I‘m a young cinematographer born and based in Vienna, Austria. Currently I’m doing my master in cinematography at the Film Academy of Vienna under the guidance of Walter Kindler and Michael Haneke. I had the privilege to learn from and work with Ed Lachman (Cinematography: I’m Not There, Erin Brockovich) as camera assistant on several projects.

I’m also working as a camera operator and/or 1st AC on documentaries and feature films with my father, Wolfgang Thaler, when he is shooting as DoP. With him I worked on films like „Import/Export“ or the „Paradise Trilogy“ by Ulrich Seidl as well as films by Michael Glawogger („Contact High“). But I am assisting many other Cinematographers as well. I shot a decent number of various short films as DoP and also worked on TV series and commercials.

I was able to gather working experience all around the world, from the African rain forest and savannah, the Jordanian dessert to the mountainous glaciers in the Alps.

Sebastian Thaler
born 1986 in Vienna, Austria.

Academic title: Bachelor of Arts
Languages: Polish, German (mother tongues); English, basic Russian
Work experience abroad: Germany, Kenya, Poland, Ukraine, Argentina, Brazil, Jordan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Slovakia, United Arab Emirates
since 2015: freelancer as Operator and DoP
2004-2015: freelancer as 1st and 2nd Assistant Camera or lightning technician for numerous films and TV productions.
2017: Successfully completed the Master studies in Cinematography at the Film Academy Vienna, University of Music and Performing Arts.
2008-2013: Bachelor studies of Cinematography at the Film Academy Vienna, University of Music and Performing Arts.
2006: successfully completed the general qualification exam for university entrance.

Filmography:

I worked with different film materials ranging from S35mm to S16 mm anamorphic. But I also handled many different and common camera types in the digital field (Arri Alexa, Red, Sony F55, F65, etc.). I shot under extreme weather and production conditions.

2017:

FEATURE

– STRIMGOLOV (Headlong)  (fiction , 120min, ARRI ALEXA XT RAW, director: Marina Stepanska) Produktion: Insight Media UA

– Ugly (fiction, 120min, ARRI ALEXA XT RAW, director: Juri Rechinsky) Produktion: Novotny Film

 

2016:

SHORT

– Walde der Echos (fiction short, 30min, ARRI ALEXA STUDIO RAW, director: Luz Olivares Capelle)

DOCUMENTARY 

– Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché ( 120min, Div. Cameras, director: Pamela B. Green) Executive Producer: Robert Redford

 

2015:

SHORT

– Man’s Work (fiction short, 15min, RED Scarlet X , director: Marina Stepanska)

– Alles Wird Gut (fiction short, 30min, ARRI ALEXA STUDIO RAW, director: Patrick Vollrath)

2nd Unit

– Hotel Rock ’n‘ Roll (Feature, 120 min., ARRI ALEXA STUDIO RAW, director: Michael Ostrovski) Produktion: Dor Film

– Before Dawn (Feature, 120 min., ARRI ALEXA XT RAW, director: Maria Schrader) Produktion: Dor Film, XFilme

 

2014:  

– Schmantzo (TV Serie, 8x 20min, XD CAM, director: Peter Rabinger) Produktion: Tower 10

 

2013:  

Schmantzo (TV Serie, 20x 20min, XD CAM, director: Peter Rabinger) Produktion: Kids TV

– Musik Video (Videoclip, 5min, Sony F55, Director: Julia Zborowska)

– Kultur Montag ORF III (Film Academy) (TV, 10 min, DVCPRO HD, director: Patrick Vollrath) Produktion: ORF

 

2012:  

Filmland NÖ (Imagefilm, DigiBeta, director: Clara Stern) Produktion: Film 27

Ketchup Kid (fiction short, 20min, S 35mm, director: Patrick Vollrath)

– Sonnenuntergang. (fiction short, 10 min, Sony F3, director: Clara Stern)

 

2011: 

Ein kleiner Augenblick des Glücks (fiction short, 30min, RED One MX, director: Thomas Moritz Helm)

– Die Inseln, die wir sind. (fiction short, 12 min, Digital Cinema, director: Clara Stern)

– Manchmal bin ich ein Krieger, sagt meine Freundin. (fiction short, 8 min, HD, director: Clara Stern)

 

2010:

– Schnee im Sommer (fiction short, 14 min, S16mm, b/w, director: Patrick Vollrath)

Gradska Deca (fiction short, 9min., HD, director: Patrick Vollrath)

A little tale of Istanbul (fiction short, 8min., HD, director: Patrick Vollrath)

zweihundertundfünf (fiction short, 5 min., S16mm, director: Clara Stern)

Sleeping Perv is world-famous for 5 minutes (fiction short, 9min., HD, director: Patrick Vollrath)

 

2009:

– Das Boot (documentary, 6 min., 16mm, Regie: Roland Stöttinger)

 

2008:

– Umkehrsucht (fiction short, 22 min., HD, director: Felix Krisai)

Songs of Love (fiction short, 6 min., 16mm, director: Vanessa Gräfingholt)

 

2007:

– 4. Freundgasse (fiction short, 15 min., HD, director: Jasmina Hajdany)

 

2015:

