Dina Foxx starts 9 November

The second season of Dina Foxx is about to kick off. Official launch date is 9 November 10.00 am for the online experience. In two TV-parts Dina fights against powerful enemies trying to save her brothers life and to stop a quickly spreading pandemic.

The second Dina Foxx-event is framed by two TV-parts aired within a week around a multi-platform online universe. on smartphones, tablets and desktops users can help Dina investigate. Those in the audience who dig deep enough will find the whole truth and see the second TV-Episode with different eyes.

The main online hub is at

iOs apps for iPhone and iPad are available in itunes.




Dina Foxx 2 Shoot is a wrap!

after 29 exciting stressfull exhausting exhilarating annoying successfull days it’s over. now it’s all up to the post…
above is little impression from the wrap-up t-shirts…

in the meantime exozet is working on our online-part and it’ll all come together just fine.

Dina Foxx 2 shoot

after about 1,5 years development Dina Foxx 2 finally started production. the shoot for the 2 tv-films startet on Sept. 10 and will go on for 29 days. we’ll not only shoot for tv but also various online-stuff including some complex narrative 360°-scenes.

i’m particularly pleased about our new dina foxx-lead Katharina Schlothauer.
Florian Foest will be DOP again like for Dina 1.

ZDF-press-release (german):

Dina Foxx 2

Team sorted, contracts signed – Dina Foxx 2 is now officially “in development”!

the company setup remains the same: ZDF, teamWorx, ufa-lab.
my own function will be director, co-author and “concept-coordinator” for online and TV.
Nina Pourlak took over as the main author for TV.
Commissioning editors stay the same: Milena Bonse (ZDF-Online) and Burkhard Althoff (ZDF-Kleines Fernsehspiel).
Creative Producers are again the Leif Alexis (TV, teamWorx) and Kristian Costa-Zahn (online, UFA-lab).

online-team in alphabetical order: Severin Brettmeister, Maike Coelle, Daniel Helbig, Zen Melzer, Patrick Möller, Philipp Zimmermann.

all else… well, is a secret!

ver.di TV-award for Dina Foxx

long live the unions for giving me my first award ever…:
ver.di Fernsehpreis 2012 für Boris (Dennulat) and me for the Dina Foxx script. (verdi: “Der Preis den niemand kennt”)

special thanks to the development team that put a lot of work into the project: Drita Parduzi, Markus Kaiserswerth, Maxim Kuphal, Martha Friedrich, Philipp Zimmermann and the creative producers Leif Alexis (teamworx) and Kristian Costa-Zahn (ufa-lab) and the guys at the zdf: Milena Bonse and Burkhard Althoff
- and of course the film-team…

Kids Blog kinderkram in progress

For 8 years now we have been collecting our kids creative output. I always thought their work was highly inspiring and entertaining and was looking for a way to use it. It’s now going onto their own blog at kinderkram. Considering the amount of paintings, drawings and sculptures they produce, I’ll be at it for while to put it all online…

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2 Banff Rockies for Dina Foxx!

Folks in Canada seem to have really liked Dina Foxx. To our own surprise we just scored a double win at the Banff World Media Festival. We not only won the Rockie for “Best Fiction Program” in the “Cross-Plattform” category, we were also generously awarded the main “Best Interactive Award” at the closing Rockies Gala. Thanks a lot Banff – and one more reason to finaly go skiing in the canadian Rockies!

(this is the offical Banff 2012 Awards website.

Rescue Dina Foxx!

Initiated, co-created and directed by Max Zeitler, (2005 – 2011)

Original german titel: Wer rettet Dina Foxx?

Award winning cross-media event on ZDF in April 2011
Produced by ZDF, teamWorx and UFA Lab

When your digital Identity gets out of control…

Life turns into a nightmare for Dina Foxx when she is arrested and accused of murdering her boyfriend Vasco. Only her friends at and the viewers can help her find the truth and prove her innocent.

Rescue Dina Foxx! was an interactive crime-story that took place on TV, internet and reality over the period of 6 weeks in April and Mai 2011 and included germany’s largest alternate reality game to date.

