Rafal Hanzl

creative technologist / academic teacher / director / animator / 3D modeler texture artist

photographer / VJ / performance artist / digital compositor

 

I am a creative technologist, academic teacher, director, and digital artist, based in Norway, interested in developing films, visualizations and multimedia events, exploring the new possibilities of digital tools as a support for artistic expression. I have over 18 years of experience in teaching digital film postproduction, animation, and design.
I try to engage in my work own interactive art solutions involving the creation, processing, projection and spatial interrelation of visuals and sound. I aspire to develop storytelling techniques agnostic of media platforms allowing multidisciplinary breadth and the cultivation of critical thinking through unconventional ways of use of digital tools. Films, exhibitions, digital artifacts, and performances, often created with a variety of collaborators, are a guise to imply innovative twists to digital technologies that highlight human relationship with machines and explore the intersection of digital and analog techniques in the art. Although focused on digital technology I savor to instill the traditional art methods in the creative process in order to reach the breaking point.

Academic qualifications:

2019 : Ph.D. at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, The Norwegian Film School, in the field of artistic research “Ways of expression: the impact of VFX technology on modern storytelling in film and interactive media production.

Since 2014 : Academic teacher of The Norwegian Film School / Den norske filmskolen – Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences – Lillehammer

2014-2018 Research Fellow in Norwegian Artistic Research Programme

1999-2018 : Senior lecturer of Polish Film SchoolThe Cinematography and Television Production department, specializations: Cinematography, Animation Directing, and Special Effects and The Film, and Television Directing department specialization: Editing.

2015-2017 : Head of Digital Visual Design department at The Norwegian Film School / Den norske filmskolen – Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences – Lillehammer

2014-2017 Co-author of the curriculum of the new visual effects faculty at The Norwegian Film School / Den norske filmskolen – Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences – Lillehammer

2017 Ph.D. at Polish Film School, Direction of Photography and Television Production Department, in the field of film arts, in specialization of animation and special effects

1996 : Master at Strzeminski Academy of Art Lodz, Faculty of Visual Arts, in the field of fine arts

Publications and conference presentations:

2016 : “Challenges of initiating and planning a VFX education with a film school” at # Lights, Camera, Interaction! conference, Aalto University, Helsinki

2013 Lectures on digital postproduction, Film Spring Open, Krakow

2012 : Presentation of achievements, Adobe Video Day, Warsaw

1996–2000 Collaboration with Cyber and GFX magazines in the area of writing articles

1994 : Collaboration with KALEJDOSKOP magazine, art exhibition reviews

Work experience:

2001-2014 : Owner of Digital Media Design firm – web design, multimedia, desktop publishing, films and animation for television and advertising.

2000 : Co-owner of Digital Media Design company – desktop publishing, web design, multimedia

1996 – 2000 : Worked in several firms making web design, desktop publishing and animation.

Extensive knowledge of the following software:

  • 2D animation: After Effects, Flash, Toon Boom, Anime Studio, TVPaint, Flipbook, Elastic Reality, Illusion
  • 3D animation: Maya generalist (Mental Ray, Arnold, V-Ray, Maxwell), Cinema 4D, MotionBuilder, Vue, Bryce
  • 3D graphics: sculpting, retopo, UV, texturing: ZBrush, Mudbox, 3d-Coat, Topogun, UVLayout, Bodypaint, Substance Designer/Painter
  • 3D printing: Netfabb, Meshmixer
  • photogrammetry: Reality Capture, Metashape, Recap
  • Compositing: After Effects, Nuke, Scratch, Monet, Mokey, PFTrack, Combustion
  • Digital painting, photo editing & concept art: Photoshop, Clip Paint Studio, Painter, Sketchbook, Procreate
  • Desktop publishing: Quark Xpress, InDesign, Freehand, Illustrator, Corel, Acrobat
  • Editing: Avid, Edit, Edius, Premiere, Prelude
  • Game engines: Unreal, Unity
  • Live performance: TouchDesigner, Resolume, Arkos
  • Multimedia: Flash (ActionScript), Director (Lingo), Encore, Soundforge
  • Virtual reality: CaraVR, MasterpieceVR, Tilt Brush
  • Web application: Dreamweaver (dhtml, CSS, WordPress), Fireworks, Frontpage

Art experience:

2018 In touch” feature documentary – VFX on-set supervisor and production development

2018 “The Road to Excellence” – virtual reality installation for The Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic – the concept, writing credits, supervising art director (Philharmonic), project coordinator (Philharmonic), matte painting, 360 compositing, supervising sound editor

2013 : Polish Book Art and Animation – exhibition in Hyogo prefectural Marukawakouen Museum of Art, Japan

2012 ” CYFROTEKA – III luksusowe Swieto Mysli Cyfrowej” – video-art, visual effects supervisor

2012 “Transformacje” – video-performance to the concert by Arthur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra, music composed by Stanislaw Syrewicz, visual effects supervisor

2012 Rebirth” – screenplay, director, visual development, visual effects supervisor, modeling, texturing, animation, rendering, compositing, editing

2011 “Absolwenci” documentary – cinematography, visual effects supervisor, motion graphics

2011 Videoperformance “Haiku Milosz” – Festiwal Poezji in Sopot, visual effects supervisor

2010 Piana Zludzen Last Show – VJing in cinema Cytryna, visual effects supervisor

2010 : “VI Warsztaty Artystyczne – Jaroslaw” – exhibition in Jaroslaw

2009 “wystawa poplenerowa Warsztaty Artystyczne” – exhibition in Jaroslaw

2008-2009 : “The Bootels” – video clips, documentary

2008 “Miedzynarodowe Warsztaty Tworczosci Konkretnej” – exhibition in Jaroslaw

2007 “Takie miasto” – 2d, 3d animation, visual effects supervisor

2006 “Osiem” – 3d animation, visual effects supervisor

2006 “Painting and Film” exhibition in The Film Museum in Lodz

2005-2013 : permanent photography exposition – “One 21 Club” Lodz

2003-2005 an exhibitions of multi-media events OTWartA WYSTAWA – photo sessions, internet projects

2002-2003 the set of multimedia performances – live made graphics for music improvisation – Torun, Poznan, Lodz

2002 : vernissage Art Group DMD on “New Year Concert” in Slask Opera, conncted with an charity auction of works of art, graphics

2002 : vernissage and performance DMD Art Group in Forum Fabricum club, graphics, and animation

2001 : “A-Lit” – video clip – animation

2000 performance and multimedia show: “Stars Tune” in Chorzow planetarium

2000 founder member of DMD art group for unconventional art communication: performance, video-art, web-art, multimedia computer graphics

1998 “Speed” – animation

1998 collaboration with Cyber magazine (IDG Poland), interactive art applications on CD-ROMs

1994 participation in 5th The International Festival of Comics in Lodz

1993, 1994 collaboration in Strzeminski art competition

1992,1993 painting exhibitions