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An Interview with René Wiesner and Patrick Templin, Directors of Tension

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2016

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René: Tension is a small dark comedy short.


René, what were your sources of inspiration for writing Tension, and to what extent can you identify with the movie's main character, actually?


René: I took my inspiration out of everyday life. I wanted a protagonist who everybody could relate and identify to somehow. An average Joe in a normal situation with a bad day who behaves like living in a world without consequences. But in the end there are consequences of course. I guess everybody was very often in a situation in which he just let his thoughts run free.


Do talk about Tension's brand of comedy for a bit!


René: The humour of Tension is definitely dark. I really enjoy this form of comedy. It allows us to laugh about horrible things like violence and murder.


In Tension, you pretty much limit yourself to one location - so how limiting but maybe also liberating was this for you as filmmakers?


René: It definitely had advantages and disadvantages. It was a nice atmosphere because we were familiar with the environment – because it was our office. This was very helpful because we had no boundaries in how long we are able to be on location. But having a limitation in locations means that you have to keep the attention of the viewers with different things. You have to surprise them visually or plot-wise. But I guess it´s okay for a four minute short. You could say the limitation we imposed on ourselves was somehow liberating.


Patrick: I don’t feel limited at all when I film in only one location. It was pretty much of a challenge for me tickling out everything the location was offering for us. So as you see we concentrated on working out the fine details Tension has to offer the fans of such short films like ours.


What was the collaboration between the two of you actually like - and how did you two first meet even?


Patrick: We came together when René was working on ABCs of Superheroes in 2014 for Boesewicht Film and Oliver Tietgen and Jens Holzheuer [Oliver Tietgen, Jens Holzheuer, René Wiesner interview - click here]. I was pretty much interested in the movie and I got excited about working with René and the whole team there. So I became an executive producer. After that René and I realized that we often share the same convictions and that we really liked to create something together. With Tension we made the first step in our collaboration and things are getting bigger now.


Do talk about your cast, and why exactly these people?


Patrick: I loved working with Simon Lammers, Norma Jackson and Jarryd Alexander Haynes. It was a new experience to me because I didn't knew any of them at that time unlike René who knew all of them from shootings for ABCs of Superheroes. But we found ourselves very fast and they all are great and passionate actors.


René: As I came up with the idea for Tension I had Norma and Jarryd immediately in my mind for their roles. I worked with both of them before. The casting of my main actor was trickier. Honestly I didnt knew exactly what I wanted but I definitely knew what I didn't want. Luckily I got to know Simon short time afterwards on another set (ABCs of Superheroes). Funnily enough we had to act together in it – the two thugs in episodes T & U who got their asses kicked by princess Tarantrella.


Christin Zimmermann, Patrick Templin, René Wiesner, Norma Jackson, Jarryd Alexander Haynes, Simon Lammers

What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


Patrick: It was the first test ride for René and me working together as equivalent directors and indeed that was an interesting situation on set. But after a short time we realized that we are really good in working together and that we can complete one another. The atmosphere was very harmoniously between our team and the actors. Everybody felt comfortable and we all had tasty buns made by Christin Zimmermann (no spoiler :D) – I think it was more familiar than normal work is and I think everybody left the set with a good feeling.


René: At the one day of shooting that we had most of things went smooth but some things went wrong too. But altogether I am very happy. The atmosphere was very good. The only thing I am kind of unhappy about is that we don’t have too much of an interaction between Simon and Jarryd in the middle part. But I hope the result is still satisfactorily to everyone who was involved.


The $64-qestion of course, when and where will your movie be released onto the general public?


René: By now we submitted Tension to over one hundred festivals all around the world. Unfortunately there are many festivals that don't accept movies which are available on platforms like YouTube. That’s the reason why we will wait until next year with a release on our channels. We will make an announcement on our Facebook page then. But maybe Tension will be released on a DVD compilation of short movies from northern Germany. On which all of the earned money will be donated for a good purpose. For suffering kittens (no joke) – of course we couldn’t say no to that.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Tension yet?


René: By now there is not much to say about that. We only gave it to a few friends and reviewers at this time. The reception was mostly positive and we are happy with the result too - and that’s what is important.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Patrick: There are so much. Sigh. But I think I can afford a little spoiler (looks over his shoulder to René?). René and I are working on a feature which is in preproduction right now but I can't share more information about it^^ - but I can share my last projects. One is named P.U.L.S.E. (Prosocial Uniting Life Stabilization Experiment). The trailer can be found on Facebook and YouTube. It has won several small awards and I can spoiler that there will be a longer shortfilm about this topic. And finally My Friend Max – a short starring Doug Jones. I was co-producing and it won the “best screenplay”- award at the SAFF and will be released soon. Information about it can also be found on Facebook.


René: Sure. Of course we will do what Patrick said but also the Swedish feature Root of Darkness by Gustav Ljungdahl will be released soon. I was an associate producer of it and I currently work on the German subtitles for it. Then there will be also another Swedish monster movie on which production I will be also involved but it's not sure in which position. And last but definitely not least there is Violent Starr by Oliver Tietgen (ABCs of Superheroes) which will be the tits for sure.


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