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Joa Czogalla  Cameraman DP

Joa Czogalla  Cameraman DP

Cameraman DP

M50 Morganshan Road Art District - Shanghai, 200060 - China

Camera Crew China/Asia & Production Service Shanghai
Joa Czogalla is a German lighting and directing cameraman and Steadicam operator specialized in documentaries, science/educational TV program, corporate and commercials. He got 19 years of freelance experience and worked for all important documentary channels like Arte, BBC, and National Geographics. The last 6 years he worked allover Asia. He shot commercials and corporates for Siemens, Herrenknecht, Porsche, Mercedes Benz, BMW and many others.

He provides also full production service through a wide network of media professionals like experienced bilingual producers, international working production companies, editors with with own FCP and Autodesk® Smoke® working stations, directors, operators, assistants, sound technicians with high end gear, boom-cameramen, gaffer, film and car grip, air cam and other talents. Joa Czogalla works with all available SD & HD camera formats like XDCAM, P2, RED in NTSC and PAL and DSRL cameras with HD video functions.

He speaks - besides his mother's language German - English and French and basic Mandarin and works with biligual camera assistants. He is based in Shanghai with strong production connections to the Philippines and South Korea.

Demo Reel:
Joa Czogalla DOP/ Suntech Worldwide Image Film
Suntech Worldwide Imagefilm shot in San Francisco, Tokyo, Madrid, Stuttgart, Strasbourg.... more

ExperienceSince 19 years Documentaries National Geographic, BBC, ABC, CBS, ARTE, ARD, ZDF, RAI

Commercials and corporates/events for Actis, AD, Adidas, Arvid, Avaya, Bentall Balloch, Britisch International School, BMW, Canali, Cartier, Chanel, Chaumet, Dell, Dulwich College, DOW Chemical, Etam, GlaxaSmithKline, Hennessy Artistry, Herrenknecht, IBM, IR Ingersoll Rand, Johnson Control, Kerkhoff Consulting, Koerber, Keiper, McKinsey & Co, Kraft, Michelin, Mercedes Benz, NIKE, Oldendorf Carriers, OFRA, OMEGA, Platinum, Porsche, Puma, Saab, Shanghai World-Prospect Industrial Co., Smart, TDL, TPS, Wacker, Yahoo and many others

Filmography see:
EducationJoachim Czogalla is a professional lighting cameraman and Steadicam operator from Germany, based since 2005 in Shanghai. He has worked in Germany as a photographer for magazines and for the SWR marketing department. Since 1996 he worked mainly as DOP/camera and Steadicam operator in a wide range of fields, covering news reports, commercials and TVCs (for instance Siemens and Suntech), documentaries (for ARD, ARTE, BBC, CBC, National Geographic, RTL, 3SAT, ZDF) as well as short feature films.

He has worked in locations all over the world, and has participated in such ambitious projects as the documentary about the Peace Nobel Prize awarded UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for ARD (German first public channel) and the documentary 'The Gods Come Home' about 'China's Leap To Faith' for VisionTV Canada broadcasted on CBC and the World Wide Imagefilm for Suntech.

His work about Art, Architecture and Design ( Tony Cragg, Richard Meier, Charles Eames and others) has been part of exhibitions of The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn and is part of installations in the permanent collection of the Modern Design Museum of Nuernberg (Germany).

Freelance Cameraman since:
1996, Steadicam Operator since 1997

Bachelor of Electrotechnics, trained for advertising photography, Photographer for Magazines and Newspapers, Art photography
Studies of Film at the University of Tübingen (Germany)

Photographer for SWR (SuedwestRundFunk) German First Television Channel Marketing Department
Assistant Operator for Advertising, Commercial and Documentary Film
Cameraman Assistant for the SWR, First Assistant for 16mm Documentary Productions

Specialized in:
Scientific and educational Documentary Films
Corporate and Commercial Films
Directing of Corporate films
PADI Divemaster, Underwater Camera,

German, English, French and basic Mandarin

Experiences abroad:
Europe, America, North Africa, Kongo (DRC), Ruanda, Kenya,
China, Korea North & South, Philippines
Additional Trainings:
- 1997 DVW 7000 Operation, Professional Application (Sony Germany)
- 2000 IFFMA International Film, TV & Music Academy:
- Location Lightning for Film and TV (Direction: Rolf Coulange, BVK)
- Film Camera (advanced) 35 mm (Direction: Jörg Geißler, BVK)
- 2002 Steadicam operation (Direction: Christof Feller, SWR on RIG Master Series Pro System)
- 2005 Editing with AVID Media Composer


