André Szardenings was born in 1989 in Düsseldorf, Germany. After high school, he worked for several commercial production companies, mainly as a DoP and for feature films like Cloud Atlas, directed by Tom Tykwer, in the location department. After five years, he felt that even though he liked cinematography, he was more interested in directing and working with actors. He applied at international filmschool Cologne (ifs) for the directing class and was accepted. He finished his studies with his feature film BULLDOG, which was immediately nominated for the most significant German newcomer award: First Steps Awards. Since he knew how to handle a camera, he not only directed BULLDOG but also did the cinematography and wrote the script.
André loves to tell stories as authentic and emotional as possible, and by being a director and DoP at the same time, he can be as close to the actors as possible and almost be part of each scene. Since he loves cinema as much as telling stories as short as a 15sec commercial, he always tries to combine the narrative film world with the visual commercial world.
He likes shooting on his RED Gemini with a set of vintage lenses and is always looking for new special filters to produce a more natural and less digital look. He mostly tries to get as close to the final look in-camera as possible.
If he’s not on a shoot, he usually enjoys spending his time traveling, mainly in warm countries with a lot of sunlight!
André speaks fluently German and English, is based in Düsseldorf, Germany, and like every creative person currently thinking about moving to Berlin.