D I R E C T I N G
This is a selection of some of the projects I have directed over the past ten years. If you are interested in my work in fiction, take a look at 12 Points. For music videos, check out Lovex or Sophie. If you are into documentaries, try the award-winning The Conductor.
W R I T I N G
I write screenplays for many of my own projects (see Directing) and am frequently hired as a (co-)writer for others. Further information available upon request.
Film & Art Criticism and Analysis
I have extensive experience in film & art critique and analysis, both academic and journalistic. Here are some sample texts.
Project Conception for TV, Stage and other Entertainment
I develop entertainment concepts for television and stage, some of which have been optioned for further development. Further information available upon request.
Script / Project Consultant
I work as a script consultant for production companies and directors in Austria, both in the early development stages, as well as for dialogue revision. Further information available upon request.
Whenever I am not busy writing or directing, I am happy to assist others. I have worked both as a classic Assistant Director as well as a "Director's Assistant" (read: director's creative support, confidant and acting coach). The latter position is my specialty, since I know from personal experience how tough and demanding the job of a director can be and when and how I can be there to help. Occasionally, I also do Script & Continuity jobs.
Some of the projects I have worked on include:
Gravity, Dir.: Benno Hanke, 2017 [music video for Ferdinand Hübl]
Nicest Things, Dir.: Benno Hanke, 2018 [music video for Swankster]
The Blind Spot, Dir.: Sarah Fürstenberg, 2019
No, Nothing, Dir.: Sarah Sidi, 2019
Benny, Dir.: Vasco Viana, 2019
Split Leap, Dir.: Vasco Viana, 2019
New Years, Dir.: Leila Basma, 2019
Earthling, Dir.: Benno Hanke, 2019
Vom Ende Und Anfang, Dir.: Simon Maria Kubiena, 2019
Hush, Dir.: Xueni Yang, 2020
O T H E R
Production of Corporate Films, Event Films and Making-ofs
For examples of my work in making-of and corporate film production, click here.
I edit some of my own projects (see Directing) and am also hired as a film editor under someone else's direction from time to time. In addition to digital editing, I also have experience in editing 16mm film.
Live Event Staging
I occasionally stage concerts, corporate events or art performances.
I sometimes do still photography. Here is an example of a photo series of mine.
Having worked as an assistant in news broadcasting ("Zeit im Bild") at ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation), I have substantial experience when it comes to working in live broadcasting in the control room.
Host / Presenter
I was trained in hosting and presenting on stage and in front of the camera at "Sprecher Akademie" in Vienna and I sporadically do presenting jobs.
Since you have come this far, you probably have a vague idea of who I am and what I do already, but manners are important and a proper introduction never hurts:
I am René. I'm an internationally working filmmaker from Vienna, Austria. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Film-, Theatre- and Media Studies and I was educated in Directing Fiction at FAMU, the National Film School of the Czech Republic and one of the oldest and most prestigious film schools in the world.
More importantly though, I have been making films since the age of 12 ... no, wait ... actually, if you count documentaries, I have stalked people with cameras ever since my father gave me a VHS camcorder for Christmas in 2000, when I was six years old.
When it comes to writing - or, more generally speaking, storytelling - you could go even further back: I have immersed myself in my own made-up stories ever since I can remember. The picture below, for instance, shows little me acting out my own, alternative version of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
A B O U T
Not only through the example of Shakespeare have I come to realise and appreciate early on that a good story, as opposed to the storyteller, never dies. - It lives on through its telling. I consider myself a person who, with the indispensable help and collaboration of many others, keeps stories alive, shares universally true human emotions and experiences.
And when I die, the stories will not. Why? Because someone else will wrap a tablecloth around their shoulders and put leaves on their head to tell them...
If you would like to collaborate or have other enquiries, do not hesitate to get in touch:
C O N T A C T
"Home" and "About": Ajda Zupan
"Assistant Directing": Ajda Zupan, Jitka Hejtmanova, Jonathan Weidenbruch, Tomas Bazika, Zuzana Lazarova, Anička Burianová
"Contact": Sarah Fürstenberg