"Joachim is a very experienced cameraman, a reliable team partner. He shot a documentary for one of my clients, France 5, a education-oriented channel. Though the timing of the shooting was very tight, however Joachim has fully satisfied the requirements for this documentary. Thus I would strongly recommend to hire him for any job."
Joris Zylberman, Actuasia Beijing/Shanghai

"Joachim was cameraman for out Chinese religion documentary, the editor liked his work. It was very pleasant to work with Joachim, Joachim is trustworthy, creative cameraman. He has a good attitude, he is reliable, easy, fun to work with. He also understand Chinese culture well."
Xiaoping Diana Dai , Canada

"Joa is a highly reliable cameraman with wide-ranging technical knowledge and experience, including steadycam operation, 5D and other specialized cameras, etc. He recently supervised a very challenging shoot for us involving 4 car-mounted cameras that had to operate in "sync". He always delivers first-rate footage in a timely manner."
Carl Thelin, producer at Common Communication Shanghai

"Joachim is a highly experienced and professional cameraman with deep industry experience who brings the highest international standards to any role. His understanding of Asia culture, including China, is also strong. I highly recommed Joachim."
Damien Ryan, Hongkong

"Joachim is a passionate camera person and film enthusiast for documentary, feature, corporate and TV films, diving into any challenging cinematographical tasks wholeheartedly and coolheaded - i.e. he is highly professional. He is easy to work with but gives his all - and his peculiar mixture of absolute commitment for a job and friendly sociable manners makes working with him pleasant and - at the same time - exciting. He is a canny and honed professional, yet enthusiastic and dedicated as a freshman of the trade. Putting his heart into all that technology, including Steadycam and all, lets him succeed as one of the most interesting DOPs around - where ever one might need a fresh, daring and innovative cameraman between London and Shanghai. Or, for that matter, between Shanghai and New York."
Lothar Spree, producer and professor at the Tonji University Shanghai

"Joachim worked on a film project that was challenging for several reasons: difficulties in dealing with officials who where hostile to the project, severe weather and tight travel logistics, which required him to work on his own initiative to get a good result. And we were very pleased with the results.
Christopher Sumpton - Cogent/Benger Productions Inc." Canada

"I have worked together with Joachim Czogalla on various projects since 2008, and have known him as one of the most professional cameramen you can find in Shanghai. He can get exactly what clients really want, but can also work independently and is able to follow through to ensure that the job gets done. I highly recommend Joa for your production projects in China."
Lingyi Chen, Shanghai

"Joa is a great Cameraman, he always know what he is doing and good in offering the suggestion for the shooting too, he is generally a nice guy with a great working attitude, if you need a good cameraman for your next shoot, Joa is the one!"
Clark Wang, Project manager Bright Shadow Films Shanghai

"It is my pleasure to recommend Joa Czogalla as talented and senior cameraman. I am a location sound recordist with 6 years extensive experience in film and TV. I came to know Joa on numerous shoots we've worked on over the years.
Overall, Joa is intelligent and has good camera skills. He has an great eye for composition and he always puts in a 100% effort to each project he is involved with. Joa is full of ideas and suggestions during the production. Ithink Joa is an asset to any production and I would not hesitate to recommend him for any camera job."
Brent Nazaroff , Beijing

SpecialityDocumentaries, corporate and event films, Steadicam,
Hardware ProficiencyEquipment available at short notice

Canon C300, Sony FS7, Red, Arri Alexa, Sony F, HDCAM Sony HDW 750/F 900 Altavista/Panasonic 3000 VARICAM DVC PROHD and Panasonic P2 DVCPRO HD/DVCPRO 50 format/Sony EX1/3, All DSLR cameras


We are working with a Movcam system suitable for the above mentioned cameras. Also available is a Steadicam Master Series. For small cameras we also got a Movcam system available

Dollies, Crane and JIB-arms,car-mounts, underwater housings

There is a broad choice of gear available depending on the need of your production

Software ProficiencyFinal Cut Pro, Avid, Photoshop

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Re: Joa Czogalla Films
by Joachim Czogalla
Hi Philipp,
thanks for your Mail!

I got one contact in Guangzhou, his name is Cheung and he can assist you and organize gear for you. His email is


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Re: Joa Czogalla Films
by Phillip Epps

I’m looking for an English-speaking camera assistant to cover with me a week-long corporate meeting in Guangzhou starting 12/1/2011. We’ll be using Sony HDV cameras. Would you happen to know anyone in Guangdong with some experience? We also might need to rent a mini DV (Z1 or superior camera – tape, not drive) there. Thank you.

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