible more visible, it also marked the official production date.
We love the sound of breaking glass - well most of the time.
The transition could have been a bit smoother. We were at the Security Check of Schiphol, ready to depart for Munich when a hard knock almost finished our expedition before it had started. Accidents can happen in unexpected places. We didn't actually hear the sound of breaking glass but a loud thump. We can still see the image of the security officer dropping the camera of our cinematographer in slow motion. And not just another camera, the Rolls Royce of the motion picture cameras. For a second, time stood still.
A blessing in disguise was that the headquarters of Arri is based in Munich. Emergency help was only a phone call away - to our great relief. Not only did we receive excellent service, but we could also borrow another Arri. And for free! What a stroke of luck. The headquarters was a service location, not a rental place, where there was a camera waiting for us. So off we were to shoot Lampinen on schedule, as if nothing extraordinary had happened. Making films is often a matter of stress control and management. Keep calm and keep filming. And always forward!
Claire Pijman holding her beloved and repaired camera with Peter Geheb and Rainer Greif of the Arri Camera Service.
So we still love the sound of breaking glass. But let's be clear, metaphorically.
What do you think? Is Mervi Lampinen a female or male IT Director?
Our next shoot will take place in Paris. We cannot wait to share with you the news in July.