The Wagner Files (App)

The interactive Graphic Novel WAGNER FILES (App) explores exciting new ways of storytelling: through the fusion of animation, videos, historical letters, music scores and photographs, Wagner is experienced in a completely new light.

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News

  • 02/2014 - WAGNER - Graphic Novel (Book)

    2013 – the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner is celebrated one whole year. We take a look at the life [...]

    2013 - the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner is celebrated one whole year. We take a look at the life of a genius musician, told from the view of Hans von Bülow, whose life Wagner influenced a lot. When Richard Wagner died on 13th February 1883 in Venice in the arms of his second wife Cosima, not only the life of one of the most genius men in musical history ended at this point. Also a biography between beguilement, betrayal, escape, adultery, anti-Semitism and a strange relationship with Ludwig II., the excentrically King of Bavaria. Who was Richard Wagner? In which racketeerings was he involved? Is there an evidence of Wagner's double-minded doings? Drawings with love for details and original locations bring the Wagner story close to a younger audience, without losing relevant information. In the content of the CULTURAL FILES, a crosmedia project by gebrueder beetz filmproduktion, the eventfilm the WAGNER Files as well as an App for tablets and smartphones were published. The App compounds the life of the exceptional talent with animation, minigames, his music and animated graphics to a whole new user experience - for young and old.

  • 11/2013 - Gebrueder Beetz at Berliner Comicmesse

    The 10th Berliner Comic-Messe will take place this Sunday, on November 17th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Ellington [...]

    The 10th Berliner Comic-Messe will take place this Sunday, on November 17th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Ellington Hotel in Berlin. Together with author Andreas Völlinger and illustrator Flavia Scuderi we´re presenting our graphic novel „The Wagner Files“. The graphic novel is published in cooperation with Knesebeck Verlag and available in stores and online since June. Right now we´re running a competition on Facebook, where we give away a „WAGNER Graphic Novel“, signed by Andreas Völlinger and Flavia Scuderi. If you want to take part in the competition, please write an email until Sunday, 17th of November to t.schmoller@gebrueder-beetz.de.

    http://berlinercomicmesse.de/


  • 11/2013 - Gebrueder Beetz at "Junge Ohren Preis 2013"

    Crossmedia producer Tanja Schmoller will attend the “Junge Ohren Preis 2013″ on November 22nd. He will present our crossmedia project [...]

    Crossmedia producer Tanja Schmoller will attend the "Junge Ohren Preis 2013" on November 22nd. He will present our crossmedia project "The Wagner files" at the panel "mobile worlds" from 2-5 pm. The event takes place in Leipzig from November 21st - November 23rd and addresses people and institutions, which encourages musical society.

    http://www.jungeohren.com/jop.htm


Parts


  • Wagner-Novel-Artikelbild

    WAGNER - Graphic Novel (Book)

  • Die Akte Wagner_artikelbild_neu

    The Wagner Files (TV)

  • Pasolini_Artikelbild

    The Pasolini Files

  • Die Akte Zarah Leander_artikelbild

    The Zarah Leander Files

  • Die Akte Beethoven_artikelbild_neu

    The Beethoven Files

  • culturefiles_game_artikelbild

    Culture Files (WT) (App Series)

  • Kulturakte_Artikelbild

    Culture Files (Crossmedia Project)

Press Echo

  • "A crossmedia Gesamtkunstwerk"

    DOX European Documentary Magazine #98

  • "A spectacular and dynamic journey taking in all the stages of the great composer's life."

    Frankfurter Neue Presse, 7 August 2013

  • "The concept of these „Culture Files“ should be a role model for many public cultural broadcasters. It follows a consistent multimedia approach that offers the right appeal for each medium. The comic version of the story is embedded in the film and at the same time it is published as an high-end app: combining music, original documents, interviews, life-map and a visualization of the "Dutchman"-ouverture by Stephen Malinowski."

    Hamburger Abendblatt, 22 May 2013


The Wagner Files (App)

The interactive Graphic Novel WAGNER FILES (App) explores exciting new ways of storytelling: through the fusion of animation, videos, historical letters, music scores and photographs, Wagner is experienced in a completely new light.

