#1: From interview [2011]

 

   


  MICHAEL BALLHAUS

 

Born: 5 August 1935, Eichelsdorf, Germany, as the son of actors [and founders, in 1946, of the Coburger Kulturkreis, which became the Fränkisches Theater in 1948] Oskar Ballhaus [-1972] & Lena Hutter [1911-2003].

Died: 12 April 2017, Berlin, Germany.

Career: Started as still ph at the Fränkisches Theater. Broke into films after dir Max Ophüls, a relative, allowed him to observe the filming of 'Lola Montès' [1955]. In 1958 he became electronic cameraman at the Südwestfunk [SWF] in Baden-Baden where he met dir Peter Lilienthal. The two decided to make a tvm: 'Das Martyrium des Peter O'Hey' [1964]. Lilienthal brought him to New York to shoot 'Dear Mr. Wonderful' in 1981. It was the cinematographer's first project in the USA with an American cast and crew. The prod designer was Jeffrey Townsend, who showed dir John Sayles the movie's dailies. That led to his 1982 collaboration with Sayles on 'Baby, It's You'.

Ph commercials dir by Martin Scorsese, a.o. Ph music videos with a: Prince, Bruce Springsteen [1985, 'I'm on Fire', d: John Sayles], Madonna [1986, 'Papa Don't Preach' & 'True Blue' (non-USA version) dir by James Foley], a.o.

Was scheduled to direct & ph the feature film 'Lotte Lenya' in 1993 and 1995 [with start of shooting in March 1996], but the project fell through. In 2000 he was mentioned as co-prod of a Lotte Lenya film to be directed by Rainer Kaufmann. Was co-exec prod on the feature 'The Thirteenth Floor/Abwärts in die Zukunft/The 13th Floor - Bist du was du denkst?' [1998, Josef Rusnak; ph: Wedigo von Schultzendorff].

Director Tom Tykwer interviewed him for the book 'Das fliegende Auge' [2003].

Was active as ph professor, e.g. Universität Hamburg, DFFB [1967-69, 1982, 2004, etc.] & HFFM.

Was a member of the ASC and the BVK.

Was married [1960-2006] to actress Helga Maria Betten [1935-2006]. Married dir Sherry Hormann in October 2011.

His sons Florian and Jan Sebastian were active as his camera assistants. Florian moved on to become doph; Jan became asst dir & 2u dir.

Appearances: Played a small part in the feature 'Spiel der Verlierer' [1977, Christian Hohoff; ph: Horst Knechtel] and, on archive footage, in the short 'Ausverkauft!' [1999, Wolfgang Dinslage & Hanno Hackfort]. Appeared in the doc's 'Private Conversations - On the Set of 'Death of a Salesman" [1985, Christian Blackwood], 'Robert Redford in Sundance' [1985, Ron & Dorothea Holloway], 'Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography' [1991], 'Ich will nicht nur, daß ihr mich liebt. Der Filmemacher Rainer Werner Fassbinder' [1992, Hans Günther Pflaum; ph: Manfred Burkle & Werner Kurz], 'Vom Tatort zur Traumfabrik. Deutsche Filmemacher zurück in Hollywood' [1994, Werner Sonne], 'Die Nacht der Regisseure' [1994, Edgar Reitz; ph: Peter Petridis, Christian Reitz & Stefan von Borbély], 'Michael Ballhaus - Begegnung mit dem Auge Hollywoods' [2000, Chris Schwotzer; ph: Gerardo Milsztein], 'Für mich gab's nur noch Fassbinder/Fassbinder's Women' [2000, Rosa von Praunheim; ph: Elfi Mikesch], 'Fassbinder in Hollywood' [2002, Robert Fischer; ph: Thomas Repp & Bruce Schermer], 'Starbuck Holger Meins' [2002, Gerd Conradt; ph: Armin Fausten, a.o.], 'Wer ist Helene Schwarz?' [2004, Rosa von Praunheim; ph: Lorenz Haarmann], 'Cinematographer Style' [2005, Jon Fauer; ph: J. Fauer, Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller & David Morgan], 'Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte' [2007, Michael Althen & Hans Helmut Prinzler; ph: Matthias Benzing; 99m] & 'Michael Ballhaus - Eine Reise durch mein Leben' [2008, Vera Tschechowa; ph: Rainer Bauer & Jan Kerhart; 60m].

