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About Gerald Schank

Gerald Schank was born in Cologne, December 7th, 1964.
Until 1984 he studied for the degree in Social Education and Pedagogy. During the term for alternative civilian service, he started his training in the fields of movie and video production, cinematography and editing at the Filmhaus Cologne.
In 1986, Gerald Schank started an additional four years apprenticeship and on the job training with the company Imos Filmproduktion GmbH as assistant camera and sound technician.
1992 saw his first works as freelanced cinematographer in his documentary movie on Brazilian street kids, a commissioned production for the WDR (West German Broadcasting Corporation). After several years of gaining experience, especially in South America (Brazil), he extended his activities also to filming for advertising agencies. Since 1995, a multitude of image movies, videos and commercials were realized.
1998 adds well known TV productions such as "Alarm für Cobra 11", where he functioned first as 2nd unit Operator, later also as 2nd unit DoP, thus collecting experience in scenic cinematography. In 1999 he founded the production company Fresh Frames Film & TV Produktion GmbH together with the producer Kerstin Kalenberg. This company offers full service for cinematography and TV productions.
Gerald Schank signs responsible for the cinematographic work of the award receiving short movie "Snipers Alley" in 2002. With producer and director Rudolf Schweiger he did his long film debut "Mörderischer Frieden" (Lethal Peace) in 2006.
This anti-war drama was filmed in Sarajevo and surroundings and started at the cinemas in November 2007. Since 2016 Gerald Schank also acts as commissioned producer for tv broadcasting companies and advertising agencies.

Projects as director of photography

YearTitleGenredirectorProducerComment
2017Die Sendung mit der MausTV Magazine, ARD [de]MultipleWDR - Westdeutscher Rundfunk [de]
2016ProSieben - Match FactorOpenerKerstin KalenbergFresh.Frames, Gerald SchankARRI Amira
2016German Doctor's - Hilfe, die bleibtImage Film Gerald SchankFresh.Frames, Gerald SchankIndia - Kolkata
2015Das große SchlüpfenTV-Event, ZDF [de]Mark AchterbergWellenreiter TVSri Lanka - Austria
2015JAM! - Junge Aktion MenschWeb MagazineSimone Höft tvision GmbHStudio production
2015SMS Love Shorty - Für immerSelf Made ShortyHanno FriedrichZenon ProduktionCanon 5D Mark III - AJA KiPro Mini
2015Die Sendung mit der MausTV Magazine, ARD [de]MultipleDelta TVFolgen mit Christoph Biemann
2014YOLO - Mein JobReport, RTLMultiple AZ Media TV GmbH [de]Canon 5D Mark III - AJA KiPro Mini
2014JAM! - Junge Aktion MenschWeb MagazineMultiple tvision GmbHCanon 5D Mark III - AJA KiPro Mini
2014Verband berufstätiger Mütter - Equal Pension DayImage Film Anja FriehoffCornelia Spachtholz ProduktionCanon 5D Mark III - AJA KiPro Mini
2013ARD / WDR Marketing - Quarks & Co. Wissen zum MitnehmenCommercialKerstin KalenbergFresh Frames Film & TV Produktion GmbH [de]ARRI Alexa
2013Cut (Wettbewerbsbeitrag Bloody Cuts)Short Feature FilmPeter LemperPeter Lemper ProduktionSony PMW-F55 4K
2013Miau! Was mit KatzenTV-Show, [Einsfestival] [de]Peter LemperFresh Frames Film & TV Produktion GmbH [de]Szenische Einspieler
2012ARD / WDR Marketing - Digitalradio. Der unsichtbare FreundCommercialKatja EngelhardtFresh Frames Film & TV Produktion GmbH [de]ARRI Alexa
2012Sauti Kuu Foundation - Starke StimmenImage FilmKatja Engelhardt tvision GmbHSony PMW-F3
2012Planet Wissen - 5 Dinge zum FürchtenTV MagazineBirgit QuastenbergElectric Boogie GmbHEinspieler
2012Du bist kein Werwolf - Über Leben in der PubertätTV Magazine, WDR [de]Katja Engelhardt tvision GmbHEinspieler Wolfmann
2010Ralphs HappenTV Magazine, ARD [de]Ralph CaspersElectric Boogie GmbHCanon D70
2010Die PferdefreundeReport, WDR [de]Susanne Müller [4] tvision GmbHHDCAM
2010Das HochzeitsschiffTV-Show, ARD [de], HR [de]Kerstin M. KahlenbergUFA Show & Factual GmbHHDCAM

Awards

YearAward
2014"Who´s There" Bloody Cuts Award (UK) - Best Cinematography

Basic data

NationalityGerman
LanguagesEnglish (Basic knowledge), Portuguese (Basic knowledge)
Experience abroadAustralia and Oceania: Australia, New Zealand
Central America: Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Middle East: Israel, Palestine
North Africa: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia
North America: Mexico, USA
Northern Europe: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania
Eastern Europe: Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Poland, Rumania, Russia
South America: Brazil, Chile, Ecuador
Southern Europe: Balearic Islands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Vatican City
Southeast Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
West Africa: Ghana
Western Europe: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Switzerland, Wales
Central Asia: Kazakhstan
Special skillsAction Sequences, Aerial Filming, Tabletop Shooting
Own equipmentCamera Equipment:
Canon EOS C200 Cinema Camera 4K/UHD/50p (EF-Mount), Canon 24-105 mm 1:4 L IS USM, Canon 70-200 mm 1:2.8 L IS II USM, Canon 100 mm Macro 1:2.8 L IS USM, AJA KiPro Mini Recorder, Sachtler Video 18 Plus Tripod.
DSLR Canon EOS 5D Mark III, smallHD FOCUS 5", Sachtler DV 4 Tripod, Accessories
DJI Osmo PRO with Zenmuse X5 4K Camera, Leica DG Summilux 15 mm, F1.7 ASPH., DJI Focus Hand-wheel

Sound Equipment:
Sennheiser MKH 416, Audio Ltd. Diversity 2020 Set, VT 506 Lavalier Microphone, vdB 805 Microphone Boom Pole

Light- and Grip Equipment:
5 ARRILITE 800 W, 1 Sachtler Reporter 300 W Light,1 Litepanels 1x1 BiColor, ABC Products Dolly "Willy Go", 7,5 m Steal Tracks

Edit Suite:
Final Cut Pro X with Apple Mac Pro (2,7GHz, 12-Core Intel Xeon E5) and 2 Apple Thunderbolt 27" Displays, Genelec 8020 CPM Loudspeaker, LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 RAID (48 TB)

Mobile Edit:
Final Cut Pro X with Apple MacBook Pro 15" (2,8 GHz Intel Core i7), 1 Apple Thunderbolt 27" Display
LicencesB (car) [eu], Paragliding B-License [de]
Immediate working areaCologne
1st residence (federal state or country)North Rhine-Westphalia
Accommodation possibilitiesZagreb