Max Zeitler, Kristian Costa-Zahn, Leif Alexis, Burkhard Althoff, Milena Bonse, Boris Dennulat, Martha Friedrich, Markus Kaiserswerth, Maxim Kuphal, Drita Parduzi and Philipp Zimmermann

award wins:
Banff Rockie Award 2012, Best Cross-Platform Projekt: Fiction Programs
Banff Rockie Gala Awards 2012, Banff World Media Festival BEST INTERACTIVE AWARD
New York Festivals 2012, Gold Medal for Television – Online: Online Entertainment Program
ver.di script award 2012 for Boris Dennulat and Max Zeitler

Prix Europa 2011 (Online Awards)
Grimme-Award 2012 (special achievement in TV-fiction, Milena Bonse & Burkhard Althoff)
SXSW 2012 Film Design Awards Excellence in Title Design (Finalist)

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Dina Foxx – Creation & Development

Since a lot of people keep asking me how Dina Foxx actually came about – here is a more detailed chronology:

Rescue Dina Foxx! went through three development stages:

1. A talk in the mountains and a digital doppelganger:
It all started in the middle of 2005 with a discussion with our friend Dinah Flusser (daughter of philosopher Vilem Flusser) in the bavarian country-side, the Osterbuchberg. Walking through the green hills we speculated about a very simple guy who has never done anything wrong in his life but who would suddenly be targeted by digital profiling software and then be arrested as a terrorist. He should be called George, Dinah said. “And he should be christian!” So the next three years I spent writing various proposals for films called “Being George”. They went from a pure documentary format to fictional documentary to near-science fiction feature-format (taking place in 2020) about George being “hunted” by–what i called–a “digital doppelganger” and back to a documentary format (leaving out all the expensive parts!) including discussions on the web with IT-experts about a digital doppelganger. In the near-future scenario, George was supposed to be Boss of an IT-company (the likes of google)… and the company had developed a digital doppelgänger system to manipulate people in all fields of their lives. And George would become a victim of his own system because–it would get “hijacked” by a group of mean people.

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Königsberg is Dead

Propaganda, Apocalypse and Wild Parties at the Baltic Sea.
by Max & Gilbert
Official Website          Amazon          Absolut-Medien

german synopsis:
Königsberg, der Mythos Ostpreußens: seit 1255 Stadt der deutschen Ordensritter, Krönungsstadt der preußischen Könige, Heimat Immanuel Kants – doch dieses Königsberg existiert nicht mehr. Mit Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs wurde die deutsche Bevölkerung ausgewiesen, Kaliningrad entstand: eine sowjetische Stadt, deren offizielle Geschichte im Jahr 1946 beginnt.

Zum 750. Geburtstag wird der Mythos Königsberg/Kaliningrad in Interviews, Archiv- und Stadtaufnahmen, Dokumenten und Details von Einst und Jetzt hinterfragt. Alte Königsberger, junge Russen, politische Experten und einer der wenigen überlebenden Königsberger Juden erzählen ebenso von einer ehemals blühenden Stadt wie von einem maroden russischen Vorposten inmitten der Europäischen Union: K…

Weezle World

concept & script for a 3D-animated project by Max Zeitler.

conceived out of Virjule – The Inner Berlin.
developed 2001 – 2004, funded by the Nipkow-Programm, Berlin and FFA-Script-funding.

still – or rather again – in development…

Virjule – The Inner Berlin

by Max Zeitler, 2000, 34 Minutes

A blind girl, Virjule, comes to Berlin and discovers a fantasy-world of Weezles whose existence is threatened by the Squares.

Virjule was created as my architectural thesis at the University of the Arts, Berlin (UdK) between 1998 and 2000. I got my architectural diploma with it and created the Weezles which continued to live on in the project “Weezle World”.

The film is an experimental statement about the historical and urban development of Berlin in the 1990′s.


