TRIXTER TRIUMPHS AT THE DEUTSCHE FILMPREIS 2020 AWARDS
Germany’s leading VFX studio won the newly established Lola award for ‘Best Visual Effects and Animation’ for The Kangaroo Chronicles
Munich, Germany – April 29th 2020 TRIXTER one of Germany’s leading VFX studios won the newly established award for ‘Best Visual Effects and Animation’ for its work on The Kangaroo Chronicles , an X Filme production directed by Dani Levy, based on Marc-Uwe Kling’s book of the same name, which depicts the encounter between a hipster musician and a communist kangaroo.
Trixter’s team of artists, led by VFX Supervisor Jan Stoltz and Animation Supervisor Claudius Urban, created a total of 393 kangaroo shots and 74 environmental VFX shots for “The Kangaroo Chronicles,” which was released at the beginning of March. TRIXTER’s scope of work included the entire creative development of the kangaroo character, planning and supervision on set and of course the practical implementation in post-production. The environmental VFX shots consisted of complex 3D set extensions of a huge construction site wasteland in the middle of Kreuzberg with many matte paintings and retouching also being required.
The awards, dubbed Germany's Oscars, were televised live on Friday 24 th April due to coronavirus fears. After virtually receiving the German Film Academy Prize for Best Visual Effects and Animation, Jan Stoltz said, " We are honoured to have our VFX work recognised in the new category . Each year the depth and quality of the visuals become greater, demanding that we up our game. My biggest thanks of course go to the fantastic team at TRIXTER, Dani Levy & Marc-Uwe Kling for this great collaboration; and also to Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott at X Filme for their trust in our work . "
Animation Supervisor Claudius Urban added “ It’s a special honour to accept this award on behalf of the entire kangaroo-team!! I’m incredibly proud of how we all rose to the challenge and delivered Zack’s fantastic performance through our animation .”
For Christian Sommer, CEO at TRIXTER the award win is “a great achievement” for the studio. “As a representative of our entire crew that put their heart and soul into this impressive VFX work, it’s great to see Jan & Claudius accept this recognition for the incredibly compelling animation. Now more than ever it’s great for us to showcase how visual effects can support storytelling when characters and places can’t be captured in camera.”
The Lola award is a great milestone for TRIXTER, one of Germany’s leading VFX studios. Their 20-year history has seen the completion of major projects for both television and film, bringing Iron Man, Baby Groot and Goose the cat to life—this includes work on the upcoming Marvel feature, Black Widow. In 2018, the studio joined forces with Cinesite, becoming one of the largest independent digital entertainment studios worldwide.
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TRIXTER, GERMANY’S LEADING VFX AND ANIMATION STUDIO PARTNERS WITH CINESITE
The deal strengthens Cinesite’s leading position in visual effects and feature animation for the independent privately-owned studio
London, UK – August 9th, 2018
Cinesite announced today it has reached an agreement to partner TRIXTER, a leading German and European provider of visual effects (VFX) and feature animation to premier international film, broadcast and streaming clients. This initial partnership will lead to Cinesite acquiring 100% of the TRIXTER business once regulatory and legal work is completed.
The new partnership will allow the existing senior TRIXTER team to lead the business in Germany and continue to build on its amazing reputation to grow the operations with the benefit and support of a larger parent company. As with Cinesite’s 2015 acquisition of Vancouver-based VFX studio Image Engine Design, TRIXTER will retain its brand and creative centre.
Cinesite group CEO Antony Hunt said:
“The TRIXTER team has a fantastic reputation for producing high quality concept art, character design alongside complex VFX and feature animation. In partnering with
executing our strategic objective of enhancing our market position in both visual effects and animation and TRIXTER , we are getting the benefit of an amazing creative team of people in Munich and Berlin.
“The skills transfer, technology collaboration, shared resources and approaches across our international studios brings benefits to all our teams and the quality of the work they create. This is borne out by the success of the Cinesite group, which has continued to grow its market share and has seen its revenue increase 40% year on year since 2014."
Founded two decades ago by Simone Kraus Townsend and Michael Coldewey, Professor at the Munich Filmschool (HFF), TRIXTER is Germany`s leading VFX and animation studio, creating stunning high-end VFX work and character animation for film, broadcast and streaming media platforms. The studio, which has capacity for 220 professionals in Munich and Berlin, has collaborated with Marvel Studios to bring characters like Iron Man, Black Panther, Rocket and Baby Groot to life. The company also contributed to many other projects, including SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING for Columbia Pictures, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS for Universal Pictures, along with episodes for Netflix’s LOST IN SPACE and AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD.
"I am incredibly proud of our people and the business and brand equity we have all built," said Christian Sommer, CEO, TRIXTER. "By joining forces with Cinesite we will benefit from both their global infrastructure and a broader range of clients to further strengthen our position in the international market. "
TRIXTER co-founders, SImone Kraus Townsend and Michael Coldewey commented ; "This is an incredibly exciting time for everybody involved and there are huge opportunities for all of us. We are pleased to have found a supportive and forward-thinking partner in Cinesite and are eager to share talents and expertise with the group.
" 2018 has been a busy year for the Cinesite group, having secured a $70 million financial capacity plan with asset manager Pemberton Capital. The studio’s technicians and artists have been hard at work crafting some of the year’s biggest blockbusters. Recent VFX credits include ANT MAN & THE WASP, SKYSCRAPER, AVENGERS INFINITY WAR, JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, HBO’s GAME OF THRONES and THE COMMUTER with further standout projects coming soon such as MARY POPPINS RETURNS for Disney, ROBIN HOOD for Lionsgate and Warner Brothers’ FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD. Financial details of today’s agreement will not be disclosed.
Established in 1991, Cinesite is one of the world's most highly respected independent digital entertainment studios, producing award-winning animation and visual effects for film, broadcast and streaming media platforms. Alongside its global VFX services, its feature animation division works with IP creators and filmmakers to create high-end animated features, based out of Cinesite’s Montreal and Vancouver facilities. Cinesite continues to forge new partnerships and collaborations with leading studios and filmmakers to deliver stories that resonate with a global audience.
Cinesite is headquartered in London with studios in Montreal and Vancouver with capacity for over 1,300 artists and filmmakers. For more information, visit https://www.cinesite.com/
Founded two decades ago by Simone Kraus Townsend and Michael Coldewey, TRIXTER is one of Germany`s leading VFX studios, creating stunning high end VFX work and character animation for film, broadcast and streaming media platforms. At the leading edge of the industry, employing computer scientists, film aficionados and incredibly talented artists, TRIXTER is always pushing the boundaries and is currently developing content and technical solutions for VR and 360°.
TRIXTER is located in Munich and Berlin with capacity for over 220 artists and filmmakers. For more information, vis