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ON SITE Raum Heilbronn Thursday, April 27, 15:45

Bad Ghouls: A look at the award-winning workflow behind A Calling. From the Desert. To the Sea

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the workflow that won “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project” at the VES Awards this year. This talented team of students will discuss their workflow, experience, and the tools they used to deliver 28 visual effects shots for the short film ‘A Calling. From the Desert. To the Sea’ - including the terrifying desert Ghouls.

Mario Bertsch, VFX Supervisor

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”

Lennard Fricke, VFX Producer, Animationsinstitut, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

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 Kapp, Creature TD

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, Lead Compositor

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.


Till Sander-Titgemeyer, Character Artist @Trixter

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”