- Andreas Feix - Eclipse FX - About Me

ABOUT ME

Alright, so... who am I?


Overall, I am a Digital Compositor & 3D Generalist from Germany, currently based & working in London on visual effects for feature films, with about a decade of personal vfx experience to offer.


I started entering the visual effects industry as early as 2008, with my first vfx internship, then followed that up with being accepted at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg & the associated Institute of Animation in 2009, with a focus in Effects & Animation.
While I was studying there I collaborated with fellow students on various assignments & film projects, and directed a few on my own, several of which went on to collect industry accolades & awards.

During studies, and then afterwards following my graduation in 2015, I have worked for a variety of visual effects companies since, both in Germany and the United Kingdom:

- Unexpected Postproduction
- Pixomondo
- Mackevision
- Moving Picture Company (MPC), Advertising & Film
- Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)
- Framestore


Due to the large variety of projects I have gained experience in advertising, television, short & feature film work, ranging from simple technical fixes to full-blown CG animated extravaganzas, even doing native stereoscopic work both from a creative & technical standpoint.
Based upon the involvement in certain projects and types of software & techniques, I've also given a few presentations & courses at a selection of conferences and conventions.

The personal involvment has led to being rewarded with a few accolades myself - My graduation project 'Citipati' received both a VES Award as well as an Annie Award, and my participation in the decorated 2016 ad 'John Lewis #BustertheBoxer' led to receiving a second VES Award in 2017.


As of 2017 I also became, following a personal invitation, an official member of the Visual Effects Society.



Software in use:
- Compositing Nuke / After Effects

- 3D Generalist 3ds Max / V-Ray
(including Phoenix FD / FumeFX / Realflow / Mudbox / Photoshop / Premiere)


(photo by Jana Englaender)


Beyond 3D festival 2012


w/ Francesco Faranna at the 14th Annual VES Awards
(Best Visual Effects in a Student Project)


// © Andreas Feix / Eclipse FX 2019

THE EARLY DAYS

So when did it all start?


Back then in the year 2000, not long after the family came into possession of its very first digital video camera, it had become a main source of attention for a 12 year old boy. While at first it was only treated like an expensive toy, the addition of an editing software made the ordeal of filming much more interesting - cutting the family's home videos became the new hobby.


But when stop-motion animated films using LEGOs started gaining traction online, I felt inspired to give this filming technique a try myself. Although it felt tedious on the first few attempts, the seeds had been planted, and following more tests my first LEGO short was completed in 2001 - even if it was a far cry from a good film.
I continued on making short films with LEGOs, improving the quality, and soon joined the online brickfilm community afterwards. With every project I kept on experimenting with new methods & techniques, exploring the possibilities within the limitations of the software that was readily available. A few of those films even had some success at smaller festivals & contests within the brickfilm community, which further bolstered the creativity.


Over the course of the years, the focus gradually shifted from creating animated films to rather using said animations in order to explore vfx; by the time I switched from brickfilms to live action, I had already attempted to perform CG set extension work for LEGO scenes. But in order to pursue the goal of a vfx career, the choice had to be made. Luckily several colleagues at school were quickly convinced & eager to join in on the fun of shooting some weird projects, just for the shenanigans alone.


Shortly before I finished high school, I was approached to join in on the fan film "Star Wars: Threads of Destiny", based on some of my work online; and I was curious to join in & contribute to some other's project for a change - a decision which would lead to a 6.5-year production period & becoming one of the film's lead artists by the end of its prostproduction.

Therefore, by the time I had received my high school degree not long after that decision, the path had in a sense already been laid out towards a future vfx career...


"2 Birds with 1 Stone" (2003) / "Flight" (2004)      


"Wo kommen all die Legos her" (2006) / "Interview mit Theodor Bruehl" (2007)



At the 'Jugend filmt' 2007 (German youth film festival)


// © Andreas Feix / Eclipse FX 2019

ACCOLADES


JOHN LEWIS - #BUSTERTHEBOXER
15th Annual VES Awards- Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
(The award was shared with team members Tom Harding, David Filipe & Alex Snookes.)

