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About Tom

TOM WALDEK

Et voilá, that's me, Tom - a Vienna-based director, editor & visual storyteller who was born in Stefan Zweig's hometown in Vienna in 1983.

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I grew up near the „Wienerwald“ (Vienna Woods), where I fell in love with films, music, sounds, movements and the combination of all which triggers strong emotions.

I am working for the film and television industry since the early 2000s. I started my career as a film editor for independent films, television and theatre.

My fine sense for telling stories by editing films & promos set marks at the start of my career in the film business. Soon enough I discovered that by editing films I developed a profound understanding of storytelling.

Over the years that followed, I based my career on my unique signature as an editor and storyteller combined.

In my early teenyears, I used VHS films & recorders as a tool to cut my first film trailers.

Later on those first attempts grew into trailers for television channels, festivals and several video montage installations for stage plays. 

This was when I got to know the world of drama in all of its great diversity.

Thus editing for theatre productions and films I developed a strong sense for stage & film acting, timing, movement and rhythm.

Since then I have been taking acting courses for theatre and camera. 

Consequently years later I started to act in commercials, short films, music videos and on stage.

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I just love having gained a unique set of skills in directing, acting and editing. I feel it’s a necessity to create and bring stories to life and work with actors and their truthful moments.

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Shaping ideas with stories and its visuality in an unconventional, direct way that defines my way of working.

For me the key is to focus on a strong universal emotional language. 

It is a big honour and joy at the same time that I am also coaching actors & film creatives on and off set.