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16:00-17:00
Saturday May 06
Bertha-Benz-Saal
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Making Of "Die Sturmflut" for RTL
Alexander Kiesl/unexpected gmbh , Steffen Hacker/unexpected gmbh , Björn Mayer/Unexpected GmbH

The two-part event movie "Die Sturmflut", produced by teamWorx for RTL, was the biggest production in the history of RTL. It wook two companies eight months to complete the images of the catastrophe that took place in 1962 in Hamburg. Unexpected GmbH did some tricky retouching work and matte paintings and created all shots with digital helicopters and the huge flyover sequences of flooded Hamburg.





Alexander Kiesl studied at the Institute for Animation and Visual Effects at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. He co-founded Unexpected Postproduction GmbH in Stuttgart in 1999, since 2005 he has been CEO, Lead Animator and Head of the VFX-Department at Unexpected.


Alexander Kiesl
Managing Director, Head of VFX
unexpected gmbh


Steffen Hacker studied at the Institute for Animation and Visual Effects at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Since 2005 he is Lead Compositor and Head of the VFX-Department at Unexpected Postproduction GmbH.


Steffen Hacker
Head of VFX
unexpected gmbh


Björn Mayer studied at the Institute for Animation and Visual Effects at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. He worked for Imagine Virtual Services and Elektrofilm before becoming Head of VFX at Unexpected GmbH. Since 2006 he is Lead Matte Painter Digital Environment at Pixomondo Images. Björn Mayer supervised and led the project "Die Sturmflut" for unexpected GmbH.


Björn Mayer
Lead Matte Painter Digital Environment
Unexpected GmbH

Unexpected GmbH is an agency that specializes in visual effects (VFX) and 3D animation. The core segments for 3D animation, VFX and DVD production are complemented by e-solutions and interactive. The customers include film and television producers (RTL, SAT1, ZDF, teamWorx, StudioHamburg) as well as businesses from industry and the services sector (Bosch, Telekom, BASF).


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