On September 5, 2019, Studiocanal will release the film version of Rita Falk’s bestselling novel of the same name, “Hannes,” in cinemas. The final take of this touching story about friendship, farewell, and joie de vivre took place at the end of 2018. Director Hans Steinbichler and his team—including DP Christian Marohl and camera assistants Sascha El Gendi and Julius Aeneas Thamer—shot the film in Bavaria (Germany), South Tyrol (Italy), and Scotland. The camera setup, provided by ARRI Rental, consisted of ALEXA Minis with a WCU‑4 hand unit and ARRI cforce motors as well as Angénieux Optimo Zoom 24 – 290 mm and Cooke S4 lenses. ARRI’s new Operator Control Unit OCU‑1 was also used marking its first time ever on a film set.
Introduced at IBC 2018, this device complements the WCU‑4 lens control system, allowing camera operators to take control of focus, iris, and zoom at the touch of a button, and to re-release it whenever practical or creative reasons dictate. The OCU‑1 is attached to standard 15 mm or 19 mm rods, 3/8” threads or—as with “Hannes”—to the ARRI rosette.