Consort News had the honor of interviewing one of the men behind the movie Ulf Meyer

What drove/ inspired you to make this movie?
Ulf- Our director and producer Marcus Vetter is doing documentary movies about economical topics more than 20 years now. He wanted to make a first interview with Martin Armstrong in 1999. At that time he was making a film “Where the money grows” about the stock market in Germany and when the stock market went totally crazy. He was searching for somebody who is a professional in game theories and trading and everybody was recommending Martin Armstrong. Unfortunately this was the time when Martin was arrested and sent into prison. So the film was without any statement of Martin Armstrong.

Seven years later in 2006 Marcus discovered the publication of Martin Armstrong directly from prison and started following his reports. Marcus wall really impressed by the knowledge of Martin Armstrong about the markets and followed him for the next three years, fascinated by the accuracy of his predictions even out of prison.

In 2008 Marcus made a film about hunger. At that time the prices for soft commodities like sugar, corn and others were sky rocketing. He wanted to talk with Martin Armstrong again about soft commodities related to hunger. So he requested an interview to the lawyer of Martin Armstrong but he could not get a permission to go into prison to visit him. So also this film was made without an interview.

Another three years later Martin´s lawyer called Marcus and told him that Martin is out of prison and that he is asking for this German journalist – he would be willing to the interview now.

On the first meeting they decided together that Martin should make a seminar again without knowing where this would lead us.

This first seminar in Philadelphia became legendary and was the beginning of the movie.

Marcus Vetter

Marcus Vetter

Ulf Meyer

Ulf Meyer

When and how did you first come to meet Martin Armstrong? And what was the first experience like?
Ulf- I am working with Marcus Vetter since 2007 and met Martin Armstrong for the first time on his Economic Conference in Berlin in November 2012. Marcus invited me to listen to his seminar and to meet Martin Armstrong in private in his hotel room. In the beginning of the seminar I really had no clue what he was talking about.

After three hours Martin showed a chart to the audience about the development of the gold prices in the last 1000 years and started talking about his currency databases.

I started to understand what great knowledge his computer program is offering. Later on in the same seminar he started talking about the Swiss Frank and the euro.

He predicted that in the end of 2014 the euro will go first up and then really down again and that Switzerland will uncouple the currency peg.

And that is what happened exactly in end of 2014. You can see this in our Swiss peg trailer.

In our private meeting Martin was as many people have told me before. He is a really friendly, polite and down to earth man with a great historical knowledge about commodities and financial markets.

How long from the initial idea did it take until the cameras were rolling?
Ulf – Marcus and I are using the camera from the very first beginning, even before we know if there is a story to make a movie about.
So Marcus took his whole team to Philadelphia and shot even the first meeting with Martin.

From that point we kept the camera rolling in all meetings and seminars.

And we started to make more research and go deeper into the past of the story and started visiting all the protagonists around the world right after this legendary Conference in the end of 2011.

What were the hardest challenges of making a documentary film?
Ulf – The most important to make a documentary film is the relevance of the topic. You can make a really good film, but if it is not relevant out in the market, nobody will watch it.

Further more you never know in the beginning of a story if it is worth it to make a film about it. We do not have a script or screenplay in documentary film making and mostly the story is developing together with the shootings.

You never know what is coming up next and how the story will end. This is a big challenge but as well what I like the most about making documentary movies.

Marcus has taught me not be attached too much to the success of the story itself. Sometimes situations seems to be really bad. Later it turns out to be really good for the suspense of the movie.
You never know. You need to have a lot of patience and staying power to make documentary films.

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What were your most memorably/ enjoyable part of making “The Forecaster”?
Ulf – In the first years I could not make a living just by film making. I worked as a creative director and project manager for online software projects in the banking sector.

I nearly lost my company in the housing crisis in 2008. So I had many personal experience about the influences of the financial crisis.
In November 2014 I launched a big online project for a Swiss Private bank. One week later the movie had world premiere at IDFA. Right at the time the prediction of Martin Armstrong about the Swiss currency peg became true.

For the first time I experienced it myself. I remember the day when I heard in the news. I decided right away to quit my job and work full time to distribute the movie.

From that point I was sure that the movie is so important and relevant and that his prediction for the 1. October 2015 – the start of a sovereign debt crisis – will become true.

Martin Armstrong1

As a producer, you have a lot of the financial pressures. What were the most challenging? What surprises or problems did you encounter? What would be the best piece of advice you could give a hopeful film producer?
Ulf- For sure the financing and the distribution in the different markets is a big challenge. You need to have a good standing and good partners in the industry to distribute your movie successfully.
On the festivals we can see a lot of good documentaries which never make it into cinemas in the end. Often film makers spend many years on their projects and then they end up with only a little money which is not covering their costs at all.

That is a big problem and many film makers can hardly make a living just by film making – like me in the first years. Marcus already won many prices and has a good standing. Our television partners like SWR and ARTE have a great trust in him.

This helps a lot to ensure a minimum of financing you need to start a movie. In Germany there are different funding’s as well, but for sure we always take a big risk ourselves and nearly in every movie we are running over our own budget.

You cannot stop filming or leave out the movie website just because you run out of money. You need a great team and partners you can trust.

My advice for young film makers is to manage their expectations on the big players in the market. They mostly buy the rights of the movie and do not do anything more than needed.

For sure you need a national and worldwide distributor, you cannot do it all on your own. Look out for the smaller distributors who have a bigger motivation and bring the needed passion for documentary films.

Do as much you can on your own, start early with a good website, a poster and building up a community on social media with your friends. This is what no production or distributor is financing anyway.
Still the online distribution in this industry is in deep sleep. Be patient and hold on your dream.
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