A report has the potential to immerse the viewer in its story, but it must be thrilling and dramaturgically structured in order to capture the audience’s interest and ensure their commitment to following it from beginning to end.
My aim is always to convey aspects of reality as directly as I can. In my reporting, I try to question knowledge that has previously been seen as indisputable through offering a new perspective.
For example, I once visited German and international journalists in Great Britain at a training camp for crisis zones.
Audiences often believe that foreign journalists are always looking for the thrill, but what I found was that surprisingly, the cameramen from WDR and Al Jazeera actually preferred to capture the calm moments. I have to believe that reports on television still need real pictures and real statements that aren’t staged in a manner to suit the media, but are instead authentic moments captured by authentic work.
Fighting homelessness through housing first (2017)
NDR | Reportage, Kulturjournal | 5 Minuten || script, director, camera
The number of homeless people has been rising for years, because there is a housing shortage in our large cities. An estimated 860,000 people in Germany are affected, 52,000 live directly on the streets. One reason for this is the lack of social housing. Volker Mähl is homeless and finds that unjust. He always carries a small booklet with him containing the United Nations Charter of Human Rights and insists on his rights. Are there solutions for homelessness in Hamburg and beyond?
Wage Slaves (2017)
NDR | report, DIE REPORTAGE | 30 minutes || script, director, camera, editor
It is a rare insight into the life of Romanian workers and also their superiors in Lower Saxony. This was possible, because we were able to accompany Daniela Reim, a native of Romania, for six months. She is working for the "mobile workers" office in Oldenburg, Germany, and is working in the film against abuses in slaughterhouses, construction and poultry transport. Daniela Reim shows, how Eastern European workers are systematically cheated of their wages by their subcontractors.
Training camp for crisis zones (2014)
NDR | report, Zapp | 7 minutes | script, director, camera, editor
Gunfire. “On the ground!” four masked men in battle dress-uniform yell, “Helmets down!” About a dozen shocked journalists hit the deck to dive for cover. Although they react in the right way, their behavior in this case will be their undoing. Journalists in crisis zones: popular victims of kidnapping and endangered by projectiles and mines. How can one be prepared for that? Ex-Marines say it’s possible.
Flying Spaghetti Monster (2016)
NDR | report, DAS! | 4 minutes || script, director, camera, editor, narrator
The confession of faith stands on a noodle roll, they celebrate pasta fairs and call themselves pastafarians: the members of the church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in the Uckermark. Every Friday at 10am there is a worship service. On the altar stands a box of beer - and of course many noodles. The community of beliefs exists in Germany since 2006 and has according to the association founder, Ruediger Weida, 30 million followers worldwide. However, only a few hundred are active in Germany. Their goal: the constant doubt - and to take everything in matters of religion not so seriously.
Illegal graffiti painter (2010)
NDR | report, N-Joy | 4 minutes || script, director, camera, editor, post-production
Some people call it art, some say it’s just a smudgy mess. Despite the heavy punishment for illegal graffiti painting, these painters are addicted to the kick. This report follows a group of illegal graffiti painters from Rostock, East Germany as a special force of the German police attempts to track them down.
The pensioner commune (2015)
NDR | report, Hamburg-Journal | 4 minutes || script, director, camera, editor
In order to escape loneliness and the fate of the home for senior citizens, five pensioners in Hamburg, aged 75-86, founded a commune. They arrived with only a few boxes and had to leave a lot behind in terms of both belongings and lifestyles. They lack the money for expensive homes or in-home nursing. These five pensioners are living a new model—one that could perhaps become a model for many.