Frank Griebe

Frank Griebe

Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Produzent, Produktionsleitung
*28.08.1964 Hamburg

Biography

Cinematographer Frank Griebe, born August 28, 1964, in Hamburg, is mainly known for his long-time collaboration with director Tom Tykwer. Griebe is director of photography for all of Tykwer's eight films (including three short films) and won the German film prize for "Lola rennt" ("Run Lola Run") and "Winterschläfer" ("Wintersleepers") together with "Zugvögel ... Einmal nach Inari" ("Trains 'n' Roses"). Griebe"s career in the film business started with an instruction to make film copies. From 1984 to 1986, he trained to become a certified camera assistant. After several years as a camera assistant for cinematographers like Michael Teutsch or Jürgen Jürges, Griebe became a cinematographer in his own right in 1991.

This year also marked the beginning of his collaboration with Tom Tykwer. Griebe won the Kodak prize and the German camera prize for "Die tödliche Maria" ("Deadly Maria"), his very first work as a director of photography. He is not only a technically experienced cinematographer but also likes to experiment and is stylistically versatile. Thus, he not only created the ultra-modern, experimental video clip style of "Lola rennt" ("Run Lola Run"), as well as the extremely calm and laconic images of "Zugvögel… Einmal nach Inari" ("Trains 'n' Roses") and the rather naturalistic style of "Absolute Giganten" ("Gigantic"). This broad stylistic spectrum has always enabled Griebe to transfer the abstract theme of a film to the visual level and was one of the main reasons Frank Griebe won the Marburg camera prize for his work as a cinematographer in 2002.

Since then, Griebe's extraordinary productivity and the expansion of his stylistic range have proven that his work is not done yet: For instance, Griebe gave Franke Potente's directing debut "Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt" ("Digging for Belladonna") the look of a silent film. In the same year, Griebe was responsible for the elaborate and at the same time realistic art work for the box office hit "Das Parfum" ("Perfume – The Story of a Murderer"), directed by Tom Tykwer – and won the German film award for this accomplishment.

In addition to his continuing creative collaboration with Tykwer – on the thriller "The International" (2009), the segment "Feierlich reist" which was part of the omnibus film "Deutschland '09" (2009) and the romance "Drei" ("Three", 2010) – Griebe served as DoP on several non-fiction films: He shot Sönke Wortmann's "Deutschland. Ein Sommermärchen" (2006), contributed to the TV project "24 h Berlin – Ein Tag im Leben" (2009), and worked with directors Romuald Karmakar (on the shorts "Ramses" and "Ein Mann unseres Vertrauens) and Julian Benedikt ("Longing for Beauty – Sehnsucht nach Schönheit", 2010). He also worked with director Annekatrin Hendel on "Anderson" (2013), a documentary about the life of East German author – and, as was revealed, secret police informer – Sascha Anderson.

Following Helmut Dietl's comedy "Zettl" and "Rosakinder", a homage to Rosa von Praunheim made by several directors, Griebe again teamed up with Tom Tykwer: Sharing DoP duties with renowned US cinematographer John Toll, Griebe shot the lavish screen adaptation of the popular novel "Cloud Atlas", directed by Tykwer and the Wachowski siblings. Their effort won Toll and Griebe the 2013 German Film Award for Best Cinematography, thus making Griebe a four-time recipient of the award.

Filmography

2016/2017 Babylon Berlin
Director of photography
 
2015-2017 Conny Plank - The Potential of Noise
Director of photography
 
2015-2017 Denk ich an Deutschland in der Nacht
Director of photography
 
2014-2016 Ein Hologramm für den König
Director of photography
 
2012-2014 Anderson
Director of photography
 
2011/2012 Cloud Atlas
Director of photography
 
2011/2012 Rosakinder
Director of photography
 
2010/2011 Zettl
Director of photography
 
2009/2010 Longing for Beauty - Sehnsucht nach Schönheit
Director of photography
 
2009/2010 Drei
Director of photography
 
2009 Drang
Director
 
2009 Ramses
Director of photography
 
2009 Ein Mann unseres Vertrauens: Ralf Otterpohl, Wasserspezialist
Director of photography
 
2008/2009 Deutschland '09 - 13 kurze Filme zur Lage der Nation
Director of photography
 
2008/2009 Feierlich reist
Director of photography
 
2008/2009 24 h Berlin - Ein Tag im Leben
Director of photography
 
2008 Going against fate
Director of photography
 
2007-2009 The International
Director of photography
 
2006 Play your own Thing - Eine Geschichte des Jazz in Europa
Director of photography
 
2006 Deutschland. Ein Sommermärchen
Director of photography
 
2005/2006 Das Parfum - Die Geschichte eines Mörders
Director of photography
 
2005/2006 Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt
Director of photography
 
2004/2005 Ich dich auch
Director of photography, Producer, Unit production manager
 
2004/2005 NVA
Director of photography
 
2003/2004 Cowgirl
Director of photography
 
2003 Ein Tag in Wolfsburg
Director of photography
 
2002/2003 Herr Lehmann
Director of photography
 
2002/2003 Delusion
Director of photography
 
2002-2004 True
Director of photography
 
2001/2002 Nackt
Director of photography
 
2001/2002 La Mer
Director, Screenplay
 
2000-2002 Heaven
Director of photography
 
1999/2000 Der Krieger und die Kaiserin
Director of photography
 
1999 Die Aufschneider
Director of photography
 
1998/1999 Absolute Giganten
Director of photography
 
1998 Hauptsache Leben
Director of photography
 
1997/1998 Lola rennt
Director of photography
 
1996/1997 Zugvögel - Einmal nach Inari
Director of photography
 
1996/1997 Winterschläfer
Director of photography, Camera operator
 
1995/1996 Im Namen des Gesetzes. [02. Staffel]
Director of photography
 
1995/1996 Stille Nacht
2nd Camera unit
 
1995 Der Mann auf der Bettkante
Director of photography
 
1994/1995 Die brennende Schnecke
Director of photography
 
1993 Die tödliche Maria
Director of photography
 
1992 Die Sonnengöttin
Assistant camera
 
1992 Epilog
Director of photography
 
1991/1992 Utz
Clapper loader
 
1990 Because
Director of photography, Producer