Mike Steffl Director of Photography
Born 1959 in Munich, Germany. Already at the age of 12, I had only one career aspiration: Cameraman
After my high school graduation in1980, I completed an apprenticeship as a still photographer. Afterwards I had a hands on training at some production companies in Munich, working for PR and commercials. Soon I began a free lancer life as camera assistant for any film I could get, ranging from features for the Munich Film University (HFF) or commercials to some documentaries for the Bavarian TV. After some years I gave up my free-lancing and got a job as assistant cameraman for the Bayerische Fernsehen (BR, Bavarian TV - Part of the German National TV).
A long, but interesting time was to come. Documentaries, TV-features, short and long reports with lots of work and travelling almost around the world with changing, but always interesting cameramen - a intensive time to learn.
Fortunately, I spent my last period during this time as camera operator for DP Manfred Feichtner. I enjoyed this possibility and experienced a wonderful preparation on my way to become a cameraman.
1993 - the target is achieved: Cameraman (Director of Photography)
But I always keep in mind that it is and it will always be a long process of gathering experiences, combining old and new values to create fresh visions and perspectives and most of all: learning every day, sometimes the hard way. Working in a crew means striving for a common target and keeping ones mind open for new ideas and new people. Against all odds (keeping in mind that they also belong to the shooting team, like a little luck) - I try to uphold my values and keep a positive attitude:
There is always a way to make it work, and often there is a way to make it work better
Aside from some words in Italian, I learned a little French and I speak fluent English.
During my work I could collect experience in the following foreign countries:
Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, England, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Tschechian Republic, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Sierra Leone, Mali, Tanzania, Papua New-Guinea, Australia, Canada, the USA, Japan, China
In 2007 I received the Deutschen Kamerapreis (German Camera Award) for the short documentary
"Die Zelluloid Pioniere" (BR) 14 min. DIGITAL BETA 16:9 Director: Ernst Gortner
In 2005 I received the Deutschen Kamerapreis (German Camera Award) for the short documentary
"Kind? Nein Danke" (ARTE/BR) 15 min. DIGITAL BETA 4:3 Director: Angela Graas
In 2005 the documentary "Lena Christ - Heimat und Sehnsucht" (about the famous bavarian writer Lena Christ)
earned the Bayerische Fernsehpreis (Bavarian TV Award).
Director: (Evita Bauer) / DoP: Mike Steffl (BR) 45 min. DIGITAL BETA 16:9
The 105 min. DVD version of the documentary "DIE ISAR" was also moninated for the German Camera Award.
In 2006 the english Version "The River ISAR - Portrait of a bavarian Beauty" received the
SILVER CHRIS AWARD at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival
In 2007 this documentary gained another prestigious award at
the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival - The PLATINUM REMI
(Both awards are the highest honours in its category)
Also in 2007 "The River ISAR - Portrait of a bavarian Beauty" won an prestigious "Hugo Television Award"
at the Chicago International Film Festival - The SILVER PLAQUE
I received 3 Silver and 4 Bronze Awards at the