MERLE GRIMME

female director & writer

eMail: info@merlegrimme.de

BEHIND THE SCENES


When I drew comics day and night, I unconsciously learned a lot about resolution and composition and did'nt know that I was just taking my first steps as a filmmaker. Comics became storyboards. Storyboards became films. I took acting classes as a teenager, jumped into the professional film business before my official high school-graduation day and gained practical experience at professional film productions for several years.


At the UNIVERITY OF HILDESHEIM I focused on fictional film and learned to work with actors (acting workshop with Maryam Zaree, Arno Frisch and Dorka Gryllus by Prof. Uwe Schrader and R.P. Kahl). In the second half of my studies I discovered my second love: the documentary. In addition, I developed fictional short films, music videos, commercials and animation.


At the UNIVERSITY OF TELEVISION AND FILM MUNICH (HFF) I experimented with both aesthetics (fiction and doc) and concentrated increasingly on social structures and taboos. In the film MAL ZEIT I observed in documentary tableaus the capitalization of food and the resulting loneliness. The questioning of stereotypes and social taboos came into focus through my essay film REGRETTING MOTHERHOOD. I reached a public-media discourse with the social spot DER DEUTSCHE KINDERWUNSCH ?, which was created as part of the DIE ZEIT LEGACY STUDY in cooperation with the GERMAN FILM ACADEMY and sponsored by the GERMAN FOREIGN OFFICE. The JURY-AWARD-winning spot, is still much discussed on the Facebook page of ZEIT ONLINE and reach over 500.000 views on several platforms


The last two years, I also concentrated on SCREENWRITING and visited seminars at the HFF Munich by Prof. Taç Romey (Chair: Serial Storytelling / Drama Series), Robert Krause and Florian Puchert (Re-write Fictional Feature Film).


In January 2019 my project AM WENDEHAMMER ("cul de sac") was selected by the jury member Claudia Tronnier (editorial director, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel) at the pitching event "Dauerkolonie Deutscher Film" at the FILMFESTIVAL MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE and is currently in development (limited series).


In addition, I'm pushing for more DIVERSITY on and off camera:

member of PRO QUOTE FILM – head of social media appearance of the Women's Representatives at the HFF Munich – working on a seminar concept about „diversity-sensitive film theory and analysis“ with  Vera Klocke film and media scientist, artist) – script consultant  (focus: diversity & gender)



SCHOLARSHIPS:

The Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes – German Academic Scholarship Foundation  (since 2016) Minerva Kolleg (2013)





NEWS



SELECTED WORK


– DOCUMENTARY – FICTION – COMMERCIAL – MUSIC VIDEO – 

DER DEUTSCHE KINDERWUNSCH? (2017)

THE GERMAN DESIRE FOR HAVING CHILDREN?

social spot



 

director/script: Merle Grimme camera: Felix Pflieger & Thomas Spitschka editing: Merle Grimme interviews: Merle Grimme & Felizitas Hoffmann research: Felizitas Hoffmann sound: Michael Prechtl/Rabelle Erian producer: Salome Tomasek production: wirFILM Bertolone & Ehlayil GbR & University of Television and Film Munich (HFF Munich)


Everyone wants children. And once you have children, everything will work out OK. A promise that is not always fulfilled and not for every woman. The film addresses the questions: Why does a woman (not) want children? What effect does it have on her and on her role in society?


Produced for the Short Film Competition of ZEIT Legacy Study

Sponsored by: Federal Foreign Office

In cooperation with: DFA Production - The German Film Academy, infas and WZB

 

Awards:

Jury Award - ZEIT Vermächtnisstudie, sponsored by Federal Foreign Office

IM FILMDING DRIN / INTO FILMMAKING (2014)

short documentary




director/script: Merle Grimme editor: Merle Grimme camera: Thomas Tittel, Daniel Menzel, Merle Grimme production: University of Hildesheim

cast: Timm-Christian Schindel, Daniel Menzel, Thomas Tittel, Loifor (band)


A young filmmaker's struggel to get into the film business without film school. Will he ever be independent or will he get stuck in producing ad's and music videos to pay his rent?

