Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Denis Parchow

How did you get into directing?
I grew up as a son of two teachers. They hated commercials. So they forbid me to watch them at all. Some how that triggered my passion for them. After I worked as a lumber jack for some time I got into internships at film production companies.

The first time I’ve been on set I knew that’s what I want to do. So I enrolled at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg to study commercial directing.

What is your most recent project?
Right now I’m working on a short film project. The last project I’m going to shoot as a student.

What is your current career focus: commercials & branded content, TV, movies? Do you plan to specialize in a particular genre—comedy, drama, visual effects, etc.?
Right now my focus is on commercials and music videos. I’d love to do some branded content in future. I’m definitely not the guy who has the patience to work on a feature.

Who is your favorite director and why?
Dougal Wilson and Martin Krejci are my most favorite directors. They both have a very sophisticated way of telling their stories.