MEET THE SONS
Who we are
Sons Of Motion Pictures GmbH
The international 25-member team of Sons Of Motion Pictures GmbH consists of permanent employees, such as directors, camera men, editors, sound designers, authors, VFX artists, production and drone pilots. Our headquarters are located in Leipzig and a subsidiary is located in Coburg / Bavaria. Worldwide, the Sons produce film projects together with corresponding soundtracks for cinema, web and television. The focus is on the productions of company-oriented TV and cinema spots, prerolls, image films and documentaries and animations as well as ambitious in-house productions.
One of our productions “Testfahrer” won 25 film awards internationally and was awarded the title of “Particularly Valuable” (German: “Besonders Wertvoll”) by the German Film and Media Review (FBW). The Sons understand their work as a craft with a balance between art and commerce. Through their network of agencies, speakers and actors, they are optimally specialized as a film agency for professional film productions.
The Sons are producing regularly for well-known customers, such as Rotkäppchen-Mumm, BMW, Telekom, Cyberport, A & O Hotels, Myhammer & Saxoprint. Among the best known projects are the introductory productions of the 18th, 19th & 20th season of the KIKA youth series (German channel) “Schloss Einstein”.
Filmography and Own Productions
Mindbreak (Short feature film / 2010 / 10 minutes)
Zahltag [Payday] (Short feature film / 2011 / 25 minutes)
Testfahrer [Test Driver] (Documentary / 2012 / 20 minutes)
Antons Experiment [Anton’s Experiment] (Short feature film / 2015 / 2 minutes)
World Choir Games 2016 in Sochi (Documentary / 2016 / 13 minutes)
Werwolf [Werewolf] (Documentary / 2017 / 30 minutes)
Directory & Management
I've been shooting short films, commercials and music videos since I am 12 years old. After my graduation, my documentary debut “Testfahrer” (engl. “Test Driver”, 2012) surprisingly received 25 film awards and also was awarded the title "Especially Valuable" (german “Besonders Wertvoll”) by the German Film Rating Commission in Wiesbaden. In the meantime, I've made over 300 commercials, 7 short and 2 medium-length films.
Directory & Management
Already as a child I came into contact with the film business. At age 11 I was allowed to play a minor role in the KIKA children’s film “Kiss Me Frog“. I also performed in various roles in the school theatre. After graduation I worked for two years in the film and theatre industry, mostly as a director's assistant.
In addition, I realised my own film projects and then studied law in Leipzig. I remained loyal to the hobby "film and video production", which finally led to my current profession.
I have a degree in IT and have previously considered filmmaking as a hobby. Then I started working as an engineer at the BBC in England. There, I met many professional TV and film people who encouraged me to pursue a career as a cameraman. In England I started to make music videos. Then a film studio in Spain offered me a job. Since then, I have made more than 30 music videos and 4 documentaries and worked as a cameraman and DOP on many different projects. Since 2015 I live in Germany and now I am part of the Sons.
Drone & Color Grading
Since the age of six I play theatre. Soon I also played small roles in front of the camera. This is how my first set experiences occurred and I realised that I would like to work in this area later. I studied media technology with the direction of television at the University of Mittweida and already before graduating I completed various internships in the media industry.
During my studies I learned how to work with various cameras, editing and animation programs. Since university’s special emphasis is placed on practical work, I was already able to gather a lot of shooting and editing experience.
Sound Design & Editing
About 20 years ago I started to make music with my former computer, a Commodore Amiga. After graduation I successfully finished my apprenticeship as an Audio Engineer at the SAE in Cologne. From there I finally moved via Munich to Thuringia and worked as a sound engineer in a small theatre. There I met Florian in 2008. Since then I am a permanent sound designer of the Picmention film team and compose the film music. I compose music especially for commercials and own short films and I also mix the sound.
Manufacturing & Project Management
From the cool north into the glittering film world of Leipzig's city: After a never-started career as a designer with a degree, I was finally accepted in the club of the beautiful and rich - behind the scenes. As a girl for everything I made myself a name and finally found my way in the office as an assistant to the producer and as a set-AL in film and television. I parked big cars and struggled with poor walkie-talkie reception. It was a crazy time!
