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About Luis de Maia

He did it all.

He was a postman, eclectic DJ, geriatric nurse.
Worked as a welder in a stunt team, as a bouncer in the best club in town and as a graphic designer in a small advertising agency in Lisbon.
Luis is clearly a child of the late 80s and 90s Clubculture.
Soulboy, mod, breakdancer.
Always underground, sometimes avant-garde and always kind of punk.
But one thing above all, he is always a designer in everything he does.

Art, music and photography have been his companions from the beginning and since he has been behind the camera, Luis has shot documentaries in crisis and war zones, as well as feature films, music videos and even wildlife films in the rainforests of South America, among many other things.

Luis has been working very successfully as a dop and director for several years now, exclusively in the advertising industry.
So maybe you can just call him the most experienced youngster you can get.


But most importantly, he's a charismatic, multitasking, and empathetic dop.
On set he is quick, polite and always charming with a vast experience and strong technical know-how.
No matter where, or for which format, we like his creative diversity and his constant search for the perfect picture, with which he supports every project in a creative and unique way.

Working with Luis is simply a pleasure.

As the child of political refugees from two different countries and traveling since ever, he feels at home anywhere in the world.
In his free time, he commutes between Portugal and Germany, together with his wonderful wife, the great son and now two fluffy cats.

Luis speaks German, English and Portuguese.

Fictional projects as director of photography

YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
2007Wettenbach (WT)
DOP - P&S Pro 35mm Adapter
TV SeriesMarek Helsnerserie17 MedienproduktionDOP - P&S Pro 35mm Adapter
2005Neben der Spur
DOP - HD
Feature FilmDetlef BotheB-filme, Detlef Bothe [de]DOP - HD
2001Dealerz
DOP - Digi Beta
Indie Feature FilmAnthony Lew ShunPengfilm [de]DOP - Digi Beta
2001Hirsche
DOP - Digi Beta
Short FilmMichael SchilhanslMichael Schilhansl - Gold Produktion [de]DOP - Digi Beta
2000Ein Samstag dauert 90 Minuten
DOP - Mini DV
Indie Feature FilmMultipleHFF Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München [de]DOP - Mini DV
1999Gott ist der Schwimmtrainer
DOP - Digi Beta
Short FilmAnthony Lew ShunHFF Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München [de]DOP - Digi Beta

Advertising/Image/Music videos as director of photography

YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
2022T-Systems - Digital TransformationCorporate FilmHarun HazarStereo Films Medienproduktion GmbH
2022Lidl - Barbara Meier 2.0 (WT)CommercialAndy HeidenreichStereo Films Medienproduktion GmbH
2021Bion3 Immun - Das Immunsystem unterstützenCommercialLuis de MaiaTwinFilm GmbH
2021Priorin - Egal, was das Leben fordert, meine Haare kriegt es nicht.CommercialAndy HeidenreichStereo Films Medienproduktion GmbH
2021Rewe - Wilde HeldenCommercialMartin HaerlinStereo Films Medienproduktion GmbH
2021Smoodh Dairy - Oh so smoodhCommercialEsra E. HurwitzBindery NYC Production [us]
2021Audi - Audi Sphere, Dialog Serie ShowcarCorporate FilmArnd Buss von Kukgate.11 GmbH
2021Coral - Weil das Leben bunt istCommercialLuis de MaiaTwinFilm GmbH
2021Dr. Beckmann - Waschmaschinen Hygiene-ReinigerCommercialLuis de MaiaNeverest GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2021Dr. Beckmann - Dr. Beckmann Teppich Flecken-BürsteCommercialLuis de MaiaNeverest GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2021Lidl - Grüner Knopf. Barbara MeierCommercialAndy HeidenreichStereo Films Medienproduktion GmbH
2021Logitech x Siemens - Stories about the power of collaborationIndustrial VideoJan LitzingerShotz Production Service
2021BMW Group - Keynote IAA Mobility 2021Corporate FilmMultipleElastique GmbH [de]
2021Dr. Beckmann - Waschmaschinen Hygiene ReinigerCommercialLuis de MaiaNeverest GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2021Barmenia - Tierversicherung. Ihr Haustier ist einzigartigCommercialLuis de MaiaRabbicorn Films GmbH (formerly Jotz! Filmproduktion GmbH) [de]
2021Arbeiterkammer - Gerechtigkeit #fürdichCommercialFariba BuchheimPPMNext Film GmbH
2021Bionade - Ehrliche Früchte, Ehrliche Darstellung, Ehrliche KulisseCommercialLuis de MaiaOki Films GmbH & Co. KG
2021Knuspr - Supermarkt & Hofladen auf einen Klick (mehrere Internetspots)CommercialAxel Weirowski27 Kilometer Entertainment GmbH
2021BG-Phoenics - Wir machen Dir nichts vorCorporate FilmMultipleNOZY Films GmbH
2021Aldi - MöglichkeitenCommercialMultipleOki Films GmbH & Co. KG

