Flying across the last 50 years of international feature production is like looking out of an aircraft at night. Looking down you see the illuminated cities, the many shining villages, but far more than everything else you see the sparkling spots of individual talent.
New lights spring up and others slowly disappear. Only some brilliant lighthouses seem to beam forever. Join Peter Leonhard Braun on his night flight crossing feature times from past to present.
With a Bird's Eye features a couple of German audio excerpts, which you'll find translations of in the Extras section below.
Peter Leonhard Braun is a widely esteemed radio producer, writer, teacher, and mentor who developed the European "radio feature" as a distinct form, and by doing so influenced generations of radio producers around the globe. His groundbreaking Bells in Europe has been translated into more than a dozen languages. From 1974 through 1994, Braun led the Sender Freies Berlin (SFB), the largest documentary department in Germany. Producers around the world traveled there to learn from him, and he traveled far and wide to teach them. In 1974 Braun organized the International Features Conference which still convenes annually. He has been deeply involved with the international media competitions Prix Futura Berlin and the Prix Europa, and is currently treasurer and head of the radio division of the Prix Europa.
Right-click to download the transcript for the German work presented in With a Bird's Eye.
Listen to Emancipation of Sound, the other session presented by PLB at the 2007 Third Coast Conference.
Peter Leonhard Braun received the 2007 Third Coast Audio Luminary Award.
Find out more about the Prix Europa - Europe's top prize for TV, Radio and Emerging Production.
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