I want to work for you
Hi! I'm Jendrik Schröder: a freelance director, photographer and videographer based in Berlin. Recently, I've finished my postgraduate studies in Philosophy and Arts – after having completed my B.A. in Communications at the University of the Arts Berlin and Photography courses at Ostkreuzschule. In parallel, I have been working as a freelancer in the audiovisual field for about 5 years for clients like Audi, re:publica or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with agencies like Vice Media and production companies like Tempomedia. Finally, I have the capacity to join a company in the industry full time. -- And ideally, I'd like to work for ANORAK: to assist your directors on set; to shoot behind the scenes videos; to put together moodboards; to edit your pitch videos – if you're looking for an allrounder, keep reading.
Why I'm interesting
My professional career focusses on photography and filmmaking. What separates me from most, however, is the diversity of my interests and experiences. I've designed album covers for indie artists and composed electronic music for short films. But I've also worked as a camera assistant at huge events in Kraftwerk or as a unit manager in the Studios at Filmuniversität Babelsberg. Agencies booked me as an editor before – yet I've assisted directors as an AD and shot behind the scenes videos for TVCs. My undergraduate studies allowed me to develop a broad field of communication skills. These led me to work with a group of fellow students to strategically advice the Melt! Festival for half a year – and to win the price for the best communication project that year at my university. Because I was genuinely interested in philosophy and arts, that's what I studied afterwards.
My freelance work always forced me to work independently and self-reliantly. More often than not I had to produce, to direct, to shoot, to set up the audio, to be the gaffer, to edit and to do the grading myself. But it also forced me to, well – work alone. I want to try something new. To become part of a team. To join yours.
Why I'm interested
It is, of course, a bold undertaking to contact an agency like yours in times like this. But I'm a fan of bold undertakings – and I'm a fan of your agency. What draws me to Anorak in particular is your visionary aesthetic. All your projects display contemporary culture and push the boundaries between advertising, fashion and art. They are polished without losing the beautiful rawness that so often just gets polished away. Also you work with different mediums. And I strongly belief in the interdisciplinary approach to create innovation. That is why I've always implemented that kind of interdisciplinarity in my own career and life.
The directors in your agency form an incredible roster – which makes it hard to name my favorite ones. I would simply love to assist every single one of them. In any way I can.
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Vice Media, Martin Gropius Bau, re:publica, Welthungerhilfe, Audi, Tempomedia, Coca Cola, German Federal Foreign Office, Factory Berlin, Heartbeat South Africa, ESCP Europe, YouTube Music, Sonar+D, Therme Art, Mentor Verlag, Jung&Naiv, Consist, Adversis, S+P Real Estate, Telekom, Sureshot Films, Maschinenraum, Lure Media, fischerAppelt, Monic Films, Dope Saint Jude, HDI, Viessmann, University of the Arts Berlin, Original Unverpackt, Universal etc.
2017 –– 2020
Intercultural Philosophy and Arts (M.A.)
Postgraduate philosophy with a distinct focus on aesthetics in a global perspective. Photography classes as minor subject.
2018 –– 2019
Ostkreuzschule for Photography, Berlin
Worked on two projects in two years with Thomas Meyer and Sibylle Fendt. Both series were exhibited at Kunstquartier Bethanien.
2013 –– 2014
Stockholm University, Sweden
Exchange semester with a focus on film studies – cinema as well as television-culture.
2012 –– 2016
Communication Studies (B.A.)
University of the Arts, Berlin
Broad interdisciplinary training in strategic communication, social psychology, media sociology with a focus on creative writing and audio-visual communications.
Freelance Photographer and Filmmaker
I did a lot of commercial work from studio and wedding photography to event videos and image-documentaries. My non-commercial work focusses around music videos and fine art photography of the ordinary.
2014 –– 2015
Intern at Heartbeat
Pretoria, South Africa
Planned, produced, shot and edited an image-documentary that helped the NGO raise money to support orphaned children.
Intern at Climate Media Factory
Worked on presentations and assisted in the day to day business in the offices at the Film University Potsdam.
2014 –– 2020
Full funding for B.A. and M.A. studies. Attended and organized workshops, seminars and lectures.