Transsiberian Dream – 7.923 km from Beijing to Moscow

Published on April 13, 2024

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The Trans-Siberian Railway, another dream come true! The world’s longest railway line starts from Moscow and runs 9,288 kilometers through seven time zones to Vladivostok. In May 2017 I was able to document this unique 16-day trip aboard the legendary Zarengold train together with my colleague Christopher Schmid. We traveled the route in the opposite direction and deviated a little from the original route (Trans-Mongolian Railway). Our journey took us along 7,923 km (nearly 5,000 miles) of rail from Beijing via Erlian, through the Gobi desert to Ulaanbaatar, on to Ulan-Ude, along Lake Baikal to Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Kazan and finally to Moscow. From the rickshaw ride through Beijing, a night in a Mongolian yurt, a bath in the five degrees Celsius cold Lake Baikal and the legendary vodka tasting aboard the Zarengold train – I sum up the highlights in my new short “TRANSSIBERIAN DREAM”. All aboard!

Camera: Dennis Schmelz & Christopher Schmid
Edit: Jan Philip Roza, Leander Brandstädt & Dennis Schmelz
Sound Design: Florian Gramelsberger & Leander Brandstädt
Writer/Speaker: Claudina Hoff ter Heide
Audio Mix: Florian Gramelsberger
VFX: Jan Philip Roza & Christian Fleischer
Title Design: Patrick Richter
Grading: Dennis Schmelz


Thanks to Lernidee Erlebnisreisen ( /

Music: Discover The Stars by Mark Petrie (ASCAP)

Video Gear:
Phantom 4 Pro Drone:
Sony a7sII Camera:
Sony a6500 Camera:
Zhiyun Crane Gimbal:

Sony Lenses:
Sony 10-18 mm f/4:
Sony 35 mm f/1.8:

Canon Lenses:
Canon EF 16-35mm 1:2,8L II:
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II:
Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2,8 L IS II:
Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 DG HSM:

Gobe NDX Vario ND 49mm:
B+W ND Vario 62mm:

Post Production:
Premiere CC Keyboard:
Lacie Thunderbolt HDD:

Because of the massive feedback and a lot of questions how I graded my short “Transsiberian Dream”, I decided to release some of the LUTs that I used for this project:
The LUTs work with all kind of cameras but your footage should be shot in a flat picture profile (not created for LOG) like Cine2 or Cine4 on Sony cameras or Technicolor Cinestyle on Canon.
After purchase you will get a Zip file with 6 LUTs (cube and look files). You can import and adjust the LUTs with every common editing software (Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Da Vinci Resolve, etc.).

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