Burning Heart presents a Lauralee Farrer production

Martina Nagel

A unique combination of writer and cinematographer—and, as of October of 2011, new mother—Martina Nagel was born in Munich, Germany and has worked in the film industry all her adult life. She studied film at the Free University of Berlin, graduating with a master’s degree in fine arts. In London, she worked for twelve years on documentaries to be broadcast by the BBC, first as an editor and then as a cinematographer. Although she says that the editing room was where she developed her understanding of film, cinematography, and storytelling, it was only when she was behind a camera that “the feast of visual poetry that cinematography can be became real for me.” Describing herself as influenced by cinematographers, Ellen Kuras and Anthony Dod Mantle, the highlights of her work include the official selection of her films at over a dozen international film festivals and the winning of both the writing and cinematography competitions at the Berlinale Talent Campus.

For the last sixteen years Martina has worked on award-winning feature films, BBC documentaries, MTV music videos, and a host of independent projects, videos and short films.  She has been an invited lecturer at the British Film Academy and the Northern Film School and is a frequent contributor to Europe’s leading screenwriting journal Scriptwriter. She is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America. Together with Bart Gavigan she founded and ran Spark Productions—a successful script clinic service that has been attended by some of the world’s leading A list writers, producers and directors.

We are privileged to have Martina on both our writing and cinematography teams.