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Michael Pohl was born in 1967 in Wolfsburg. During his schooling, he did work in marketing and decoration of display windows for various cinemas as well as in graphic print design. From 1988-1990, he worked as an assistant location manager on various productions for Creative Media Productions in Munich, followed by an internship and work as a production assistant for Bavaria Film. In 1992, he began his studies at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. His films include: Leben und Sterben in Transylvanien (short, 1991), Phantasmagoria (short, 1993), Der fliehende Teppich (short, 1993), Ausgestorben (short, 1994-95) - winner in 1996 of the Audience Award at the International Fantasy Film Festival Brussels, the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau Short Film Award and First Prize in Pro7's CINEMA-TV short film competition, Emmeran (TV, 1996), Ohne Gewaehr (TV, 1997), Cineon - Einfuehrung in die digitale Filmbearbeitung (documentary, 1998), and Vortex (2001).