Bilder einer Stoffentwicklung: KÄSTNER UND DER KLEINE DIENSTAG

A VDD (German Screenwriters’ Association) event supported by VeDRA (Film and Television Scriptwriting Association)

Film first exists on paper, as a synopsis, then as a more extensive treatment, and finally as a screenplay. Providing first-hand insights into the exciting experience of developing a cinematic narrative, screenwriter Dorothee Schön will tell the story of the creation of her historical television drama, KÄSTNER UND DER KLEINE DIENSTAG. A round table also featuring producer Roswitha Ester ( and commissioning editors Claudia Grässel (Degeto) and Götz Schmedes (WDR) will discuss how characters and plot lines were repeatedly readjusted, perspectives were changed, and conflicts were fleshed out to become more pronounced. Actor Christoph Maria Herbst will read selected scenes from various versions of the screenplay, which will be contrasted with clips from the finished film.


5.30 p.m, Welcome and Keynote on Story Development
Katharina Amling, Screenwriter, Chairwoman VDD

5.45 p.m.
How was KÄSTNER UND DER KLEINE DIENSTAG developed as a made-for-television movie?
Dorothee Schön, Screenwriter VDD (DER MINISTER, FRAU BÖHM SAGT NEIN etc.)
Roswitha Ester, Producer Ester.Reglin.Film (SCHÖNEFELD BOULEVARD, ALLEINE WAR GESTERN etc.)
Claudia Grässel, Commissioning Editor, Degeto (DIE BANKLADY, WIR SIND DIE NEUEN)
Götz Schmedes, Commissioning Editor, WDR (UNTERM RADAR, DER LETZTE SCHÖNE TAG)

Embedded into the discussion:

readings from various screenplay revisions performed on stage by
Christoph Maria Herbst
Hanfried Schüttler
Tim Oreyzi

Host: Karin Laub (Dramatic Advisor VeDRA)

7 p.m., Get-Together

(Screenplay: Dorothee Schön / Director: Wolfgang Murnberger / Cast: Florian David Fitz, Hans Löw, Katharina Lorenz etc.)

At 8 p.m. the evening will be wrapped up with a screening of KÄSTNER UND DER KLEINE DIENSTAG.