After starting as a casting assistant for daily soaps, TV series and TV shows, extensive education in production, post-production, editing, graphics and visual effects, Manuel joined the ARRI Digital Film in house educational program and learned the technical side of filmmaking and creative side of post-production in depth.
Manuel worked in production companies as an assistant producer, post-production supervisor and production manager. He founded the production company bbp with Henning Ferber, who is nowadays a well known feature film producer. Those days bbp focussed on music-videos and smaller commercials.
During his time with bbp Manuel started to prove his talents as a filmmaker fast and furiously, shooting music videos until he made the next step into the commercial world.
Benefiting from his great knowledge of all aspects in filmmaking he did not lose any time to establish himself as one of the young german directors, with a stunning number of ads and music-videos.
Already his first spot made it on the Shots New Directors Showcase and Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase.
His handwriting varies from feature film looks and storytelling, documentary and modern lifestyle oriented visuals, to challenging, even experimental styles. Always trying to use as less as possible digital visual effects and post-production work as possible.
He loves food, cooking and documentaries, which explains his liking for food oriented projects and honest, true-to-life settings.
Manuel often edits his films himself and feels at home on Media composer as well as Premiere Pro. He owns analog and digital film equipment and likes all things analog whilst heavily using all things digital.
Additional Skills and Info.
Full editing skills on Avid Mediacomposer, Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut.
Music Editing and Arrangement on Ableton Live.
Basic Color Grading on Resolve.
Certified trainings on Softimage 3D.
Visual Effects Supervising Trainings with Harrison Ellenshaw (Star Wars).
Has experience with Bluescreen, Greenscreen, Motion-Control, Steadycam, Gimbals, Russian and Ultimate Arm, the classic dolly and crane work and all the other modern gear around.
From Anamorphic to Boroscope, Vintage to Ulramodern Lenses.
Owner of a RED Dragon-X 5K Camera with lenses, ready for immediate shooting.
Languages: German, English, Basic French. A little Russian.
Manuel currently lives in Berlin and has shooting experience in the following countries:
Argentina, Austria, Australia, Balearic Islands, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary Islands, China, Croatia, Czech-Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania,Namibia, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Uruguay, Romania, Russia.
Commercial credits include: A1, ADAC, Aidshilfe Schweiz, Aok, Aral, Audi, BMW/Mini, B-free, Bongrain, Burger King, C&A, Carlsberg, Chevrolet, Chupa Chups, Jaegermeister, Krombacher, Kaufland, McDonalds, Microsoft, Migros, Nivea, Nutella, Opel, Paulaner, Porsche, Renault, Saturn, Swanson, Schwarzkopf, Schüco, Telekom Austria, T-Online, T-Mobile, Unicef, Varta, Vicks, Visa, Volkswagen, Wüstenrot, Warsteiner, Wrigleys... amongst many others.
Music Videos credits include: Asia Argento with Munk, Black&White Brothers, Brainstorm, Bastian Ragaas, De-Phazz, DJ Tonka, Millenia Nova feat Iggy Pop, Munk feat James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Miles, Readymade, Sasha, Sportfreunde Stiller, Who Made Who, etc.
Other Works: 360 Degrees Showroom Projections for Mini. Visual works for Peter Greenaway. Several Club Projections and Installations, including 360Degrees projections. Tour Visuals for Belgian Band „Das Pop“. Motion Graphic Works for The Royal College of Art, London
Motion Graphic Works and Visual Design for the BBC London. Diverse Festival Trailers for John Warwicker (Tomato) to the Fantasy Filmfestival. Short Docs and Branded Content work for several Artists and Brands. Several TV-Design/Trailer and experimental works. TV Opener for ARTE TV. TV Ads for ARD/German National Television.
Manuel has just finished writing on the pilot for a children TV-series and a Doku-TV Series.
2020 Deauville Green Award Silver Trophy.
Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards. Gold.
German ECHO Awards (most prestigious German Music Award). Best Music Video.
2 x Moebius Award of Creative Excellence LA.
Creative Showcase SHOTS
New Directors Showcase SHOTS
Baltic Music Video Awards, Best Music Video
Bronze London Advertising Festivals
2 x Awarded at the NEW YORK Festivals,
Bronze New York Festivals
2 x Global Media Award Gold
2 x Bronze Spotlight Festival
Bronze, die Klappe
Silver, die Klappe
2 x Awarded at the ITVA festival
Silver at the Automotive Festival. Award Show of the German Car Industry for film works in the automotive field.
Bronze at the ITVA Automotive Festival.