Terra Mater Factual Studios

Michael Frenschkowski

Head of Features & Special Projects
Phone+43-1-87003-27638

From manufacturing screws, nuts, bolts and bicycle parts in rural German Sauerland to working in a cabaret and variety theater, Michael finally found a path to his real vocation in the glorious world of film.
During his Berlin-years, he was co-founder, shareholder and General Manager of three German production companies. Michael benefits from 23 years of experience, filming in more than 18 countries around the world, producing and line producing numerous German & international feature films/TV productions.

In 2012, he entered the world of Terra Mater Factual Studios and inhabited that world for 4 years, where he helped in producing the feature films ‘Brothers of the Wind’, ‘MindGamers’ and ‘The Ivory Game’.
For whatever reason, he thought it was better to return to Berlin. Whilst there, he serviced the feature film ‘Suspiria’ and worked on other projects. In the early dawn of 2018, he realized that his heart only beats for TMFS and Michael was allowed back, despite being known for a very dubious sense of German humor.

In 2016, Michael was selected to participate in the well renowned, international industry program, Inside Pictures, where he is now a very happy alumni. Michael is also member of the European Film Academy and the Austrian Film Academy.

 

Nina Holler

Sustainability Manager & Production Coordinator, Features & Special Projects
Phone+43-1-87003-27652

In 2017 Nina started as Office Assistant at Terra Mater Factual Studios, only half a year later she joined the Features & Special Projects Department to take on some more challenges. There, she is providing support to the production team from Feature Doc to Giant Screen and Special Projects – Nina completes every task very diligently and with a lot of angelic patience for her colleagues. She keeps track of little details and loves to be organized.

Furthermore, she recently took on the responsibility as Sustainability Manager, to start the process of making TMFS a sustainable and green production company.

Before joining TMFS, Nina finished her M.A. Degree in Theatre-, Film- and Media Studies in Vienna, Helsinki and Amsterdam and also attended “Die Graphische“, the Austrian Federal Education and Research Institute for Graphics, so she can easily combine theory with creativity. In her spare time, she loves to get out into nature with her dog and spend time with family.

 

Wolfgang Knöpfler

Executive Producer, Features & Special Projects
Phone+43-1-87003-27628

Wolfgang joined Terra Mater Factual Studios in 2013 and since then he played an important part in producing several award-winning natural history documentaries. Among others he produced the Oscar-shortlisted feature documentary “The Ivory Game” and the Sundance Audience Award-winner “Sea of Shadows”.
Before joining TMFS, he was a key member on many projects for international broadcasters like the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, WNET, ORF-UNIVERSUM, France5, ZDF, NDR etc.

His experience in film making not only covers documentaries: he also produced video clips for Queen, Falco etc. and worked on TV-Series like “Inspector Rex” and feature films like “Funny Games” by Michael Haneke.
Wolfgang brings his flair and creativity to his work. He is able to advise and recommend on every aspect of production: be it complex post production routes, or moving a film crew through some of the remotest and toughest places on Earth.

Sarah Nörenberg

Producer, Features & Special Projects

As a producer, Sarah combines ambition, determination and efficiency with her creativity and enthusiasm. She tackles problems with her lateral thinking and enjoys coming up with innovative solutions. Factual or fictional, feature or series, Sarah takes on the task and works closely with the directing department on the realisation of productions.

Before she joined Terra Mater Factual Studios, Sarah worked her way up freelancing and self-taught. Wrapping shoots from Alaska to Namibia as Field Producer, Production Manager and Producer for various documentary films, TV-Drama and feature films. Gaining experience in the direction department as 1st AD, helped her to identify the creative needs of a production more closely. Wanting to realise projects that have an impact – this is what led her to join TMFS’ Features & Special Projects Department in October 2017. Sarah’s professional career also includes lecturing on film production at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences.