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About me

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Hello! I’m Martin, a Project Manager / Producer, Technical Director & Artist and Post-Production & VR Supervisor for Audiovisual Productions, focusing on Media Exhibitions, Virtual Reality/360°, Visual Effects and Animation. I’m based in Berlin as a Freelancer and also work remotely.

I worked for Clients and Brands like Lavazza, KTM, Mercedes Benz, Hyundai, Porsche, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi and Bayer together with companies that include Headraft, Tamschick Media+Space, Recom Film, WDR, Omstudios, studioNICE creative and Congaz.

I have a multi-disciplinary background of film and media production from idea and story to final delivery since 2004. Combining project management with deep technology and creative producing knowledge as an expert-generalist, I also regularly work in the roles of On-Set VR / VFX Supervision, Compositing, Online-Editorial / Finish / QC, Encodings, VR Stitching, 3D CGI, Matchmoving, DIT Data Management, Editing and Previs.

A speciality case I developed is a workflow to use Resolve and Nuke for cinematic 40K+ multi-screen live-action footage installations. I used Python and Houdini to wrangle scientific (data) asset for visualisation. And I recently did the entire post-production of a 3min 8K Virtual Reality film in a “smart” or “lean” setup (on 2 workstations in my Covid19 homeoffice).

Currently at the top of my never-ending Learn, Research & Development list: Houdini, Unreal Engine, WebXR, “Neural Networks from Scratch in Python”, “Media Pipeline DevOps from Bare-Metal into the Cloud” and Computer Graphics skills in general.

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Recent Freelance Work

Certificates, Workshops & Masterclasses

January 2020 PH526x: Using Python for Research - a course of study offered by HarvardX, an online learning initiative of Harvard University
June 2014 High Value for your Budget - The Creative Use of Virtual Production
EFA Masterclass 2014 with Marc Weigert
Oct 2010 - Mar 2011 Animation Sans Frontières - The Animation Production Workshop

Publications & Talks

2014 Co-Author of the SIGGRAPH 2014 Talk “Dark Matter - A Tale of Virtual Production”

University & Schools

Oct 2008 - Apr 2013 Baden-Württemberg Film Academy, Ludwigsburg
Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction

since 2008, 2 years: Film Production
since 2010, 2 years: Animation & VFX Producing
Graduation (Diploma): April 2013 /
Aug 1996 - Jun 2005 Grammar School / Secondary School: Hardtberg-Gymnasium Bonn
Degree: Abitur (German A-Levels / German Baccalauréat)

Specific Skills & Software Experience