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.
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. She is rumoured to have called herself doing that – because she was traveling for shoots at the same time.
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 already produced several half-hour documentaries and benefited greatly from her studies in film and audiovisual production, which she completed with honours. It’s only just begun …
Frederick the Great once said: Hard work is the beginning of all virtues. Franziska is on the right track then. On top of great enthusiasm for her work and a master’s degree in journalism, she has all the qualifications for a successful career in journalism: Curiosity, a professional work ethic, persistence and – last, but not least – charm and a sense of humour.
“Out into the sun, into the open, into the distance, into the danger – you cannot learn to swim in the bathtub!” That is Heinrich Zille’s advice to all young people. Our youngster Anja took that by heart. She gained journalistic experience early, working at newspapers, radio and television, and she travelled the world. Now she has left behind the cozy bathtub of her journalism and history studies, started her traineeship at DOCUVISTA and – “out into the danger!” – will learn to swim by herself.
Energy never dies, Hermann von Helmholtz knew. Anyone who meets Maike understands what the physicist meant by that. The more energetic she plunges into the job, the better Maike’s mood seems to be. And so, in addition to her work at DOCUVISTA, she is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Journalism – with a relaxed smile on her face. Helmholtz’s lesson is therefore also applicable to television journalists.
François Truffaut once said: You can’t pass someone when you’re following his footsteps. That’s why Philipp likes to do his own thing – on the fast lane. Animation, editing, writing short stories or plays: The only way for Philipp to function is to be creative all the time. Philipp has already had huge success at DOCUVISTA. After finishing his studies in media and dramaturgy with distinction, he now mostly works as a film editor. He will leave his mark.
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!
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.
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 an smart and valuable break.
A picture can be music – which became visible, writes poet Roswitha Bloch. If you see one of Robert’s films, you will see this wisdom become real. Since his first shoot for DOCUVISTA, which took him to Peru in 1999, he decisively influenced the precise, emotional and opulent imagery of our productions. His speed and stamina are legendary and his sense of the perfect picture is still unfailing even after 14 hours of shooting. Robert is our conductor of the moving image.