About soda.film

Hi! We are soda.film - a film pro­duc­tion com­pany and social entre­pre­neurs from Berlin, Ger­many. While you learn about us you will encounter var­i­ous inter­est­ing topics: Social Busi­ness, Trans­me­dia, Crowd­fundig, Inter­net Videos, our famous 'Stages Struc­ture' - and at the end of this page you will know

Our def­i­n­i­tion of #social #trans­me­dia #sto­ry­telling. :)

Soda -

basi­cally a fusion of water and air, in a metaphor­i­cal sense the liai­son of the (seem­ing) oppo­sites emo­tion and reason.

Soda is brisk, soda is refresh­ing.

As an impor­tant ingre­di­ent of both, soda makes glass trans­par­ent and ensures the hazard-free han­dling of highly explo­sive dyna­mite.

The video ver­sion of this text - our showreel:


Man­i­festo

It’s our goal to make coura­geous philo­soph­i­cal and moving emo­tional films that attract a rel­a­tively wide audi­ence.

We want to dyna­mite some of the out­dated stan­dards of cin­e­mat­ics in a safe way and not at any cost. We want to widen hori­zons, not break the mold. We want to ques­tion rou­tines and tra­di­tion, but not rein­vent the wheel.

BOTTOM LINE:

Trans­parence and hazard-free han­dling of explo­sive topics is what we aim for.


We FILM the (social) change
we want to see in the world! :)

We from soda.film make films about people, social issues or real­ize projects with social impact. As 'Social Enter­prise' we don't focus on mon­e­tary profit (but are allowed to make some). 
We want to act respon­si­bly and make our con­tri­bu­tion to the soci­ety. We don't want to get rich but ENRICH LIFE! So we decided to pro­duce social projects only and to put all poten­tial prof­its back into new social projects. OR sup­port others (com­pa­nies, NGOs, projects...) on their social mis­sion.

PETA - test123
'Test 123' - Social Spot against animal test­ing (View on flickr)
Stadtlicht - Be quiet or die
'be quiet or die' - Music Video about domes­tic vio­lence (View on flickr)
'beautiful but dead' (Social Spot)
'Beau­ti­ful but dead' - Social Spot against Aids (View on flickr)

We are con­vinced that Social Entre­pre­neur­ship is a very rea­son­able solu­tion for many common social issues.

But we don't want to just tell about or report on social issues - we actu­ally want to real­ize projects with real impact on social change.

Social Entre­pre­neur­ship?

→ Fun­da­men­tally a merge of two (seem­ingly irrec­on­cil­able) con­cepts - socially respon­si­ble action and entre­pre­neur­ship. Put together, the term implies:

apply­ing busi­ness prin­ci­ples to 
improve soci­ety

© Susann G. / PIXELIO
© Susann G. / PIXELIO
We have only this one...
We have only this one...

Sounds too the­o­ret­i­cal? Check out our 'illus­tra­tive exam­ple'.


BRIDGES BETWEEN WORLDS

13 stages - singing a love song for money
'singing a love song for money' by soda.film, on Flickr

Web 2.0, Social Media, Mobile Enter­tain­ment... new tech­nolo­gies rev­o­lu­tion­ize the media branch. Daily. Nobody knows on which band­wagon to hop on first. Tomor­row every­thing might be out­dated, the cor­po­rate con­cept obso­lete. And the one who has too many irons in the fire might easily get burned. 
That's why we from soda.film DON'T hop on any band­wagon. Ever. Instead we run a stand at a junc­tion where all the band­wag­ons have to pass by.

Where dif­fer­ent direc­tions are cross­ing some­thing new may occur: 

BRIDGES BETWEEN WORLDS!

Videos for the web

Videos opti­mized for use in the inter­net should be very short and straight­for­ward.

For your audi­ence the next - poten­tially better - online video is just one click away!
But if you have more than a short story to tell there's only one solu­tion: devide your story into sev­eral short episodes.

Now you have 2 options: you can simply cut the story apart or you can build a log­i­cal struc­ture to sort the huge amount of infor­ma­tion into smaller, easily acces­si­ble topics. While the second one is pretty common for books or any other writ­ten form... most film­mak­ers still just cut their works in pieces because the clas­si­cal dra­maturgy did not con­sider the inter­net as a factor, i.e. needs an arc of sus­pense that spans the whole movie.

To deal with that we had to develop a new dra­matur­gi­cal struc­ture.

13 stages
'13 Stages' - Pro­to­type of the 'Stages Struc­ture' | © soda.film on flickr

The 'Stages Struc­ture'

With our suc­cess­ful movie '13 stages' this new con­cept was born. It's some­thing between clas­si­cal movie and web series. You can still watch the whole movie con­tin­u­ously... OR watch one stage in the train on your mobile device, the next stage at work during a coffee break... etc.

We can use the 'Stages Struc­ture' for any story - clas­si­cal drama or non-chronological nar­ra­tion. Stages can be ordered (num­bered, con­sec­u­tive) so our audi­ence has to watch it in a cer­tain (intented) order... OR unordered so that any episode of our story can be picked in any order accord­ing to taste.

This con­cept opens worlds of pos­si­bil­i­ties for sto­ry­telling. :)

13 stages - title
'13 Stages' - Pro­to­type of the 'Stages Struc­ture' | © soda.film on flickr
7 Stufen  (cover)
'7 stages' - a web series with home­less kids | © soda.film on flickr
7 Stufen - Comic
7 stages - comic (avail­able in our shop)

An illus­tra­tive exam­ple

7 Stufen
7 Stufen (7 stages) - a movie with home­less kids (View on flickr)

'7 stages' is a com­plex social project for street kids:

  • a short movie shot with street kids work­ing behind (!) the camera
  • a set of work­shops to pre­pare them
  • a docu web series about the pro­duc­tion and the work­shops
  • the comic book.
  • etc...

The short film fol­lows our Stages Struc­ture as the title implies. So this project is really a bridge between worlds. The project gets funded via #crowd­fund­ing, by sell­ing the pre­vi­ous movie '13 stages' and the comic book on the streets.

That's our def­i­n­i­tion of #social #trans­me­dia #sto­ry­telling. :)

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