My story of how I became an online editor and colourist.
I was born and raised in Dresden, Germany, where I developed my passion for film and television by participating in several short film projects. I went on to further my experience through placements at TV stations and production companies. Having decided that the TV and Film industry is for me, I studied Media Technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Mittweida. I graduated with my dissertation "Colour Grading – Opportunities and Challenges in the Transition from Film Lab Based Colour Timing to Data-Centric Grading" and was awarded the Diploma Engineer degree (comparable to a BSc) with distinction. In 2002/2003 I worked for AVP Video Transfer in Munich, where I gained a further inside into colour grading and telecine work. I was also trained on Avid DS and quickly started completing my own projects on this system.
To further my English language skills I went to the University of Paisley in Scotland where I studied Media Theory with Production. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree with distinction and was also awarded the court medal as the most distinguished student in the course.
I then started working with M8media in Glasgow, Scotland, where I worked on the colour grading and online editing of numerous prime-time TV shows and documentaries as well as many commercials and several short and feature films. I also gained a profound technical knowledge in the areas of colour management, tape-less workflows (including RedCam workflow) and technical broadcast specifications for various TV channels ranging from the BBC to Al Jazeera. I also advanced my knowledge of colour grading by receiving extensive training on Digital Vision Film Master both in-house and at the Digital Vision training centre in London. Furthermore, I became proficient in using After Effects and Final Cut Pro, on which I finished several projects.
After 5 years at M8media I decided it’s time to move on and expand my knowledge, so I decided to join GlasgowAnimation. This independent animation studio was working on Scotland's first 3D animated feature film starring Sir Sean Connery and my position of Head of Editorial gave me the perfect opportunity to use my existing skills and at the same time learn about the new area of 3D animation and computer graphics. I taught myself how to use the compositing software Digital Fusion and I also gained some knowledge in using the 3D software Maya.
In August 2011 I reduced my contract with GlasgowAnimation to part-time and used the remaining time to work as a freelance online editor and colourist. Since starting my freelance career, I have worked on numerous documentaries, dramas and gameshows in most of the big postproduction companies in Glasgow, Scotland.
In January 2013 I went full-time freelance, which gave me the opportunity to expand my client base and take on engagements abroad. I had the opportunity to work in Doha, Qatar for 2 months and also worked for clients who are based in Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This gave me the chance to get to know different ways of working and as a result I am able to adapt very quickly to new working environments. I'm looking forward to working on more interesting projects all over the world