Often credited with breathing new life into the once floundering Bablesberg Studios in Berlin, enthusiastic art director Rainer Schaper was well renowned for his infectious optimism and ability to create and inspire creativity in others.
Leaving his hometown of Hanover at the tender age of 13 to seek fame and success as a musician in England, Schaper achieved minor notoriety before returning three years later and harboring his dreams in a career in construction. With his work in construction soon piquing an interest in architecture, Schaper began to realize previously dormant dreams of creative design. Seeking to educate himself in his newly found interests, Schaper studied art history and set design in addition to architecture in cities across Europe, soon finding work in theaters throughout Germany. Working in prestigious theaters in Hamburg and Berlin brought Schaper the experience and the confidence he needed, and eventually led him to work in film.