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Film Score and Sound Design for Documentary 'The Wheat We Eat'

What We Did

  • Film Score Composition

  • Film Score Production

  • Sound Design


  • Director: Dirk Neumann

  • Editorial SWR: Jürgen Bundy

  • Production: SWR

  • Film Score: Frank Schreiber

  • Sound Design: Frank Schreiber


Wheat has been cultivated by mankind for several thousand years and even today, it’s one of the most important staple foods there are. But where does all that wheat actually come from? How is it grown, harvested, processed and where and what is it used for? Director Dirk Neumann explores that question with his documentary “The wheat we eat“ for the German TV station SWR. His movie is a production for the educational television programme “Planet Schule”, which is a collaborative project of SWR and WDR. He vividly explains all the different processes wheat has to go through - from seed to mill and beyond.

The movie contains some extreme slow motion and fast motion sequences to make it possible to see also those processes, which would normally, because of their speed, be imperceptible for the human eye. Since these scenes obviously have no recorded original sound, there was plenty of room to create a detailed sound design, so that for example the images of the high speed cameras from the core of the mill are also given a distinctive sound.

The film score is energetic most of the time and consists of several musical themes and styles, mainly corresponding with particular storylines. Thereby the music covers a wide range from folk, pop, rock right up to classical cues.