VFX for beginners and Intermediates


● 1st weekend: 26th-28th january 2024
● 2nd weekend: 2nd-4th februrary 2024
● location: MMZ Halle (Mansfelder Str. 56, 06108 Halle) & online
● language: german & english

Are you interested in how the stunning visual effects in your favorite movies and commercials are created? Would you like to learn more about the world of 3D, compositing, gaming and the influence of AI? Then our VFX workshop is just the thing for you!

Be a part!

Prepare yourself to begin the exciting journey into the world of visual effects. This workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn the basics, learn from the best and establish yourself in the VFX industry.

Our inspiration

Our workshop is inspired by renowned VFX events. We aim to create a similar atmosphere of innovation and knowledge sharing that characterizes these events.

Target group

Our workshop offer is aimed at interested newcomers, young professionals and professionals from related fields as well as career changers from the media, art, visual and graphics sectors who have switched or would like to switch to the field of film/media production. It can be completed alongside or in preparation for a job and, in addition to a little basic knowledge, requires above all an interest and curiosity in moving image processing. Media designers and/or students in higher semesters and graduates of practical media and design courses are very welcome.


The workshop aims to provide basic training for professional development as a VFX artist. It enables the participants to get to know the possibilities and scope of VFX, to develop it aesthetically and technically and to implement it in initial finger exercises.

You can expect

Our intensive workshop extends over two exciting weekends in the creative atmosphere of Halle, from Friday to Sunday.
What you can expect:

  • Top experts from the VFX industry: We have put together a team of outstanding experts from Germany, Brazil and America who have years of experience in the world of visual effects. They will share their knowledge and experience and provide insights into the impact of AI.
  • Software specialists: In addition to the VFX experts, we have two experienced software specialists on board who will teach you how to master the powerful tools of Nuke and After Effects. From the basics to advanced techniques, you’ll be able to use the software effectively to create stunning visual effects.
  • Hands-on training: This workshop is hands-on! You will have the opportunity to dive straight into the world of textures, lighting and 3D cameras. Through practical exercises and projects, you will sharpen your skills and be able to apply what you have learned immediately.
  • Workflows and pipelines: Learn how the pros work. Understand the best practices to develop seamless workflows and efficient pipelines in your projects. This knowledge will help you advance your career in the VFX industry.
  • Motivation and enthusiasm: We share not only our knowledge but also our passion for visual effects with you. You will be inspired and excited by the possibilities of the VFX world.


1st weekend (26.-28.01.2024):

Time schedule:

  • 26th January 2024: 4pm – 9pm
  • 27th January 2024: 10am – 7:30pm
  • 28th January 2024: 10am – 4:30pm
  • Tom SporerMastering Realism: Techniques and Trends in Photoreal Rendering
  • Helge MatheeWhat’s the future of animation authoring in a real time environment?
  • Lukas SchwabeThe Foundry‘s Nuke for small and big productions – In Depth Tipps and Tricks using an industry Standard

2nd weekend (02.-04.02.2024):

Time schedule:

  • 2nd February 2024: 4pm – 9pm
  • 3rd February 2024: 10am – 7:30pm
  • 4th February 2024: 10am – 4:30pm
  • Renato KliegerFuturistic UI, from concept to animation
  • Arthur Baum – Unreal Engine: The ultimate playground for a dop
  • Christoph Schröer – Preproduction Super-vision: how american studios are planning and organising visual effects shots to be more efficient and cost-saving
  • Lena Pütz – Compositing with After Effects. Tips and Tricks when dealing with image design

Experts (t.b.a.)


Patrick Günther "Call Harry"

“It’s great to see how a magical and detailed world is created from a blank sheet of paper.”


Owner/Supervisor at CALL HARRY/Who is BobB GmbH

Patrick has been part of the post-production world in commercial, image and event film, as well as individual long formats, since 2005. He completed his studies at the FH Aachen with a focus on media design & film in 2004 with the university’s medal of honor.

He worked as an editor for film productions and later as lead compositor and supervisor for renowned post-productions in Hamburg. With great dedication, he produced various full CG commercials with the 3D and creative department.

In 2017, he then founded the post-production company Call Harry, currently based in Halle an der Saale, and is responsible for consulting and implementing various digital moving image formats. 2023 he founded Who is BobB GmbH.

More about Patrick Günther: https://www.callharry.de/


Motion Designer / Concept Artist

I am a freelancer Motion Designer / Concept artist born in Brazil and based between Hamburg and Sao Paulo.

I started my career as a designer in 2001 and switched to Motion and Animation around 2005 when I was employed at Terracota Filmes in Sao Paulo. Byt he end of 2009 I moved to Hamburg-Germany where I worked at Optix Digital Pictures and LIGA01 Computer Films as Lead motion designer and Animation Director.

From 2016 on I persuade a freelancer carrer still in Hamburg until I moved my structure back to Sao Paulo in 2018.
Along the years I had the chance to be involved on many different animation projects for the advertising markets and collect a few prizes and publications in
the field.

More about Renato Klieger: https://www.renatokg.com/


3D-animation expert / CEO of TomSporer GmbH

Born and raised in Austria i started my architectural studies in Vienna during the early 1990s, coinciding with the emergence of accessible and usable 3D software. During that period, 3DStudio DOS was the preferred tool of the trade 😉 My focus shifted towards creating architectural visualizations and 3D animations, which became more compelling to me than traditional architectural work. I embarked on my professional journey at k-effects in Vienna, where I specialized in producing animations and visuals for TV commercials. Simultaneously, I contributed articles to DigitalProduction and taught Softimage XSI, which both enabled my next career move.

