A monster for the big screen from a (not so) small team - the VFX of "A Calling. From the Desert. To the Sea"
At the beginning of the undertaking of "The Ghoul" from "A Calling. From the Desert. To the Sea" was the ambitious idea of creating a cg creature that would match all the current needs in the VFX Industry as our graduation project at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. In this panel we will elaborate on our design approach, production process touching on creature sculpting and texturing, rigging and simulations and rendering as well as the make-or-break decisions we faced and hopefully serve as an inspiration for your own creature projects.
Lennard Fricke moved to Munich after school in 2015 to work for Constantin Entertainment as a production intern. Since then he worked for different productions (TV, feature, commercial) in different positions within set management.
In 2019 he began his studies at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in the area of producing and has produced seven short films since. Some of these shorts are “Luz” (directed by Jasmin Lord), Forever Young” (directed by Max Rainer) and “The Simulation of Being” (directed by Stefan Bürkner), which celebrated its premiere at the Tallin Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF).
Lukas is a Creature TD who loves to solve the technical challenges of bringing creatures to life. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Media Design from Hochschule Hannover - University of Applied Sciences and Arts in 2020. Afterwards, he started studying Technical Directing at the Animationsinstitut of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg which he will finish in mid 2023. Since 2021 he is freelancing next to his studies and has worked on creatures for VFX Episodics at Accenture Song VFX in Stuttgart.
Lukas Löffler, born in Offenbach am Main, started his studies in animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg after his first bachelor degree in film and media with a specialization in editing. During this time he worked as a freelance compositor for different VFX studios like Rise FX and Mackevision. 2023 he received the VES Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project for his compositing work in “A Calling. From the Desert. To the Sea”. Currently, he is working as a compositor for DNEG in London.
Mario Bertsch (*1996) is working as a VFX Supervisor at his own company Supercontinent for clients like Sony Music Entertainment, Mercedes, Tiktok & Telekom.
2015 he graduated as a state examined graphic designer at the Hauchler Studio Biberach, 2022 he received his animation & visual effects diploma at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. 2023 he received the VES Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project for his VFX Supervision in “A Calling. From the Desert. To the Sea”
Till Sander-Titgemeyer graduated his film and media studies at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg with a focus on interactive media in 2022. Before he completed a training as a state-certified design-technical assistant at the Adolph-Kolping-Berufskolleg in Münster, Germany. Since then he has worked on several shows with VFX company Trixter. 2023 he received the VES Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project for his creature work in “A Calling. From the Desert. To the Sea”