MAGICAL REALIST was founded in 2017 with the aim of discovering and bringing the most original, compelling and captivating STORIES of our time to life. We are committed to storytelling that engages, entertains and resonates with worldwide audiences. We deeply believe in developing universal stories with significant mainstream appeal and commercial potential - with a high level of critical excellence.
For us, story development is about our AUDIENCE, just as much as about CHARACTERS and STORYTELLERS.
Because we believe collaborative story development to be the pivotal part of filmmaking, MAGICAL REALIST commits more than two thirds of its time and resources to story development and talent scouting/nurturing, including an annual story retreat in Hannover, Germany. Our braintrust, modelled after Pixar's design, is an essential tool in our box to answer the key question: How do we push the story forward?
Our vision is, together with our local and international partners, to evolve into a German and European story power-house on par with today‘s best storytellers.
Ultimately, we are the stories we tell each other, about each other. Stories that shape us, change us, improve us.
Before receiving a masters degree for directing from the Film University Babelsberg, Radek Wegrzyn, co-founder of MAGICAL REALIST, studied political science in Bonn (Germany), working part time jobs as chimney sweep, night porter, insurance rejection letter typist, Chai Wallah and dishwasher. Professional storytelling really was the next logical step. His credits as writer, director and executive producer include the award winning tragicomedy FATHER, SON & HOLY COW as well as the theatrical documentaries VIOLINISSIMO and THE SCHOOL ON MAGIC MOUNTAIN. Radek is also alumnus of the Maine Media College and the Documentary Campus Master School program. His background as writer, director, and executive producer allow him to bring his extensive experience in story development as well as hands-on knowledge of physical production, production demands and co-production deals to the table.
Roberto Gagnor, co-founder of MAGICAL REALIST, studied Film Direction at the International Film & TV Workshops in Rockport (USA) and Scuola Holden with Abbas Kiarostami, and Screenwriting at the 7th Rai-Script Course in Rome. He has been writing for Disney Comics since 2003, with more than 180 stories published worldwide. His credits as screenwriter include FATHER, SON AND HOLY COW as well as MILLE! and MELT A PLOT, in development at Tempesta Film. He wrote and directed SHARON’S NUMBER (Winner, Talenti in Corto 2011). Roberto is a staff writer on WHITE PLANET, a sci-fi TV series in development at Letterbox Productions (Hamburg). Roberto's background in comics, TV and radio allows him to bring a wide range of experience, flexibility and ideas into cinema and serial TV. His writing style, honed in comedy, is grounded in a personal, Italian milieu, yet is vastly adaptable to universal stories with a worldwide appeal.
Franziska Pohlmann specialized in working with choirs and orchestras as a composer. The melody as a repository of memory is her strongest element. In her work, she draws from experience as member of the Hamburg State Opera Choir, Musical Director at different theatres and songwriting for the past 20 years. Her musical work has always been an essential part of her cinematic handwriting. Franziska is an alumni of Studio Hamburgs „House of the Young Producers“ program and led POHLMANN CREATIVES as founder and CEO from 2013-2017. Her musical feature film THE CROWN OF ARKUS was nominated for the German METROPOLIS prize for directing. In addition to her broad international network she is an established director, composer and producer working for various TV-formats, among them SCHLOSS EINSTEIN or the NSU PROTOCOLS.
Torben Seemann, operations director at MAGICAL REALIST, holds a masters degree in sound-for-picture from the Film University Babelsberg. While still a student he founded his first film postproduction company in 2012. His master thesis addressed the challenges of entrepreneurship in the creative industry. During the past five years, Torben has been credited both as sound mixing engineer and co-producer in numerous national and international film productions. In addition, he also regularly holds sound-for-picture masterclasses and workshops at, among others, Leuphana University in Lüneburg, providing a link between technical, financial and dramaturgical aspects of film production.
After studying Literature, Film, and Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (USA), Luisa chose to master Managing in the Creative Industries at the University of St Andrews (instead of mastering golf). After completing her second degree, she successfully avoided following her dreams by pursuing a PhD in education science, working as a researcher in social entrepreneurship, directing theatre, translating, organising festivals, and opening a bar. Having exhausted all other options, she succumbed to her passion for writing in 2016. Prior to joining MAGICAL REALIST, Luisa authored several screenplays (Garden Party, The Ruins, Off-label/2 Gramm) and assisted in the development of English-language serial drama Immunity for Real Film Berlin and Jumpseat Film. As a playwright (Kanon, Das Flache Land), she has worked with Lorenz Hippe and Michael Enslein. Luisa speaks German, English, French and Italian, and writes Korean as a party trick.
Suzka's creative boundaries appear to be endless. She is a picaresque artist, a painter, writer and author. Every stroke, every word she creates is irreverent, imaginative, funny, delightfully manic and brimming with color. Suzka studied at the Chicago Academy of Art and received a degree from Northern Illinois University. In Chicago, she was active in theater, directing and producing, a performer of Mime and a student of ‘improv’ from Chicago's Second City Company. But while working in California, she fell in love with paint and never returned to Chicago. Suzka has exhibited paintings in numerous one-woman shows and installations throughout California as well as Chicago‘s Navy Pier. She is best known in the jazz world as the designer/creator of Monterey Jazz Festival’s stages for over 25 years. In 2013, fate changed Suzka's course. After caring for her mother who had dementia, Suzka began to write and authored, 'Wonders in Dementialand', the other side of dementia no one is talking about. Suzka's works brilliantly uncovers the other side of everything that one dares to imagine.
We're always searching for talent to embrace, stories to discover and new magical family members to welcome into our creative home. If storytelling is your life, if passion and desire to tell stories is what gets you out of bed in the morning... drop us a line!
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