René Schröter, director of photography, drone camera operator, still photographer, Leipzig
  • Director of photography
  • drone camera operator
  • still photographer

About René Schröter

Born in 1970 in the Bauhaus and airplane city of Dessau/GDR, grew up in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg area, one of the centers of political, cultural-historical and artistic Reformation. Attending polytechnic high school, the Abitur was rejected, I dreamed of a job with the merchant fleet of the GDR, travel, adventure, foreign cultures... Declined! Did I take my parents' request seriously and learned something decent -Toolmaker-, never practiced the profession, looked for a way to get the study permit, Autumn 89, everything became new, morality, money, society, political system. Collapse!! Rostock or Freiburg im Breisgau, where it didn't matter, just gone... Fribourg...... Orientation, search, capitalism - this is how it feels, lived civics lessons, first contact with analogue photography, built up his own photo laboratory, cool - to tell stories in pictures.
1996 Abitur in Leipzig made up, a Magister in Museology it should be, so that Ostia antiquity discover... everything turned out differently, between the application for a university place and the start of studies, the first photo assignment, that was it!!! Travel, adventure, foreign cultures!!! Why study, the freedom and creativity do not let go of me to this day. 1999 Change from photography to film, focus on documentary work. 2001 founding member of the 3DVA, 2003 founding member of the L_Einwand e.V., various seminars with Michael Eimler and Christoph Hübner. Places like the active Etna or the silence in Spitsbergen, scenic filming with creative colleagues, characters who tell exciting stories, the wildlife in the Cúc Phuong National Park or the frozen cold on the Aragaz, are combined with high-quality pictures, the films are shown, but in the heart remains what never works!!!

Known for

Fictional projects as director of photography

YearTitleGenreDirector of photographyProducerComment
2014Scanned Life (Trailer) (WT)Short FilmRené SchröterHoferichter & Jacobs GmbH [de]

Non-fictional projects as director of photography

YearTitleGenreDirector of photographyProducerComment
2022Feuer & FlammeDocumentary Series, WDR [de]MultipleSEO Entertainment GmbH
2022Der Osten - Entdecke wo Du lebst. Das MDR-Gelände in Leipzig. Vom Schlachthof zur Sendezentrale.Documentary (Series), MDR [de]MultipleMDR - Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk [de]
2021Feuer & FlammeDocumentary Series, WDR [de]MultipleSEO Entertainment GmbH
2021Heute im Osten - Gemeinsam für die Zukunft. Bosniens Kampf gegen den MüllReport (series), MDR [de]René SchröterOpen House Media TV Produktion, Britta Walter [de]
2021ZDFzoom - Verlorene Kindheit. Wenn Kinder ihre Eltern pflegenDocumentary (Series), ZDF [de]René SchröterStennerfilm GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2021Die Nordreportage - Der PateReport (series), NDR [de]Kristina ForbatStennerfilm GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2020Feuer & FlammeDocumentary Series, WDR [de]MultipleSEO Entertainment GmbH
2020Die Nordreportage - Einzug in ein neues LebenReport (series), NDR [de]René SchröterStennerfilm GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2020Künstler in der Krise (Webserie)Documentary (Series), MDR [de]René SchröterFernsehkombinat GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2020Der Osten - Entdecke wo du lebst. Medaillenschmiede des Ostens - Die DHfK in LeipzigDocumentary (Series), MDR [de]Nina RothermundtFernsehkombinat GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2020BZgA - Kinder stark machen. Singas wunderbarer GartenReport (series)René SchröterStennerfilm GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2020Der Osten - Entdecke wo du lebst. Vögel des Glücks - Kranichtreffen in MitteldeutschlandDocumentary (Series), MDR [de]René SchröterTelekine Fernsehproduktion GbR [de]
2020Der Osten - Entdecke wo du lebst. Ferropolis - Wie die Stadt aus Eisen entstand und ums Überleben kämpft
Documentary (Series), MDR [de]René SchröterDOKfilm Fernsehproduktion GmbHDrohnenpilot
2020Die Nordreportage - Die Mülldetektive. Dem Abfall auf der SpurReport (series), NDR [de]René SchröterStennerfilm GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2020Wie geht das? Südfrüchtehandel im Hamburger HafenReport (series), NDR [de]René SchröterStennerfilm GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2019Brave Stories (Web-Doku)Documentary SeriesRené SchröterClose Distance Productions [de]
2019Feuer & FlammeDocumentary Series, WDR [de]Lina KrückenSEO Entertainment GmbH
2019Die Geheimnisse der Toten - Bizarre WünscheDocumentary (Series), ZDFinfo [de]René SchröterDoclights GmbH [de]
2019Leidenschaft, Alter!
2 Folgen
Documentary (multi-part), ZDF [de]René SchröterDoclights GmbH [de]2 Folgen
2019Radikalisiert - mit Sascha LoboDocumentaryRené SchröterDoclights GmbH [de]

Shows/Live/Events as director of photography

YearTitleGenreDirector of photographyProducerComment
2020Your Life Is a JokeTV-Show, NetflixJörn SchnitgerSEO Entertainment GmbH
2019Nicht dein Ernst!TV-Show, WDR [de]MultipleSEO Entertainment GmbH
2017Das Lachen der AnderenTV-Show, WDR [de]René SchröterSEO Entertainment GmbH
2016Das Lachen der Anderen
Deutscher Fernsehpreis 2017
TV-Show, WDR [de]René SchröterSEO Entertainment GmbHDeutscher Fernsehpreis 2017
2015Das Lachen der Anderen
GRIMME PREIS nominiert 2016
TV-Show, WDR [de]René SchröterSEO Entertainment GmbHGRIMME PREIS nominiert 2016

Advertising/Image/Music videos as drone camera operator

2018Fujifilm - Precious GFX 50R with Christoph BusseCommercialRené SchröterChristoph Busse Produktion [de]

Non-fictional projects as still photographer

2019Brave Stories (Web-Doku)Documentary SeriesSusanne StennerClose Distance Productions [de]

Shows/Live/Events in other activities

2016Applaus und RausTV-Show, ProSieben [de]Antje WallwitzSEO Entertainment GmbHsteadicam operator Grimme Preis 2017

Film awards

2019Aristoteles Onassis - Der Aufstieg zum reichsten MannDeutscher Kamerapreis [de]DokumentationNominated

Basic data

LanguagesEnglish German Italian Russian
Experience abroadArctic: Arctic
Central America: Caribbean, Dominican Republic
Central Europe: Austria, Switzerland
North Africa: Egypt
North America: USA
Northern Europe: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
East Asia: Japan
Eastern Europe: Ukraine
South Asia: Afghanistan, India
Southern Europe: Canary Islands, Italy, Monaco, Spain
Southeast Asia: Vietnam
Southeastern Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Kosovo, [Yugoslavia]
West Asia: United Arab Emirates
Western Europe: Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom
Central Asia: Armenia
LicencesA (motorcycle) [eu], B (car) [eu], C (truck > 3,5 t) [eu], C1 (truck < 3,5t <= 7,5t) [eu], C1E (truck (C1) + trailer <= 12t) [eu], CE (Truck trailer) [eu], diving licence - PADI Open Water [int], EU Remote Pilot Certificate of Competency A1/A3 [eu], EU Remote Pilot Certificate of Competency A2 [eu], Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate BZF II [de]
Immediate working areaLeipzig
1st residence (federal state or country)Germany - Saxony
Accommodation possibilitiesBerlin, Hamburg, Lübeck, Mainz, Munich, Zurich