When Richard Wagner died on the 13th of February, 1883 in the arms of his wife Cosima, not only the life of one of the greatest musical geniuses of all times ended, but also a biography of fraud, evasion, adultery, anti-Semitism and a bizarre relationship with King Ludwig II. Who was Richard Wagner?

The interactive Graphic Novel WAGNER FILES – The App approaches this question on a completely new level. Wagner’s life is told in the manner of a Graphic Novel, spread out over 41 pages with 240 animated images. Around 40 historical documents such as pictures, letters etc. are embedded in the narrative which the user can access via interactive points. The user decides how he wants to experience the story: reading it by swiping through the pages – or listening by activating the voices of the well-known actors Pegah Ferydoni and Samuel Finzi. Additionally, the narrative is accompanied by 60 minutes of original Wagner music.

Numerous special features like an interactive map or interviews with leading Wagner experts such as Katharina Wagner (great-granddaughter and director of the Bayreuth Festival), Simone Young (musical director of the Opera Hamburg), the conductor Philippe Jordan, Cosima-biographer Oliver Hilmes etc. add up to a complex image of this controversial composer.

An extraordinary highlight is the “music machine“ by the American music animator Stephen Malinowski: he transforms the overture of “The Flying Dutchman“ note by note into animated circles, lines and squares. Malinowski, who has recently worked for Björk, is a star in the online-community; his visualisations of classical music have received over 100 million views.

The App was developed in the Crossmedia-Department of gebrueder beetz filmproduction. After successful web-based projects such as “Farewell Comrades! Interactive“ or “Empire Me“, WAGNER FILES – The App is the first product that has been developed for tablets and smartphones. Creative Director is Uwe Flade, whose App “Sleep Well“ was awarded “App of the Year“ in 2011. The Graphic Novel is written by Andreas Völlinger, the art and coloration is done by the famous illustrator Flavia Scuderi.

WAGNER FILES – The App is part of the cross-medial production “The Culture Files“, consisting of the Graphic Novel “Wagner“ (print) and the documentary “THE WAGNER FILES“ (90/52min) that was successfully broadcasted on ARTE on Mai 22nd and on SWR on Mai 29th, 2013.

The full German version will be on the App Store on July 23, shortly before the opening of the “Bayreuther Festspiele”. On this day, the Graphic Novel (print) will be published by Knesebeck. The international version (English/French/Japanese) will be available in August 2013.

Concept: Georg Tschurtschenthaler, Sonja Schmidt
Creative Director: Uwe Flade
Interaction Design: Grit Schuster
Animation and Technical Implementation: Kids interactive
Author Graphic Novel: Andreas Völlinger
Illustration Graphic Novel: Flavia Scuderi
Screendesign and Illustration: Albert Hulm
Sounddesign: Speak Low
Speaker: Pegah Ferydoni, Samuel Finzi, Alexander Radszun
Musikvisualisierung: Stephen Malinowski
Counseling: Ralf Pleger, Andreas Völlinger
Production Manager: Kathrin Isberner
Production Supervisor: Sandra Zentgraf
Project Assistant: Hannah Kappes
Project Manager: Tanja Schmoller
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz

Cooperation

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Sponsors

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  • The Wagner Files (App)

    Bayreuther Festspiele - Bayreuth
    19 May 2013 at 5:00 pm

  • The Wagner Files (App) Launch

    for iPads - on the App Store
    22 May 2013 at 12:00 am

  • The Wagner Files (App)

    Lemesos Int. Documentary Festival - Cyprus
    03 August 2013 at 3:30 pm

  • The Wagner Files (App)

    Fantouche Animation Film Festival - Baden, Switzerland
    06 September 2013 at 3:00 pm

  • The Wagner Files (Film & App)

    International Media Convention - Berlin
    10 September 2013 at 4:00 pm

  • The Wagner Files (App)

    International Film Festival of Documentary - St. Petersburg
    26 September 2013 – 27 September 2013

  • The Wagner Files (Film & App)

    SoundTrack_Cologne - Cologne
    23 November 2013 at 4:30 pm