Claus Helfenschneider

Freelance 3D Artist
Direction, Design, Animation, Programming

Forss Ecclesia – App Launch & Release Party @ Berghain Berlin (May 2nd)

Date:
2012/05/01
Company:
untouch.fm

Ecclesia is the latest release of electronica artist Forss (musician and entrepreneur; co-founder of soundcloud). In collaboration with untouch.fm and designer Leo Lass this audio-visual album was created. Here is a sneak peek of the iPad App (see video below) and some exclusive stills of tracks #8 and #10, which I worked on a lot. I was lead programmer on the app (which also includes the event visuals), and I’m pretty proud to announce that on May 2nd there will be a big release party at the Berghain in Berlin!

Website: forssmusic.com
forss @ soundcloud

Available in the app store soon!

Music: Forss
Visuals: Leonhard Lass (depart.at), Marcel Schobel (untouch.fm), Claus Helfenschneider (untouch.fm)
Mixing: Mark Bihler
Mastering: Bo Condren (Calyx Mastering)
Organ in Dictum: Mattias Wagner
Published by: untouch.fm 2012

Monkeyshot #4 @Pictoplasma Berlin

Date:
2012/03/26

Monkeyshot #4 (alias Monkeyboxes) will be screened at the Pictoplasma Festival in Berlin. I did the animation and a lot of the compositing on it. Here’s the project page.

Procedural Animation Workshop 2011

Date:
2012/01/05

Like in 2010, I held the “Procedural Animation” class at the University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg in October 2011. Again, the students had to create a procedural still using MEL or Python in Autodesk Maya. This year, the task was to visualize a part of the computer’s directory tree. The data was all given by the file system — file sizes, directories, files, links, file names, creation-/modification-/last-access-dates, number of files in a directory, file types, file extensions,… After one and a half days of theoretical introduction and one and a half day of actual work, the students produced great artworks, in both artistic and technical regard.

Here are some of the results:


Christian Schulze — software directory


Johannes Lindtner, Moritz Palnstorfer


Yana Andreeva, Andreas Atzlinger


Christian Holzer, Johannes Pfeifer


Markus Berger, Fabian Wolf


Thomas Heller


Manuel Wieser — Python32 directory

New Office (2010)

Date:
2012/01/04
Company:
Claus Helfenschneider Animation

This post is a bit (1 ½ years) late, but I recently stumbled upon these pics and here they are.. At that time my office was completely rebuilt. I’ve done a rough blueprint/3D layout in order to check how all the stuff i needed would fit in this quite small room (2.95 x 4.15m). On the lower corner there’s also a sofa and some more shelves. In the right corner there’ll be a flat screen for watching films and TV. The rendering is really simple, nothing fancy, took about 10 hours to create from scratch. Everything seen is true to scale, even my beloved Wacom tablet. The yellow wall was my mum’s idea :)

Here’s a before and after comparison:

Monkeyshots

Date:
2011/07/13
Company:
monkeymen
 

This is one of a few clips created by individuals of the monkeymen collective:

The Monkeycrew is back on track with 5 new sweet little animations. This time around we decided to let some of our little Monkeys go wild on their own. We armed them with their most favourite toys to see what they end up with. In the future we will release more of these whenever we see fit. [monkeymen.tv]

I did not ideate/direct any of the clips, I just did the 3D part on the monkeyshot#4 one. Be shure to check all of them, also the outtake#1, which I like especially.

Dentist

Date:
2011/04/12

A few days ago I’ve made an appointment at the dentist’s. Two days later I saw this.
Mauerpark, Berlin.

Nu Bike

Date:
2011/04/07

Summer’s comin up, so I needed something new to have a nice and comfortable ride to work…

something something big

Date:
2011/02/08

Ever wanted to view 46.080.000 Pixels at once? Here’s our new screen-wall showing a 15K video.

And that’s me with a quite expensive (at least for home use, € 25.000+ is quite expensive) 2K Projector (unfortunately just borrowed) previewing some of the content we (m-box) produced for a client, which in fact is a renowned projector manufacturer – what a coincidence.

Procedural Animation Workshop

Date:
2010/12/17

Last week I held a class called “Procedural Animation” at the University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg (Masters Degree Digital Arts). After having to listen to some theory, the students had to create a procedural artwork using MEL or Python in Autodesk Maya. The task was to visualize spam-emails. The results are really cool I think. They were all created by generating 3D geometry based on various parameters, gathered from parsed text files (spam emails), and by adding some randomness here and there. Good job!


Spamulisation – Maximilian Lögler, Laura Greil, Sigrid Garstenauer


Spamulisation – Maximilian Lögler, Laura Greil, Sigrid Garstenauer


generative fractal text visualisation – Jürgen Koller, Matthias Isele, Dominique Sellitsch


generative fractal text visualisation – Jürgen Koller, Matthias Isele, Dominique Sellitsch


Spam Invaders – Spam Generated Pixel Enemies – Marko Jelen


Spam Invaders – Spam Generated Pixel Enemies – Marko Jelen


Last Christmas – Paul Pammesberger, Gernot Böhm


Lukas_12_22_32 – Paul Pammesberger, Gernot Böhm


paulihateuchlieb – Paul Pammesberger, Gernot Böhm


Spam‐Columns – Stefan Srb, Marko Jelen


Spam‐Columns – Stefan Srb, Marko Jelen


SpamTree – Alexander Pippan, Stephan Schimpf, Wolfgang Schröck


SpamTree – Alexander Pippan, Stephan Schimpf, Wolfgang Schröck

15 minutes of fame

Date:
2010/12/06

My personal 15 minutes of fame: Today, 2010/12/06 – 21:00 on BRalpha. Selected works (PP-P4\~#, Lineament) and a short interview about what I’m doing at work in Berlin.