Martin Gypkens was born in 1969 in Bonn. After his schooling, he went to New York, where he gained his first experience in film. From 1992-1996, he worked as a prop designer for various productions in Berlin. In 1993, he directed the play Unidentifizierte Leichtenteile und das wahren Wesen der Liebe in Bonn. In 1996, he enrolled in the Dramaturgy program at the "Konrad Wolf" Academy of Film & Television (HFF/B) in Potsdam and has writtten numerous feature screenplays. His films include: Papas (short, 2000), We (Wir, 2003), and Nothing But Ghosts (Nichts als Gespenstser, 2007).