On the Big Screen: Christian Volkman director of “Renaissance”

By Johnny Xu . September 19, 2006 . 1:19pm


We had a quick interview with Christian Volkman on his upcoming action/sci-fi thriller, Renaissance. Renaissance takes place in the futuristic Paris in the year 2054. When Avalon’s leading scientist, Ilona, turns up missing, Bartholemy Karas is put on the job. With the help of Ilona’s older sister, Bislane, they both risk everything to rescue Ilona. While Karas thinks this is only a kidnapping case, he soon unfolds a cover-up that will not only take lives, but sacrifices all for one.


Renaissance is one of the few films that is produced in defined black and white colors. Only black and white colors are used in the film with few shades of gray for transparency and reflection effects.


Siliconera: What was your vision for making Renaissance?

Christian Volkman: We wanted to make our own Bladerunner. Its great making your own Sci-fi happening in the city.


What was production like?

It was very difficult working with only black and white. At first, it was hard to get money into the film. This was a grown up sci-fi animation film. When it comes to black and white, everything has to be defined. We had to make things obvious without adding too much on screen.


What was your inspiration in making this type of picture?

I was pretty much doing a live action film in my mind. Looking at it now, its a comic book brought to life. It was more about bringing a graphic painting to life. I was influenced by classical artists such as Rembrandt and Georges de La Tour (whose work was famous for lighting effects).


Renaissance is a vivid masterpiece and there is really nothing else like it. Renaissance comes out in selected theaters September 22.

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  • Grego

    It seems like Australia is actually getting films earlier than the US at the moment, we seemed to get Dead Or Alive ahead of America and Renaissance was out here a few months ago.
    It is quite a good film, all the flashing with the stark black and white animation makes for a headache though, take some Panadol before you see it, and you’ll enjoy it (if you like film noir).

  • Noun

    Is that rotoscoping I see? Well then, sign me up.

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