Alter Ego

Diving through the mind’s eye … sifting debris of the splintering conscious … lurking in chambers of hope and memory …. spark ignites the other in self … stealing dominion in fragile reality … both collide … who shall prevail?

Director RUSCH MEYER was inspired by a visit to an old disused sanatorium while scouting potential locations for his next project. Exploring the long, dark, rotting corridors, the decaying rooms, he found himself pondering on the contrasts of tragedy and hope which must inevitably have coexisted in such a place, journeys taken inside the mind which may never have been physically possible, parallel lives lived in the imaginations of the people who worked or were admitted as patients in the building, escaping in their own way the drudgery and despair of their environment.

RUSCH MEYER says “I could sense the history of the place as I walked around – so many stories of disease, death, but also of hope and recovery. I started to imagine the different mental states inside a person who might have worked or been a patient here. The idea for the film grew from these thoughts, a journey between the subconscious and the superego!”

Inviting some key collaborators to join him on the project, he returned to the old sanatorium to realise his vision and to begin to capture and create his exploration into the surreal world of “Alter Ego”.

Actress: Jördis Richter (Lucky Punch)
Direction & Edting: RUSCH MEYER
DoP: Robert Staffl
Production: Robert Staffl & Simon Ruschmeyer
CG/VFX Artist: Nando Stille
Music & Sound Design: Radium Audio
Make Up: Mel Willmann
Costumes: Laura Büchel
Camera Assistant: Esther Dittmann
On Set Sound Recording: Rene Paulokat
Runner: Chris Kneißl
Supported by: MBF Filmtechnik
Social Media Distribution: Nina Claasen, Momme Funda

Thank You:
Cornelia Bremer & Klaus Friebel, Ambiente K. Friebel Bau
Torsten Schmitz, Terra Projektentwicklung GmbH
Irene Krause

Sony F3
Canon 5D, 7D

Adobe Premiere & After Effects
Nuke, Maya, Twixtor

Shot on Location at Beeltz Heilstätten.

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