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Björn Fischer
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“Usually, there’s a kind of a gap between what I want in a film and what the client wants in a film, but when I am happy and the client is happy, then that’s quite a nice moment in directing films.” Björn Fischer is the director of a german agency, which is specialized in image movies. “The biggest limitation I guess is towards your own creativity in the job. You’re always fighting for your ideas.”


Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?

Bjoern Fischer director. The company's name is Fisherappelt, it's an agency in Germany.

Worum geht es in Deinem Job?

The agency I work for is specialized in movies, image films, B2C and B2B communications. As a director in that company, I'm responsible for coming up with ideas or concepts and shooting films. When a project comes up the client usually comes to us, comes to me and says, "I want to have a film for this or that product." That's our creative style, that's what we want to see in the film and go on. Usually, then I'll start to come up with an idea, I draw some outlines, do concepts for a possible film. We'll pre-produce it together with the film producer. I'm on writing storylines, writing scripts and do on-set direction as a director on set while filming. After that we mostly go on post-production, that's where we edit the films and finish the product, finish the movie and hopefully the client likes it. Right now I'm in Beijing, China for a project which is an all Chinese electric vehicle world premiere and the brand is called Denza. I'm here as a director for several movies for that product, for that car which will have its world premiere here in Beijing at the Auto Show.

Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?

I grew up in a small town in East Germany and that's where I was brought up, that's where I lived until I was 18. One of the key moments for my job life was in the army where I got into a department that did films by coincidence. I never planned it. I started there as a cameraman. That was the key moment for me to say, "Okay, I want to do film." From that I went kind of the classical way, I went to a local TV station, did some time there then I studied literature in Germany. After that, I worked for a short time as a freelance journalist, video journalist and was then employed by the agency I now work in and I'm there for - I guess six years now - and I worked my way up from production assistant to director. I'm not that long in China, it's my second time in China. This time I'm here for about 10, 12 days now and I'm going to stay another three to four weeks until the project is finished.

Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?

Absolutely, because I don't even had the background to go into filming, into being a director, I never studied that, I studied something completely different. I guess the media is kind of a possibility for everybody as long as you're into the job, into what's being done at the job. I think it's a possibility for everyone. To be organized is quite important I guess. Especially when you want to go into producing as a director, you have to be organized in your head, you have to have a good imagination in all because basically, the film has to be there in your head before the first shot is done. To see it in your head is kind of important as a director I guess.

Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?

Well, usually there's a gap between what I want in a film and what the client wants in the film. When I'm happy and the client is happy then that's quite a nice moment in directing films at least in the business that I'm in.

Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?

The biggest limitation I guess is towards your own creativity that you have in the job. You're always fighting for your ideas and mostly the clients you have are not that into filming so they don't really understand a lot about it and you have to fight for the most basic stuff. It's kind of hard to experiment a bit, and that's nerve-wracking sometimes.

Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!

I guess it's just one thing and the only thing I'd say is, don't do anything differently, do it the same way I did and do what you want to do. Well, whatever comes to your mind, that's the thing that's right for you, just go ahead and do it because you're going to turn out like me and that's what you wanted.