Awards: Deutscher Filmpreis in Gold [1973] for 'Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant'; Deutscher Filmpreis in Gold [1978] for 'Despair'; Independent Spirit Award nom [1986] for 'After Hours'; Video Music Award nom [1987] for 'Papa Don't Preach'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1988] for 'Broadcast News'; LAFCA Award [1989], 'Oscar' AA Award nom [1990] and NSFC Award [1990] for 'The Fabulous Baker Boys'; LAFCA Award [1990], BSC Award nom [1990] and BAFTA Film Award nom [1991] for 'Goodfellas'; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [1993] and BAFTA Film Award nom [1994] for 'The Age of Innocence'; DKP Ehrenkameramann [1996]; Golden Screen Special Achievement Award [2000]; Shanghai IFF 'Golden Goblet' [2001] for 'The Legend of Bagger Vance'; ASC Award nom [2002], 'Oscar' AA nom [2003] & BAFTA Film Award nom [2003] for 'Gangs of New York'; Berlin IFF 'Berlinale Kamera' [2006]; International Cinematographers FF 'Manaki Brothers' 'Life Achievement Award' [2006]; ASC International Achievement Award [2007]; European Film Award 'Prix Screen International' [2007] for European Achievement in World Cinema; Plus Camerimage 'Lifetime Achievement Award' [2010].


Obituary: Michael Ballhaus, a cinematographer who brought lyricism and light to films by Martin Scorsese, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and a string of other eminent directors, died on Tuesday at his home in Berlin. He was 81.

His manager, Angela Carbonetti, confirmed the death, after a short illness.

Mr. Ballhaus became one of the most sought-after cinematographers in the world. He masterminded the look of pictures as visually diverse as latter-day noir, sanguinary gangster films and music videos.

He was most closely associated with R.W. Fassbinder, for whom he shot more than a dozen films in turbulent collaboration, and Martin Scorsese, for whom he shot seven in satisfying amity.

In a statement, Mr. Scorsese recalled: "We started working together in the '80s, during a low ebb in my career. And it was Michael who really gave me back my sense of excitement in making movies."

In the late 1950s, Mr. Ballhaus became a television camera operator in Baden-Baden, Germany. A decade later, he was summoned by Fassbinder to shoot 'Whity' [1970], a melodrama centering on the butler to a fractured American family in the Old West.

His first experience of Fassbinder, Mr. Ballhaus recalled, was a harbinger of their many later collaborations.

"He was very dictatorial," Mr. Ballhaus told The Times in 1986. "He wanted to own you. But he was also a tremendously exciting man and director. Toward the end, though, he was using more and more cocaine - he was up to as much as five grams on 'Die Ehe der Maria Braun/The Marriage of Maria Braun', the last film I did with him, and it became impossible."

It is the task of a cinematographer to conjure a film's visual aesthetic, realizing the director's vision through meticulous choices concerning lighting, film stock, camera angles, the rhythm and flow of camera movements, and much else.

Hallmarks of Mr. Ballhaus's style include shots so fluid that the camera, a normally unwieldy creature, takes on the persona of a dancer. Over the years, critics concurred, he conceived some of the most emblematic camera movements in world cinema.

His signature shot, instantly recognizable as his work, was the 360-degree dolly, a tracking shot in which the moving camera describes a circle around its subject. He first used the shot in 1973  for Fassbinder ['Martha', tvm] and became so enamored of it that he reprised it in many subsequent films.

"A 360-degree is the only move that defines a person in the total way," Mr. Ballhaus told The New York Times in 1990. "It's the ultimate definition of a person in a room."

One of his most memorable deployments of the shot came in 'The Fabulous Baker Boys'. In an evocative scene, Michelle Pfeiffer, lounging atop a piano in a negligible red dress, croons 'Makin' Whoopee' as the camera gives her a slow, intimate, full-circle caress.

Another of Mr. Ballhaus's camera movements is so emblematic that it has its own name: the Copa shot.

That shot, widely considered the jewel in the visual crown of 'Goodfellas', follows the up-and-coming mobster Henry Hill [played by Ray Liotta] as he and his date [Lorraine Bracco] arrive for an evening at the Copacabana, the storied New York nightclub.

Like a third person, the camera follows just behind them as they enter the club through the rear door and pass down labyrinthine back halls through the kitchen and on into the dining room, where a table is swiftly laid for them.

The scene, shot with a Steadicam as a single, uninterrupted take, lasts some three minutes. There is almost no dialogue, and thanks in no small part to Mr. Ballhaus's choreography for the camera, there does not need to be: The sinuous shot, which shows people parting for Hill like the Red Sea, unequivocally evokes his passage into the dark, glittering world of organized crime.

