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
New Years, Dir.: Leila Basma, 2019
Split Leap, Dir.: Vasco Viana, 2019
Earthling, Dir.: Benno Hanke, 2019
Vom Ende Und Anfang, Dir.: Simon Maria Kubiena, 2019
Hush, Dir.: Xueni Yang, 2020
Samson, Dir.: Vasco Viana, 2021
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. Currently, I am doing my Master's degree in Screenwriting at London Film School, United Kingdom.
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