Interview Das Werk
Hello and thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Tell us a bit about yourself…
My name is Rolf Muetze, I am 37 years old, married and have two little boys. I studied visual communication at the University of Applied Sciences in Muenster/Germany and Computer Arts at the University of Arts in San Francisco. After living and working in London for some time I now work for das werk since 2005, where I am head of the 3D department.
What programs/ plugins/ scripts do you use?
We at das werk use Maya as our main 3d tool. Depending on the project’s need we bring in different tools, for example PFTrack, zBrush, Realflow, Softimage or Houdini. Compositing-wise we run nuke and flame, further down the pipeline we use the baselight system for color grading.
I myself use the combination of maya and photoshop/after effects for layout purpose quite a lot. Drawing over simple 3d renders helps to get an idea what direction a project should go.
What can you tell us about the decision to implement Nuke in your company as the new desktop compositing software?
We had a strong maya/shake pipeline build over the years. However switching to a maya/nuke workflow brings 3D and compositing artists much closer together. Being able to work in with the same cameras, tracking data and work in the same 3D environment gives us a lot of freedom for a faster workflow and quicker turnarounds when getting feedback from the client. Also, having more and more 3D stereo projects coming up, Nuke definitely is the weapon of choice for that task.
You work with a lot of advertising agencies. Do you find it difficult to work on “somebody else’s vision”?
Yes and No ;-)
It is difficult if the vision is blurred by too many people, marketing studies and influences of all these “political” stuff. Then it is hard to decide how much of your own vision and ideas needed to be put in and where to let go.
However, if you work with someone having a clear vision, I myself enjoy it a lot helping him or her to achieve the images he/she has in mind. We always try to bring the vision to the next level. Achieving that with a team where different strength are coming together is a very fulfilling thing. It is always amazing to see what can be done working with a great team.