Prof. Michael Lankes
As early as during his university studies, film scholar Michael Lankes experimented with blending live action and CGI. In his award-winning short film "Der Aufstand" (1999), the computer-generated main character interacts with actors filmed on set. After a VFX scholarship at Madrid's ECAM film school, he specialized in digital compositing. Since 2006, Lankes has been involved in international feature film productions in Germany and New Zealand as a VFX specialist (view showreel).
His filmography includes, among others, "The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug" (2013), "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012), and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" (2010) (view complete filmography). As compositing supervisor, he belonged to the team that won a Best Visual Effects Academy Award for Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" (2011) in 2012. In the winter semester of 2016, Lankes was appointed Professor of Visual Effects Compositing at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.