CITIPATI(160+ festivals, 40+ awards, including:)
14th Annual VES Awards- Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
44th Annie Awards- Best Student Project

SIGGRAPH 2016 Electronic Threatre- official selection

SIGGRAPH Asia Animation Theater 2017- official selection

First Steps Awards 2016- Nominee (Shorts and Animations)

Animago Award 2016- Nominee (Best Short Film)


14th Annual VES Awards - Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

44th Annie Awards - Best Student Project

SIGGRAPH 2016 Electronic Threatre – Official Selection

SIGGRAPH Asia Animation Theater 2017 - Official Selection

First Steps Awards 2016 - Nominee (Shorts and Animations)

Animago Award 2016 - Nominee (Best Short Film)

Anima Mundi 2016 - Official Selection

Shelley's Eye Candy - Official Selection

15th International Student Film & Video Festival Beijing - Outstanding International Student Film Award

New Renaissance London Film Festival - Film of the Week; Best 3D-Animated Film

The Discover Film Awards - Best at Festival / Best Animation

DragonCon Independent Short Film Festival - 3 Awards : Best Animated Drama / Film, Spirit of DragonCon

Animation & Effects Awards Festival (AEAF) 2016 - Gold (Student Project)

SPARK Animation 2016 - Special Mention for Technical Achievement in VFX

Animayo 2017 - Special Mention of the Festival for Best VFX

WebTN New Film Festival - Best Student Film 2016

New Animation & Cartoon Film Festival - Best Student Film

Average Superstar Films - Freedom Shorts - Best SFX

Meraki International Film Fest - Best Animated Short Film

OIFF Turin Film Fest - Best Soundtrack (Petteri Sainio)

Stonefair International Film Festival - Best Animation + Nominee: Best Editor & Best Music

Taos Shortz Film Fest - Best Emerging Artist

Festimatge - Festival De La Imatge De Calella - Best Amateur Short Experimental/Animation

Open Window International Film Challenge - Best Animation/Experimental/Student Short of the Month / Audience Choice Award

7th Figari Film Fest - Best Animated Short Film

Farm Film Festival - Best Soundtrack (Petteri Sainio)

1st Annual Palm Springs International Animation Festival - Best Powerful Dark & Mysterious 3d Animated Short

11th Annual Red Rock Film Festival - 4 Awards: Audience Award (Collegiate Short — Animation), Grand Jury Prize (Collegiate Animation & Best Animation Short), Aglet Award (Best Animation Short)

Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival - Special Mention (Berlin Screening), Season Award nominee x2 (Animation / Music)

The Dark Fest - Technical Achievement Award (VFX & Animation)

Viborg Animation Festival 2016 – Official Selection (VAF Staff Pick & Audience Award)

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2016 – Official Selection (Youth Competition)

22. Filmschau Baden-Württemberg – Official Selection for Competition

Melbourne International Animation Festival – Official Selection for Competition

Los Angeles Cinefest - Semi-Finalist

Kleinkaap Short Film Festival - Nominee: "Best Animation"

2nd Birmingham Film Festival - Nominee: "Best Animation"

Queens World Film Festival - Nominee: "Best Animation"

Four Seasons Film Festival - Best Short Film Award (nominee)

Winter Film Awards 2018 - Nominee: "Best Animation" / Best Student Film

Euroshorts Film Festival - "Best Animation"

Northwest Animation Festival 2017 - Official Selection

12th San Francisco Frozen Film Festival - Official Selection

26th Heartland Film Festival - Official Selection

Anilogue 2016 - Official Selection

Terror Cordoba 2016 - Best Animation 2016

2nd Ciudad de México Int'l Film Festival - Best Animated Short Film

12th Orlando Film Festival - Best Animation

2nd The São Paulo Times Film Festival - Best Animation Short Film

Cyborg Film Festival - Best Short Film (Anime)

10th Tangier International Film Festival - Best Character

4th FICLAPAZ - La Paz International Film Festival - Best Animated Short Film

Five Continents International Film Festival - Special Mention Student Short, Audience Award

