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Back - Film, Documentation, Research, Photographer, Editor - German Speaker - Newhall, Santa Clarita, CA 91321, USA

Marcel Back

Newhall, Santa Clarita, CA 91321, USA


Film, Documentation, Research, Photographer, Editor - German Speaker


Marcel Back was born in Heidelberg, Germany.

During his high school years he developed a profound interest and lifetime passion for cinema. Right after graduation he worked in a video store while he did his alternative military service in 1998, followed by a first film internship in Munich in 1999. In the year 2000, he was a full-time employee for the software company SAP in the Department of Communications Media Training in Walldorf, Germany.

He started his academic education at the University of Mainz, Germany in 2001 with film studies as his major together with social and cultural anthropology studies as minors. Furthermore, he participated in basic camera and film editing workshops there. In addition, he worked student jobs as a cameraman for the local student television station Campus TV, in movie theatres, and as a freelance film critic. At the same time he held a student job as a sales control assistant for 20th Century Fox of Germany in Frankfurt am Main from 2003 to 2004, followed by a student employment at the Department of Documentation and Research for the major television network ZDF in Mainz from 2004 to 2007.

In Autumn 2007 he became a student of Film Directing at the German Film and Television Academy and moved to Berlin. Along with multiple hands-on workshops and further seminars, first steps into short films and cinematic finger exercises followed – in the narrative character-driven form as well as in documentaries. His latest experimental documentary short is titled “dead fish from berlin”.

He was awarded a scholarship from the federal German Academic Exchange Service DAAD in 2013, and is a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Film Directing at the California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita, USA.

Work History

Student employee at the Department Documentation and Research

ZDF - 2nd German Television

July 2004 - August 2007

Student employee at the Department Documentation and Research: Visual, audio and written data content research, tech. preparation & providing for intern & extern editors.

Sales Control assistant

20th Century Fox of Germany

June 2003 - September 2004

Sales Control assistant: Analysis of sales figures and data evaluation in collaboration with nationwide movie theatres.

Full-time employee


February 2000 - November 2000

Full-time employee at the Department Communications Media Training: PC-based control, processing and forwarding of training documents and data evaluation.

Qualifications & Certifications

Film Studies, Social & Cultural Anthropology Studies

Johannes Gutenberg University

California Institute of the Arts

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