Team & Partner
Michael is an Austrian Director of Photography, Producer and Director of natural history films, based near Graz. His unique visual style and storytelling ability has earned him multiple awards and international acclaim. Prior to his career as a filmmaker, Michael studied medicine and earned his doctoral degree at the University of Graz.Michael was always captivated by film and nature, and after becoming a certified master diver and airplane pilot he combined his passions and began filming underwater and from the air. In 1992, Michael founded ScienceVision together with his wife, Rita. Their body of work has taken them from the highest, coldest peaks of the Alps to the arid expanse of the African desert. They have produced blue chip natural history films for television and cinema, as well as immersive and multi-screen programming for museums and National Park Centers. Michael’s fascination with film technology is a driving force behind the development of new cutting-edge camera and sound innovations.
Director & Producer
Rita is an internationally acclaimed natural history film director and producer from Austria. Since 1992, Rita, who co-founded ScienceVision with her husband, Michael, has produced and directed many award-winning, blue-chip natural history programming for major broadcasters. Rita has a PhD in biology from the University of Graz, Austria and is a licensed pilot and a certified scuba diver, which are handy skills to have when it comes to filming nature. Rita’s latest film, "Making an Ancient Forest" brings to light the extraordinary natural processes of a primeval forest and the survival strategies of its inhabitants when left alone to restore itself back to its original, wild state.
Director & Cameraman
Jiri is an independent cameraman and director based in Prague, Czech Republic. His passion for filming wildlife developed while studying ecology at Charles University in Prague. He has subsequently worked as a professional diver and wildlife cameraman in Italy and has been involved in many expeditions as a documentary filmmaker. Over the past 15 years he has filmed and produced numerous wildlife documentaries for national parks and protected areas.
Matthias' has always loved anything outdoor and has his roots in mountaineering. He combined this passion with another one - working behind the camera. Photography or filming - there is nothing that the autodidact cannot do. He has already been part of several professional productions in the Alps, as well as Pakistan, China or Kyrgyzstan. These films, which were mainly focused on sportsmen and sports such as mountain climbing, paragliding and slacklining, got their special touch with Matthias' staging of nature as an impressive, though not easy to capture, supporting "actor". Since 2019, he has been the co-organiser of the performance festival "Anderswo" in Graz.
Rolando is an independent wildlife cameraman and has worked with ScienceVision for over 20 years. The Italian from Cortina d'Ampezzo studied scientific camera techniques in Canada and biology in France. He has participated in many Himalayan expeditions and in a K2 ascent as a documentary filmmaker for RAI. Needless to say, his career filmography includes a long list of many mountain-themed and nature films. Rolando has even worked as a cameraman on the action-adventure film 'Cliffhanger' starring Sylvester Stallone.
Sound Engineer & Locationsound
Martin has been working with ScienceVision since 2005. He has a degree in sound engineering from the University of Graz and his specialty is recording location sound as well as post-production surround-sound editing and mixing. He has worked as a freelance sound engineer on international film and television productions as well as a technician for live music performances and theatre groups.
Following 3 years playing in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and then studying for a Bmus hons Tonmeister degree at the University of Surrey, David embarked on his career as a composer in the mid 1980s. Since then his music has been heard on many films, documentaries and concert stages worldwide. He has been nominated for two Emmys and was winner of one for ‘The Last Orangutan Eden’. He’s also won best soundtrack awards at the Wildscreen, Jackson Hole and Missoula festivals and has been nominated at “The Ivor Novello Awards”. He has recorded with and conducted many of the world’s great orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and, in both ‘World of the Fire Mountains’ and ‘Wild Austria’, the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra.
Alexander is a freelance composer, arranger and guitarist living in Großgmain/Salzburg. For almost 20 years he has worked for Austrian and German TV broadcasters in the field of feature film and documentary. Since the last years an active collaboration between Alexander and ScienceVision has been developed. 2009 he created his first UNIVERSUM soundtrack for our documentary "Bohemia - A Year in the Wetlands".