Mr. Ballhaus, whose eyesight began to fail as a result of glaucoma, retired after shooting '3096 Tage/3096 Days'. Directed by his second wife, Sherry Hormann, it is based on the true story of Natascha Kampusch, an Austrian woman abducted and held prisoner for more than eight years.

Mr. Ballhaus's first wife, Helga Betten, whom he married in 1958, died in 2006; he married Ms. Hormann in 2011. Besides Ms. Hormann, his survivors include two sons from his first marriage, Florian, a cinematographer, and Jan-Sebastian, an assistant director; a sister, Nele Maar; and four grandchildren. [From obituary by Margalit Fox in 'The New York Times', April 14, 2017.]


 

 FILMS

1958

Traumland der Sehnsucht/Dreamland of Desire/Greece - Land of Desire [Wolfgang Müller-Sehn] us/b&w-c; doc/93m; cph: W. Müller-Sehn; filmed 1958-60

1968

Darf ich sie zur Mutter machen?/Mehrmals täglich [Ralf Gregan] b&w

1969

Deine Zärtlichkeiten [Peter Schamoni & (started film) Herbert Vesely] c

1969

Wir - zwei/We Two [Ulrich Schamoni] c

1970

Whity [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] cs/c

1970

Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte/Beware of a Holy Whore [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] c

1972

Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant/The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] c

1972

Tschetan, der Indianerjunge/Chetan, Indian Boy [Hark Bohm] c

1973

Das sündige Bett [Ilja von Anutroff (= Ralf Gregan)] c; as Michael Alexander

1974

Made in Germany und USA [Rudolf Thome] 16mm/b&w; ph theatre seq; ph: Martin Schäfer

1974

Faustrecht der Freiheit/Fox [and His Friends] [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] c

1974

Das Amulett des Todes/Cold Blood [Ralf Gregan & Günter Vaessen] c

1975

Mutter Küsters' Fahrt zum Himmel [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] c

1975

Sommergäste [Peter Stein] c

1976

Satansbraten/Satan's Brew [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] c; ph period January-February 1976; cph: Jürgen Jürges (period October 1975)

1976

Chinesisches Roulette/Chinese Roulette [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] c

1976

Adolf und Marlene/Der Mann vom Obersalzberg [Ulli Lommel] c

1976

Also es war so…/Willy and the Chinese Cat [Karin Thome] c; cph: Lothar Elias Stickelbrucks

1976

Nur zum Spaß - nur zum Spiel. Kaleidoskop Valeska Gert.  [Volker Schlöndorff] 16mm/c; doc/58m

1977

Eine Reise ins Licht/Despair [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] c

1977

Venedig - Die Insel der Glückseligen am Rande des Untergangs [Christian Rischert] 16mm/c; doc/101m

1977

Deutschland im Herbst/Germany in Autumn [seg #2 'Rainer Werner Fassbinder' dir by Rainer Werner Fassbinder] b&w-c; doc + dram seq; 14 seg; other ph: Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein, Jürgen Jürges, Dietrich Lohmann, Bodo Kessler, Werner Lüring, Günther Hörmann & Colin Mounier

1978

Die Ehe der Maria Braun [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] c; + small part

1978

Die erste Polka [Klaus Emmerich] c

1978

Bourbon Street Blues [group prod HFFM, superv by dir Douglas Sirk] c; short/24m; prod HFFM

1979

Der Aufstand/La insurrección/The Uprising [Peter Lilienthal] 16mm-35bu/c

1980

Oye Raimundo, adónde vas?/Kindheit in Amacueca [Jaime Carrasco, Francisco Chavez, Luis Lupone & Jesús Sánchez] 16mm/c; doc/60m; + co-prod

1980

Malou [Jeanine Meerapfel] c

1980

Lili Marleen [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] c; cph: Xaver Schwarzenberger

1980

Looping - Der lange Traum vom kurzen Glück [Walter Bockmayer & Rolf Bührmann] c

1981

Der Zauberberg/The Magic Mountain [Hans W. Geissendörfer] c; theatrical version (153m) & 3-part tvm (312m); prod started with Robby Müller as ph, but he was replaced by Walter Lassally, who was replaced by M. Ballhaus

