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Character Production in Berlin / Brandenburg

A special panel takes a closer look at the reality of producing character design in the Berlin capital region, with a focus on short films, games, and advertising. The panel features Sebastian Stamm of multi-awarded game studio Black Pants; Fabian Pit Pross of animation studio Woodblock, delivering animated visual content beyond the German market; Felix Steiner, head of design at Heimat, a Berlin advertising agency that is part of the TBWA Collective; and Dr. Anna Vielhaber, Head of New Media Funding at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. The panel will be moderated by long-time Pictoplasma collaborator and curator and head of Berlinale Shorts, Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck.

Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck is the curator and head of Berlinale Shorts, the short film competition at the Berlinale. For 20 years, she has been active as a programmer, moderator and jury member for international festivals. In addition, she has conceived and realised video installations for exhibitions, stage works and concerts. berlinale.de/en annahd.net

Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck

Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck is the curator and head of Berlinale Shorts, the short film competition at the Berlinale. For 20 years, she has been active as a programmer, moderator and jury member for international festivals. In addition, she has conceived and realised video installations for exhibitions, stage works and concerts.

berlinale.de/en
annahd.net
Dr. Anna Vielhaber is Head of New Media Funding at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the funding institution for the film and media industry in the German capital region. The New Media Funding division provides funding for innovative audio-visual projects (e.g. games, multiplatform content, virtual and augmented reality) and serial formats (fiction, entertainment and factual). Medienboard also represents Berlin-Brandenburg as a key media location at markets and festivals in Germany and abroad and supports cross-border and cross-industry networking.medienboard.de

Dr. Anna Vielhaber

Dr. Anna Vielhaber is Head of New Media Funding at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the funding institution for the film and media industry in the German capital region. The New Media Funding division provides funding for innovative audio-visual projects (e.g. games, multiplatform content, virtual and augmented reality) and serial formats (fiction, entertainment and factual). Medienboard also represents Berlin-Brandenburg as a key media location at markets and festivals in Germany and abroad and supports cross-border and cross-industry networking.

medienboard.de
Creative Director Fabian ‘Pit’ Pross is one of the founding partners of Woodblock, the award-winning boutique animation studio based in Berlin, with teams in Ludwigsburg, London, Los Angeles and Melbourne. Woodblock delivers strategic and beautifully crafted animated visual content across commercials, music videos, title sequences, brand identities, visual arts, experiential and branded content. Pit’s vision is fresh, engaging and always at the edge of the current zeitgeist.woodblock.tv

Fabian ‘Pit’ Pross

Creative Director Fabian ‘Pit’ Pross is one of the founding partners of Woodblock, the award-winning boutique animation studio based in Berlin, with teams in Ludwigsburg, London, Los Angeles and Melbourne. Woodblock delivers strategic and beautifully crafted animated visual content across commercials, music videos, title sequences, brand identities, visual arts, experiential and branded content. Pit’s vision is fresh, engaging and always at the edge of the current zeitgeist.

woodblock.tv
Felix Steiner works as Head of Design at Heimat, Berlin, part of the TBWA Collective. He is one of the most decorated creatives in Germany, with over 250 awards in every major national and international award show. In 2021, he was ranked in the top 55 most awarded creative directors worldwide according to thedrum.com. When not working as Head of Design, he is talking at design conferences or trying to learn how to play the saxophone with YouTube tutorials. heimat-berlin.com felix-steiner.de

Felix Steiner

Felix Steiner works as Head of Design at Heimat, Berlin, part of the TBWA Collective. He is one of the most decorated creatives in Germany, with over 250 awards in every major national and international award show. In 2021, he was ranked in the top 55 most awarded creative directors worldwide according to thedrum.com. When not working as Head of Design, he is talking at design conferences or trying to learn how to play the saxophone with YouTube tutorials.

heimat-berlin.com
felix-steiner.de
Hermione Mitford Flynn is the co-founder and CEO of 3D character studio, Mimic Productions, who make realistic characters for all industries and imaginations. From scanning to rigging, and motion capture to animation, the studio offers the full character pipeline under one roof. Clients include Warner Brothers, Nike, ShowStudio, Burberry and Saatchi & Saatchi, and the studio has created digital avatars of Marina Abramovic, Jeff Koons, Kanye West, Cristiano Ronaldo and Roger Federer.mimicproductions.com

Hermione Mitford Flynn

Hermione Mitford Flynn is the co-founder and CEO of 3D character studio, Mimic Productions, who make realistic characters for all industries and imaginations. From scanning to rigging, and motion capture to animation, the studio offers the full character pipeline under one roof. Clients include Warner Brothers, Nike, ShowStudio, Burberry and Saatchi & Saatchi, and the studio has created digital avatars of Marina Abramovic, Jeff Koons, Kanye West, Cristiano Ronaldo and Roger Federer.

mimicproductions.com
Sebastian Stamm is co-founder of the award-winning indie game studio Black Pants, where he works as art director, illustrator and CEO. Black Pants is passionate about producing games with new and innovative mechanics, a handcrafted feel, and a one-of-a-kind look. Sebastian is also professor for Game Art at the UE in Berlin and has designed the virtual worlds of online games fairs during the time of Covid-19.blackpants.de the-stamm.com

Prof. Sebastian Stamm

Sebastian Stamm is co-founder of the award-winning indie game studio Black Pants, where he works as art director, illustrator and CEO. Black Pants is passionate about producing games with new and innovative mechanics, a handcrafted feel, and a one-of-a-kind look. Sebastian is also professor for Game Art at the UE in Berlin and has designed the virtual worlds of online games fairs during the time of Covid-19.

blackpants.de
the-stamm.com