Remote Control

The Bavarian answer to „The X Files“

All images (c) by Marco Meenen

When the drummer of a speed metal band explodes during a rehearsal in Kleinhartpenning in Upper Bavaria, the local police is faced with a big mystery. But two UFO hunters Frank Müller and Dörte Skalski find a mysterious trace, that leads via a local UFO group directly to an alien spaceship floating above the small village. And to make matters worse, a chicken seems to be involved in the case…


Short film 1998 / 15′
Written & Directed by
Actors: Dominic Raacke, Georgia Stahl, Sepp Schauer,
Maria Peshek, Joseph Hannesschläger
Production: T4-Filmproduktion / Claudia Gatzke

A co-production of T4-Film, HFF Munich and CineImage
funded by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

TV: Bavarian Radio, arte, WDR
numerous festivals

Making of

Skalski: Don't start with your aliens again!
Müller: I wouldn't go that far, but I have to admit, this case has a certain paranormal bouquet.

Since my major science fiction project “Space Zoo” could not be financed as the second film in film school after my camera exercise “Jamaica”, I urgently needed new material. After several unsuccessful attempts the penny finally fell during a holiday on Sylt: I wanted to do a Bavarian X-Files-Persiflage. The idea was captivating: “The X-Files” was the big TV show of the 90s and the transformation of a series into a short film format appealed to me. But I was much more attracted by the opportunity to locate a couple of investigators in the style of Mulder & Scully in rustic Bavaria, who followed their UFO cases as passionately as the American role models.

The financing was very easy compared to “Space-Zoo”. The professor of my producer Claudia Gatzke had an ominous special pot of Bavarian film funding. Since this post had to be emptied as quickly as possible before the funds expired, we simply queued up in front of his office. When it was our turn, the professor did not ask about the content for long, he just wanted to know how much we needed. We had no idea how much we could charge here, so we said boldly 10,000. The professor nodded and brought in the next. The 10.000 (Marks!) were by far not enough – but now we threw ourselves into the turmoil. We got a cheap camera, begged Munich advertising productions for rolls of re-canned but unused film material that they had stored in their refrigerators. I found with Dominic Raacke and Georgia Stahl two wonderful actors for the leading roles and organized via an uncle of mine a few cool loactions in the countryside. The spaceship came from a corner at the trick studio Magicon, where I started my career as a little intern and the trick with the landing spaceship is probably the cheapest in science fiction history: a black frame, a lamp, some fog, plus an illuminator as operator, which slowly retracts a tripod. All together the perfect illusion.

Part 2 of “Remote Control” is my major project “Aliens in Upper Bavaria”, in which the secret of the Bavarian aliens is to be solved once and for all…