Non-fictional projects as director of photography

YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
2011Der Jaguar - Jäger im Pantanal
DOP - ARRI ALEXA - Tierfilm
DocumentaryChristian BaumeisterLight & Shadow GmbHDOP - ARRI ALEXA - Tierfilm
2010Jaguar - Heimlicher Jäger hautnah
DOP - HD / TIERFILM
Documentary, arte, NDR [de]Christian BaumeisterLight & Shadow GmbHDOP - HD / TIERFILM
2009The Incredible Guinea Pig
DOP - HD / TIERFILM
Documentary, arte, ZDF [de]Herbert OstwaldLight & Shadow GmbHDOP - HD / TIERFILM
2009Mythos Amazonas
DOP - HD / TIERFILM+Unterwasser
Documentary (Mini Series), arte, National Geographic, NDR [de], ORF [at]Christian BaumeisterLight & Shadow GmbHDOP - HD / TIERFILM+Unterwasser
2008Die Laureus Sport-Dokumentation - Polisportiva Milano. Alberto Tomba
DOP - Digi Beta 25p
Documentary (Series)Kim Rigauer_Wige Editorial (vormals ByLauterbach) [de]DOP - Digi Beta 25p
2008Die Laureus Sport-Dokumentation - Fight for Peace. Wladimir Klitschko
DOP - Digi Beta 25p
Documentary (Series), sport1 [de]Kim Rigauer_Wige Editorial (vormals ByLauterbach) [de]DOP - Digi Beta 25p
2008Die Laureus Sport-Dokumentation - Motor V8. Boris Becker
DOP - Digi Beta 25p
Documentary (Series)Patricia Renoth_Wige Editorial (vormals ByLauterbach) [de]DOP - Digi Beta 25p
2007Arne Quinze - Fragiles (WT)
DOP - HDV Mini 35mm Adapter
DocumentaryOle WagnerBlitzen GmbH & Co. KGDOP - HDV Mini 35mm Adapter
2007Laureus Sport for Good Foundation - KidSwing
DOP - Digi Beta 25p
DocumentaryJulia Konitzer_Wige Editorial (vormals ByLauterbach) [de]DOP - Digi Beta 25p
2006Mission Treetop
DOP - HD Varicam / TIERFILM
Documentary, arteMultipleBlue Paw ArtistsDOP - HD Varicam / TIERFILM
20051980-2005, 25 Jahre Wiesenattentat
DOP - Mini DV
ReportAnthony Lew ShunPengfilm [de]DOP - Mini DV
2005Black Eyed Peas - Europe Tour `05
DOP - HD
DocumentaryLuis de Maiablueskye media GmbH [de]DOP - HD
2005Wanted Anaconda
Regie / DOP - HD Varicam- TIERFILM
Documentary, arteMultipleBlue Paw ArtistsRegie / DOP - HD Varicam- TIERFILM
2003Die Clique - Freunde, das Leben beginnt (Testpilot) (WT)
DOP - Digi Beta
Documentary SeriesMarcus OlschewskiTresor TV Produktions GmbHDOP - Digi Beta
2003Abschlussklasse 2004
Kamera - Supervising
Documentary Series, ProSieben [de]MultipleTresor TV Produktions GmbHKamera - Supervising
2001Sacred Dances (DVD)
DOP - Digi Beta
DocumentaryMichael SchilhanslMichael Schilhansl - Gold Produktion [de]DOP - Digi Beta
2000Träum weiter Tahiti
DOP - Digi Beta
Documentary, ZDF [de]MultipleColonia Media Filmproduktion GmbH [de]DOP - Digi Beta
1998Off The Record - The Red Bull Music Academy in Berlin (WT)
DOP - Digi Beta
DocumentaryAnthony Lew ShunPengfilm [de]DOP - Digi Beta

