16. Babelsberg Film GmbH / directed by Joe Wright
Assisting Jeff Imada, Hiro Koda and John Koyama in this action-adventure thriller was a unique experience, and learning their subtle way of creating action sequences tremendously rewarding. Thanks a ton guys for a great time!
Paramount Pict. Inc. / directed by Tommy Wirkola
Prepared by Chad Stahelski and action directed by David Leitch, I headed the local stunt crew for this revenge-movie. Mainly shot in and around Babelsberg and Berlin our stunt and rigging talent cooperated smoothly with the 87eleven crew, gathered from all over the world.
Fierce fighting and action, to be shown in your movie-theatre soon!
Thanks Dave, it was my pleasure of the year :-)
HesseGreutert Film AG / directed by Markus Welter
Coordinating the stunts for Switzerland’s first 3-D and Horror movie (all in one!) was a great experience. Not only learning to make the action work in 3D, but also cooperating once again with Markus, Filip and our ambitious producers Valentin and Simon was an awesome experience.
The night shoots nearly turned us into zombies but luckily genre-crossovers were not allowed... ;-)
Thanks also to Marcel and his crew for their great work.
United Artitsts / directed by Bryan Singer
I assisted Greg Powell on this high-profile film, which took my work to new levels. In his inimitable way, Greg guided me through the ever-changing production. Meeting some of his British stunt buddies was lot of fun and all I can say is: thanks!
Ventura Film / directed by Fulvio Bernasconi
This story about an unsuccessful Italian boxer-turned-freefighter was shot in Trieste/ Italy. 6 fights of different intensity and style, evolved in a tragic climax and won the lead actor Michele Venitucci a Silver Leopard at the Film Festival of Locarno.
Thanks to Fulvio, Filip, Filippo the actors and all the other crew for an adventurous time in Italy.
Wiedemann & Berg Fp / directed by F. Henckel v. Donnersmarck
Who might have thought that this historical movie would – after many other prizes – win the Oscar as best foreign film in 2007?
Shooting on a tight budget, the crew and producers made an immense effort... and it paid of!
P.S. Note that the extras and all featured parts were - once again (as in Valkyrie, The International, V for Vendetta, Around the World in 80 days, The Pianist and many other films) - cast by Iris Mueller and her team.
Warner Bros. / directed by James McTeigue
Getting to work for Chad Stahelski and David Leitch in this Wachowski Bros. film was an awesome experience, both challenging and immensely rewarding.
Experiencing their working method and how they created fight styles and choreography had a lot of influence on my work as a fight choreographer. Thanks guys, you're brilliant!
And of course keeping countenance, whilst holding on tightly to Natalie Portman, for seemingly endless days was a challenge in itself ;-)
P.S. Check the 'behind the scene video'-section for some entertaining test-shoots.
Walt Disney Pict. / directed by Frank Coraci
Working as a stunt performer on a Jackie Chan movie is every stunt professional's dream... and for me it came true!!!
For this film there were 2 stunt coordinators on board and Rick Forsayeth gave me the opportunity to double Ewen Bremner for a slapstick-style highfall.
This was performed to the director's satisfaction and I was offered a carriage-drag on cobblestones and then became a stand-by double for Steve Coogan.
I had a great time and a lot of fun – thanks again Rick!
R.P. Productions / directed by Roman Polanski
An authentic story, set in the Warsaw ghetto during WWII, was the stage and story for this movie. Roman Polanski lived in this ghetto during part of his childhood and consequently the movie had many autobiographical elements, this gave the production a unique touch. Intense research and a tight collaboration with military and historical consultants was necessary to meet Roman's high demands.
I was hired as special effects coordinator, collaborating with the SFX-partner company Seck Ltd. for this triple Oscar-winning movie.
I am proud that we were able to add „very special effects“ to this great film and enjoyed seeing it go on to win so many prizes.
Roman you're a star!