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Awarded Cinematographer Amir EsmannAmir Esmann
Director of Photography (DoP)

Amir was born in Switzerland and lived during the Shah regime in Teheran, Iran.
He started his career as a cameraman shooting documentaries for numerous TV stations all over the world. Because of his ability to work quickly, it led him to work on high class cooperates and commercials.
Amir learned how to light feature films from Richard Kline (King Kong, Star Trek ).
For several years he has been working on VIVA and MTV music channels for Pop Promotions - his work is dominated by strange angles and fancy camera operating. As an addition to his work as DoP and Cameraman, he operates his own Steadicam on his shots by himself.
Amir has been awarded several times for his light- and camera work.
The Camera Department has been founded 2001 to bundle creative force in Austria. As result, he worked for International Artist Promotions directly for Whitney Huston, Jean Paul Gaultier, H-Blockx and Billy Joel. He lives in Vienna and works all over the world.

{accordion autoheight="auto"} Filmography



1992 Dr. Karl Renner Award
1992 Media Award for best Documentary
1998 Austrian National Award Imagefilm for “SAG”
1999 EDWARD Award Best Cinema Commercial “ Sprache”
1999 Gallup Award “Milka Spot”
2001 Rose d'Or Montreux “ Art Special for the Joel File “ (Golden Rose of Montreux)

Qualifications for Filmworks
Steadicam Operator, Diving, Horse Riding
Workshops with: Richard Kline, Rockport Main
Camera Operating with 35mm, 16mm and Broadcast Video and HDTV expert.
Operating Gear Heads, Hot Gears, Innovision,
Camera Maintenance various Packages (Arriflex ).
Extensive knowledge of EFP and Steadicam Systems. DOP

Aerial cinematographer over 100 flight hours with camera on Helicopter and other flying vehicles for film shooting

DIRECTORS: Michael White, Peter Patzak, Erik Will, Richard Kline, Toni Gedes, Claus Hundsbichler, Oliver Rubenthaler, Mathias Schwäger, Christian May, Stefan Ruzowitzky (Pop Promo), Arash T. Riahi (video clip  ) 



When Nature Strikes Back": Earthquakes Dir: Claudia Hefner Turkey

"Artificial Hearts" BBC Documentary NASA Development AKH Vienna
"Whitney Huston" Documentary Euro-Tour DORO
"The Joel Files" Documentary about the Billy Joel Familie ARTE - ORF
"Küba - journey against the current" Art-Documentary 3Sat Budapest

Cooperate & Commercials

Milka  Filmfactory

Spaten Bier Visotronic Munich

Hewlett Packard Satel
Microsoft Studios
Village Cinema
Nivea Pegasus Film
ÖAMTC Promotion Pegasus Film
Lauda Airline Marketing Film
Philips Cooperate Comtel Film
BMW-Motorsport Media solution
ONE Media solution
Steyer Spezialvehicle Produktfilm - White Film
Wiener Zucker Cooperate Mediaart Film
RHI Mediaart Film
Eybl Mediaart Film

A1-T-Mobile Futuretalk  

Internationale Dreherfahrung ::Argentina, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Capetown, Durban, Johannesburg(South Afrika), Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia (BR), Hamburg, München, Düsseldorf, Berlin(Germany), Istanbul, Izmir (Turkey), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burkina Faso, Athen(Greek), Prag (CZ), Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Rom(IT), Bucharest(RO),   New York(US) 

|Workshops:: Camera Workshops are held on an irregular basis for film makers, media training for business people.   He also works as tutor at the  Media High School: Camera Operating and Lighting.  

Other works: He is also engaged in various meta projects from virtual environment design to visual Apps. Speaker at Social Media conferences, He also has some fun as community manager for various groups and pages related to Austria. Movie making - connecting old and new media with creativity and technology is his passion.

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