Production Design Week

Faking Berlin: A Backlot Tour With Uli Hanisch

Potsdam, Germany
October 20
14:00 – 15:00 CET
Metropolitan Backlot - Studio Babelsberg
August-Bebel-Str. 26-53, 14482 Potsdam
Studio Babelsberg invites you to tour the impressive backlot set for 'Babylon Berlin', guided by production designer Uli Hanisch in conversation with art director Daniel Chour.

You will be able to relive the development and construction of the 1920s style 'Neue Berliner Strasse' on the grounds of Studio Babelsberg. Is it even possible to portray the Berlin at that time using one single street? Hear how did the art department researched, collaborated and reused the backlot to create their many-layered world of 'Babylon Berlin'.

Live participation is limited to German film students by invitation only. You can find the tour at the IPDW YouTube Channel!

About the Organizer:

Uli Hanisch studied graphic arts in Düsseldorf, then worked in several European art departments for films of Enki Bilal or Peter Greenaway. After designing various German feature films with directors like Leander Haußmann, Oliver Hirschbiegel and Sönke Wortmann, he embarked on a long collaboration with director Tom Tykwer in such projects as 'The International', 'Sense 8' , 'Cloud Atlas' and 'The Perfume'.

In 2016 he started to work for the German TV period series 'Babylon Berlin' directed by Tom Tykwer, Henk Handloegten and Achim von Borries. For this he developed and designed the new permanent backlot street, 'Neue Berliner Strasse' on the grounds of Studio Babelsberg.

Uli has been awarded with an Emmy, the Bavarian Film Award, the German Film Award, the Prix d´Exellence of the European Film Academy for best production. He holds lectures at various film schools all over Germany and Europe, and has been Professor for production design at the IFS in Cologne. His most recent projects are the TV show 'The Queen's Gambit', 'Babylon Berlin: Season 4', and 'The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes'.

Studio Babelsberg is one of Europe’s largest film studio complexes, offering 21 state-of-the-art sound stages, flexible backlots and vast production facilities on a 42-acre lot. Take advantage of our exceptional production services, internationally experienced crews, and the diversity of attractive film locations, only a few steps from the vibrant city of Berlin that make Studio Babelsberg one of the most attractive film and TV production sites in Europe.

The VSK is and association of production design and costume design professionals in Germany.