showcase germany issue 387 Jan 2013Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the latest issue of Showcase Germany, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the German visual media industry, with more information available in our online Photo and Film directories.
Be sure to check out our featured events:
- International Film Festival Berlinale, 7th - 17th February 2013, with hundreds of film screenings, forum events and international jury prizes.
- Young German photography in 'Gute aussichten 2012/2013' until 3rd March at Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.
Our cover image was shot by Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo.
- post production
nhb Studios Berlin-Düsseldorf-Hamburg Film Post Production
nhb is a full service post-production based in Hamburg, Berlin and Düsseldorf specialising in high-end visual effects and audio production for commercials. Since 1986, nhb has been led by its original owners and has enjoyed consistent growth by continuously opening new lines of business and applying the latest technologies.
nhb studios has also recently teamed up with The Mill, an internationally renowned post-production house, and now provides telecine standards like no other. The Mill’s Global Colour Team is now available to nhb clients in Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Berlin. The award-winning team of artists will grade in real time on a live feed footage from clients in Germany from their bases in London, Los Angeles and New York.
- photo agents
UPPERORANGE Berlin photo agents
UPPERORANGE has been working out of Berlin since 2007. Jochen Hagelskamp, the man behind the show, has a great eye for talent. His background in film and photography combined with years of building a network in Germany and internationally has brought much success for his artists. Since 2012, he has purely focused on the placement of photographers, illustrators and 3D artists.
Latest jobs include:
- Anthony Georgis - Labello and Coke Light.
- Antje Merkel - IngDiba.
- Bodo Vitus - Quality Magazine.
- Florian Seidel - BMW and Telefonica.
- Leopold Fiala - Munich Street Art calendar.
- Lisa Wassmann - Ellen Allien record cover.
- Madame Peripetie - Canon/Maison Martin Margiela.
- Mat Neidhardt - Smart.
- Urban Zintel - Vodafone, Opel, BMW, Stern and Zeit Wissen.
- Van Vincent - WWF and Telecom Italia.
References include Adidas, Allianz, Asics, Audi, Burger King, Beiersdorf, BMW, Coca-Cola, IKEA, IngDIBA, Lamborghini, LBS, Levi's, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nike, Nissan, Philip Morris, Puma, Smart, VW, and many more.
Marion Eckhardt Photographers Hamburg photo agents
Latest news from Marion Eckhardt Photographers:
- Animal specialist Gabor Geissler has just finished a big shoot in Cape Town following on from winter motifs near Munich for Fressnapf animal supplies company.
- Sven Görlich specialises in on-set photography and shot many campaign pictures for Iglo Fishsticks in Athens with agency BBDO Proximity Dusseldorf.
- Kids specialist Kristin Schnell completed personal work with kids and fashion.
- Cologne and Dusseldorf-based Valéry Kloubert shot for Deutsche Telekom AG.
- Nuremberg and Munich-based Olaf Tiedje shot personal work with young urbanites in Berlin.
- Götz Göppert worked for Air France Magazine and had the opportunity to fly to Yukatan to photograph beautiful landscapes in Mexico.
- New York-based photographer Mike Ruiz shot brand new graffiti fashion pictures for Prestige Magazine Hong Kong.
- Bruce Soyez-Bernard, also based in New York, completed beauty shots for Essence Magazine with model Eugenia.
- Dusseldorf-based Dirk Heinrich's recent shots for a book project are also featured in this Showcase.
Illustratoren c/o Claudia Schönhals Munich illustrators' agents
For 30 years, Claudia Schönhals has provided expertise and resources to help clients find the perfect illustrator to match their needs.
The agency represents contemporary illustrators incorporating a range of new and traditional styles as varied as the artists themselves. It guarantees to find the right illustrator for final art, storyboards, layouts, animation, books campaigns, and much more.
Contact Illustratoren c/o Claudia Schönhals on +49 89 336011 or email for more information.
- photo production
Claas Cropp Creative Productions Berlin photo production
Berlin-based Claas Cropp Creative Productions is a full service production company with experience in all areas of still photo production, location scouting and casting.
Recent productions include:
- Mini 'Not Normal' campaign production, shot by Blinkk in Berlin.