In 2005, I relocated to Hamburg and joined Spans and Partner, where I assumed the role of a Look and Shading specialist. Later, I transitioned to VCC Perfect Pictures as the Head of 3D. By 2008, I ventured into freelancing, which soon blossomed into a thriving business. Over the years, my company has expanded, and I now have a team of six dedicated professionals specializing in 3D animation and special effects, primarily catering to the needs of the TV commercial industry.

More about Tom Sporer: https://tomsporer.de/


Art director / motion designer

Lena is a freelance art director / motion designer specializing in compositing and 2D animation. She is now based in Halle an der Saale, but works with clients all over Germany. In 2021, she successfully completed her bachelor’s degree in media design at the DHBW Ravensburg. During the practical phases, she worked at an animation studio in Hamburg.

In the past, she has already gained various insights into topics such as compositing, storyboarding, character design, illustration, 2D and 3D animation and visual effects.

Since becoming self-employed, she has regularly collaborated with other design studios and has worked with a large number of clients from a wide range of industries. This has already resulted in a large number of animated explanatory videos, image films and graphics. The programs she uses on a daily basis include Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After effects, Adobe Photoshop, Procreate and Blender.

More about Lena Pütz: https://lenapuetz-design.com


VFX Supervisor

Christoph is a VFX Supervisor based in Asheville NC, with over a decade of experience, a keen eye for VFX and a deep appreciation for cinematography. His journey in the world of VFX began at some of the largest studios in Germany, where he had the opportunity to work for many of the big car companies in Europe.

In 2016, Christoph made the move to New York to take on a role of Senior Compositor and VFX Supervisor at The Mill. There he teamed with renowned directors such as Henry Hobson, Tarsem Singh and Derek Cianfrance and lead campaigns for Hennessy, Nissan, Samsung, AT&T, Cartier, Lincoln and VISA.

His work received recognition from the industry, including a Cannes Lions shortlist for Hennessy’s “Major,” as well as awards from the Clios and ADC. In 2019, he embarked on a new chapter in his career by joining theNew York based VFX Boutique Artjail, located in Chinatown, as a VFX Supervisor.

More about Christoph Schröer: https://www.christophschroeer.com/


Leitender Software-Ingenieur – Epic Games

Helge started his career at Softimage (later Autodesk) contributing to software products such as Softimage|XSI, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk Motionbuilder. Having worked in film at Omation Studios, Sixbirds Studios Spain and consulting with companies such as MPC, Double Negative and Weta, Helge has insights in both the engineering side of professional content creation software as well as the real user and production requirements.

After working in the field of AR during consulting with Microsoft on Hololens and working on Apple Vision Pro Helge joined Epic Games to lead the development of Control Rig and its integration in Sequencer – offering new character rigging solutions as well as allowing users to animate characters directly in the Engine.

More about Helge Mathee: https://de.linkedin.com/in/helge-mathee


Nuke Compositing Artist

Coming from a more musical background since childhood, I ever since felt and found love for the impactful way that film tells a story.
Fuzzing around with pictures as a teenager, I started with After Effects while Adobe CS 6 was still a thing, and a few years later discovered Nuke as the state of the art tool for compositing. The goal of creating these “final pictures” with the immense technical possibilities and problem solving that Nuke provides turned out to be an ever captivating world for me.

I continued diving into this art studying film at the Hochschule Offenburg, which led to my first internship as a Visual Effect Compositing Artist at The Marmalade (former Schoenheitsfarm) in Hamburg in 2013. As I already had a tiny bit experience in using Nuke, I was able to get my skills onto a level to continue working as a Junior Freelancer right after that, working for companies like Accenture Song (former Mackevision), Rise FX and Lavalabs.

In 2017, being offered a position as Senior Compositing Artist at Accenture Song guided my way to Hamburg as a new hometown, where I had the opportunity to massively expand my knowledge as a Nuke TD (Technical Director), helping out with programming and developing of pipeline tools and
Nuke extensions.

Ever since I found my personal sweetspot somewhere between these technical and creative worlds, and from 2019 on, I was working as Freelance Senior- and Lead Compositor for many more Studios like Important Looking Pirates, Infected, Sehsucht or Psyop, and eventually made my way from advertising to episodic TV and cinema.

More about Lukas Schwabe: https://lukasschwabe.com/


Director of photography / unreal engine artist

My name is Arthur Baum. I’m a Director of Photography and a self taught Unreal Engine Artist based in Leipzig, Germany.

With a background in advertisement and commercials I have a strong focus on cinematic storytelling, lighting and environmental art.  As a storyteller and early adopter of new tech I also love talking and teaching about AI workflows for filmmaking.

More about Arthur Baum: https://arthurbaum.com/about/

Participation fee

We charge a participation fee of 150.00 euros per workshop weekend (plus 7% VAT). The workshop weekends can be booked individually, if participants book both weekends they receive a discount of 25%. Catering, accommodation and travel costs are not included in the fee.

Members of IAMA and the Producers Alliance receive a 15% discount on the participation fee.

The Investitionsbank Sachsen-Anhalt also provides funding opportunities for the payment of participation fees in the area of further education.
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Technical requirements: A possibility to take photos (if possible not with the phone) and access to a PC to prepare the tasks.


Please upload the registration form after you filled it out.

Deadline: 22nd January 2024.
The number of possible participants is limited.



International Academy of Media and Arts e.V.
Christiane Blobel | Mansfelder Straße 56| 06108 Halle (Saale) |Phone: +49 (0)345 478 08 08