Scene one, in which a whole lot of energy is required
In a flash, the 5,400 of the 5,445 square metres that make up Studio 19 are plunged into darkness. Three sole projectors illuminate the shell of the ID. R in moving light – the various mappings create the effect of energy, gently stroking the skin of the Pikes Peak record breaker, before slowly infiltrating into the car. Every line, every point of light precisely follows the curves of the electric prototype. Stefan and his colleagues have measured every millimetre of the ID. R in advance, meaning the projectors are set up to be accurate right down to the millimetre. Their design is superimposed on that of the Volkswagen engineers, complementing it spectacularly.
A short “Achtung” resounds through the hall. The importance of not looking into the laser beams, or photographing or filming them directly, has been impressed upon everyone. The “Achtung” signals that another element of the light installation is coming: a network of laser beams 30 centimetres above the floor of the hall, which has been soaked with water by the studio fire department to achieve the right sheen and desired reflections. Computer-guided spotlights follow a few seconds later. The set is ready for filming.
Director Bernd Wondollek himself is behind the camera, which is attached to a swivel arm on rollers, allowing flowing movements. Music blasts out of a ghetto blaster to help with the timing. And Wondollek’s calls are perfectly in time. “Aaaaand: Tommmm.” Tom is responsible for the laser technology, which has a special feature in its locker. Where the ID. R has stickers instead of headlights, in order to save weight, the extremely focussed beams of light make it possible to conjure up the illusion of lights. To achieve this, Tom has recreated the corresponding contours of the ID. R in three dimensions. With a few clicks on his computer, he “paints” them directly onto the front of the car. It looks so easy. “Aaaaaand: Clemenzz.” Clemens oversees the computer-guided spotlights on set. In the end product, Stefan’s mapping, Tom’s lasers and Clemens’ spotlights will create the illusion that the ID. R, in this industrial warehouse, is being charged with the energy it will return to the capital during its drive through night-time Berlin.