Since 2017, I am in a good mood and ensure stress and order at the Sons. Privately I bake the best brandy brownies and my DVD collection is probably bigger than yours.
From the theatre to the movie. This sentence can probably best describe my life so far. I got my passion and fascination for the theatre back from school and started to study Theatre Studies at the University of Leipzig in 2010. During my bachelor studies I came across a film set for the first time. I was immediately enthusiastic about this world and have accompanied more and more film projects and completed various internships in the media industry. Since my internship at the Sons Of Motion Pictures, I support the team in the pre-production of shoots and on set as a Recording Manager.
Visual Effects & Rendering
After seeing “Matrix” for the first time in 1999, I could not let go of the subject of special video effects. Even in my school days, I produced numerous short films focusing on post-production, but it was only after my training as a specialist in computer science that I turned my affinity for video and technology into a career. In addition, I make sure that the right equipment is ready for use on set and all the footage for upcoming VFX is suitable. My experience and programming skills always help me to turn unusual ideas into reality.
1st Graphic & Storyboard
Already at a young age I brought life to white pages only with a pen or colour. Whether dinosaurs or fighter jets, no motive was too difficult in the childish naivety. Over the years, influences from animated films, movies, comics, video games, anime and music videos have been absorbed and put on paper. Especially the virtual band “Gorillaz” influenced me later and led to my first steps into the digital world. The passion for design and graphics led to a design study at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences over a two-year apprenticeship. Since 2016 I am working for Sons of Motion Pictures.
3D- & 2D-Animation
Even as a child, blue was my favorite color. Thus it inevitably had to happen that the Sons kindly welcomed me into their team. Until the time I got to the HTWK Leipzig (of course with a blue logo) I acquired knowledge and finished my bachelor’s degree in media technology. The study and subsequent internships and jobs led me from the television world and technology to the animation area, where I lost my heart.
Since March 2016, I'm working with the Sons as an animator in the area of 2D / 3D and lose myself in the jungle of after effects or cinema-4D polygon madness.
Lighting & Compositing
Hi, I'm Philipp,
I have been working for Picmention and Sons of Motion Pictures since 2016. I'm mostly buried behind the screens and responsible for tasks regarding motion graphics, compositing and 2D animation. On the set myself, I'm working as a lighting technician and support the team in technical construction and conversions.
How did I get to my job? Starting with the photography and the first image manipulations, my passion for image editing started to arouse. Soon after, the first video effects and motion graphics followed. I have made my interest to a profession by studying media technology. Since then I have been working on animations. I am constantly collecting new inspiration, self-taught and through exchanging ideas with other filmmakers and projects.
Docu-Camera & 2D Animation
A television award, two Golden Globes, the German Film Prize, three Oscars, a golden camera, the Golden Bear a Golden Palm from Cannes – unfortunately I have not got any those awards.
Nevertheless, I have been with the Sons since 2014, as a cameraman or on the monitor for animations. In our films we show the real life and people. We explain things and tell stories, always with a high demand on our own work. With a sense for the image and my technical affinity, I was already able to work with creative teams during my studies. This resulted in reports and documentaries such as “Friendship Middle East”, “EXIT Germany” or “RIGHT home”, which won the Chemnitz Peace Prize in 2013.
"Feel-Good" Manager & Film Dog
Yes, you have recognised me, of course! Once upon a time, I had a brilliant career as a villain in an internationally known Superhero film series. But then the idiots from "The Dark Kingdom" have me first drowned and then they let me die. My new master then took me to an Italian academy where I became a “Feel-good” manager.
I have been with the Sons film crew since August 2016. Part of my main job is to prepare actors for their positive roles and to accompany the rest of the crew during the often long days of shooting. Every day I have to scratch my ears for hours and pick up sticks. The job is really tough!
(And before you ask: For creepy film roles, my colleague Hasso is left out of the cellar – pfff!)
3D- & 2D-Animation
How do you develop narratives, characters and situations to communicate information with others on a human level? Stories have fascinated me since my childhood in Egypt, whether it's myths, fiction or true events in our shared past. So I decided to devote myself to narrative art and master my favourite narrative tools: animation and moving image.
