Florian Geiss

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Like most of the general public, Florian Geiss is bored when he sees fake looking images in advertising, with unnatural models posing in ways which look over styled and false.

His goal on every project is to create believable situations that everyone can relate to. Positive captured moments where we immediately know that his camera is close in amongst the action, a part of the energy and the dynamics of the situation. Sometimes his camera is one of a group of friends, sometimes a passer-by but we can always relate to his point of view.

Although Florian’s shots have an integrity that the audience can connect to, his skill is also in the detailed pre-production that he and his team complete. Every detail is considered by Florian... casting, styling, locations, all are brought together according to the requirements of the brief, but at the point of shoot, all these carefully controlled ingredients collide together to create truly special situations full of life and spontaneity.

There is a huge amount of action in Florian’s still work, so it has been a natural progression for him to shoot moving imagery too, often directly alongside his stills work. When creating films, Florian shoots this himself preferring not to delegate any part of the process to other people, acting as photographer, DOP and director simultaneously, and by doing this he creates a very close link between the style of his stills and moving images.

Florian Geiss’ approach continues to be sought out by clients across the globe for many of the World’s biggest international brands. He and his studio are based in Hamburg from where he travels far and wide.

Us...

Be More Than Content

We want to make you more than content. Our award-winning photographers over the road at Horton-Stephens, transformed long ago into award-winning directors, whether for broadcast commercials or online campaigns. 

Stills and Motion?

Film-making is as much a part of our lives as shooting stills but our experience leaves us ideally placed to offer both. Sometimes we shoot film alongside stills, sometimes it’s the other way around. It’s a very cost-effective way to add value for clients whilst we have all the crew, location, models and other resources together. We do a lot of this.

Expensive?

Reassuringly Inexpensive, actually. From the outset we have a lean mean attitude to production, although we don’t skimp on production values.  If we can shoot on a DSLR with a crew of two that’s fine. When we’re shooting broadcast TVC we’ll ramp that up as far as necessary. It’s horses for courses and a recognition that projects come in all shapes and sizes.

Who do you work with?

We love working with creative agencies and their own motion production departments, but we work with clients direct too offering a full production and project management service.

And who exactly do we get to work with?

First off you get us, and we’re very well known for project management and having produced just about every shoot imaginable. We're about solving problems rather than creating them... team players!  Second, you get a team of award-winning image creators with proven track records. When it gets to post-production,  we have an enormously experienced team in the form of Rick + Joe, who create films with us in their own right, but they’re also our go to team for film edit and grade with marrying of sound, VFX, music and delivery with line production all the way. Broadcast delivery, not a problem. Online specification needs and multiple format deliverables no problem. Sometimes our clients prefer to complete their own post... that’s fine too.

Does It Work?

Have a look at the work and see what you think. Recently we were proud to win a Gold and two Silver DMA Awards for nine PayPal films, shot and post-produced by us all the way to final delivery. We shot stills on the same shoot and one image won the Sony 2018 World Photography Award for portraiture! Oh, and one of our directors picked up a Cannes Bronze in 2019.

Will we End up Hugging and Being Friends?

Advertising and production can be a combative exercise with tighter and tighter schedules and budgets, with the whole process in danger of stressing to breaking point.  Sometimes we’re all looking for reassurance, advice, somebody that’ll stand next to you and say “I am Spartacus”.  Someone that’s going to support through the difficult bits and high-five when it’s all over. That’s us! Lunch afterwards helps too, we are told.