Born in 1948 near Bremen in Germany, Heinz Emigholz trained first as a draftsman before studying philosophy and literature in Hamburg. He began filmmaking in 1968 and has worked since 1973 as a filmmaker, artist, writer, actor and producer in Germany and the USA. He released more than eighty short and long films which are all still in distribution. In 1974 he started his encyclopaedic drawing series "The Basis of Make-Up". In 1978 he founded the film production company Pym Films.