Berlin animation and VFX studio Block of wood has appointed Conrad Ostwald as production manager. His extensive production management skills are an important addition to the independent studio's ongoing mission to streamline pipeline and production processes.
Ostwald began his career at Buck New York and spent six years honing his design, animation, and project management skills. In 2013 he returned to Berlin and worked as a freelance motion designer and VFX compositor in various studios, including Rise FX, Sehsucht and Parasol Island, before moving to Foam Studio as production manager in 2018.
As production manager, Ostwald will be responsible for projects that run smoothly for both the customers and the creative team. His extensive studio experience has given him the ability to anticipate issues that may arise throughout production so that he can anticipate and address possible setbacks. He will also use these skills to further optimize Woodblock's pipeline and production processes and act as a source of communication between artists and customers.
"Woodblock has always been one of my favorite studios in Berlin," commented Ostwald. “You are a wonderful team that covers such a wide range of creative and technically challenging productions – whether it is character animations, full advertising campaigns or CG short films. Knowing that entire shows are in development appeals to me both as a producer and as a creative. I'm grateful for the opportunity to run these larger productions and develop formats that go beyond a commercial focus. "
"We are very pleased that Conrad is finally joining the team," said Woodli managing director Ilija Brunck. “His skills – especially his sophisticated organizational and communication skills – are an important addition to our ongoing mission to optimize our production processes. It also adds a treasure trove of connections that can expand our extensive network of artistic talent. All of us here at Woodblock look forward to working with Conrad, who, with his strong motivation and wonderfully positive attitude, refines, develops and expands our work. "
"I can't wait to spend my days with such a large and international group of talented people," added Ostwald. "Share knowledge and discuss our professional and personal ambitions in the office or over a drink in vibrant Kreuzberg."