Helmut Herbst

Helmut Herbst

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Bauten, Schnitt, Ton, Sonstiges, Produzent
*02.12.1934 Escherhof

Biography

Helmut Herbst was born in Waldbröl/Escherdorf in 1934. From 1955 on, he studied art history and painting at Hamburg University and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HfbK). In 1959, he went on a fellowship to Paris in order to focus more on his paintings. During his stay, he became a frequent visitor of the Cinémathèque Française where his interest in film started.

In 1958, he completed his first animated film "Multiplane". Via Klaus Wildenhahn, Herbst became acquainted with the makers of the TV program "Panorama", for which he began to create animated segments in 1961. In 1962, he founded his Hamburg-based company cinegrafik. Over the years, the studio had up to nine employees and produced numerous animated short films, for instance for the German edition of "Sesame Street" and made-for-TV children's films, as well as for other TV formats.

In addition to contributing animations to industry films and TV features, he also directed his own films, including "Kleine Unterweisung zum glücklichen Leben" (1963), "Schwarz-Weiß-Rot" (1964) and "Der Hut oder Mondo uovo" (1965). From 1965 on, Herbst also produced independent features by auteur filmmakers like Hellmuth Costard, Harun Farocki and Franz Winzentsen.

In 1967, Herbst became one of the founding members of the Hamburger Filmmacher Cooperative that was itself inspired by US underground cinema. From 1968 on, he created TV documentaries on various topics, including a trilogy on art of the 20th century ("Deutschland DADA", 1968; "John Heartfield, Fotomonteur", 1977; "Happening Kunst und Protest 1968", 1979) and works which concerned themselves the with medium film (for instance "Synthetischer Film oder wie das Monster King Kong von Phantasie & Präzision gezeugt wurde", 1975).

From 1969 until 1979, Herbst was a lecturer at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). During that time, he worked in film theory and began to publish academic writings. His film "Die Phantastische Welt des Matthew Madson", co-written by Klaus Wyborny, marked his foray into the science-fiction genre and was aired on German TV network ZDF in 1974.

In 1979, Herbst co-founded the Hamburger Filmbüro. While the staff of the cinegrafik studio was downsized to two, Herbst continued to work as a lecturer and beginning in 1980, he taught at the University of the West Indies in Kingston. 1982 saw the theatrical release of his film "Eine deutsche Revolution", and the following year, his animated short film "Sieben einfache Phänomene" won a German Film Award.

In 1985, cinegrafik relocated from Hamburg to the Odenwald region. The same year, Herbst became a professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach, where he taught until 2000. Meanwhile, he sporadically returned to work as a director and author.  In 1992, he made the feature "Die Serpentinentänzerin", starring Ben Becker, Otto Sander and Eva Mattes. Working from a script again co-written by Klaus Wyborny, he directed the animated short "Container Interstellar" in 2001. In 2006, he completed the animated feature "Die Kathedrale der Gefühle" which is based on "Die Phantastische Welt des Matthew Madson".

Helmut Herbst resides in Brombachtal-Birkert.

Filmography

2016/2017 Werner Nekes - Das Leben zwischen den Bildern
Participation
 
2006 Die Kathedrale der neuen Gefühle
Director, Screenplay
 
2001 Container Interstellar
Director, Screenplay, Animation
 
1998 Die kritische Masse
Participation
 
1997-1999 Die Himmelsbraut
Director
 
1996-2005 Die Basis des Make-Up III
Miscellaneous
 
1993 Muggenmelk
Cast
 
1991/1992 Die Serpentintänzerin
Director, Screenplay
 
1988/1989 Das musikalische Opfer
Director, Screenplay
 
1987/1988 Schön war die Zeit
Optical effects camera
 
1986-1989 Das offene Universum. Open Universe
Optical effects
 
1985 Betrogen
Co-Producer
 
1985 Was geschah wirklich zwischen den Bildern?
Director of photography, Animation
 
1984 Sterne
Editing
 
1984 Sieben einfache Phänomene
Participation, Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Miscellaneous, Producer
 
1984 Das Knarren im Gehäuse
Director
 
1983 Da ist nirgends nichts gewesen außer hier
Director of photography
 
1982/1983 Dappi-Film No 1
Director, Miscellaneous, Producer
 
1982-1984 Bericht von einem verlassenen Planeten
Consultant
 
1981/1982 Eine deutsche Revolution
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Still photography, Producer
 
1981 Happening. Kunst und Protest 1968
Director, Screenplay
 
1980-1982 Zwischen den Bildern. 3. Über die Trägheit der Wahrnehmung
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1979 Lebende Photographien auf einem laufenden Bande - Guido Seeber 1879 - 1940
Director, Screenplay, Optical effects camera, Editing, Sound, Producer
 
1979 Tor 2
Miscellaneous
 
1979 Drei Versuche über Anton von Weberns Opus 5, 5. Satz
Director, Director of photography, Producer
 
1976/1977 John Heartfield - Fotomonteur
Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Producer
 
1976-1978 Der kleine Godard
Consultant
 
1975/1976 Wir haben nie gespürt, was Freiheit ist
Miscellaneous
 
1974/1975 Synthetischer Film oder Wie das Monster KING KONG von Fantasie & Präzision gezeugt wurde
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1970-1974 Die phantastische Welt des Matthew Madson
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1970-1973 Der Schneckenfilm
Co-Producer
 
1970 Eine regnerische Nacht in Potsdam
Director, Producer
 
1969/1970 Die Teilung aller Tage
Producer
 
1969 Herr Minister
Producer
 
1969 Fremde Völker
Producer
 
1969 Windstill
Producer
 
1968/1969 Deutschland DADA
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1968/1969 Von der Revolte zur Revolution oder: Warum die Revolution erst morgen stattfindet
Sound
 
1968 Heute schreiben wir das Jahr 3090
Director, Producer
 
1968 Blasen
Director
 
1967/1968 Null-Null-Zero
Producer
 
1967/1968 Heiligabend auf St. Pauli
Sound
 
1967 Warum hast du mich wachgeküßt?
Director of photography, Animation, Producer
 
1967 Staub
Producer
 
1966/1967 Na und...?
Director, Producer
 
1966 Das Ginzeck
Producer
 
1966 Erlebnisse der Puppe
Producer
 
1965 Der Hafenfilm
Story, Miscellaneous, Producer
 
1964/1965 Abends, wenn der Mond scheint
Director
 
1964/1965 Der Hut oder Mondo uovo
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Drawings, Producer
 
1963/1964 Schwarz-Weiß-Rot
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Animation, Editing, Producer
 
1963 Der große Organisator
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Producer
 
1962/1963 Kleine Unterweisung zum glücklichen Leben
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1962 Kunstraub
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1958 Multiplane
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Miscellaneous
 

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