So I founded a company at the beginning of this year. It is only now that I have had a chance to breathe and tell you about it as well as share some stuff with you.
What we do is really simple: we produce films, animations and ads for technology companies worldwide. And we´ve been doing it a lot. In addition to some of the most famous german companies in tech, like mytaxi or 6Wunderkinder we also work for international tech giants like Yandex and have worked for Hollywood production companies like Bad Robot.
But enough with the words. How about some moving images?
First is our little Logo-ID. It´s in german for now (english version on the way) and we had the german voice of George Clooney do the voice over work for this, since it provided the level of sophistication we were after.
This is our current showreel, which we hope you enjoy. As you may see, even though we specialise in tech, we also like to do some work in the entertainment realm as well.
I´m sure, we are going to get our company website up and running any day now. If you want to contact us in the meantime, go ahead and hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org - we love email and look forward to hearing from you.
So it´s official: I was involved with a film that is up for "Best Visual Effects" at the Oscars. Mind blown.
Thinking back on all the talented people working on Star Trek Into Darkness, it shouldn´t feel like that big of a suprise. Huge congrats to everyone involved and the greatest thank you to Bad Robot for giving me the exciting opportunity to be just the tiniest part of this exciting journey.
If you are itching to find out how I achieved some of the shots in my latest music video "A Campus A Heart A Star" from The Satellite Year, you should pick up the current issue of leading german post-production and vfx magazine "Digital Production". There´s an nice, lenghty interview with me in which I shed some light on the techniques and tools used in the making of this project.
Update: The interview is available here in PDF format for your reading pleasure!
You might have noticed that it has been quiet around here for some time. Well, I´ve been busy.
Last night, I won two awards: one for my old company and one for a new company. And this might just be the perfect opportunity to tell you more about it.
I had the amazing opportunity to work on this movie at Bad Robot in Los Angeles and couldn´t be any happier about the whole experience, which still feels kind of surreal to me.
Not only did I get to meet and work with J.J. Abrams (spoiler: nicest guy ever) and the amazingly talented Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot (BTW: Andrew did epic, mindblowing work on these maintitles - keep an eye on his blog for more!) but a whole bunch of really great people (Ben, Erin, Kerry, Josh, Marty, Andrew, Nate, Juan, Zack, Robby, Olaf - this list could go on forever...).
The Bad Robot offices really are geek heaven, bursting with energy and I´ve had an amazing time working there. Now go out and see the movie. In true summer blockbuster fashion, it is a big, fun and highly entertaining ride.
Here´s my most VFX-heavy music video to date:
"A Campus, A Heart, A Star" by THE SATELLITE YEAR.
Shot entirely on greenscreen and featuring 4:30 min. of 3D, Compositing and VFX work. Not an easy task, especially since I was doing everything by myself: Director / DP / Edit / CGI / VFX / Colorgrading
Be sure to check out the SATELLITE YEARS terrific album MISSION POLARLIGHTS while you´re at it:
itunes.apple.com/de/album/mission-polarlights/id423313465 - it´s really great.
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to direct and animate the Wunderlist 2 launch video for the great folks at 6Wunderkinder.
Brisk in pace and done as 2D and 3D Animation, the trailer is all about giving you a taste for what it feels like to use the app. Since the level of attention and care present in the app (and the Wunderkinder marketing in general) is up there with the very best, coming up with a trailer matching the quality of the product was no mundane (but fun!) task.
And as someone who has spend the last couple of weeks using the near-final beta, let me tell you: Wunderlist2 is quite awesome. The guys really poured their heart and soul into making a great app and it shows in every pixel and every user interaction, If you don´t know this app yet, you should definitively check it out
If you´ve got a neat tech product you want to show off in a product video, drop me a line. I´m always interested in new projects.
This is the trailer for my last music video for the foreseeable future, since i´ll be moving on to other ventures in 2013. "A Campus, A Heart, A Star" by The Satellite Year will premiere at europes biggest computer arts festival REVISION 2013 on 30/03/2013 before going to broadcast on 31/03/2013.
While my past promos always involved shooting a performance of some sort, this is much more of a graphical exploration of the track using macro-photography and 3D-graphics.
It was much more about finding images to fit the music and I animated roughly 100 different visual explorations, some of which didn´t make the cut of the final promo. I really enjoyed creating the imagery going into this video, but one should keep it away from children and epileptic people (I´m NOT kidding on this one...).
There´s a photoset of stills over at flickr, too.
This might also work as a title sequence for a David Fincher film. Just saying - drop me a line, David ;)
Please head over and watch the HD-Version on VIMEO since the tiny embedded version doesn´t do it justice...
A hyperkinetic, restless promo shot on greenscreen utilizing 6 cameras and relying on a morph-and expression driven virtual camera to achive otherwise imposible hyperdynamic camera movement.
If this feels too fast, shaky or blurry to you - I´m sorry, it´s just kind of a fun experiment :)
See some behind the scenes stuff here
I´ve been nominated for the DESIGNPREIS DER BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND. Very happy about this. Now: Back to work...
After doing a few music videos lately, i´ve been looking for new ways to challenge myself. While in the past I could always count on the help of a few buddies for shooting and took my sweet time with postproduction, I´ve decided to break this habit and shoot a video all by myself and try to have it edited, color-graded and released all within 24 hours.
Despite all advances in technology, doing this well (and not half-assed) still represents a huge challenge. While the video itself is not breaking any new ground, it´s a nice mood-piece fitting the song perfectly. Thanks to Tobias Heiland of GHOST OF A CHANCE, a great guy and fabolous artist. Check out his current album "AND MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP" - A fitting title, looking back at the last 24 hours. Good night all.