Documentary | 2013-2014 | Austria, Germany

Main data

DirectorRalf Schmerberg
Written byEaston West (co-writer), Ralf Schmerberg (co-writer)
ProductionMindpirates, Ralf Schmerberg

Shooting data

Number of shooting days30
LocationsNew York City

Project data

Length of movie95
Picture formatTV 16:9 (1 : 1,78)
Picture material negativeHD
Picture material positiveHD
Sound formatDolby SRD / Dolby digital (5.1, 6 Kanšle)


  • Offizieller Trailer

Brief synopsis

What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music is a feature film about when a person decides to become a musician, everything that they’re going to encounter in their life and the journey that they take. The film features many groundbreaking musicians such as Brian Eno, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Giorgio Moroder, James Murphy, Debbie Harry, Egyptian Lover, Stephen O’Malley and many more. The film takes place in large part at the Red Bull Music Academy – a world-traveling series of music workshops and festivals that hosts 50 of the most forward thinking young musicians in a different city every year. The story follows the 2013 musicians as they enter NYC and begin to find their way through the rich possibilities of being a musician today. The city of New York adds a rich backdrop for the film and is featured as a metaphor for the many different avenues of exploration one can experience when you decide to live out your dreams.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
Steve Arringtonselbst
Erykah Baduselbst
Louis Bakerselbst
Big Freediaselbst
Malcolm Cecilselbst
De La Montagneselbst
DJ Assaultselbst
Todd Edwardsselbst
Egyptian Loverselbst
Brian Enoselbst


Accounting Dept.production accountantUta Abt
Camera Departmentdirector of photographyRalf Schmerberg
Camera Departmentdirector of photographyKatja Oortman
Camera Departmentdirector of photographyKevin Klein
Director's DepartmentdirectorRalf Schmerberg
EditingeditorEinar Snorri
Musicmusic supervisorEaston West
Producerco-producerHeiko Zwirner
Producerexecutive producerRalf Schmerberg
Producerexecutive producerTorsten Schmidt


Department CompanyComment
VFX / Post ProductionImage (VFX) ARRI Media GmbHARRI Mitte
VFX / Post ProductionSound (Postproduction)Hesse Studios
VFX / Post ProductionSound (Postproduction) The Post Republic GmbH
VFX / Post ProductionTitlesDouble Standards