SF Indiefest 2018 - Audience Award - Best Animation

ArtFutura 2016 - Official Selection

Interfilm Berlin 2016 - Official Selection

ReAnima 2016 - Official Selection

2nd Animation Marathon 2016 - Official Selection

Puerto Madero Int. Film Festival - Winner August 2016

12 Months Film Festival - Best Animation - September 2016

Gold Movie Awards Goddess Nike (June 2017) - Best Animation

Cayman International Film Festival - Official Selection

South Texas International Film Festival - Official Selection

International Digital Film Festival Kinofest - Official Selection

5th Woodpecker International Film Festival - Official Selection

13th Early Bird International Student FilmFestival - Official Selection

Crearity International Film Festival 2016 - Official Selection

Fantastik 2016 - Official Selection

19th Lenolafilmfestival Inventa un Film - Official Selection

Festival De Cine Solidario De Guadalajara - Fescigu - Official Selection

Athens Animfest - International Animation Festival - Official Selection

2nd FICII - Inca Imperial International Film Festival - Official Selection

Festival Internacional De Cinema De Cerdanya - Official Selection

Girona Film Festival - Official Selection

ANIMA2017 - IX Córdoba International Animation Festival - Official Selection

22nd Portobello Film Festival 2017 - Official Selection

11th Buffalo International Film Festival - Official Selection

1st Eau Claire World Film Festival - Official Selection

Festival Interactif de Cinéma de Lévis - Official Selection

1st Great Message International Film Festival - Official Selection

5th Ariano International Film Festival 2017 - Official Selection

Link International Film Festival - Official Selection

14th Court Métrange Festival - Official Selection

FILMETS Badalona Film Festival 2017 - Official Selection

White Nights Film Festival - Official Selection

SHORTS - Kurzfilmfestival HS Offenburg 2016 - Official Selection

FILMZ - Festival des deutschen Kinos 2016 - Official Selection

2 . Espelkamper Spitziale - Official Selection

V Medellin Short Film Festival FICME - Official Selection

International Animationfestival of Roanne - Official Selection

Promofest Short of the Year 2016 - Official Selection

FIC Autor 2017 - Official Selection

Certamen Int. De Cortometrajes Roberto Di Chiara Florencio Varela - Official Selection

International Film Festival Zoom Zblizenia - Main Contest - Official Selection

Dieciminuti Film Festival - Official Selection

Anim!Arte - International Student Animation Festival - Official Selection

Ficil Bio Bio, Festival Internacional De Cine De Lebu - Official Selection

Fincortex - Festival Internacional De Cortometrajes Experimentales - Official Selection

Aword Short International Film Festival - Official Selection

European Film Festival of Lille - Official Selection

Mecal 19th Festival International of Short Film and Animation of Barcelona - Official Selection

Filmmaker Day - Official Selection

Original Narrative Student Short Film Festival - Official Selection

Paris Play Film Festival - Official Selection

Radical Frame Film Festival - Official Selection

Int. Film Festival Of Animation Cinema And Comics - Cartoon Club - Official Selection

Moviescreenpro Film Festival - Official Selection

Fict - Festival Internacional De Cortometrajes De Torrelavega - Official Selection

Naff - International Animated Film Festival - Official Selection

Concurso De Cortos De Animación - Círculo De Arte De Toledo - Official Selection

Fear No Film Festival - Official Selection

International Short Film Festival Detmold - Official Selection

Festival Internacional Del Cortometraje Fic - Official Selection

Cyber Sousa Xiamen International Animation Festival - Official Selection

7th Farcume - Festival Internacional De Curtas-Metragens De Faro - Official Selection

12th ANIM'EST international animation film festival - Official Selection

12th Show Me Shorts Film Festival - Official Selection

Gig Harbor Film Festival 2017 - Official Selection

10th Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art - Official Selection

2nd Panama Canal International Film Festival - Official Selection

OINK! Autokino beim Platzhirsch - Official Selection

Orscheler Filmfest - Official Selection

37th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival - Official Selection

