Simon Gross was born in 1976 in Berlin. He completed internships for feature and documentary projects and worked as a production and director's assistant, set manager, and script & continuity assistant. After studies at the University of Southern California, he enrolled at the Academy of Television & Film in Munich, during which time he directed numerous short films. He worked for Spyglass Entertainment in Los Angeles as an editor and developed several treatments and screenplays. His films include: the shorts Schattenfrauen (1995), Out of Control (1996), Another World (1996), Der Faehrmann (1997), Suendenfall (1998), Nachtrausch (2001), and his feature debut Fata Morgana (2006).