1981

Heute spielen wir den Boss - Wo geht's denn hier zum Film? [Peer Raben] c

1981

Dear Mr. Wonderful/Citydreams/Ruby's Dream [Peter Lilienthal] c

1982

Baby, It's You [John Sayles] c

1982

Heller Wahn/Friends and Husbands/Sheer Madness/L'amie [Margarethe von Trotta] c

1983

Ediths Tagebuch/Edith's Diary [Hans W. Geissendörfer] c

1983

Reckless [James Foley] c

1983

Das Autogramm/The Autograph [Peter Lilienthal] c

1983

Old Enough [Marisa Silver] c

1984

Heartbreakers [Bobby Roth] c

1985

After Hours [Martin Scorsese] c

1985

Under the Cherry Moon [Prince Rogers Nelson (replaced Mary Lambert)] c; aph: Peter Allwork

1986

The Color of Money [Martin Scorsese] c

1986

The House on Carroll Street [Peter Yates] c

1987

The Glass Menagerie [Paul Newman] c

1987

Broadcast News [James L. Brooks] c; 2uc: Gregg Heschong

1987

The Last Temptation of Christ [Martin Scorsese] c

 

Mike Nichols - MB - Florian Ballhaus - "Working Girl"

Photo Andrew Schwartz - Thys Ockersen Archive

 

1988

Working Girl [Mike Nichols] c

1988

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [Frank Oz] c

1988

The Fabulous Baker Boys [Steve Kloves] c; spph: Karen Miller

1989

Goodfellas [Martin Scorsese] c; film was finished by ph Barry Sonnenfeld because Ballhaus had to move on to his next assignment

1989

Postcards from the Edge [Mike Nichols] c

1990

Guilty by Suspicion [Irwin Winkler] c

1990

What About Bob? [Frank Oz] c; addph: David M. Walsh

1991

The Mambo Kings [Arne Glimcher] c; pick-up ph: Nestor Almendros; 2uc: Gábor Kövér

1991

[Bram Stoker's] Dracula [Francis Ford Coppola] c; 2uc: Steve Yaconelli; miniature ph: Bill Neil

1992

The Age of Innocence [Martin Scorsese] s35/c; optical ph: David S. Williams Jr.; matte ph: Mark Sawicki & John Sullivan

1992

I'll Do Anything [James L. Brooks] c

1993

Quiz Show [Robert Redford] c

1994

Outbreak [Wolfgang Petersen] c; 2uc: Mark Vargo & David M. Dunlap; aph: David B. Nowell

1995

Up Close & Personal [Jon Avnet] replaced by Karl Walter Lindenlaub after falling ill during pre-production

1995

Sleepers [Barry Levinson] s35/c

1996

Der Tote vom anderen Ufer [Lenard Fritz Krawinkel] c; short/8m; prod HFFM

1996

Der Sonnenkuss [Husam Chadat] c; short/7m; prod HFFM

1996

Kreuz & quer [ep 'Blitz' (5m) dir by Anteij Farak, ep 'Das Bildnis' (6m) dir by Ariane Homayounfar, ep 'Amazing Grace' (8m) dir by Lenard F. Krawinkel & ep 'Lieber Gott' (9m) dir by Yasemin Samdereli] ?; comp of short films; prod HFFM

1996

Air Force One [Wolfgang Petersen] s35/c; 2uc: David M. Dunlap; vfx ph: Garry D. Waller & David K. Stewart

1997

The Horse Whisperer [Robert Redford] scheduled as ph, but he dropped out after a prod delay caused a scheduling conflict; film was ph by Robert Richardson

1997

Primary Colors [Mike Nichols] s35/c

1998

Dino [Martin Scorsese] a Dean Martin biography; canceled

1998

Wild Wild West [Barry Sonnenfeld] c; cph: Stefan Czapsky; 2uc: David M. Dunlap, Bill Pope, Chuck Shuman & Raymond Stella; aph: David B. Nowell

1999

What Planet Are You From? [Mike Nichols] c; 2uc: Florian Ballhaus

2000

Gone Underground [Su Turhan] HD (Sony F900)-to-35mm/c; short/9m

2000

Gangs of New York [Martin Scorsese] s35/c; 2uc (+ action unit ph): Florian Ballhaus & Marco Pontecorvo; optical ph: Mark Sawicki; insert ph: Phil Marco

2000

The Legend of Bagger Vance [Robert Redford] c; 2uc: Florian Ballhaus

2001

Mutti/Mummy [Su Turhan] vv/c; comm short/?m; for Volkswagen's Film Dome Autostadt, Wolfsburg

