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Making Of 'Looking Back'

A peak behind the scenes of the short film ‘Looking Back’. In the short film, Matt looks back on his life with his wife and dog after he has been hit by a car in an accident. Picture credit: Stephanie A. Smith

Looking Back – A lifetime in a nutshell

When you look back on your life so far, what are the most important moments you remember? What made you happy? What made you sad? Which moments will you think of when your time runs out? Who is going to stay on your mind forever? These existential questions are very common for writers and directors […]

Short film: Eternal Waves

In the beginning of my Directing Certificate program at UCLA Extension, I had to go back to the very basics of filmmaking. The first exercise in my course was a Black-and-White MOS film that was supposed to be a static shot, max 1 minute in length, without dialogue or music – but still had to […]

Back to the Roots – Thoughts from Germany

Exactly one year ago, I started my journey not just to the United States, but to my career as a filmmaker. Moving to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute Conservatory was a dream come true and a new chapter of my life. After I had been rejected by funding institutions and film schools […]

My first year at AFI: A roller coaster ride

Success in Hollywood is as much about failures as it is about praises. Especially in a subjective medium like film, you never know where your path is going to take you: up or down. It is important that you never let yourself be knocked down, no matter what happens. Because if you stay true to […]

Cycle Three Pics!

I want to give a glance behind the scenes of our epic shoot of the victorian period piece film “The Fox and The Crow” that we shot at AFI and in the Los Angeles Heritage Museum Square! In “The Fox and The Crow”, a flamboyant thief tries to steal a gentleman’s Turner painting by pretending […]

“The Fox and The Crow” – Period Piece De La Creme

One of the great things about film is that you can create ANYTHING you ever dreamed of! You can even travel back in time and imagine what it would have been like to live there. Endless story opportunities! For Cycle Three, my third and last film of the first year, I wanted to take the […]

Cycle Two Pics!

As I am not allowed to show the short film because it is an internal school exercise, I want to give you a glance behind the scenes of shooting “Lives of Bones” on the AFI soundstage and in Griffith Park! In “Lives of Bones, traumatized Carolyn is dropped of on the porch of Miss Netty, […]

Snippety Snap – No crap! Cycle Two editing

My Cycle Two, “The Lives of Bones“, is in the can! But after every great shoot there is always a greater pile of work: All the pieces that you shot have to be assembled to a whole in the editing room. Editors are not only technicians that abide by the director’s demands – they are […]

"The Lives of Bones" - Story as the backbone of a team effort

Shooting “The Lives of Bones”, my second Cycle film at the AFI Conservatory, was a particularly inspiring experience for me because of its spiritual content. Carolyn, a traumatized pregnant woman, is sent to Miss Netty, an old lady in the woods, to overcome her fear of violence and death in helping Netty with reassembling the […]

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