- Bilfinger campaign shot by Jens Boldt in various locations throughout Germany.
- Lufthansa campaign shot with Özgür Albayrak in Frankfurt.
- Opel Adam campaign production with Blinkk in various locations in Berlin.
- ZDF 'Das Adlon' promotional campaign shoot with Mathias Bothor in Brandenburg.
- Breuninger fashion productions with Markus Jans in Berlin.
- CIC Banque Privée campaign shoot with photographers Hiepler, Brunier in Berlin.
- Smart 'Battery Check' shot by Matthias Aletsee in Berlin.
Other clients include brands such as Louis Vuitton, Brioni, Lacoste, Nike, Adidas, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Philips, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, BASF, BMW, Audi, VW, Ergo, Mercedes-Benz and Deutsche Bank. Photographers include Annie Leibovitz, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Ellen von Unwerth, Daniel Jackson, Martin Schoeller, Roxanne Lowit, Uwe Düttmann, Esther Haase, Joachim Baldauf, Luis Sanchis, Ralph Mecke, Glen Luchford, Peter Funch and Wim Wenders.
AprilMay Berlin photo production
AprilMay is a full service photo production agency based in Berlin offering art buying, location booking, casting, and all kinds of production services in Germany and abroad.
2012 came to a very busy end, with projects including Maurice Lacroix. Breuninger, Caritas, Damyller Jeans, Anson's, Sat1, Skiny, Charles Vögele, CoverMagazine, Intersport, O2, Karstadt, Swarowski, Quality Magazine, Bold Magazine and Mey & Edlich.
AprilMay also works with photographers such as Anders Overgaard, Tomo Brejc, Tim Petersen, Sven Jacobsen, Oscar Falk, Magnus Rossander, Torsten Ruppert, Felix Krüger, Lado Alexi, Neil Kirk, Per Kasch, Graham Shearer, Sara Wilson, Sacha Höchstetter, Nadia Del Dò, Anna Rosa Krau, Christian Anwander, Gregor Hohenberg, Sandra Weimar, André Reinke, Mario Gomez, Heiko Richard, Fritz Hauswirth, Darius Ramazani, Daniella Midenge, and many more.
LUNIK Berlin photo production
Lunik is a full service production company for photography, video and multimedia, covering all areas of production and location scouting, providing whatever is needed to ensure a successful shoot. Operating throughout Europe, the United States, South America, South Africa and Asia, Lunik has a worldwide network that allows the team to realise all kind of requests.
Recent productions include:
- Rammstein 'Mein Herz Brennt’ video shoot with director Zoran Bihac.
- Gregor Collienne’s latest personal work 'Stadt_Splitter’. Representation: Birgit Stöver.
- Ing-DiBa 'Arbeitgeber-Marke’ campaign with Antje Merkel, represented by Upperorange.
- DHL Paket campaign with Murat Aslan, represented by Upfront.
Other clients include brands such as Apple, BMW, Deutsche Telekom, Intel, Reebok, Continental, Soundcloud, Ergo and many more.
- cgi 3d rendering
[zerone] HAMBURG - DÜSSELDORF CGI + POST PRODUCTION
Simon Puschmann and Philipp und Keuntje teamed-up with [zerone] to create new imagery for the re-designed Audi R8. All backgrounds were shot, while [zerone] CGI rendered the cars.
The same approach was repeated for the new Porsche Cayman with Simon Puschmann and agency Kemper Kommunikation. All backgrounds were shot and [zerone] CGI took care of the car visualisation.
Photographer Clint Clemens shot various pictures for Jaguar XJ.
In collaboration with photographer Emir Haveric and agency Grabarz & Partner, [zerone] also created the new VW Golf catalogue and parts of the accompanying campaign.
Photographer Dieter Eikelpoth shot the new FAW campaign and supervised the retouching work at [zerone].
- post production
PX Group Berlin - Munich - Hamburg creative post production
PX Group, with branches in Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, has over 30 years of experience in creative image retouching, composition and colour correction. Over the years, personal service and dedication have made PX clients’ first port of call for advice and inspiration when it comes to all kinds of image creation and composition.
