Everybody said that this wouldn't work. And then somebody came who didn't know that and just did it.
A statement that became my life philosophy. For a long time now the training of birds of prey and owls for movies, TV productions or acadamic projects has been part of my work as an animal trainer.
Since the first episode of 'Germany from above' for the ZDF series TerraX, I have been training eagles to fly accompanied by a helicopter, so they can be filmed with the Cineflex-Camerasystem in a unique way which has never been seen before. Flights in the wind tunnel for the production of super-slow motions with high-speed cameras, the work with a camera crane, motion picture recordings or also the work in the studio belong to my scope of work. To make a scene with the birds filmable and good-looking, I think a lot about the special requirements, and with purposeful extra training I work out suitable solutions.
In addition I specialised on the production of high resolution imaging of bird's eye view. Together with the Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen we developed the tiniest and most powerful micro HD cinema camera which produces pictures like the 'Nils Holgersson view' which have never been seen before. I take much pleasure in managing demanding challenges, creating brilliant and sprectacular images which enrich movies and can give the ability to differ positivly from other competitive productions.
Besides of my active work as a movie-bird trainer I coach other bird trainers with less experience, and help them working with birds and on set to finish their required assignments.