Interview With Thorsten Schade Winner of Cinefern Film Award and Competition

The Invitation (Die Einladung) a Film Written, Directed and Produced by Thorsten Schade won Best Director award at Cinefern Film Award and Competition's June 2020.

The Invitation (Die Einladung) Poster

The Film is about The world-renowned Adam Birkenholz AG invites the young project developer Tom Renner to an interview. The meeting in a noble property is developing promisingly. Renner imagines the goal of his dreams. But nothing is as it seems to be. And the hope of a little glamor and glory will become Renner's nightmare ...


Thorsten Schade is a german actor, writer and filmmaker. As an actor, he worked for theaters and german television. The award winning shortfilm “The Invitation (Die Einladung)” is the fifth production, which he wrote, produced and directed. Schade is currently working on a feature film version of "The Invitation (Die Einladung)".

Interview With Thorsten Schade

Q: What is the basic Idea Behind the film?

Thorsten Schade: The question“What is the price of success?” What are we willing to sacrifice? Is it worth to be successful and belong to an elite group of people who made it? Do we just bend a little or do we throw our beliefs complete overboard? Renner becomes a demon at the end of the film. He pays a high price for success. He's losing his humanity.


Q: How do you handle the Pre-Production, and Post Production?

Thorsten Schade: I supervised the pre- and post-production. I also edited the film myself. I was in a lively exchange with everyone involved, such as sound design, color grading, score and VFX.


Q: What do you do to stay calm during Production of the film?

Thorsten Schade: Good preparation. You must have the finished film in your mind, frame by frame. Then you stay calm. But you also have to be flexible. That's a contradiction, I know. ;-)


Q: What sort of stories excites you?

Thorsten Schade: All kinds of fantastic stories, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Horror, Thriller and so on. I love Stephen King and films like “The Shining, The Omen, The Exorcist, but also Star Wars, Star Trek and Lord of the Rings”.


Q: Do you think all the good stories have already been made into a movie?

Thorsten Schade: In my opinion, every story has already been told, at a campfire, as a fairy tale, as a book or film. A new story is created through the variation of already known themes and stories. It's like inventing a new cocktail. The ingredients are known, but the mixing ratio varies. Star Wars is a good example of this. Here we can find many well-known ingredients such as knights, dark lords, wizards, princesses. The new thing was that it plays in space.


Q: While casting for your film you prefer to cast a well known face or any new face which fit the character?

Thorsten Schade: I don't care, known or unknown. The actor has to fit the role.


Q: What is the most enjoyable thing about Production of the film?

Thorsten Schade: Many no-budget films fail. Cast and crew usually work without a fee. I can't repeat a scene 180 times like Stanley Kubrick did with Jack Nicholson in “The Shining”. I have neither the time nor the money for that or an actor who repeats a scene so many times without a fee. Unfortunately, some No Budget filmmakers forget that. I always finish my film projects successfully. ;-)


Q: What is the best possible way to promote your film when you are on a tight budget?

Thorsten Schade: Facebook, Instagram, other social media. And submit the film to festivals. You should save money early because many festivals charge a submission fee. But there are also free festivals.


Q: When your next film is coming and what is it about?

Thorsten Schade: I'm working on a feature film version of "The Invitation" and I'm looking for a producer. I have many other film ideas, short films or feature films. But making films costs money and as an independent filmmaker you don't always have the necessary budget. “The invitation”, the short film cost 10,000 euros for example.


Q: What advice do you want to give to the new and upcoming filmmakers?

Thorsten Schade: Believe in yourself. Be open to criticism. But only from people who mean well. Ignore the know-it-alls and the haters. Don't think you have to reinvent the wheel. Let a movie idea grow and don't reject it just because something similar already exists. It depends on how you set a story and vary it. This creates something new. Think about Star Wars.

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