FIRE DRILL

Short, 20′, 2024

LOGLINE

A young Ukrainian fulfils his dream to work onboard a container ship, but the sudden escalation of war overshadows his passage into adulthood.

DIRECTORS NOTE

After leaving my first job as a shipping operator to pursue a career in filmmaking, I aspired to create a film about the experiences of seafarers. It became clear to me that despite the crucial role shipping plays in the international supply chain, there is often limited knowledge about the individuals employed at sea.
During development, I spent several months travelling on various container ships, immersing myself in the daily routines and conducting interviews with crew members, who were predominantly from Eastern Europe and Asia. During one of these voyages, the Russian invasion of Ukraine occurred, and I found myself among sailors who were directly impacted by the conflict. This experience resonated deeply with me. To ensure the authenticity of these stories, we worked with an ensemble of real sailors and an actor.
Fire Drill is a fictionalized account of the events and stories I experienced. The film aims to explore the challenges, connections, and resilience of being on a container ship through the eyes of a young Ukrainian man as he embarks on his maiden voyage amidst the escalation of a war at home.

CREDITS

DIRECTOR & SCREENWRITER
Maximilian Villwock

PRODUCER
Cléo Laetitia Campe

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Marco Müller

EDITOR
Anna-Lena Engelhardt

SOUND DESIGN SUPERVISOR
Oscar Valentin Zöllner

COLORIST
Jonny Thorpe

GRAPHIC DESIGN
Johnny Lee

CADET
Arthur Aliiev

ABLE SEAMAN
John Ramon Bayoneta Duropan

ABLE SEAMAN
Robert Gil Loresto Gemora

ABLE SEAMAN
Edmark Dela Pena Estuya

BOSUN
Nelson Gonzaga Nayre

COOK
John Ezekiel Horneja Tan

MASTER
Artem Rybkin

CHIEF OFFICER
Sergei Savchenko

2ND OFFICER
Britan Viacheslav

CHIEF ENGINEER
Sergiy Kuznetsov

2ND ENGINEER
Petro Danchuk

ORDINARY SEAMAN
Robinson Matias Montes

OILER
Ernesto Dimaano Ramirez

AND FEATURING
Halyna Dzhun

A PASSAGE

360° Experience, 15′, 2022

The film was shot in 360 degrees and can also be viewed in VR in its original version. This 2D file is for preview purposes only.

‘Thetis’; A Cypriot flagged German owned container ship, sails the oceans carrying seafarers from Ukraine, Poland and the Philippines. This is where “A Passage” takes place, a digitally recorded 360 / VR installation telling the story of a life at sea in a physical, tangible way. The immersive experience incorporates the wind of the ocean and the vibrations of the ship‘s engine.

CREDITS

WITH
Edsel Bangga
Oleksandr Kandyba
John Ladaga
Danny Muyong

NARRATED by __ Bob Bavnani

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED by __ Maximilian Villwock

COPRODUCER __ Invr.space GmbH
DOP __ Cedric Retzmann
PRODUCER __ Cléo Campe
⁣⁣EDITING __ Martin Herold ⁣⁣
⁣⁣COLOR GRADING __ Juan Galva
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK __ Syndrone Music
SOUND DESIGN __ Simon Ferber

CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIST __ Phil Clausen 

FUNDED by __ Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

DATING IS IN CHINA

Modeselektor feat. Catnapp “Dating is in China”

official music video, 3′, 2021

CREDITS

ACROBATIC GYMNASTS
Yuriy Savka
Stanislav Kukurudz
Yurii Push
Taras Yarush

DIRECTOR __ Maximilian Villwock
DOP __ Moritz Matlik
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER __ Leonel Dietsche, Ruben Meier
PRODUCER __ Oleksii Zolotariov
EDITOR __ Emma Backman
ADDITIONAL EDITING __ Vigdís Erla / S EC Studio
COLOR GRADING __ Jonny Thorpe / Glassworks London
POST PRODUCTION COORDINATOR __ Gwen Teichmann 
CREDITS DESIGN __ Annegret von Feiertag
COMMISSIONED by __ Matthias Klein C/O Magick 
GOODHOUSE FILMS PRODUCTION

Modeselektor “Dating is in China“ is based on the track „Disc“ from the „Extended“-mixtape

Special thanks to S EC Studio & Glassworks VFX London

PENTHESILEA

shortfilm, 30′, 2019

CREDITS

⁣PENTHESILEA __ Charlotte L. Velilla Núñez
LATIF __ Souleymane Sylla

DIRECTED by __ Maximilian Villwock
SCREENPLAY __ Maximilian Villwock & ⁣⁣Isabella Oliveira Kröger
DOP __ Cedric Retzmann
PRODUCER __ Fridolin Lehmann
⁣⁣COLOR GRADING __ Juan Galva
⁣⁣EDITING __ Martin Herold ⁣⁣
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK __ Syndrone Music

PANDA III

shortfilm, 15′, 2016

CREDITS

DJIBRIL __ Souleymane Sylla
ISAK Steven __ Sowah

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED by __ Maximilian Villwock
DOP __ Cedric Retzmann
PRODUCER __ Karla Stöhr
⁣⁣EDITING __ Martin Herold ⁣⁣
⁣⁣COLOR GRADING __ Juan Galva
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK __ Syndrone Music & Midori