The team's extensive knowledge of fashion, still life, cars, advertising and people imaging enables PX to be a reliable partner to clients when it comes to finding solutions to aesthetic, timing and cost matters.
PX Group expanded its services in 2008 to incorporate CGI technology for the creation of still and motion content in automobile and product visualisation. Future developments include handling interactive media content and motion film post production.
With it's new partner company iD-Film, the PX Group from now offers film production services including concept, shooting and post production.
Sublime Postproduction Berlin creative post production
Sublime Postproduction combines fine aesthetics with a passion for outstanding photography and attention to detail. The company provides tailor-made professional photography services, focusing particularly on transportation, CGI, motion graphics, beauty and people.
Latest jobs include:
- Audi. Agency: DDB Spain. Photographer: Anke Luckmann.
- Porsche. Photographer: Anke Luckmann.
- VW. Agency: Grabarz & Partner. Photographer: Thomas Strogalski. Post production: Sublime, in collaboration with Elisabeth Winter and fitz.
- REWE 'Genuss' campaign. Agency: Heimat. Photographer: Alexander Straulino.
- Personal work with photographer Manu Agah.
Clients include: Manu Agah, Anke Luckmann, Anatol Kotte, Armin Zogbaum, Conrad Piepenburg, Blinkk, Magnus Winter, Sonja Müller, Det Kempke, Oscar van de Beek, Stefano Morini, Tom Wagner, Tobias Schult, Benno Kraehahn, Thomas Strogalski, Alexander Straulino, Heimat, McCann Erickson, Scholz & Friends, Atletico International, Grey Worldwide, DDB, Grabarz & Partner and Jung von Matt.
Imagerefinery Hamburg creative post production
Imagerefinery means creative retouching across media boundaries and CGI in all disciplines while reducing production costs and time.
To create new visual worlds the company works with the highest level of technology and artistic expression to produce complex composings, high-end retouching, entire new looks, illustrative digital artwork and complete CGI. Imagerefinery combines the whole scheme of digital tools to generate every kind of style or visualisation according to clients' specific requirements.
Darius Ramazani Berlin advertising photographers
Darius Ramazani was commissioned by advertising agency JoussenKarliczek to shoot the new World Vision campaign in Cape Town. Instead of focusing on suffering and hardship, the organisation is appealing to the public to become sponsors with positive imagery and texts. The city light posters and high-circulation print inserts show young, smiling protagonists with the message “Da bist du ja!” (There you are!).
Darius has been working on a freelance portrait series entitled 'Authentic'. To commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of publisher Axel Springer on 2 May, 2012, he also photographed portraits of centenarians.
Darius shot the first campaign for the kikola children’s store in Berlin, which sells furniture, home interior accessories, clothing and toys. His photos were further enhanced by Jule Roschlau’s striking illustrations.
Sabine Duerichen Munich children photographers
Sabine Duerichen is specialised in baby, kids and teen photography. 2012 was a busy year for Sabine, working for fashion magazines, advertising campaigns and a range of different designers.
Her latest work includes:
- Ernsting's Family in Munich rental studio SKYLOFTSTUDIO.
- Eltern magazine cover production.
- Conley's fashion production in Croatia. The location was the famous Kvarner Opatija Hotel, the first hotel on the Adriatic coast built in 1884.
- 'Elefanten' advertising campaign for Deichmann shoes.
- 'Teen Spirit' was the slogan for the personal work Sabine shot near a renowned meat packing area in Munich.
Sabine is represented by Expose Photographers Conny Oelker.
Thomas von Salomon Frankfurt car & transportation photographers
Frankfurt-based photographer Thomas von Salomon recently shot a series of images for the Series One special edition for BMW. Thomas and his team shot in Munich, with post production by Albert Bauer Companies/Munich.
Shirin Ourmutchi Berlin beauty photographers
Berlin-based Shirin Ourmutchi has worked as a freelance beauty, fashion and people photographer for over nine years.
She shoots editorials for magazines including Freundin, Brigitte and Happinez as well as campaigns for designers and portraits of people inspired by her work.
Shirin's latest project was a 2013 campaign for Israeli shoe label Shanibar.
The art of storytelling is an important element in Shirin's work. She loves to create inspiring environments and is always looking for the magic moment.
