About me

Martin Backhaus, born 1985 in Bonn, had his first experience in filmmaking in 2004 with the feature film ROLLTREPPE ABWÄRTS, directed by Dustin Loose, which made it to German Cinemas in 2006. He collaborated with Simon J. Paetau on many projects, inluding the semi-documental shortfilm OURY JALLOH, which won the German Human Rights Film Prize in 2008.

From 2008 to 2013 he studied film-production at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg with a specialization in Animation & VFX Producing since 2010 at the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction. In 2011 he participated in the MEDIA training programme Animation Sans Frontières. He graduated April 2013 with the VFX feature film project 5 JAHRE LEBEN / FIVE YEARS.

Recently he produced several Animation, Documentary, Commercial, Visual Effects and Post-Production projects, like the TV-Series Trailer THE INNER WORLD or the Virtual Production commercial DARK MATTER. The hybrid-documentary DIE MENSCHENLIEBE, presented at Visions du Réel 2014 was awarded with the First Steps Award 2014. In 2014 he again collaborated with director Dustin Loose on the short film THE LAST WILL which won a Student Oscar in 2015.

Martin Backhaus is currently a Freelance Producer & Production Manager based in Erfurt and Berlin and part of studioNICE.

Current or Recent Freelance Work

Projects & Filmography

Publications & Talks

2014 Co-Author of the SIGGRAPH 2014 Talk "Dark Matter - A Tale of Virtual Production"

Workshops & Masterclasses

June 2014 High Value for your Budget - The Creative Use of Virtual Production
EFA Masterclass 2014 with Marc Weigert
Oct 2010 - Mar 2011 Animation Sans Frontières - The Animation Production Workshop

University & Schools

Oct 2008 - Apr 2013 Baden-Württemberg Film Academy, Ludwigsburg
Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction

since 2008, 2 years: Film Production
since 2010, 2 years: Animation & VFX Producing
Graduation (Diploma): April 2013
www.filmakademie.de / www.animationsinstitut.de
Aug 1996 - Jun 2005 Grammar School / Secondary School: Hardtberg-Gymnasium Bonn
Degree: Abitur (German A-Levels / German Baccalauréat)

Specific Skills / Software Experience

  • Producing / Project Management / Coordination
    • including Story Development, Project Breakdowns, Biddings, Scheduling, Budgeting, Financing and Monitoring/Controlling of several Fiction, Documentary, Commercial, Animation, VFX, Post-Production, Virtual-Production and Virtual-Reality projects since 2004
  • Post Production
    • Postproduction-Supervision with different Workflows (including VR 360°, Stereoscopic 3D,
      Virtual Production; Arri Alexa, Blackmagic, RED, Sony Cameras
      ) from Preproduction to Delivery since 2004
    • (Online-) Editing, Conforming and Finishing with DaVinci Resolve, Assimilate Scratch, DVS Clipster, Nuke Studio, Premiere Pro, Avid (Symphony), Final Cut Pro
    • DCP Mastering with DVS Clipster, easyDCP+ and OpenDCP
    • TV Broadcast, Bluray, DVD, H.264 Mastering / Encodings, including ffmpeg, x264
    • Sound Editing/Mixing Basics with ProTools (Stereo Sound Mixes for several projects)
  • Visual Effects & Animation
    • VFX On-Set Supervision for several projects
    • Shotgun, ftrack & TACTIC Asset / Shot / Project-management
    • Advanced Spreadsheet Calculations (Excel, LibreOffice, Google Sheets)
    • Compositing with Nuke and After Effects
    • Timeline/Shot Management & Review with Nuke Studio, Hiero, RV
    • Matchmoving Basics with Syntheyes
    • 3D Basics with Modo
    • Basic Python Scripting
  • Misc
    • Languages: German (native), English (fluent), French (Basics)
    • Webdesign, Site-Building Basics (XHTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, Wordpress & Drupal)
    • Linux Ubuntu User since 2007
    • Production Sound Mixer / Recordist for many short films and documentaries (Sounddevices 788T/744T)


Oct-Dec 2005 &
July/Aug 2007
Two Internships at Brainpool TV GmbH, Cologne:
- TV Show "Elton vs. Simon" (Production Staff, Assistant Editor)
- TV Series "Pastewka" (Location / AD Dept.)