Shows/Live/Events as director of photography

YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
2005Weihnachtsoratorium mit Prof. Peter Schreier
Kamera
TV-Event, ZDF [de]Benedict MirowNightfrog Media & Film GmbHKamera
2004Ennio Morricone - Filmmusik in der Münchner Philharmonie
Kamera
TV-Event, arteGiovanni MorriconeNightfrog Media & Film GmbHKamera

Advertising/Image/Music videos as director

YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
2022L‘Oréal - Cinta Laura meets Dr. Zenker (WT)CommercialLuis de MaiaTwinFilm GmbH
2021Bion3 Immun - Das Immunsystem unterstützenCommercialLuis de MaiaTwinFilm GmbH
2021Coral - Weil das Leben bunt istCommercialLuis de MaiaTwinFilm GmbH
2021Dr. Beckmann - Waschmaschinen Hygiene-ReinigerCommercialLuis de MaiaNeverest GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2021Dr. Beckmann - Dr. Beckmann Teppich Flecken-BürsteCommercialLuis de MaiaNeverest GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2021Dr. Beckmann - Waschmaschinen Hygiene ReinigerCommercialLuis de MaiaNeverest GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2021Barmenia - Tierversicherung. Ihr Haustier ist einzigartigCommercialLuis de MaiaRabbicorn Films GmbH (formerly Jotz! Filmproduktion GmbH) [de]
2021Bionade - Ehrliche Früchte, Ehrliche Darstellung, Ehrliche KulisseCommercialLuis de MaiaOki Films GmbH & Co. KG
2021Head & Shoulders - RefillCommercialLuis de MaiaTwinFilm GmbH
2021Gilette - Be Ready For The New LookCommercialLuis de MaiaTwinFilm GmbH
2021Oral B - Wow YourselfCommercialLuis de MaiaTwinFilm GmbH
2020Dr. Beckmann - Colour & Dirt CollectorCommercialLuis de MaiaNeverest GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2020Dr. Beckmann - Service-it Deep Clean Washing Machine CleanerCommercialLuis de MaiaNeverest GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2020Dr. Beckmann - Carpet Stain RemoverCommercialLuis de MaiaNeverest GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2020M. Asam Beauty - Magic FinishCommercialLuis de MaiaNamoto GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2020Vorwerk - FamilyCommercialLuis de MaiaNamoto GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2019Noweda. Die Apothekergenossenschaft - Ihre ApothekenCommercialLuis de MaiaNeverest GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2019Schön Klinik - Qualitätskampagne (WT)Corporate FilmLuis de MaiaNeverest GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2019Dr. Beckmann - Waschmaschinen Pflege-Reiniger. Für eine lange LebensdauerCommercialLuis de MaiaNeverest GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2019Dr. Beckmann - Farb- und SchmutzfängerCommercialLuis de MaiaNeverest GmbH & Co. KG [de]

Non-fictional projects as director

YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
2006Mission TreetopDocumentary, arteMultipleBlue Paw Artists
2005Black Eyed Peas - Europe Tour `05DocumentaryLuis de Maiablueskye media GmbH [de]
2005Wanted Anaconda
Drehbuch, Storyboard
Documentary, arteLuis de MaiaBlue Paw ArtistsDrehbuch, Storyboard

Fictional projects in other activities

YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
2007Wettenbach (WT)TV SeriesMarek Helsnerserie17 Medienproduktionstoryboard artist
1999Gott ist der SchwimmtrainerShort FilmAnthony Lew ShunHFF Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München [de]scuba dop

