Fast and Cheap (Schnell und billig)

FAST AND CHEAP is a four minute fake industry commercial for the fictitious demolition company AIT. Company boss Müller (Stefan Nagel) is showing us around a construction site on which giant robots perform the hard work. While Müller is telling us about the economic advantages of these modern work slaves, we learn that not all of his promises are made of gold ...

Originally filmed in stereoscopic 3D, the fake commercial FAST AND CHEAP is a satire about modern work circumstances and about a

ruthless capitalism which declasses the human being to a disposable work product.

The short film was shot on four days in the ruins of an old coal-fired power station near Dessau (eastern Germany). The robots were brought to life in post by world champion mime John Eicke via motion capture.

Festivals (selection)

Boston Science Fiction Festival (USA)

NYC Independent Film Festival (New York, USA)

SCI-FI London Film Festival (UK)

Average Superstar Film Festival (Philadelphia, USA)

Global Visions Festival (Edmonton, Canada)

Show Me Justice Film Festival (USA)

Neisse Film Festival (Görlitz, Germany)

Foresight Filmfestival (Halle, Germany)

Fachtagung "Robotik" IG Metall (Berlin, Germany)

300 Minutes International Film Festival (Karlsruhe, Germany)


Best Film

Best Visual Effects

Average Superstar Film Festival (Philadelphia, USA)


Director: Philipp Glauner

Production Company: Film University Babelsberg

Screenplay: Philipp Glauner, Martin Bohm

Creative Producer: Sönke Kirchhof

Director of Photography: Dylan E. Thompson

Production Design & Props: Josef Schmidt

Costume Design: Elena Knittelfelder

Make-up Artist: Elena Irsigler

Robot Design and VFX Supervisor: Martin Bohm

Editor: Philipp Glauner

Music: Christopher Xiao

Sound Design and Mastering: Thomas Wallmann

Color Grading: Horst Riediger

With friendly support by

FX Factory, Camelot, Cinepostproduction Berlin, Peugeot, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute


Stefan Nagel, John Eicke