6th Southampton International Film Festival - Official Selection

Chicago International Children's Film Festival - Official Selection

Make It Short Festival - Official Selection

Kansas International Film Festival - Official Selection

ESMI 2017 - Official Selection

Barcelona Film Festival - Official Selection

Pentedatillo Film Festival - Official Selection

Feodosiya International Film Festival - Official Selection

Paris Lift-Off Filmfestival - Official Selection

Festival El Ojo Cojo - Official Selection

Thessaloniki Animation Festival 2017 - Official Selection

38th European Short Film Festival of Villeurbanne - Official Selection

3rd Hollywood North Film Festival - Official Selection

9th CutOut Fest International Animation and Digital Art Festival - Official Selection

4th Pigrecozen Filmfest - Official Selection

15th Multivision Festival - Official Selection

4th Filmkreis Shorts Event - Official Selection

15th Kathmandu Int'l Mountain Film Festival - Official Selection

PSSST! Silent Film Festival - Official Selection

Steam House Entertainment Independent Film Awards - Official Selection

Ariano International Film Festival - Official Selection

Best Independents International 2018 - Official Selection

Berlin Lift-Off Film Festival - Official Selection

Lecce Film Fest - Official Selection

Beloit International Film Festival - Official Selection

Durango Independent Film Fesitval - Official Selection

New Renaissance Amsterdam Film Festival - Official Selection

Garden State Film Festival - Official Selection

Little Big Shots International Film Festival For Kids - Official Selection

Deep in the Heart Film Festival - Official Selection

Crossroads Film Festival - Official Selection

6th HollyWorms – Der lange Kurzfilmtag 2018 - Official Selection

Underexposed Film Festival - Official Selection

3rd The Oxford Int'l Film Festival - Official Selection

Banjara International Film Festival - Official Selection

The Buddha International Film Festival - Official Selection

Germany International Film Festival - Official Selection


ITFS/Dragon Days - LINDWURM(multiple festival selections, including:)
SIGGRAPH 2013 Computer Animation Festival- official selection
SIGGRAPH Asia Animation Theatre- official selection


Siggraph Computer Animation Festival 2013 - Official Selection

Siggraph Asia 2012 Animation Theater - Official Selection

Animafest Zaghreb 2014 - Official Selection

Anima Mundi Brazil 2013 - Official Selection

Stuttgarter Kurzfilmwinter 2013 / 2 Minutes Short Film Student Award - Official Selection

8th Tehran Int. Animation Festival 2013 - Official Selection

Blitz Film 2012 - Official Selection

Bradford Animation Film Festival 2012 - Official Selection

7th Anim´est IAFF Bukarest - Official Selection

AnifestROZAFA2012 - Official Selectiony

Lange Stuttgart Nacht 2012


& participatory roles in accoladed projects:
   Christopher Robin<br>   
   Jurassic World<br>Fallen Kingdom   
   Ready Player One<br>   
   STAR WARS:<br>The Last Jedi   
   Game of Thrones<br>Season 4   
   Game of Thrones<br>Season 3   
   Deep Dance   
   Rush <br>   
   Globosome<br>   

(The Early Days)

Interview mit Theodor Bruehl
Schüler-Videowettbewerb 2007 - MeGa Konstanz- 2nd place

Natural Fragrances
Jugend filmt 2007- Special Achievement in Original Movie Concept
"Your Moment of Fame" Movie Contest - Pinnacle Systems (2006)- Best Director / - Best Scenario

Reality
Schüler-Videowettbewerb 2006 - MeGa Konstanz- Top 6 entry selection (out of 30 + entries)

(Die) Jugend filmt
Jugend filmt 2004- Special Achievement in Animation

Egyptian Comedy
Jugend filmt 2003- Special Achievement in Animation / - Audience's Choice Award

BIRDS
Horror Movie Contest - Shootin' Bricks.com (2002)- Scariest (Best) Picture / - Best Visual Effects

// © Andreas Feix / Eclipse FX 2019

PUBLICATIONS


Citipati - Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network / February 2018
- An interview conducted by the Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network about the production of Citipati and my personal origins for the interest in film.

