BIOGRAPHY

Information about my career, my knowledge of working behind the camera
and my previous clients.

 

 

Johannes Kaczmarczyk BVK

Director of Photography | Cinematographer for Documentary, Feature Film and Commercial.

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  • Awards
  • Expertise
  • Education

Awards DOP Camera ARTIVIST AWARD_SHORTFILM for WE TAKE YOU 
SELECTION CAMERIMAGE STUDENT ETUDES-COMPETITION for WE TAKE YOU 
PRIZE OF JURY for THE OPPOSITE OF ORANGE
1st PRIZE OF JURY for CHAY
SELECTION NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER CANNES for CHAY
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY for MOUNTAIN ESCAPES

1st PLACE for A STRANGER TO MYSELF
1st PRIZE for POSITIVE FEELINGS
AUDIENCE AWARD for POSITIVE FEELINGS

  • Experience using professional film and television cameras:
    ARRI ALEXA Studio, ALEXA Mini, Sony PMW-F55, Sony PXW-FS7, RED GEMINI, BM URSA Mini Pro, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, ARRI LT (35 mm), ARRI SR-3 (16 mm)
  • Teacher of An Introduction to Studio Camera Work,
    Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • Experience in the organization and production of advertising film productions
  • Advanced knowledge of color grading with DaVinci Resolve 16
  • Working as a photographer: portrait, architecture and landscape photography
  • Expert knowledge in photo retouching with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Technical internship at PILLE film rental service in camera and lighting technology
2014 – 2016                        Master of Arts in Cinematography | Hamburg Media School | Mentors: Judith Kaufmann and Achim Poulheim
2013 Semester abroad – Bachelor of Arts in Film | Zurich University of the Arts | Department of Performing Arts and Film
2012 Graduate of the 15th  Masterschool Documentary | Filmwerkstatt Münster | Mentor: Horst Herz
2008 – 2014 Bachelor of Arts in Audiovisual Media/Cinematography | Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin | Mentors: Prof. Dr. Titus Faschina and Prof. Gert Stallmann

PHILOSOPHY & BIOGRAPHY

As a Cinematographer, I create a visual world for the protagonists and their emotions. Nothing happens accidently, the actors set the initial direction. I am interested in solutions for sophisticated visualization through lighting design, cadrage or camera movement.

I was born in 1986 and grew up in Cologne and the Eifel. I had my first contact working with cameras during my civilian service at the drug rehabilitation center in Cologne. There I accompanied the drug addicts of this social facility with my camera. It quickly dawned on me that I was particularly interested in people and social issues. I am fascinated by the proximity to a person or an action in every moment being – and to be able to capture this situation with the camera without letting go.
In autumn 2008, I began a bachelor‘s and master’s degree with a focus on »Cinematography« in Berlin, Zurich and Hamburg. In October 2016, I successfully completed the master’s program “Camera” at the renowned Hamburg Media School with my final year project which was the fiction film WE TAKE YOU. The film premiered at the 38th Max Ophüls Award film festival and in late 2017, also competed in the 25th CAMERIMAGE film festival, the world’s largest film festival for cinematographers. The short film CHAY, for which I was responsible for the camera work, was

presented at the 64th Cannes Film Festival as part of the »Short Tiger Awards 2016«. CHAY also ran at many other international film festivals and was broadcast on arte and BR in late 2016. The documentary THE FORESTCLASS was shot in summer 2019 and was broadcast on rbb in November.

When I work with a director, my view through the camera is like the third eye. As a camerman, I am required to constantantly critical examin my work critically, questioning it again and again and trying new ways and techniques. As a freelance director of photography, I work on documentary, fictional, advertising and communication films.
The focus of my camera work is primarily films with social and society topics, sustainability and also environmental protection. For this purpose, in early 2020 with Vanouch Balian, I founded the film production company PINEROOT.
The company specializes in the creation of moving content for companies and organizations in the areas of sustainability, environmental protection and ecological management.
I see my work as a calling that I work at with passion, curiosity and drive. I’m diligent in keeping up my own high standards again and again, in every film project – the next one could be yours!

CLIENTS

This is a selection of my clients for whom I have worked as a Cinematographer within the past two years:

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