Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Producer, Unit production manager
Hamburg

Biography

Cinematographer Frank Griebe, born August 28, 1964, in Hamburg, is mainly known for his long-time collaboration with director Tom Tykwer. Griebe is director of photography for all of Tykwer's eight films (including three short films) and won the German film prize for "Lola rennt" ("Run Lola Run") and "Winterschläfer" ("Wintersleepers") together with "Zugvögel ... Einmal nach Inari" ("Trains 'n' Roses"). Griebe"s career in the film business started with an instruction to make film copies. From 1984 to 1986, he trained to become a certified camera assistant. After several years as a camera assistant for cinematographers like Michael Teutsch or Jürgen Jürges, Griebe became a cinematographer in his own right in 1991.

 

This year also marked the beginning of his collaboration with Tom Tykwer. Griebe won the Kodak prize and the German camera prize for "Die tödliche Maria" ("Deadly Maria"), his very first work as a director of photography. He is not only a technically experienced cinematographer but also likes to experiment and is stylistically versatile. Thus, he not only created the ultra-modern, experimental video clip style of "Lola rennt" ("Run Lola Run"), as well as the extremely calm and laconic images of "Zugvögel… Einmal nach Inari" ("Trains 'n' Roses") and the rather naturalistic style of "Absolute Giganten" ("Gigantic"). This broad stylistic spectrum has always enabled Griebe to transfer the abstract theme of a film to the visual level and was one of the main reasons Frank Griebe won the Marburg camera prize for his work as a cinematographer in 2002.

Since then, Griebe's extraordinary productivity and the expansion of his stylistic range have proven that his work is not done yet: For instance, Griebe gave Franke Potente's directing debut "Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt" ("Digging for Belladonna") the look of a silent film. In the same year, Griebe was responsible for the elaborate and at the same time realistic art work for the box office hit "Das Parfum" ("Perfume – The Story of a Murderer"), directed by Tom Tykwer – and won the German film award for this accomplishment.

In addition to his continuing creative collaboration with Tykwer – on the thriller "The International" (2009), the segment "Feierlich reist" which was part of the omnibus film "Deutschland '09" (2009) and the romance "Drei" ("Three", 2010) – Griebe served as DoP on several non-fiction films: He shot Sönke Wortmann's "Deutschland. Ein Sommermärchen" (2006), contributed to the TV project "24 h Berlin – Ein Tag im Leben" (2009), and worked with directors Romuald Karmakar (on the shorts "Ramses" and "Ein Mann unseres Vertrauens) and Julian Benedikt ("Longing for Beauty – Sehnsucht nach Schönheit", 2010). He also worked with director Annekatrin Hendel on "Anderson" (2013), a documentary about the life of East German author – and, as was revealed, secret police informer – Sascha Anderson.

Following Helmut Dietl's comedy "Zettl" and "Rosakinder", a homage to Rosa von Praunheim made by several directors, Griebe again teamed up with Tom Tykwer: Sharing DoP duties with renowned US cinematographer John Toll, Griebe shot the lavish screen adaptation of the popular novel "Cloud Atlas", directed by Tykwer and the Wachowski siblings. Their effort won Toll and Griebe the 2013 German Film Award for Best Cinematography, thus making Griebe a four-time recipient of the award.

FILMOGRAFIE

2018
  • Director of photography
2017/2018
  • Director of photography
2017-2019
  • Director of photography
2016/2017
  • Director of photography
2016/2017
  • Director of photography
2015-2017
  • Director of photography
2015-2017
  • Director of photography
2014-2016
  • Director of photography
2012-2014
  • Director of photography
2011/2012
  • Director of photography
2011/2012
  • Director of photography
2010/2011
  • Director of photography
2009/2010
  • Director of photography
2009/2010
  • Director of photography
2009
  • Director
2009
  • Director of photography
2008/2009
  • Director of photography
2008/2009
  • Director of photography
2008
  • Director of photography
2007-2009
  • Director of photography
2006
  • Director of photography
2005/2006
  • Director of photography
2005/2006
  • Director of photography
2004/2005
  • Director of photography
  • Producer
  • Unit production manager
2004/2005
  • Director of photography
2003/2004
  • Director of photography
2003
  • Director of photography
2002/2003
  • Director of photography
2002/2003
  • Director of photography
2002-2004
  • Director of photography
2001/2002
  • Director of photography
2001/2002
  • Director
  • Screenplay
2000-2002
  • Director of photography
1999/2000
  • Director of photography
1999
  • Director of photography
1998/1999
  • Director of photography
1998
  • Director of photography
1997/1998
  • Director of photography
1996/1997
  • Director of photography
1996/1997
  • Director of photography
  • Camera operator
1995/1996
  • Director of photography
1995/1996
  • 2nd Camera unit
1995
  • Director of photography
1994/1995
  • Director of photography
1993
  • Director of photography
1992
  • Assistant camera
1992
  • Director of photography
1991/1992
  • Clapper loader
1990
  • Director of photography
  • Producer