Loop Cycles and heavy metal

Head of Animation

Hand in hand with Mario and Yoshi, Markus lived through the 80s and 90s. And? Is that why he wanted to be a plumber or a janitor? No, he looked behind the pixels and wondered how the matrix was written.

After one or two red pills, he can now not only read the matrix, he can influence it and find his way wonderfully around the rabbit hole.

Using vectors, anchor points and keyframes, he creates small, beautiful details that complement the filmed image, or even whole worlds in which a Princess Peach is probably always lost somewhere.

What’s on your mind right now? In which phase is your project? Questions you don’t need to ask Markus. It’s enough just to listen to the music he’s playing right now. If he has headphones on, a quick glance at his playlist will help.

But beware, just because Beast in Black’s “Berserker” is playing doesn’t mean it’s stressful or the deadline is approaching. No, for Markus this can be a “Deep Focus” concentration album, in which he brings two-dimensional vector graphics to life with a lot of feeling.

Why do you make corporate films?

The change is awesome! As a filmmaker I am always looking for variety and exciting new environments: No project and no location is like the other. By this I mean not only the spatial diversity of filming, but also the wealth of requirements in post-production. You just do something new with every project.

“Who rests, rusts” and so corporate films bring me forward every day in the most different areas.

To draw out an inspiring sparkle in the eyes of the customer while he rediscovers his own products – that’s what it’s worth fighting for! …to shoot corporate films.

How would you describe to a man from 1920 what you do at kambeckfilm?

We’ve got a little camera that makes some great movies… * ominous music *

I’d tell the person, “You made a nice candy bar there! Too bad nobody knows it. At kambeckfilm I make sure that people know something about it. You know, in a few years people will be able to watch films at home. For example, a film about your chocolate bar, and thousands of people at a time.”

And then quickly back to the DeLorean and CIAO.

What is the connection between your free time and filmmaking?

If possible, I incorporate my own style into many projects. This style is formed from my personal interests and viewing habits. When it comes to animations, I am always inspired by motion sequences that I know from video games or Japanese animes, for example. I think we draw all our ideas and inspirations from what we find great at home.

It often happens that I look out of the window and think: “How cool is that animated! You just take a closer look at things.

What's at the top of your bucket list?

Storm all kinds of arcade halls in Japan.

What is your favourite commercial?

I love the commercials around the Nintendo products released in the 90s, such as the Nintendo GameBoy or the Super Nintendo. The hyperactive narrator, the excellent “retro” animations and the dress style of the actors: “Wonderful! I see it as a mirror of the time. Advertising as blunt and direct as you can’t show it today.

To name another advertising campaign from today: The NETTO cat spot is ingenious.

Which Spotify playlist do you run during work?

I have either an “80’s Greatest Hits” playlist or, after the fourth correction loop, a heavy metal thumper.