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Woodblock Names Conrad Ostwald Head of Production

With extensive experience in design and project management, Ostwald will oversee production at the independent animation and VFX studio.

Berlin-based animation and VFX studio Woodblock has appointed Conrad Ostwald as head of production. His extensive skills in production management are a key addition to the independent studio’s ongoing mission to streamline pipeline and production processes.

Ostwald began his career at Buck New York, spending six years refining his skills in design, animation, and project management. He returned to Berlin in 2013, freelancing as a motion designer and VFX compositor in several studios including Rise FX, Sehsucht and Parasol Island, before joining Foam Studio in 2018 as head of production.

As head of production, Ostwald will be responsible for projects running smoothly for both clients and the creative team. His extensive studio experience has provided him with the skills to anticipate issues that can arise throughout production, enabling him to foresee and tackle any potential setbacks in advance. He will also use these skills to further streamline Woodblock’s pipeline and production processes and will act as a source of communication between artists and clients.

“Woodblock has always been one of my favorite studios in Berlin,” commented Ostwald. “They’re a wonderful team, covering such a wide range of creative and technically challenging productions – whether this is character animations, full commercial campaigns, or cinematic CG shorts. Knowing that there are entire shows in development really excites me both as a producer and a creative. I’m grateful for the opportunity to run these bigger productions whilst developing formats beyond a commercial focus.”

“We are excited to have Conrad finally join the team,” remarked Woodblock managing partner, Ilija Brunck. “His skillset – especially his sophisticated organization and communication skills – is a key addition to our ongoing mission of streamlining our production workflows. He also adds a treasure trove of connections that can enhance our expansive network of artistic talent. All of us here at Woodblock are looking forward to working with Conrad as he refines, develops, and broadens our line of work with his strong motivation and wonderfully positive attitude.”

“I can’t wait to spend my days working with such a large and international group of talented people,” added Ostwald. “Sharing knowledge and discussing our professional and personal ambitions at the office or over drinks in buzzing Kreuzberg.”

Source: Woodblock