Claus Helfenschneider

Freelance 3D Artist
Direction, Design, Animation, Programming

Category: Fun

New Office (2010)

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:



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. []

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.

Nu Bike


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

something something big


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.

1 minute, 1 € and me


[6 days in Berlin] Posts without pictures…


…suck, basicallly. But I didn’t take the time to take pictures and put them up, and I don’t really know what to take pictures of at the moment. I’m quite busy with gathering the load of impressions at the moment… From a nice party at berghain/panoramabar (even with passing by hundrets of people waiting to get in, because of being on the guestlist—my boss was djing there), going out to a hip gay bar in Kreuzberg (oh la la), to buying bikes in Moabit, shopping at the Alexanderplatz, watching Soccer and having a barbecue at a balcony in Neukölln, spending lunchtime and having lunch in Berlin Mitte, watching even more Soccer in the Kastanienallee/Schönhauser Allee at Prenzlauer Berg, buying an Emission Sticker for my car in Pankow, to having a great barbecue-party on the roof-terasse of our atelier/bureau with lots of people celebrating the successful finish of the previous projects, code-named Grid and Arabia, and meeting lots of nice people again and even more nice people for the first time, too. And thats the balance of 6 days in Berlin. Hope my english doesn’t suck too much, anyway. It’s great here, I like it.

My german telephone number is 0049 (0) 1578 / 4053085
[but don’t delete the old one, it still remains active]

Emission sticker



Oh it’s just so nice here! But soon I’ll leave this beautiful place in favour of a big big town… I took this picture recently when walking my parent’s dog out. Note the cattle!

Soccer World Cup 2010 Spreadsheet



Oh yes, the worldcup is so much fun! But instead of having just one favourite team, its even more fun to have a favourite team (or even a preferred result) for each and every game! So Alexandra and I decided to bet on each game. We set up a google spreadsheet (google docs are awesome anyway) and a simple rule: 1 Point for guessing right the winner or a draw, 3 Points for getting the result right. We just have to fill in our bets and a cool formula does the rest. Click the image for full-size view and formula.


Die Schönste Handschrift (Calligraphy)


Cleaning up some old stuff I came across something funny: Way back, when I was still in primary school, I created an 8-page How-To (I called it a »book«) on calligraphy, entitled »Die Schönste Handschrift« (»Most Beautiful Handwriting«).

Funnily enough, the front page was done on the computer, using these awkward squiggly fonts. The handwriting was done with a self-made bamboo-pen (and ink, of course). It deals with different types of fonts and font-stlyes, ornaments and decorations, a number of hints for a nicer writing and features two »Extras« on how to get a crisp line although the pen is blunt, and on bamboo-pen-drawing techniques. Take a look: