In this interview, we talk exclusively to Felix Cramer, the director of photography for Netflix’s upcoming series Oktoberfest Beer & Blood, a thrilling period drama that follows the inception of the now world-famous beer festival. Based on true events, the series explores the history and origins of Oktoberfest. He works alongside director Hannu Salonen to establish an aesthetic inspired by oil paintings of great European late-romantic artists like Arnold Böcklin, Anselm Feuerbach, and expressionist artists from the “Neue Künstlervereinigung München”.
These artists characterize the time of the 1900s, which is reflected in the show’s colors as they evolve into a richer, more saturated and active palette over the series. This color palette mirrors the change from late romantic to expressionistic art, which the creative team was able to showcase through the costumes, set design, lighting and grading.
Felix also implores new filming techniques, including the use of drones for exterior and interior shots to create intense high angle views and even dramatic close-ups. To perfect the camera movements, Felix and his crew made a huge effort to master the technique of flying drones. Felix also used new products such as the Genesis G35 Vintage 66 Lenses and the Proaim Powermatic Scissor Telescopic Crane to capture the vintage look of the series and to create unique camera movements.
Oktoberfest Beer & Blood will be available to stream on Netflix starting October 1st.