2002

Uptown Girls/Molly Gunn [Boaz Yakin] c

2003

Something's Gotta Give [Nancy Meyers] c; 2uc New York: Susan Starr; 2uc Paris: Pierre Morel

2004

Triell [- Der Kurzfilm] [Su Turhan] HD (Thomson Viper)-to-35mm/c; short/7m; high-speed ph: Ingo Kaske

 

With dir Martin Scorsese [right] - "The Departed"

 

2005

The Departed [Martin Scorsese] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Tom Lappin; remake of 'Mou gaan dou/Infernal Affairs' (2002, Andrew Lau & Alan Mak; ph: A. Lau & Yiu-fai Lai)

2007

Der einsame König [Tim Trachte] s16+65mm+HD (ARRI D-21)-to-35mm scope/c; short/5m; prod HFFM

2009

Sinatra [Martin Scorsese] announced; status unknown

2012

3096 Tage/3096 Days/Kampusch [Sherry Hormann] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus/scope)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Markus Eckert

2012

Amerika [Alireza Golafshan & Benjamin Pfohl] c; short/?m; prod HFFM

 

 TELEVISION

1959

Alt-Heidelberg [Peter Hamel] tvm/b&w/v; cph: Claus Hermans & Hannes Hörner; prod SWF-tv

1959

Der Kirschgarten [Heinz Hilpert] tvm/b&w/v; cph: Hans Jürgen Thieme & Hannes Hörner; prod SWF-tv

1959

Entscheidung [Walter Knaus] tvm/b&w/68m/v; cph: Hannes Hörner & Gerd Schäfer; prod SWF-tv

1959

Das Genie und die Göttin [Walter Rilla] tvm/b&w/v; cph: Gerd Rosenbaum & Hannes Hörner; prod SWF-tv

1960

Die Kassette [Rudolf Noelte] tvm/b&w/55m/16mm

1960

Die Nachbarskinder [Peter Lilienthal] tvm/b&w/36m

1961

Die Nashörner [Gustav Rudolf Sellner] tvm/b&w

1961

Zwischen den Zügen [Peter Beauvais] tvm/b&w/64m/v; cph: Hannes Hörner & Werner Stahl

1963

Der Klassenaufsatz [Harald Benesch] tvm/b&w

1964

Das Martyrium des Peter O'Hey [Peter Lilienthal] tvm/b&w/57m/16mm

1965

Große Liebe [Johannes Schaaf] tvm/b&w/16mm

1965

Abschied [Peter Lilienthal] tvm/b&w/16mm

1965

Der große Wildenberg - Ein Feuilleton [Herbert Vesely] tvm/b&w/16m

1965

Ein Haus aus lauter Liebe [Herbert Vesely] tvm/b&w/17m

1967

Ivo [Tom Toelle] tvm

1968

Ganze Tage in den Bäumen [Tom Toelle] tvm/b&w

1968

Gold für Montevasall [Thomas Engel] tvm/b&w

1968

Der Eine und der Andere [Tom Toelle] tvm/b&w

1969

Der Kidnapper [Tom Toelle] tvm/b&w

1970

Fassbinder produziert: Film Nr. 8 [Michael Ballhaus & Dietmar Buchmann] doc/b&w/30m/16mm

1970

Die Verabredung mit der Wirklichkeit [Michael Ballhaus] doc/b&w/45m

1971

Der trojanische Sessel [Günter Gräwert] tvm/16mm; cph: Willi Kuhle

1971

Sand [Peter Palitzsch] tvm

1971

Der Marquis von Keith [Hans Lietzau] tvm

1971

Tödlicher Poker [Ulli Lommel] tvm/b&w

1972

Der Held [Hagen Mueller-Stahl] tvm

1972

Adele Spitzeder [Peer Raben] tvm

1972

Ich bin Bürger der DDR [Erika Runge] doc/b&w/16mm

1973

Welt am Draht/World on a Wire [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] 2-part tvm/16mm

 

[Right behind cam] with R.W. Fassbinder [right/standing] - "Martha"

 

1973

Martha [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] tvm/16mm

1973

Tatort [ep #34 'Tote brauchen keine Wohnung' dir by Wolfgang Staudte] tvm-ep series/16mm; cph: Alfred Hürmer

