As head of the academic film programme here at dBs Berlin, Gabrielle is very much the caretaker for all things related to the film courses. From curriculum development to overseeing student productions and assessments, she also teaches and ensures the best possible experience for students and staff.
As a filmmaker whose passions lie in development, screenwriting and film analysis, Gabrielle has a practical and theoretical know-how of filmmaking in a variety of formats. She also holds extensive film teaching experience in both Germany and Australia.
Juli Saragosa, Sound & Post-Production Tutor
Growing up in an immigrant family with encouragement to try everything and the economic necessity to use whatever is at hand (including a home photography darkroom), Juli was determined to become an artist and technical experimenter at a young age. A twist of fate accidentally landed her in film school and she went on to work in the film industry as a sound editor and make short experimental films that have been shown in festivals in Milan, London, L.A., Chicago, Berlin, Vancouver, Toronto and New York. In 2005, Amoré won the Best Canadian Film award at Toronto’s International One-minute Film Festival and in 2011 the Jury Prize for Experimental Film at the Toronto Underground Film Festival. Her first feature length documentary was finished in early 2016. She enjoys collaboration and interdisciplinary practice, but always returns to DIY filmmaking.
Adam Donald is a Berlin based actor, director, scriptwriter and acting tutor. Originally from New Zealand he initially did his undergraduate training in Stage and Screen Acting and went on to get a Masters in Directing form Toi Whakaari - New Zealand Drama School and Victoria University Wellington. He has since worked extensively in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Adams career began as Director of Wellington based theatre company Short Term Visitor Parking where he devised, directed and wrote predominantly comedy productions. He has performed in many a Shakespeare production in the rocky mountains of Colorado, devising shows and teaching for GALSCO The Great American Laughing Stock Company. Most recently in Germany he has been teaching acting and film to young people. He has a passion for inspiring others and is dedicated to helping them discover and craft their hidden talents.
Sarah Bleasdale, Choreographer and Movement Tutor
Sarah is a European-based choreographer and performer, originally from New Zealand. She holds a BA in Contemporary Dance and Choreography, a Commercial Dance Diploma, and a BA in Political Science and Religious Studies. Sarah has danced for Cie.Antonia Baehr(GER), SOIT/Cie.Hans Van den Broeck(BEL), Renan Martins(BR), PROJECTion Dance(AUS) and Demestri+Lefeurve(FR/BEL) amongst others. She had her gallery installation work with Dir. Leonie Kubigsteltig published for unstable.eu in Berlin, and has collaborated with the Belgian ‘20 For Brussels:Young Choreographers’. In 2016 Sarah was an award winner at the International Solo Dance Competition at Gdansk Festival Dansa for her choreography ‘SMIRK’. Commercially Sarah performs comedic Burlesque under the persona Miss Phoenix Rising, and has both choreographed and performed in music videos and live music shows in Europe, Australia and New Zealand for a variety of musical genres. Currently, Sarah is a member of German dance company GAU, and works with Belgian UBIK Theatre Group as the choreographer/director for their upcoming Festival Actoral premiere.
Matthew Robinson, Camera and Post-Production Tutor
Matthew has worked in art direction, direction and post production editing in London for the past 10 years. Some examples of his work include making films for leading fashion brand such as bershka and Savannah and Sienna Miller’s fashion label Twenty8Twelve. He has also worked on his own short films as well as music videos projects for a variety of artists.
Earning a 1st Class BA Honours at Leeds Beckett University in Graphic Arts and Design then led him to Edinburgh College of Art and Design at Edinburgh University where he completed his Master in Design with a focus on moving image and film installation. This wasn’t the last of Matthew’s interactions with creative education however. He then went on to Northern Film school for a year to do a Diploma in Film and Media Production focusing on Direction and Post Production followed by a year-long Diploma course in Post Compulsory Education at the Institute of Education (IOE).
For the past 6 years, Matthew has been working in Further Education as a lecturer in Interactive Media, Film and TV, and Creative Media at colleges in London. All this in addition to lecturing at Ealing Hammersmith and West London College in the Media Department on BTEC level 3. Much of his time recently has been focused on teaching and optimising teaching techniques that concern student wellbeing and learning. A perfect fit for dBs Berlin’s contemporary approach to education, his passion for filmmaking and the creative arts is something he enjoys sharing with others.
Beyond delivering lessons for the Film Production courses, Matthew is a film installation artist and a fellow for the residency at ZK/U in Moabit Berlin. So far he has had 2 exhibition in Berlin since September 2017. You can find out more about these projects here: https://badenprojektberlin.tumblr.com