“ ow we’re [at] almost 200 people over all the different offices,” says Florian Gellinger, one of the four founders of
Rise FX based in Berlin, Germany. “Berlin alone has roughly 1,400 square metres now, so almost five times what we started with.” The Berlin studio is a huge, multilevel environment with exposed cream bricks and black painted walls that contrast one another.
We’re guided through the ground floor, weaving through countless desks of busy artists, shown the on-site screening room and told of how Marvel’s involvement had meant this once open space had to be retrofitted to allow for more privacy, more secrecy. Gellinger leads us upstairs, through a much more open hall and into the largest meeting room of the building, where we’re greeted by his office dog and a glorious sight of the river Spree.
But as significant a studio as Rise FX is, it doesn’t feel like it – there’s a sense that the company still retains the very same essence that
it was born with, of little more than just friends making art together. Only moments earlier, Gellinger had been inspecting a delivery for the company, laughing with colleagues who didn’t seem to recognise him as a boss.
“We started actually on the same floor that we’re at right now,” he explains, “which was around 300 square metres. We had everything in there – we had a little screen room, it had our server room in there and the ACS on the roof. And so all in all there was probably, if you subtract the conference from the management and producing floor, we probably had space for 18 artists, maybe 20.”
Berlin is one of europe’s most culturally diverse and artistically rich capitals, but when it comes to 3D design there are few companies as significant as Rise FX as adam Barnes discovers