After my bachelor's degree at the Bauhaus University Weimar and on their behalf, I have given several workshops, tutorials and courses on the topics of 3D animation, animation theory and storytelling.
Sound & Post Production
The sound makes the music, in my case the movie. My biggest passion is music, which is why after a little social detour I turned my hobby into my job. Since April 2017 I am working for the Sons / Picmention. During the production as well as the post-production I am responsible for the sound.
Recording Assistance & Preparation
At the tender age of 14, my cousin brought me into contact with the film industry for the first time. The first experiences on set and a (unfortunately only) two-week internship later, my decision was fixed: I want to work there. After graduating from high school, I trained as a media designer in television and sound.
After 3 years of television, it is time to shake up the film industry. At the Sons Of Motion Pictures and Picmention I can get what I wish for while completing an internship. Here I am, influenced by my love for to-do lists, in pre-production. But I also like to work on set as a recording manager for a good mood (and order of course). I'm looking forward to all upcoming projects which are waiting to be scheduled.
Production Assistant & Disposition
Theatre, photo-school at school, the first own camera, first own laptop and – FINALLY – Windows Movie Maker. From an early age I discovered my passion for photography and film, which also led to the choice of my studies in the field of media management. I chose the specialisation “media production” and learned skills in dealing with professional camera and editing techniques. Due to the very practical training I was involved in many film and television projects and was later allowed to direct a film project abroad. I really like the variety in the film business, dealing with customers and the film crew, and of course the exciting time on the film set. Therefore I am more than pleased that I can do my internship at Picmention and Sons of Motion Pictures.
Pictures say more than a thousand words. I will find out what else films can achieve.
2D-Animation & Graphic Assistant
From childhood on I have the passion to draw and shape. This passion follows me to this day and still shapes my career. After graduation I started my studies in multimedia | VR design and dealt with all forms of digital design. I learned how to use various illustration / animation and application programs and have since then been involved with conception, illustration and 2D animation, as well as 3D modelling / animation.
Script & Concept
In 2007, for the first time, I exhibited my art in schools and public institutions, followed by various commissioned work. Two years later I met Florian and started with my idea for the award-winning short film “Mindbreak”, the collaboration with the team of Sons Of Motion Pictures. Since then I have been a permanent part of the team as author, dramaturge and co-director. In 2010, I began studying art and education at the University of Erfurt and dared to take the step into self-employment as a freelance artist. During this time, “Testfahrer” was born, and with more than 25 film awards and the title "Especially Valuable" (german: “Besonders Wertvoll”) is our most successful short film so far.
In 2012 I changed my study subject and started to study Media Art and Design at the Bauhaus University Weimar.
In the following year, as part of the annual “backup festival” in Weimar, I began working with young people as a tutor for documentary filming. The final film was twice awarded in the context of media education competitions.
In the summer of 2016, I finished my studies at the Bauhaus University Weimar with the title “very good” and have since then been working in commercial and non-commercial fabric development for Sons of Motion Pictures.
Since my childhood I developed an enormous interest in moving pictures. With fascination I also followed International Film Days, which annually take place in my hometown Hof. However, before my flower blossomed, and I could become part of this world, there were still a few hurdles to overcome. After graduation I first studied literature at the University of Erfurt. Here I mainly dealt with film theory. Nevertheless, there were bright spots to practice. Encouraged by a seminar in which the goal was to make a "no budget" film at the end, I applied for a degree in media art / design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and was accepted. My application film "War Nicht Da” (engl. “Was Not There”) then ran also at the short film days in Hof. Since then I mainly produce music videos and am currently completing my practical semester in the areas of post-production and editing at the Sons Of Motion Pictures.
INTERNSHIP WITH THE SONS?
APPLY FOR ONE OF THE FOLLOWING DEPARTMENTS FOR 3-6 MONTHS:
- Production & Recording Manager
- Sound Assistance or Sound Design
- 2D (After Effects) or 3D Animation (Cinema 4D)
- Graphics (with graphics tablet)
- Cut (Adobe Premiere CC)