ROADMOVIE WORKSHOP Roadmovie Workshop - an individual coaching offer

As part of an individual process, a protagonist embarks on a journey, in his road movie. The events are recorded with a camera and produced as a film. In the triangle between protagonist, companion and camera, oral coaching and filmed action combine to form a holistic set. The goal is a decisive impulse setting in the three-step process of knowledge, action and change. The protagonist is the main actor and co-director of the film to be produced. The accompanying coach will be co-director, camera and coach. Roadmovie is a project which, like a film production, is divided into the phases of pre-production, shooting and post-production. The actual shooting can take between two days and several weeks. The road movie is a contemporary staging. The main actor is filmed, and with him those or what he meets on his journey through natural and cultural spaces.

Road movie in the classical sense

is the name for a film genre that came up in the 1960s and 1970s. The films mainly dealt with being on the move of individuals, by living through conflicts and adventures, and the immanent task of finding one's place in society. In fact, the heroes are often anti-heroes; apparent losers, black sheep, destitute, with rickety cars covering kilometer by kilometer on the road, having fast food and maybe on Sundays staying in cheap motel.

At some point they find the place where the new life can begin, or meet in the remotest village pub the women of their lives or the guy who knows where a treasure is buried. Suddenly life gets another, a new meaning, even though the world around is still the same, because ultimately only the perspective of the protagonist has changed. That's enough to let the viewer go home confident that the hero will not finish the next task as a "loser". Of course it cannot be that, because the film ends before returning to everyday life - instead of a "happy ending" we see a fresh start, which offers good opportunities and let’s hope for the best.

The camera as a consulting medium

Shooting a film interweaves language and action into a coherent story. The roadmovie consultation process is about loosening the fabric of an existing story and adding new aspects to it. The protagonist combines his own language and action, so to speak, he enters into a story he does not yet know. Outside of his everyday life and yet in the midst of the social world and his biographical context, he gets the opportunity to rewrite his own story. At the same time - in the constructivist sense - the possible becomes real. The roadmovie concept is inspired by narrative forms of consultation developed in the 1990s.

The camera accompanies this process, it even forms the basis, because it is about producing a film. According to systemic beliefs, people carry all relevant information in themselves in order to preserve themselves, to renew, to transform, they are in a sense expert in their own cause. Counseling begins where such information does not (anymore) flow, if the protagonist lacks informal access to his potential for self-organization. Circular questions in particular then lead to new paths of thought and are incorporated into the existing action map. The current video shooting puts the protagonist in a dimension of consciousness that includes a permanent, reflective "from the outside". It becomes a "systemic counselor" that challenges circular thinking and encourages associative and dissociative perception.

The camera embodies a real and an observing perspective, a personal meta-level, the potential viewer, the "me" before and after the journey; It challenges a complex and flexible change of perspective. The resulting film is enriched: Through the view of different windows, through encounters with acquaintances or strangers, the old woman on the bench - it creates travel stories. It is incidental what is picked up from the roadside, only seemingly insignificant, because the world meets the protagonist. If she/he and the camera look at the world through the glasses of his personal theme, resonances arise at the intersections with the world. Life or history begins to swing, calls for reorientation and thus gives rise to change.

In the sphere of action, culture and nature

The road movie leads through cultural and natural landscapes. The contact with civilization is rather a movement "outwards", the work in nature rather introspective. Natural landscapes represent freedom, balance and contemplation, civilization focuses on cultural and biographical relatedness.

The locations are based on the pre-formulated script or result from the process. In this context too, the road movie is based on its cinematic model: It plays on the water, roads, railways, paths, thus following the philosophy of simple life. To be on the way means in this sense to settle down or set up, at any time be ready for the onward journey.

This project is facilitated by light baggage, simple accommodation and self-cooked food. The road movie plays also in places that are not inviting and only show their charm or their heart at the second or third glance. Roadmovies are a kind of vision quest that the protagonist alone masters. The demand for a change between nature and culture naturally affects the choice of the route and the places to visit. The adventures of the journey become an anchor, reminding that new behaviors have been helpful. Back in everyday life, the protagonist has a "young" experience of positive self-awareness in the use of his abilities and resources.

Psychological background

Behind the Roadmovie concept is the assumption that the complexity of the world and the personal experience requires a selection that is accomplished by reflecting and thus through speaking. Actions are determined by this inner language; so people do not behave in a certain way because of the external reality, but based on the pictures and stories they find. As in systemic counseling, narrative coaching relies on an accompanying broadening of the field of vision or on changing the context in order to (re) create solutions from problems. So life stories get new scripts, are told in a different way and allow the protagonist a broader range of action.

The behavior of a person depends on the context, in a special way on the people with whom he is connected. After the trip or the filming, the protagonist (with all her/his experiences in the luggage) will look at things with a different perspective and will find the familiar changed and encounter it in a new way. Also, the people with whom she/he is in relationship with, will meet an "Other", which they can meet in a new way. This process of reciprocity is supported by the release of the film for a selected audience - after all, a road movie is only one of those when it comes to the "cinemas". The environment is inaugurated in the changed story of the protagonist and "instead of a happy ending, we see a fresh start". Identity is a journey, not a place.

In the road movie the protagonist creates a tension between departure and arrival. The element "road" primarily focuses on the initiatory, personal and inner process of the leading actor, whereas the element "movie" for the public world, in context of the personality stands.

The road movie process

The preparation for the roadmovie consists in the definition of the content and geographical goals: Film title / central theme / action or main metaphor. Main actor (outfit, type etc.). Filming locations / setting in the sense of a travel destination and possible stops on the way. Choice of basecamp and means of transport (e.g. sailing yacht Flycatcher, motorbike, train, car, canoe). Reflection on music, certain scenes or locations.

At the appointed time, the main character then embarks on the adventure of his road movie. He enters the self-invented history that connects past and future. At the same time, he leaves his comfort zone, his usual ways in the concrete and psychic sense and goes on new territory, into chaos, in the confusion between "I-before" and "I-after". In this phase, a person needs freedom and protection, a framework or space of action.

During the shoot, the companion supports the protagonist in his process as "guardian" of the goals, he pays attention to the previously developed thread. With a side glance at what the camera sees and has already recorded, it is checked whether the road movie is on the right track and the protagonist is in the right film.

The next phase is the evaluation of the process. In the Roadmovie this includes the viewing of the film material, the film editing and the presentation.

From many hours of recording the central scenes are cut and assembled into a 10 to 20-minute film. Further steps are the selection of film music, voices from off, subtitles, etc., as well as the final decision for a title. This process gives a new perspective on the journey by searching for the key scenes, the central steps, the dramatic condensation, the essence of the plot. This phase of film editing serves the purpose of reviewing the goal and dealing with oneself.

The same applies to the presentation. So there were probably people in the vicinity of the protagonist who knew about the journey, they supported materially or ideally, who expected this or that of the trip. In addition, there are those who were not involved in advance, but in the process gained importance and there are people in the network of the protagonist, who have nothing to do with his person and for some reason nevertheless belong to it. All of these - selected by the main actor - set the audience for the premiere of the film.

The pre- and post-production take place in suitable workrooms with appropriate film cutting technolog

Two examples of a time and cost budget in USD



1 day


3 days of shooting

Order clarification and travel preparation









Film editing (finished film with approx. 15 - 20 min.)






Plus film presentation (cost of the event)

Not included are travel expenses, meals and accommodation based on the current location of the sailing yacht Flycatcher.

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