The Greek say: A good captain is not made from calm seas. Thomas sailed many rough seas: Hardly dry behind the ears, he started working as a radio reporter and newsreader (Hessischer Rundfunk), presenter (regional programme of RTL) and shortly after that as editor and writer (ZDF-auslandsjournal). On the side, he finished his media, law and political science studies. In 1995, Thomas started up his own business as a film producer. His filmography comprises more than 100 long-form documentaries.
Goethe said: The best education for a clever person is found in travel. Daniela would say: That is also where he makes his best films. Even before finishing her media, law and political science studies (“with distinction”), she travelled around the world. Starting in 1995, she took the camera with her. She brought home a lot of riveting documentaries, especially from Asia. But Daniela gladly reports from Germany as well – for example for 37°, planet e. or 3sat Wissenschaftsdoku.
Wisdom is not in the years, but in the head, they say in Armenia. And so it is not surprising that, despite her youth, Marilena was able to delve into complex topics without difficulty during her traineeship at DOCUVISTA. In the meantime she has become our longest serving employee and adds three to four great documentaries to her filmography every year. But she would never rest on her success because she knows: The fruit of hard labor tastes extra sweet! – another saying from Armenia.
There is only one way to prove your ability to do something well: Do it! Andrea Schäfer is the perfect embodiment of this maxim by novelist Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach. Andrea never stopped doing what she does so well: As a freelancer she has made a name for herself with exciting reports and top-notch documentaries. In 2020 she dropped anchor at DOCUVISTA. Now she sets sails with us as her home port and manages even the most difficult projects without fear. As an expert she knows: It doesn’t matter how the wind blows. What matters is how you set the sails!
It’s a waste of time to do something mediocre, said Madonna. With this motto, she rose to the Queen of Pop, and Kathi is determined to do the same in the television business. After an ARD traineeship and various positions at ZDF, BBC & Co., Kathi has finally arrived at DOCUVISTA, where her talent and energy flow 100 percent into what is close to her heart: films. More precisely, films that are above average. Anything else would be a waste of time, wouldn’t it?
“If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman”, Margaret Thatcher recommended. If you think this assessment is exaggerated, you haven’t seen Anja at work. But diligence and drive aren’t Anja’s only strengths. Almost daily our youngest colleague comes up with new ideas for documentaries, with topics ranging from environmental politics and science to contemporary history. In these areas Anja has already showcased her talent and creativity during her traineeship. It’s only just begun…
Energy never dies, as Hermann von Helmholtz knew. If you get to know Maike, you will understand what the physicist meant by that. The harder Maike works, the more energetic she seems to become. After successfully completing her master’s degree in journalism and her traineeship at DOCUVISTA, she has now reached the next level in her career. And thanks to her drive and creativity she already produced a bunch of terrific documentaries. Helmholtz’s principle clearly applies to television journalists as well.
Art is beautiful, but it it is also a lot of work, said Karl Valentin.
Sergios can tell you a story about that… no, he can even compose a song about it. For he has been our main cutter for more than 20 years and at the same time the composer for many scores for our films. Since both cutting and composing usually have to happen in parallel, Sergios sometimes gets a little less sleep as he would hope for – in this case he comforts himself with Karl Valentin’s words: One should not take things as tragic as they are!
Thinking is the enemy of creativity, said Ray Bradbury. The great writer came up with lots of clever ideas, but in this case he is wrong. In Tatjana’s graphics and animations, ingenuity and reflection are perfectly combined. That is why the to do list for our motion designer with an excellent bachelor’s degree is getting longer every day. But what does Tatjana do when she is running out of time and the ingenious idea just doesn’t want to appear on the scene? Jump – and grow wings on the way down, recommends Ray Bradbury. Smart – and creative – advice.
Who misses the first buttonhole, will never button up to edge, Goethe already knew. The aphorism must have come to him when working on a cost estimation for a movie. At least, this is the impression you will get when observing Gilbert at his work: Accuracy from the start – that is the credo of DOCUVISTA’s financial expert. For more than twelve years – without veteran Gilbert we would not know how to button up our business shirt.
When hard work meets talent – Franca’s position at DOCUVISTA is perfectly described by that. After finishing cultural and communication studies, she completed her education with a master’s degree in journalism. She frequently works at three or four films at the same time. When preparing those films, she calls people around the globe, speaking four languages fluently. Whether Franca is going to raise her son quadrilingually, too, is still a secret. What’s already certain, however, is that after her parental leave she will go on producing films as enthusiastically as before.
Nothing moves us better than taking a break, said poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Judith Arnold, formerly Schneider, has taken her break at DOCUVISTA for the nicest of all reasons: parental leave. But everyone is looking forward to the day she returns to her desk. Because the journalism, film and theater scholar and the first former trainee at DOCUVISTA, is a top journalist, from whom we all can learn a lot. Among other things now as well: how to make a smart and valuable break.