David Knight - 7th May 2014

Matt Lambert's trilogy of films for German rock legend Westernhagen follows the progress of 'Alphatier' (Alpha Dog) on his relentless rise, eventually overcoming the father who turned him into a beast.  

This Oedipal tale is an evolution of Lambert's past three years of making films following the youth of Berlin, and the first time he's had the chance to make a film that, due to the huge popularity of Westernhagen, could resonate with a mainstream German audience. 

As the East of the city is usually favored by younger Berlin-based filmmakers, Matt set this film in West Berlin in an attempt to tell a story that plays with the deep tensions that exists in a city where up to three generations have experienced very different worlds and social moralities. 

Shooting over three days in Schöneberg, Friedenau and Potsdam Lambert created an 18-minute long epic and also worked with his second unit to create seven other videos, that function as smaller stories parallel to the main narrative. He also combined seasoned actors with ones who've never been on screen before, workshopping their roles with the actors over a span of a few weeks. 

PRO Credits


DirectorMatt Lambert
ProducerCorinne Ahrens
Production CompanyStink Films
Executive ProducerNils Schwemer
1st ADAlex Blume
Director of PhotographyMathias Schöningh
Focus PullerFacundo Altube
GafferBeda Mulzer
WardrobeLarissa Bechtold
Make-upEwa Cervena
EditorRob Myers
Editing companySchnittbar
ColouristMarcus Badow
Post ProducerAndi Pek
Lead actorBen Spranger, Lea Mornar, Marius Müller-westernhagen
Other creditsDevelopment Producer: Jannis Birsner Sound Design & Sound Mix: Dennis Beckmann Steadycam Operator: Johannes Holweg 2nd Unit DOP: Cezary Zacharewicz Set Manager: Paul Wolf Eletrician: Toni Schultz Grip: Olando Grübel, Felix Sablotny, Dennis Klembach Costume / Art Dept Assistant: David Werer Sound Recordist: Tom Schön DIT: Nikolas Dost Stunt Coordinator: Christoph Gensis, Steven Lehmann Catering: Gerwin Pukmeister Runner / Driver: Sascha Müller, Johannes Jelinek Casting Assistant: Jana Oberdoerffer

David Knight - 7th May 2014

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