1974

Rosenmontag [Peter Beauvais] tvm

1974

Unter einem Dach [ep dir by various] 39-part series, 1974-76

1974

Ein Haus für uns - Jugenderholungsheim/Freizeitheim [ep 'Aus der Familie der Panzerechsen' (25m) dir by Wim Wenders (WW), 'Die Insel' (25m) dir by WW & ep '?' dir by Peter F. Bringmann] 21-part series/16mm, 1974-75

1975

Die Wahl [Rainer Boldt] tvm/16mm

1975

Dorothea Merz [Peter Beauvais] 2-part tvm/16mm

1975

Ich will doch nur, daß ihr mich liebt [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] tvm/16mm

1976

Curd Jürgens - Der Filmstar, der vom Theater kam [Bernhard Wicki] doc/16mm; cph: Xaver Schwarzenberger

1976

Auf dem Chimborazo [Peter Beauvais] tvm/66m/16mm

1976

Bolwieser/The Stationmaster's Wife [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] 2-part (104m & 96m) tvm/16mm; cph: Jürgen Jürges; also in theatres (1983; 35bu/112m)

1977

Frauen in New York [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] tvm/16mm

1978

Der Gehilfe [Ludwig Cremer] tvm/16mm

1978

Trilogie des Wiedersehens [Peter Stein] tvm/16mm

1979

Groß und klein [Peter Stein] tvm/16mm

1979

Berlin Alexanderplatz [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] scheduled as ph, but left during pre-production; replaced by Xaver Schwarzenberger

1979

Alpensaga [ep #5 'Deutscher Frühling' dir by Dieter Berner] 6-part series/16mm, 1976-80; other ph: Horst Knechtel & Franz Xaver Schwarzenberger

1980

Weihnacht 80 [ep #1 'Maria und Josef' dir by Wilhelm Pevny & #3 'Das Menschenkindl' dir by Hilde Berger & Dieter Berner] 3-part series/16mm; other ph: Jirí Stibr

1980

Der Auslöser [Maria Neocleous] tvm/16mm

1985

Death of a Salesman [Volker Schlöndorff] tvm/180m; also theatrical version (136m)

1986

Landscape with Waitress [Jeffrey Townsend] tvm

1988

Baja Oklahoma [Bobby Roth] tvm

 

 MISCELLANEOUS [c.op - consultant - supervisor/mentor - director]

1959

O Wildnis [Harald Braun; tvm] co-c.op; ph: Claus Hermans; prod SWF-tv

1963

Die Möwe [Bohumil Herlischka; tvm] co-c.op; ph: Gerd Rosenbaum; prod SWF-tv

1970

Fassbinder produziert: Film Nr. 8 [tv-doc; co-dir + ph] see Television

1970

Die Verabredung mit der Wirklichkeit [tv-doc; + ph] see Television

1994

Siemens - Wir gehören zur Familie [Michael Ballhaus] doc; ph: ?

2003

Stranded [Abiola Abrams] c; short/7m; visual cons; ph: Ines Djampour

2004

Sonntagsluft - Eine Theaterproduktion in Deutschland [Frank Alva Buecheler] dv/c; doc + theater perf/100m; ph superv; ph: Kaspar Köpke, Kolja Raschke & Markus Zucker; prod DFFB & Fränkisches Theater Schloss Maßbach

 

[Right] - "Purple Sunrise"

 

2007

Purple Sunrise/Von der Hingabe [Nina Vukovic] s16/c; short/15m; ph mentor; ph: Armin Dierolf; prod DFFB (film evolved from the 'Michael Ballhaus Seminar 2007'); filmed in April

2008

[Triff die Welt] In Berlin [Michael Ballhaus & Ciro Cappellari] HD (Sony F23)/c; doc/96m; ph: C. Cappellari; 2uc: Tommy Mann; + co-scrpl/appearance

2009

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester - Heute Nacht oder nie [Michael Ballhaus (artistic dir) & Michael Beyer] mus perf/112m (for TV & DVD); ph: Frank Griebe; filmed in February

2009

Die verlorene Zeit/Remembrance [Anna Justice] c; assoc prod; ph: Sebastian Edschmid; filmed December 2009 & June 2010

2009

Unser Franken [Michael & Ulla (his sister) Ballhaus] tv-doc/60m; ph: Frank Jessenberger; filmed 2009-10

2011

Lieben [Michael Ballhaus] c; short/5m; ph: ?; prod HFFM

2012

Ein kurzer Epilog [Züli Aladag] HD scope (ARRI ALEXA)/c; short/5m; superv (as Dozent; prod during his seminar 'Location as a Character'); ph: Friede Clausz; prod HFFM