Presentation on Fan-Projects at FMX 2017 - FMX Conference / May 2017
- Presentation regarding media related fan-projects, as part of a special spotlight session at the FMX Conference 2017 in Stuttgart.

Citipati - Chaos Group Magazine / July 2016
- An article by Chaos Group Magazine about the production of Citipati as well as the subsequent win at the VES Awards 2016.

Citipati - The Foundry / June 2016
- A blog post about the production Citipati written by The Foundry, highlighting the usage of Nuke for the film's compositing & stereo work.

Citipati - CG Garage podcast #73 / May 2016
- An interview conducted by Christopher Nichols from Chaos Group Labs with Francesco Faranna & myself about the production of Citipati Citipati our studies at the Film Academy as well as being awarded at the 2016 VES Awards.

Citipati - Digital Production / May 2016
- A cover story going behind the scenes of the production of Citipati, detailing the process of animation & effects work and being featured on the cover of the magazine itself, which was printed in the May 2016 issue of the Digital Production.

Presentations at FMX 2016 - FMX Conference / April 2016
- Presentations regarding the VFX/animation work on Citipati, hosted by ChaosGroup, and an overview on media related fan-projects, as part of a special spotlight session, at the FMX Conference 2016 in Stuttgart.

Threads of Destiny presentation - Dragon Days / June 2015
- Following the events of the Dragon Days 2013, held in Stuttgart, the event in 2015 included a presentation regarding the visual effects work in Star Wars: Threads of Destiny.

First Man - Digital Production / July 2014
- A co-written article highlighting the work on 'First Man', a documentary about the origins of modern man, and some of its visual effects work, which was printed in the July 2014 issue of the Digital Production magazine.

Barrikaden.se - Interview - Star Wars: Threads of Destiny & GoT / April 2014
- An interview by the Swedish blog site Barrikaden, regarding my work on Star Wars: Threads of Destiny and the third season of Game of Thrones.
(main interview in english)

IK-Rigs in After Effects - Digital Production / September 2013
- A workshop on creating IK rigs inside After Effects using expressions, which was printed in the September 2013 issue of the Digital Production magazine.

Making Of "Lindwurm" - Digital Production / July 2013
- A behind-the-scenes article on the production of "Lindwurm", which was printed in the July 2013 issue of the Digital Production magazine.

Download the article (in german)

Official Trailer - Dragon Days / July 2013
- 'Lindwurm' becomes the official trailer for the Dragon Days 2013 held in Stuttgart, including a presentation regarding the creation of the trailer itself.

Meet the 3D artist - Creative Bloq / June 2013
- An interview conducted by 3D World Magazine (hosted by Creative Bloq), following the release of "Lindwurm" as the Dragon Days 2013 trailer.

Watch

video

"P-eS-Script" - Adobe Creative Summer / August 2012
- VFX supervisor Steffen Hacker shows the "Projector-Expression Script" in action at the Adobe Creative Summer in Munich (german).

Stereoscopic Presentations - Symposium Beyond 3D / June 2012
- Presentation regarding the stereoscopic 3D work on Globosome and a panel discussion on 3D education at the Beyond 3D Symposium 2012 in Karlsruhe.

Filmakademie Presentations - FMX Conference / May 2012
- Presentations regarding the VFX/animation work on Lindwurm and the stereoscopic 3D work on Globosome at the FMX Conference 2012 in Stuttgart.

"VFX-Pressions" - Filmercamp / November 2011
- VFX course on using expressions in After Effects for visual effects work at the Filmercamp 2011 in Stuttgart.

"Threads of Destiny - VFX Compositor interview" - sw-fanfilms.com / July 2011
- Interview by SW Fanfilms, focusing on the personal involvment in the visual effects work of Star Wars: Threads of Destiny.

"16 Killer Motion Graphics Demo Reels" - ae.tuts+.com / May 2009
- Demoreel featured on a selected list of showcasing several quality showreels from various artists.

// © Andreas Feix / Eclipse FX 2019