    ZELLOPHAN - LE-THAN HO (2014)

    music video




    director: Christopher Aoun co-director: Merle Grimme camera: Christopher Aoun

      WARTEN AUF X / WAITING FOR X (2013)

      short documentary film




      director & camera & editor: Merle Grimme, Helena Eckert, Fanny Langner production: University of Hildesheim


      The experiment: What happens if several artists of different art fields have to work on one piece of art without knowing or meeting each other? 


      Festivals & Screenings & Publications:

      Zeitzeug Festival 2014 | conference: Making-of in Hildesheim | Pubication: Making-of-Lexikon.de: making-of-lexikon.de/#text=warten-auf-x

        s.Oliver 2014

        video invitation

         



        director/concept: Merle Grimme camera: Christopher Aoun steadicam operator: Peter Schmehl assistant camera/focus puller: Marco Müller editor: Konstantin Bock music/sounddesign: ISOLA MUSIC

        production:  222 NYC LLC

        DER PAKT (2014)




        director/concept: Daniel Menzel illustration: Merle Grimme script: Gordian Beck animation: Timm-Christian Schindel

        Produced for the exhibition "Km 51 - Das Erftmuseum" Gymnicher Mühle

        Windsor Spring/Sommer 2015

         



        director/concept: Merle Grimme camera: Marco Müller assistant camera: René Zander editor: Konstantin Bock music/sounddesign: ISOLA MUSIC

        production: INKcorporated & Merle Grimme

        REGRETTING MOTHERHOOD (2017)

        short documentary essay film

         




        director/script: Merle Grimme & Felizitas Hoffmann camera: Felix Pflieger & Thomas Spitschka editing: Andreas Baltschun sound: Michael Prechtl/Rabelle Erian excecutive producer: Marie Freund/Julian Anselmino

        production: DREIFILM & University of Television and Film Munich (HFF Munich)


        As in many countries, motherhood is something sacred to the German people. This makes it almost impossible to question the status quo, for women to speak openly and honestly about what it means to be a mother. In 2015 a conversation opened up throughout the country, about 'Regretting Motherhood'. This is the first documentary approaching this important debate, giving women a platform to talk freely and anonymously about their feelings and experiences.


        Festivals/Screenings/Talks: creativ laboratory-fem:power Oldenburg 2018 |Göttingen Centre for Genderstudies (GCC) 2018 |dortmunder tresen festival 2018| University of Hildesheim "What We Mean By Feminism" 2018 |bi'bakino Bi'bak 2017|Filmschool Fest Munich 2017 |24th Etiuda&Anima 2017 |Kraków (Poland) |10th filmzeitkaufbeuren 2017 | |11th Fünf Seen Festival 2017 |23rd International Short Film Week Regensburg 2017 | Berlinale Empfang der Filmhochschulen - Pitch 2016


        Nominations: DOK.fest - DOK.forum - marketplace 2017 | Projects Young

        Filmmakers Award 2016 | FINALIST

        HORTENSIEN HOTEL (2011)

        short film, fiction, 16mm




        director & screenwriter: Merle Grimme assistant director: Konstantin Bock camera: Thomas Tittel lighting designer: Marco Müller sound: Jana Stah, Alexej Ulinici editor: Lana Kloodt producer: Elena Parwan  production: University of Hildesheim

        cast: Ireen Kirsch, Jonas Minthe


        Most films end when a romantic relationship begins. Hortensien Hotel begins when the love ends.

          FESTIVAL TV - INTERVIEW WITH DOMINIK GRAF (2015)

          Filmfest München




          director: Merle Grimme interview: Merle Grimme camera: Felix Pflieger, Moritz Tessendorf editor: Merle Grimme sound: Mila Zhluktenko production: Filmfest München & University of Television and Film Munich

          guest: Dominik Graf

            SCHALLSTÖRUNG / SONIC DISORDER (2010)

            short film, fiction




            director: Markus Beck 1st assistant director: Merle Grimme screenwriter: Timm-Christian Schindel camera: Thomas Tittel sound: Ray Böge music by: Michael Reben gaffer: Timo Becker unit manager: Knut Jäger editor: Sascha Zimmermann production: GRANARTE FILM / Doingdamage & Lauflicht FILM

            cast: Pheline Roggan, Klaus Ebert, Gabriele Erler, Kalle Haverland, Oliver Sauer



            Festivals:

            shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival

              Windsor Fall/Winter 2015

               




              director/concept: Merle Grimme camera: Merle Grimme camera assistant: Adrian von der Borch editor: Konstantin Bock music/sounddesign: Isola Music

              production: INKcorporated & Merle Grimme

              FESTIVAL TV - Les yeux de Camille (2015)