Peter Wattendorff Munster Fashion + Advertsing photographer
For over 15 years, Peter Wattendorff has produced photos for some of the top jewellers and fashion labels across Germany.
Presented in this Showcase is his freelance photo series 'Sleepless' which has already been featured in several art exhibitions, including the upcoming 'Die Große' at the Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, starting 24th February.
Sabine Büttner (Moeller) Hamburg people & lifestyle photographers
Sabine Büttner (formerly Moeller) is based in Hamburg and specialises in people, lifestyle, portrait and corporate photography. She works for magazines, agencies, brands and companies.
In her recent corporate work she shot kids indoors and outdoors for Villa Luna in the company's kindergartens in Germany.
She also shot the Bistrot Bardot for the Almodóvar Hotel in Berlin, which opened in 2012.
Sonja Mueller Photography Berlin Advertising & Sports photographers
Sonja Mueller is an established photographer who works extensively across sports and lifestyle. She is recognised in Germany for her distinctive editorial, advertising and portrait work with leading publications.
Sonja's strong and unusual lighting schemes fuse with dynamic compositions to forge a transcendent vision of a twilight world that is simultaneously real and unreal, earthly and sublime. Her technique is bold and innovative, enabling her to create photos that, in the words of British photographer and publisher Rankin, are "iconographic, without looking unnatural."
In 2012, Sonja frequently worked in China and Malaysia. 76management is her new agency in Eastern Europe. She just finished a worldwide BMW sportswear campaign and continues to work towards her latest exhibition. Clients include Daimler, Casio, Adidas, Nike, BMW, Audi, Puma, General Electric, Bruno Banani, Fleurop, Siemens and Triumph.
Marc Oeder Munich people & lifestyle photographers
Known for his dynamic photography and an ability to communicate atmosphere, soul and emotion, Marc Oeder is able to motivate and focus on the essentials. His functional brilliance combined with long experience complete the picture and allow for high quality results.
Maintaining a studio and base in Munich, Marc mostly works on location. His focus is on people, lifestyle and sports photography for clients including Allgäu, Allianz, Audi Magazine, Commerzbank, Das Örtliche, Deutsche Telekom, Footlocker, Gerolsteiner, Intel, Kaufhof, König Pilsener, Lavazza, Mercedes-Benz Bank, Microsoft, Rodenstock, Salomon-Adidas, Sennheiser, Siemens, Tele 5, WeightWatchers and Wrigley.
Advertising agencies with which he has collaborated include argonauten G2 München, Atletico Berlin, BUTTER Werbeagentur Düsseldorf, F&H Public Relation München, Fischer Appelt München, Havas Worldwide München, Heye München, kl,ondike München, McCann Erickson Düsseldorf, PERGER & BERGER München, Publicis Erlangen, Publicis München, Selby & Co. Hamburg, Serviceplan München and Wächter & Wächter München.
Phil Meinwelt Photography Berlin advertising photographers
Specialising in advertising, Meinwelt Photography has been in the scene since 2006. Phil Meinwelt, born in 1987, started the company after transforming his hobby into a profession while assisting the Austrian photographer Werner Krug. The company is currently broadening its client base in the international market. Guido Maria Kretschmer is one of his clients.
For more information visit the homepage.
bluestudios Hanover - Hamburg advertising photographers
Exceptional and cutting-edge views, combined with attention to detail and subtle lighting techniques - these ingredients have been the source of bluestudios' success for 20 years.
Experienced photographers Dieter Sieg and Volker Warning complement each other to the advantage of long-term-clients such as Volkswagen, Continental, Sennheiser, KWS, Hewlett Packard, Bosch Rexroth and Akzo Nobel, producing refined visual material for ad and image campaigns, brochures, catalogues, books, calendars and websites.
The in-house CGI and post production department is another mainstay of the company's portfolio.
Visit the bluestudios website to discover its latest work, from advertising and cars to interior and exterior, people and lifestyle, beauty and fashion, as well as food and drink.
Tom Fischer Fotografie Berlin advertising photographers
As a former art and creative director, Tom Fischer is now completely focused on photography. Following his roots in advertising, he tells visual stories through his editorial and portraiture work.