SERIAL

– Vier Frauen und ein Todesfall (TV Serial – Comedy, 4x 45 min.) , ARRI Alexa, director: W. Murnberger  Production: Dor Film

2013:

FEATURE

– Und Äktschen! (Feature – Comedy, 90 min., ARRI Alexa, director: Frederick Baker) Production: Rat Pack / Film Bäckerrei

SHORT

I See a Darkness (fiction, 20 min., ARRI Alexa, director: Jasmin Baumgartner)

AS UNDER WATER OPERATOR

– Daheim und Dazwischen ( SHORT, fiction, 30 min, ARRI Alexa, director: Jannis Lenz)

2012:

FEATURE

– Theeb (Feature, 100 min., S 16mm anamorphic , director: Naji Abu Nowar) Produktion: Noor Pictures

2015:

FEATURE

– Before Dawn (Feature, 120 min., ARRI ALEXA XT, director: Maria Schrader) Produktion: Dor Film, XFilme

2014:

FEATURE

– Chucks (Feature, 100 min., ARRI ALEXA STUDIO, director: Gerhard Ertl, Sabine Hiebler) Produktion: Dor Film

DOCUMENTARY

– Landraub ( , 90 min., Sony F55 RAW S16, director: Kurt Langbein)

 

2013:

FEATURE

– Macondo ( fiction, 90 min., Sony F55, director: Sudabeh Mortezai)

– Und Aktschen! (fiction, 90 min, ARRI Alexa, director: Frederick Baker)

– Theeb (fiction, 100 min., S 16mm anamorphic , director: Naji Abu Nowar)

– untiteled (teaser for 90 min feature, ARRI Alexa, director: Stephan Richter)

– Ulrich Seidl und die Bösen Buben (documentary, director: Constantin Wulf)

COMMERCIAL

– Tipp 3 ( 2x 30sec., ARRI Alexa, director: Ulrich Seidl)

– Schärdinger ( 4x 30sec., ARRI Alexa, director: Michael Glawogger)

McDonalds ( 3x, 10min., Sony F55, director: Florian Kehrer )

SHORT

– Erlösung (fiction, 30 min, Canon C500, director : Mark Gerstorfer)

– Rote Flecken (fiction, 12 min, ARRI Alexa, director: Leni Lauritsch)

– Wunder (fiction, 9 min, S 16mm, director: Jessica Lind)

– Clinch fiction, 30 min, ARRI Alexa, director: Leni Lauritsch)

2012:

FEATURE

– Theeb (fiction, 100 min., S 16mm anamorphic , director: Naji Abu Nowar)

– K2 – La montagna degli italiani (fiction, 2 x 90 min, ARRI Alexa, director: Robert Dornhelm)

TV – SERIE

– Soko Donau (fiction, 5 Episodes á 45min, S 16mm)

SHORT

– Erdbeerland (fiction, 30 min., S 16mm , director: Florian Pochlatko)

2011:

FEATURE

– Anfang 80 (fiction, 100 min., Digital Cinema , director: Gerhard Ertl, Sabine Hiebler)

– Paradies: Liebe (fiction, 95min, S 16mm, director: Ulrich Seidl) 2nd AC

TV – SERIE

– Steinthaler (comedy, 4 Episodes á 45 min, S 16mm, director: Rupert Henning)

– Soko Donau (fiction, various one 45min, S 16mm)  

 

SHORT

– Erdbeerland (fiction, 30 min., S 16mm , director: Florian Pochlatko)

2010:

TV – SERIE

– Soko Donau (fiction, 4 Episodes á 45min, S 16mm)  

DOCUMENTARY

– Die geheime Welt der Termiten ( nature, HD, director: Wolfgang Thaler)

2009:

TV – SERIE

– Soko Donau (fiction, 3 Episodes á 45min, S 16mm)

SHORT

– Spaß mit Hase  (fiction, 30 min, S 16mm , director: Judith Zdesar)

– Foal ( fiction, 20 min, S 35mm, director: Christoph Rainer)

MUSIC VIDEO

– Rudolfsheim Fuenfhaus – Wann ( 5 min, S 16mm, director: Umud Dag)

2008

TV – SERIE

– Soko Kitzbühel (fiction, 3 Episodes á 45min, S 16mm) Clapper Loader

2007

FEATURE

– Contact High (fiction, 90 min, S 35mm, director: Michael Glawogger) Video Assistant

2013:

SHORT

– Wir fliegen ( 22 min., ARRI Alexa, director: Ulrike Kofler)

2012:

SHORT

– Unser Lied ( 30 min., ARRI Alexa, director: Catalina Molina)

2007:

FEATURE

– Ein halbes Leben (fiction, 90 min., S 16mm, director: Nikolaus Leytner)

TV – SERIE

– Die Vier Da (fiction, 15 Episodes á 30min, HD, director: Rupert Henning)

COMMERCIAL

– One ( 2x 30sec., S 35mm )

– Rotes Kreuz (30sec., S 35mm)

– Persil (10x 30sec., S 35mm)

… and many more….

2006

FEATURE

– Import/Export (fiction, 90 min., S 16mm, director: Ulrich Seidl)

– Die Villen der Frau Hirsch (fiction ,90min, S 16mm, director: Julian Pölsler)