Directory & Management
Already as a child I came into contact with the film business. At age 11 I was allowed to play a minor role in the KIKA children’s film “Kiss Me Frog“. I also performed in various roles in the school theatre. After graduation I worked for two years in the film and theatre industry, mostly as a director's assistant.
In addition, I realised my own film projects and then studied law in Leipzig. I remained loyal to the hobby "film and video production", which finally led to my current profession.
Directory & Management
I've been shooting short films, commercials and music videos since I was 12 years old. After my graduation, my documentary debut “Testfahrer” (engl. “Test Driver”, 2012) surprisingly received 25 film awards and also was awarded with the title "Especially Valuable" (german “Besonders Wertvoll”) by the German Film Rating Commission in Wiesbaden. In the meantime, I've made over 300 commercials, 7 short and 2 medium-length films.
Visual Effects & Rendering
After seeing “Matrix” for the first time in 1999, I could not let go of the subject of special video effects. Even in my school days, I produced numerous short films focusing on post-production, but it was only after my training as a specialist in computer science that I turned my affinity for video and technology into a career. In addition, I make sure that the right equipment is ready for use on set and all the footage for upcoming VFX is suitable. My experience and programming skills always help me to turn unusual ideas into reality.
Spanish filmmaker based in Leipzig, Germany.
I make mostly music videos but also directed two documentaries: "Pryamo, Pryamo" and "Midnight Sun".
Drone & Color Grading
Since the age of six I play theatre. Soon I also played small roles in front of the camera. This is how my first set experiences occurred and I realised that I would like to work in this area later. I studied media technology with the direction of television at the University of Mittweida and already before graduating I completed various internships in the media industry.
During my studies I learned how to work with various cameras, editing and animation programs. Since university’s special emphasis is placed on practical work, I was already able to gather a lot of shooting and editing experience.
Sound Design & Editing
About 20 years ago I started to make music with my former computer, a Commodore Amiga. After graduation I successfully finished my apprenticeship as an Audio Engineer at the SAE in Cologne. From there I finally moved via Munich to Thuringia and worked as a sound engineer in a small theatre. There I met Florian in 2008. Since then I am a permanent sound designer of the Picmention film team and compose the film music. I compose music especially for commercials and own short films and I also mix the sound.
Manufacturing & Project Management
From the cool north into the glittering film world of Leipzig's city: After a never-started career as a designer with a degree, I was finally accepted in the club of the beautiful and rich - behind the scenes. As a girl for everything I made myself a name and finally found my way in the office as an assistant to the producer and as a set-AL in film and television. I parked big cars and struggled with poor walkie-talkie reception. It was a crazy time!
Since 2017, I am in a good mood and ensure stress and order in the Picmention team. Privately I bake the best brandy brownies and my DVD collection is probably bigger than yours.
Production Manager & 2nd Director
The chaos and the order in one: While I passionately turn every stone in my head around, I also love the neat and tidy work of to-do lists and excel spreadsheets. I'm ready to make the impossible possible – whether it's low-budget movies or a T-Rex on set. If I have learned one thing, it’s you can always find a solution.
1st Graphic & Storyboard
Already at a young age I brought life to white pages only with a pen or colour. Whether dinosaurs or fighter jets, no motive was too difficult in the childish naivety. Over the years, influences from animated films, movies, comics, video games, anime and music videos have been absorbed and put on paper. Especially the virtual band “Gorillaz” influenced me later and led to my first steps into the digital world. The passion for design and graphics led to a design study at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences over a two-year apprenticeship.
Since 2016 I am working for Picmention.
3D- & 2D-Animation
Even as a child, blue was my favorite colour. Thus it inevitably had to happen that Picmention kindly welcomed me into its team. Until the time I got to the HTWK Leipzig (of course with a blue logo) I acquired knowledge and finished my bachelor’s degree in media technology. The study and subsequent internships and jobs led me from the television world and technology to the animation area, where I lost my heart.
Since March 2016, I'm working as an animator in the area of 2D / 3D at Picmention and lose myself in the jungle of after effects or cinema-4D polygon madness.
Lighting & Compositing
Hi, I'm Philipp, I have been working for Picmention since 2016. I'm mostly buried behind the screens and responsible for tasks regarding motion graphics, compositing and 2D animation. On the set myself, I'm working as a lighting technician and support the team in technical construction and conversions.
How did I get to my job? Starting with photography and first image manipulations, my passion for image editing started to arouse. Soon after, the first video effects and motion graphics followed. I have made my interest to a profession by studying media technology. Since then I have been working on animations. I am constantly collecting new inspiration, self-taught and through exchanging ideas with other filmmakers and projects.
Docu-Camera & 2D Animation
A television award, two Golden Globes, the German Film Prize, three Oscars, a golden camera, the Golden Bear a Golden Palm from Cannes – unfortunately I have not gotten any of those awards.
Nevertheless, I have been with Picmention since 2014, as a cameraman or on the monitor for animations. In our films we show the real life and people. We explain things and tell stories, always with a high demand on our own work. With a sense for the image and my technical affinity, I was already able to work with creative teams during my studies. This resulted in reports and documentaries such as “Friendship Middle East”, “EXIT Germany” or “RIGHT home”, which won the Chemnitz Peace Prize in 2013.
"Feel-Good" Manager & Film Dog
Yes, you have recognised me, of course! Once upon a time, I had a brilliant career as a villain in an internationally known superhero film series. But then the idiots from "The Dark Kingdom" have me first drowned and then they let me die. My new master then took me to an Italian academy where I became a “Feel-good” manager.
I have been with the Picmention film crew since August 2016. Part of my main job is to prepare actors for their positive roles and to accompany the rest of the crew during the often long days of shooting. Every day I have to scratch my ears for hours and pick up sticks. The job is really tough!
(And before you ask: For creepy film roles, my colleague Hasso is let out of the cellar – pfff!)
3D- & 2D-Animation
How do you develop narratives, characters and situations to communicate information with others on a human level? Stories have fascinated me since my childhood in Egypt, whether it's myths, fiction or true events in our shared past. So I decided to devote myself to narrative art and master my favourite narrative tools: animation and moving image.
After my bachelor's degree at the Bauhaus University Weimar and on their behalf, I have given several workshops, tutorials and courses on the topics of 3D animation, animation theory and storytelling.
Camera- & Lighting Assistant
As a village boy, I did not care much about the city, but that changed when I enrolled at the sports school in Leipzig. There I have been practicing judo as a competitive sport for 6 years. At the age of 11, I came into contact with the subject of film when I was filming the "Olsen Gang" with my father's and my brother's camcorder. Afterwards, I became more and more involved with the subject and meanwhile I already have some film projects and internships behind me.
Through my trainer, I became aware of Picmention and now I am doing an internship for a year. My later career aspiration has definitely been strengthened by the internship.
From the theatre to the movie. This sentence can probably best describe my life so far. I got my passion and fascination for the theatre back from school and started to study Theatre Studies at the University of Leipzig in 2010. During my bachelor studies I came across a film set for the first time. I was immediately enthusiastic about this world and have accompanied more and more film projects and completed various internships in the media industry until I became a permanent part of Picmention.
Production Assistant & Disposition
2D-Animation & Graphic Assistant
Script & Concept