               



              director/concept: Merle Grimme & Camille Tricaud camera: Tilman Wittneben editor: Merle Grimme & Camille Tricaud sound: Bogumyla Zhluktenko

              production: Filmfest Munich & University of Television and Film Munich


              A declaration of love to the City Kinos during the Filmfest Munich.

              DIGEL MOVE Spring/Summer 2016

               



              director/concept: Merle Grimme camera: Felix Pflieger editor: Merle Grimme music/sounddesign: Isola Music

              production: INKcorporated & Merle Grimme



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              TAKING TIME (orig. MAL ZEIT) 2015

              short documentary film, 16mm

               




              director/script: Merle Grimme camera: Felix Pflieger editing: Merle Grimme sound: Charlotte Funke music/sounddesign: ISOLA MUSIC excecutive producer: Marie Freund & Nicolai Fitzgerald production: University of Television and Film Munich (HFF München)



              The separation of work and rest periods is getting lost in our society. It's all about efficient schedules. The world of food has been adapted by the principle of efficiency: On every corner waits something for you that you can eat to go. In a capitalist world, food is reduced to a simple source of energy, without spending too much time with it.


              The documenatary "MAL ZEIT" observes the capitalization of food, the hectic way of eating and the resulting loneliness through calm and quiet tableaus.  

              100 YEARS OF ARRI (2016)

               




              concept & compilation: Henning Rädlein producer: Nicolai Fitzgerald, Henning Rädlein, A-Ran Bang, Natasza Chrosicki, Kathy Chung, Forest Liu, An Tran editors: Merle Grimme, Aleksej Berkovic RGC, Gregg Bishop, Leslie Eckert, Thomas Erichsen, Christoph Hutterer, Sophie Kill, Zenon Kristen, Florian Leitl, Pierre Martinet, Nathan Morris, Adee Ng, Margret Run, Petra Scherer, Frank Schönfelder, David Scott Smith, Hikaru Suzuki, Bryan Tanori, Yuye Wang, Xepa Creative (HK) Ltd, Min-Jung YEO, Ze Yuan

              production: ARRI


              Editor for several interviews and short ad's for ARRI's 100th anniversary. (Gernot Roll, Rolf Steinmann, Chris Menges, Dr. Johannes Steurer, Marc Shipman-Mueller, Gerhard Fromm, etc.)

                NEUGIER / CURIOSITY (2013)

                short film, fiction




                director & screenwriter: Merle Grimme camera: Manuel Gehrke editor: Merle Grimme sound: Florian Brüggemann producer: Merle Grimme production: University of Hildesheim

                cast: Isabel Schwenk


                A young woman gets stuck in her one-night stand's apartment. Bordem leads her to experiment with the male gender. What is male? How does it feel to be a man? And can a woman pee while standing?

                  SPANISCHES FILMFEST BERLIN  (2012)

                  Trailer




                  director: Timm-Christian Schindel 1st assistant director: Merle Grimme camera: Thomas Tittel original music & sound design: Stefan Troschka art direcor: Daniel Menzel editor: Timm-Christian Schindel production: Lauflicht FILM

                  cast: Daniel Brühl, Ronan Favereau Berthelo

                    DIGEL Spring/Summer 2016

                     




                    director/concept: Merle Grimme camera: Adrian Campean editor: Merle Grimme music/sounddesign: Isola Music

                    production: INKcorporated & Merle Grimme


                    DIGEL POWERST 2016

                     



                    director/concept: Merle Grimme camera: Felix Pflieger camera assistant: Daniel Schäfer editor: Merle Grimme music/sounddesign: ISOLA MUSIC

                    production: INKcorporated & Merle Grimme