A Film by Axel Kilian and Max Zeitler
Department of Architecture, University of the Arts, Berlin, (UdK) 1996

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A billiard ball rolls through Berlin from west to east. From one green patch to another with an intermezzo in the city. The Palace of the Republic is the only deterrent to its course. AXIS enters a dialogue with the city, is knocked off course and strikes against the former Ministry of Foreign Affairs of East Germany – now demolished. Then it slowly returns to its course and leaves the city. Continue Reading →

Puch’s World

by Max Zeitler, 1997
Winnie Puch, the russian version of Winnie the Pooh, has some weird experiences in moscow…

This animation was created in 1997 as an architectural urban planning project for moscow. We (about 15 students) went to Moscow and St. Petersburg for 10 days and picked our spots to work on. I found a moving toy-puppet of Puch. Back in Berlin I decided to try out a new animation programm (my first encounter with 3d-animation…) and recreated Puch in 3D. Continue Reading →

This is us--the architects--in a nice baroque room in Moscow... 
(me on the far left.)I found this guy at a street vendor's, Puch. 
He used to have legs, the kids amputated them...Puch is the russian version of Winnie the Pooh...Puch became the center of my Moscow project. His home was to be the old chocolate factory on the Moskva river island.Puch and his friends were to have adventures based on soviet architecture designs for a new and utopic Moscow in the 1920's. This is a map of the different venues.El Lissitzky's horizontal skyscrapers, the Cloud-Irons (Wolkenbügel) are certainly among the most visionary designs...El Lissitzky planned eight such structures along the Moscow Boulevard Ring.They featured in the concept map but didn't make it into the film.The film started with this woman driving into the city via cut-out collage...She starts in the suburbs......past the Kremlin churches...past the State Kremlin Palace...... past the Church of Cosma and Damian...... the Kutafya Tower......the Cathedral of the Dormition......and then she gets stopped by traffic police. something that happened a lot in the 1990's in Moscow and......even happened to me in St. Petersburg. Two friends and me got picked up for crossing the main boulevard in the middle of the block (not at the traffic light) and  stuck in a cell for an hour. scary...but not Puch. He escapes and walks visit Kanga and Roo jumping through Moscow on bouncy towers.He finds the Tsar Bell in the Kremlin...and approaches it..... there is something myterious about it......which he only discover when......goes inside and discovers a kingdom of bells ringing in various tones.on the top there is a bell-king and a bell-queen.Next, Puch visits Rabbit.He lives in a big palace that's built on a Guarini-grid.The guarinesque takes over the whole building and...when Rabbit touches it he goes crazy.this is hase disturbedOwl is another friend Puch goes to visit.She lives in Ivan Leonidov's skysraper design Dom Narkomtiazhprom from 1934.She build herself a primitive replica...of Leonidovs design.But vain as she is she didn't pay attention to construction details......and so the skyscraper falls apart...and takes Owl...down to the ground as well.

Puch’s World walkthrough

Since the animation “Puch’s World” isn’t exactly comprehensible you can CLICK ON THE PICTURES above to get an illustrated walk-through.

Pikler DVDs

We worked on four DVD’s about Emmi Pikler’s pedagogical approach to babies and small children. The DVD’s are mainly aimed at professional child carers….

Paying Attention to each other – Infant and Adult during the Bath

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In four bath-time scenes we see children between 8 and 12 months of age with their respective care-takers. The film shows how each bath-time with its protagonists is unique although all four bath scenes follow the same order of events. The quality of attention that both child and adult pay one another is of central importance here. It is this dialogue that allows the infant to define him or herself and play an active role in his or her own development.

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A Baby’s Attention at Play

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Drawing on the many years worth of observations made by Anna Tardos, the authors define different levels of attention that children between the ages of 9 and 12 months demonstrate in their spontaneous play. We see how the attention of the children fluctuates between these different types of attention, how long they remain in one type and when they switch.

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Babies and Children with each other

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This film documents a long-term study by Dr. Mária Vincze, in which she observes a group of children living together at the Emmi Pikler Institute in Budapest. The children are three months of age at the beginning of the study and two-and-a-half years old at the end. Dr. Vincze observes the children as they live, play and develop in a secure and trusting environment. Continue Reading →

Freedom to move on one’s own

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It was the Hungarian pediatrician, Emmi Pikler, who called attention to a child’s independent development of motor skills. Given the freedom to move on their own, children will learn themselves and of their own initiative to sit up, stand up and walk.

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