Finally: The “Vobe” app has just been launched and the ad I wrote and directed officially released. Thanks again to everybody. Made in Monmartre. Enjoy!



Vobe - Articolo


Vobe – storyboard

This is the storyboard I drew for “Vobe”. It’s no masterpiece but it had the function to help everybody visualize my idea. Tomorrow the app will be finally launched.

Girare uno spot a Parigi con un cast perfetto

Ho appena concluso le riprese di uno spot per un’applicazione telefonica dal nome in codice provvisorio Bubbles. Il produttore mi ha detto di girarlo a Los Angeles, ma ho pensato che andando a Parigi avrei trovato…visi globali. E così è stato. Avevo perennemente in testa le parole di Ridley Scott: “Il cast è tutto”. Infatti, gran parte dell’energia è stata spesa nel trovare visi che potessero tradurre la sceneggiatura che avevo congegnato..Ecco, un saluto e un grazie di cuore a tutti. Torno in sala di montaggio.  Manuel de Teffé

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Manuel de Teffé with his entire “Vobe” team in Paris



I signori del doppiaggio

Eos 1D C 4k footage: HD gets real. Thanking Canon Deutschland CPS

I would like to publicly thank Canon Deutschland CPS for letting me test the amazing Canon Eos 1D C. The camera is able to produce an extraordinary super cinematic 4k footage. After watching what this jewel is capable of, my conclusion is that 4k is the real HD. End of story. I especially would like to warmly thank Mrs. Melanie Albert and Mr. Martin Wieser for assisting me during this test trial. In case people find hard transcoding to ProRes 4k files, here’s what Andrew Reid from Eos HD found out: easy as pie:  http://www.eoshd.com/2015/01/now-you-can-transcode-to-4k-prores-over-3x-faster-with-fcpx/


Il mio spot appena presentato alle Nazioni Unite

Prima di calarmi in un lungo silenzio artistico meditativo e rigenerante…lo scorso Luglio diressi questo spot per l’associazione tedesca Kinderreiche Familien, che fa funge da megafono per i diritti delle famiglie numerose tedesche. Qualche settimana fa lo spot è stato presentato alle Nazioni Unite durante una speciale sessione sulla famiglia. La camera usata è una Black Magic Cinema Camera (nome orrendo), che devo dire mi ha sorpreso per la sua pasta organica. Eccolo.

Manuel de Teffé


Back to basic: marvel, lanterns and snow.

When we were children the sense of marvel we were endowed with was unlimited. The last time I felt unlimited was one month ago, when, recklessly scouting for locations in upper Austria, the production van entered an unannounced  fog as thick as all the imagination I owned in my childhood’s hours. I had to shoot a Christmas music video for the KISI Kids, and we needed to reach a perfectly immaculate snowy area.
That precise moment when I found myself surrounded by absolute whiteness,  I lost all my bearings and regained my childhood. The van was driving into nothingness, an infinite limbo, yet I felt home. I turned to the driver: “Do you have the slightest idea where we are going?”…”No. But’s it’s safe here”. She said with magic awareness. For one long minute, not accustomed to mountain fog,  I was petrified. Then I decided to do the only thing I could do: trusting the driver. It was not automatic, it was a forced decision, because sometimes trust implies a certain effort.  After all I was a city guy, I knew nothing about the liturgy of high mountains. Little by little, while we were driving through the fog, all the most basic monolithic feelings of a buried childhood started to flow in my mind. They were: fear, trust, hope, calm, joy,  and again fear, trust, hope, calm and…(Finally I made out a cabin) JOY. the fog was suddenly gone. My sense of marvel back.

I was ready to film.

This is the result of those 3 days. I would like to thank the indefatigable Hannes for trusting my vision,  Birgit for this wonderful song,  Johanna for all the work in the preproduction phase, Ines for being a brilliant production assistant, and of course all the surprising KISI, who kept singing and dancing during the snow storm. Thank you and merry, merry Christmas to everyone!

Released today in 25 tv networks: “We sing merry, merry Christmas”. Music and lyrics by Birgit Minichmayr. Performed by KISI.


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“For Greater Glory” – Premiere in Rome

Yesterday I was at the premiere of FOR GREATER GLORY, a very bold historical movie produced by Pablo Barroso (in the picture with me) and starring Andy Garcia (probably his best performance ever) Eva Longoria and Peter O’Toole. The movie deals with a series of incredible events  happened in Mexico in the 20’s and hidden by many history books. An oversight? May be. The plot: Calle’s government stops any religious freedom and as a consequence of that the mexican people react fighting fiercely against it. This latest cut is quite admirable: this film does not show good people VS bad people, it just depicts a raw reality many historians preferred not to face. Andy Garcia is majestic. My role in the movie: a few years ago I had to write a few treatments and put together a huge historical research to reconstruct what was lost. Incredibly enough Time magazine was of great help: they keep their entire archive online and one can have access to all the facts, unbiased. I also drew a storyboard for a complicated movie sequence, you can find on this blog. Congratulations to Pablo, I’m sure that this movie will raise awareness towards a great untold story. Well done my brave friend!

Manuel de Teffé

Spot Scuola Mediterranea – Ringraziamenti

La scorsa settimana ho girato a Lamezia Terme uno spot per la promozione  di una scuola mirata alla formazione di una nuova imprenditoria giovane in Calabria. Lo spot, è stato ideato dalla vulcanica mente di Nelida Ancora, organizzato dall’inossidabile Elena Cerra e interpretato dalla brillante attrice lametina Laura Nicotera. Voglio ringraziare  tutti per la partecipazione e la dedizione data in questi particolarissimi giorni di lavoro. Grazie a Nelida, Elena, Laura, Giovanni Giuseppe, Elisabetta, Giusy, Domenico e Vincenzo. La foto che vedete è l’ultima scena dello spot, dove vediamo realizzato il sogno di una giovane imprenditrice che riuscendo a fare rete ha messo insieme un affiatato team di lavoro e creato un nuovo business. Un abbraccio a tutti ragazzi, a presto.