Clients include Cesar (Mars), BBDO, Boston Consulting Group, Contitech, Kolle Rebbe, Lawinenstift, SPD, SOS Kinderdörfer, Diakonie, and many more.
Visit his website for more information.
- photo stock agency
Simephoto & Schapowalow – contemporary professional Travel-Photography Hamburg Photo Stock Agency
Since the beginning of 2013, Simephoto has been represented by Schapowalow image agency, Hamburg, for all German speaking countries.
Professional photographers provide fascinating, breathtaking, creative and innovative imagery from destinations all around the world. Simephoto's goal: Contemporary professional excellence.
New material is carefully selected and uploaded on a daily basis. Discover the world anew every week.
For clients based in Germany, Austria and Switzerland please contact the German Representative at Schapowalow.
Email for enquiries or more information.
- styling, hair, makeup agents
the MUP agency Frankfurt styling, hair, makeup agents
Based in the centre of Germany, the MUP agency is a make-up and hair company. Specialising in beauty, editorial, fashion, advertising and television, represented artists come from across the country. Cities include Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and Cologne, among others.
The company is known for its high-quality work, professionalism and friendly working atmosphere. Latest work includes LOOX Magazine, Credit Suisse and Reebok.
Visit the website for more information or contact Theresia Pistel.
- styling, hair, makeup
Miriam Jacks Berlin hair and make up artists
Latest news from Miriam Jacks:
- The newest issue of Miriam Jacks' beauty magazine JACKS Beauty Issue has just been released. Make sure to grab a copy or order it direct.
- The shoot for the second season of L'Oréal Paris' TV show 'L'Oréal Paris Beauty Minute with Miriam Jacks' starts soon. The first episodes will air on German TV channel VOX in March.
- SLY 010 lookbook 2013 in conjunction with photographer Daniella Midenge.
- Zalando spring/summer lookbook 2013 with Berlin-based photographer Jette Stolte.
- Savage Blossom 2013 calendar with photographer Julia Grossi.
Nici Theuerkauf Berlin props, furnishing, interior stylists
Berlin-based stylist Nici Theuerkauf's recent work included:
- Sebastian Burgold (Kelly Kellerhoff) for IKEA.
- Thomas Popinger for Dornbracht. Agency: meireundmeire.
- Ragnar Schmuck (Nerger M&O) for REWE. Agency: Heimat.
- Armin Zogbaum (Marlene Ohlsson) for Smart Agency: BBDO.
- Rene Hunger for LIVA. Agency: Schirmers.
Visit Nici's website for more information.
- equipment rent
Haedler + Haedler Munich Equipment Rental
Haedler + Haedler GmbH is one of the biggest German providers for photo rental equipment and can also supply every kind of prop and set for staged productions. Its friendly service and long experience is one of the reasons international producers return time and again.
Perfect logistics, accurate maintenance and careful packaging, also for travelling abroad, are a matter of course, while uncomplicated and fast help for repairs, retail or spare parts is all part of the service. Partners for studio locations, location scouting, team vans, ironing services or even full production are available. Haedler + Haedler GmbH offers a full service and is fully committed to every professional production. Stay tuned on facebook for the latest tools and news.
Through its online system clients can get information about the huge variety of equipment on offer and can easily and swiftly send a detailed rental request.
Visit the website for more information.
- hotels and apartments
Das Stue - Hotel Berlin Tiergarten Berlin hotels
Centrally located in downtown Berlin next to the Berlin Zoo and the Tiergarten Park, right between East and West, Das Stue remains sensationally quiet. A place full of elegance and esprit, the hotel blends the old with the new and fosters inspiring encounters and the sense of community with its salon-like atmosphere.
Das Stue offers 80 stylish rooms and suites that fuse furniture classics with contemporary design between a historic main building from the 1930s and a modern new building. It incorporates the casual all-day dining and avant-garde Mediterranean 5-Cinco by Paco Perez fine-dining restaurants, the Stue Bar and Lounge with adjoining terrace and views of the zoo, and a Spa with a pool and natural daylight. All public areas were sumptuously designed by the Spanish interior designer, Patricia Urquiola.
Visit the website for more information.