Advertising/Image/Music videos in other activities

YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
2009BMW X1 - X-MasCommercialLuis de MaiaBavaria Communications GmbH (vormals Bavaria Film Interactive)storyboard artist
2009BMW - Chris Pfeiffer rides BMW TowerCommercialDaniel PhilippBavaria Communications GmbH (vormals Bavaria Film Interactive)remote camera operator
2008BMW - BMW S1000RR SuperbikeCommercialLuis de MaiaBavaria Communications GmbH (vormals Bavaria Film Interactive)treatmentliner
2007Sony PlayStation - Parkour. The Way (Ulm)Corporate FilmAnja BentzienEyes Wide Open GmbH [de]steadicam operator
2007Abendzeitung - Das Gesicht dieser StadtCommercialLuis de MaiaBavaria Communications GmbH (vormals Bavaria Film Interactive)screenwriter
2007Abendzeitung - Das Gesicht dieser StadtCommercialLuis de MaiaBavaria Communications GmbH (vormals Bavaria Film Interactive)storyboard artist
2006Motorola - Moto-Incentive - HawaiiCorporate FilmMarkus Friedrichsblueskye media GmbH [de]scuba dop
2006HypoVereinsbank - HVB WELTmeisterschaftCorporate FilmLuis de MaiaBavaria Communications GmbH (vormals Bavaria Film Interactive)storyboard artist
2000HypoVereinsbank - Trainee 2Corporate FilmAxel BreuerBavaria Communications GmbH (vormals Bavaria Film Interactive)2nd unit dop Super 16 mm
2000HypoVereinsbank - Trainee 2Corporate FilmAxel BreuerBavaria Communications GmbH (vormals Bavaria Film Interactive)camera operator
2000HypoVereinsbank - Trainee 2000Corporate FilmAxel BreuerBavaria Communications GmbH (vormals Bavaria Film Interactive)2nd unit dop Super 16 mm
2000HypoVereinsbank - Trainee 2000Corporate FilmAxel BreuerBavaria Communications GmbH (vormals Bavaria Film Interactive)camera operator
1999Deutsche Telekom - Smart CardCommercialAxel BreuerBavaria Communications GmbH (vormals Bavaria Film Interactive)camera operator
1998Fancy - Flames of LoveMusic VideoGuy TrieboldUnited Synergy Media GmbH [de]camera operator S16 mm

Non-fictional projects in other activities

YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
2009Mythos AmazonasDocumentary (Mini Series), arte, National Geographic, NDR [de], ORF [at]Christian BaumeisterLight & Shadow GmbHscuba dop
2005Wanted AnacondaDocumentary, arteMultipleBlue Paw Artistsscuba dop
2003Die Clique - Freunde, das Leben beginnt (Testpilot) (WT)Documentary SeriesMarcus OlschewskiTresor TV Produktions GmbHeng camera DOP - Digi Beta
1996Bombay - Geliebter MolochDocumentary, ZDF [de]MultipleAdanos Film GmbH [de]1st assistant camera
1996Bombay - Geliebter MolochDocumentary, ZDF [de]MultipleAdanos Film GmbH [de]2nd unit dop 2nd Unit - Digi Beta

Film awards

YearFilmAwardCategory 
2007Siemens AG - Megatrends 2006Deutscher WirtschaftsfilmpreisNewcomerNominated
2007Abendzeitung - Das Gesicht dieser StadtITVA - Award BronzeTV-/KinowerbungWinner
2005KSB AG - Faszination KSBThe Chicago Int. Filmfest/IntercomSpecial Achievment Cinematography Gold PlaqueWinner

Basic data

LanguagesEnglish Italian Portuguese Spanish
Experience abroadAustralia and Oceania: Australia, Polynesia
Central America: Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago
Middle East: Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
North Africa: Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia
North America: Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, USA
Northern Europe: Iceland, Norway, Sweden
East Asia: China, North Korea
Eastern Europe: Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Rumania, Russia, Slovenia, Ukraine
South Africa: South Africa
South America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Venezuela
Southern Europe: Andorra, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey
Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Hongkong, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand
West Africa: Sierra Leone
Western Europe: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Scotland, Switzerland
LicencesB (car) [eu], C1 (truck < 3,5t <= 7,5t) [eu], diving licence - CMAS*, diving licence - PADI Open Water [int], International Press Card
Immediate working areaMunich
1st residence (federal state or country)Germany - Bavaria
Accommodation possibilitiesBarcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Lisbon, Mumbai (fka Bombay), Rio de Janeiro, Toronto