About

  
Ralph Kaechele

Ralph is a cinematographer and 2nd Unit director who has been working on more than 200 productions, including feature films, tv movies, tv series, commercials, promos and music videos worldwide. He enjoys working in different styles and techniques, always striving to create a unique visual language for each story or project.

He is also known for his 2nd unit and action work on highly successful international productions like ARMY OF THIEVES, which was no. 1 in over 90 countries on Netflix, as well as the series BERLIN STATION and THE OFFER for Paramount.

On a national level, Ralph’s works and collaborations include the highly acclaimed movies GOOD BYE, LENIN! and ME AND KAMINSKI as well as two 90 minute episodes of the crime series HELEN DORN as well as the series NEBEN DER SPUR which both broke and set new records with approx. 8 Million viewers and approx. 24% market share on national prime time television. His latest tv movie TATORT – SPUR DES BLUTES will be airing in fall 2022 on prime time television.

He recently completed work on the highly anticipated Paramount Plus series THE OFFER which portraits Coppola’s endeavour to shoot THE GODFATHER and the Focus Features movie TÁR with Cate Blanchett, directed by Todd Field. In April 2022 Ralph joined the production LIFT for Netflix USA starring Kevin Hart, Jean Reno, Vincent D’Onofrio, Úrsula Corberó, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and many more.

After starting out in 1992 and many years of AC-ing, operating and completing his cinematography degree in Germany, Ralph began to shoot as DoP in 1998. In 2003, he relocated to Los Angeles to complete his formal education at the renowned AFI Conservatory. Since then, he keeps a base in Berlin and Los Angeles.

He holds an EU passport as well as a US greencard and is a member of the German Society of Cinematographers.

Directors

Over the years, Ralph has worked with directors like Wolfgang Becker, Jan-Ole Gerster, Tanya Hamilton, Christoph Schrewe, John D. Coles. Giuseppe Capatondi, Marc Jobst, Michaël R. Roskam, Tini Tüllmann, Bronwen Hughes, Screen Novelties, Jared Eberhardt, Luc Schurgers, Rick Ostermann, Marcus O. Rosenmüller, Todd Mueller, Fletcher Moules, Ravi Udyawar, Uwe Flade, Matt & Oz, Barbara Stepansky, Santino Stoner, Reza Rasoli, Josef Rusnak, Matthias Schweighöfer and many more.

Agencies

He has also worked for some of the leading agencies including Droga5, TBWA/Chiat/Day, Wieden+Kennedy, Deutsch, Grey, Select, Innocean, McLaren/McCann, Leo Burnett, Heat and others.

Education

1992 – 1996 Assistant Camera and Operator
1996 – 2001 Cinematography @ University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund
2003 – 2004 Cinematography @ AFI American Film Institute Conservatory, Los Angeles

FFA and DAAD scholarship recipient

References

CV | Resume

Download my resume as pdf right here: CV / RESUME

Film & Television (partial list)

Der Gejagte
tv movie, 90 min
Rick Ostermann
goodfriends Filmproduktion, Satel Films, Servus TV
with Tobias Moretti, Harald Windisch, Antonia Moretti, Gerti Drassl, uva …

Tatort Köln – Spur des Blutes
tv movie, 90 min
Tini Tüllmann
ARD/Bavaria Fiction
with Klaus J. Behrendt, Dietmar Bär, Tinka Fürst, Josef Hader, Robert Stadelober, Greta Bohacek, …

Neben der Spur – Schließe Deine Augen
tv movie, 90 min
Josef Rusnak
ZDF/NetworkMovie
with Ulrich Noethen, Juergen Maurer, Marie Leuenberger, Lilly Liefers, Sebastian Zimmler, …

Mom
feature film
Ravi Udyawar
Zee Studios, Netflix
with Sridevi, Sajal Ali, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Adarsh Gourav, …

Berlin Station – Season 3
1 episode
Christoph Schrewe
Epix, Netflix, HBO, Anonymous Content, Paramount +
with Richard Armitage, Michelle Forbes, Mina Tander, Rhys Ifans, Richard Jenkins, Leland Orser, Keke Palmer, Ashley Judd, Katarina Cas, Ismael Cruz Cordoba, …

Helen Dorn – Kleine Freiheit
tv movie, 90 min
Marcus O. Rosenmüller
ZDF/NetworkMovie
with Anna Loos, Ernst Stötzner, Tristan Seith, Franziska Hartmann, Sebastian Schneider, Max Koch, Nagmeh Alaei, …

Soko Hamburg – Season 2
episodes 4/5/6
Tini Tüllmann
ZDF/NetworkMovie
with Marek Erhardt, Anna von Haebler, Paula Schramm, Pegah Ferydoni, Garry Fishmann, Luise Bähr, Rike Schmid, Tanesha Abt, …

Hurt
feature film
Barbara Stepansky
High Treason Productions
with Melora Walters, William Mapother, Sofia Vassilieva, Jackson Rathbone, Johanna Braddy, Ava Gaudet, …

Helen Dorn – Wer Gewalt sät
tv movie, 90 min
Marcus O. Rosenmüller
ZDF/NetworkMovie
with Anna Loos, Ernst Stötzner, Tristan Seith, Franziska Hartmann, Matthias Koeberlin, Marc Hosemann, …

Ich und Kaminski – NYC Unit
feature film
Wolfgang Becker
X-Filme, Warner Bros.
with Daniel Brühl, Jesper Christensen, Amira Casar, Jördis Triebel, Dennis Lavant, Geraldine Chaplin, …

Fallen Idols
feature film
Santino Stoner
Dot & Cross
with Mike Vogel, Jamie VanDyke, Mike Ostroski, …

As 2nd Unit DoP
& 2nd Unit Director

Lift
feature film
F. Gary Gray
Netflix USA
with Kevin Hart, Jean Reno, Vincent D’Onofrio, Úrsula Corberó, Gugu  Mbatha-Raw and many others

The Offer
series
Adam Arkin
Paramount +
with Miles Teller, Matthew Goode, Juno Temple, Giovanni Ribisi, Dan Fogler, Colin Hanks, Patrick Gallo, …

Tár
feature film
Todd Field
Focus Features
with Cate Blanchett, Nina Hoss, Sophie Kauer, Mark Strong, Noémie Merlant, Julian Glover, Sidney Lemmon, …

Army Of Thieves
feature film
Matthias Schweighöfer
Pantaleon Films, The Stone Quarry, Netflix
with Matthias Schweighöfer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ruby O. Fee, Guz Khan, Stuart Martin, …

Berlin Station – Season 3
10 episodes
var. directors
Anonymous Content, Epix, Netflix, HBO
with Richard Armitage, Michelle Forbes, Mina Tander, Rhys Ifans, Richard Jenkins, Leland Orser, Keke Palmer, Ashley Judd, Katarina Cas, Ismael Cruz Cordoba, …

Berlin Station – Season 2
10 episodes
var. directors
Anonymous Content, Epix, Netflix, HBO
with Richard Armitage, Michelle Forbes, Mina Tander, Rhys Ifans, Richard Jenkins, Leland Orser, Keke Palmer, Ashley Judd, Emilia Schüle, Natalia Wörner, Thomas Kretschmann, Heino Ferch, Nikolai Kinski, …

Berlin Station – Season 1
10 episodes
var. directors
Anonymous Content, Epix, Netflix, HBO
with Richard Armitage, Michelle Forbes, Mina Tander, Rhys Ifans, Richard Jenkins, Leland Orser, Sabin Tambrea, Ashley Judd, Tamlin Tomita, Caroline Goodall, Bernhard Schütz, Julika Jenkins, …

Ich und Kaminski
feature film
Wolfgang Becker
X-Filme, Warner Bros.
with Daniel Brühl, Jesper Christensen, Amira Casar, Jördis Triebel, Dennis Lavant, Geraldine Chaplin, ..

Shooter – Season 2
episode 6
Christoph Schrewe
Paramount, USA Network
with Ryan Phillipe, Shantel VanSanten, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Omar Epps, …

Good Bye, Lenin!
feature film
Wolfgang Becker
X-Filme, Sony Classics
with Daniel Brühl, Chulpan Khamatova, Katrin Sass, Maria Simon, Michael Gwisdek, Alexander Beyer, Florian Lukas, …

Commercials (partial list)

McDonalds/Famous Orders
Borja Pena
Psyop, WKNY

Target/Jurassic World
Reza Rasoli
Pet Gorilla, Deutsch

Vans
Reza Rasoli
Pet Gorilla, The Family, NYC

Quilted Northern
Luc Schurgers
Pet Gorilla, Droga5

Renault
Ravi Udyawar
RU Films, TBWA

MTV – EMAs
Matt & Oz
Caviar Content, MTV

Kanzlerbungalow
Marc Comes
WDR

McDonalds/Uber Eats
Josh Forbes
Pet Gorilla, Anomaly

Elysian Brewery
Jared Eberhardt
Partizan, VSA

Target/Marvel
Psyop
Psyop, Deutsch

Energizer
Psyop
Psyop, TBWA/Chait/Day

Killer Jeans
Ravi Udyawar
RU Films, Grey

Careerbuilder
Walsh/Caballero
Screen Novelties, Wieden&Kennedy

Münchner Merkur
Marc Comes
Bruchmann Schneider Bruchmann

Colorado Lottery
Luc Schurgers
Perfect Productions, Cactus

Honda
Todd Mueller
Smuggler, RPA

MTDC
Ravi Udyawar
RU Films, DDB Mudra

Shutterlfly
Linus Johanson
Pet Gorilla, Heat

McDonalds
Walsh/Caballero
Screen Novelties, Leo Burnett

Escada
Axel Baur
Paladium, Select Germany

Awards & nominations

Here are some awards and nominations of productions I worked on:


5 German Academy Award Nominations incl. Best Cinematography:
’Ich und Kaminski”
Silver Addy 2010: ‘McDonalds – Bebe’
Superbowl 2008: ‘Careerbuilder.com’
9 German Academy Awards: ‘Good Bye, Lenin!’ 
6 European Academy Awards:
 ‘Good Bye, Lenin!’
Gold Eyes and Ears Award 2003: ‘Kanzlerbungalow’
Winner IAA, Best Commercial: ‘Killer Jeans’
Winner ’Grand Prix’ Goafest 2013: ‘Killer Jeans’
Winner Jackson Hole Wildlife Festival: ‘Human / Forest’
Nomination German Camera Award 2002: ‘Max Goodman’s Last Film’
Winner Larger Than Life Award, 2007: ‘Rotofugi’
Winner Best European Programm Opener EEOFE: ‚Kanzlerbungalow‘