2d/3d Animator, Chraracter Designer, Illustrator
August 2011 – present 2011
Working on Storyboard poses until the final Clean up for the Comic „Ria- Power of the seal“
April 2011 – August2011 (4 months) Berlin Area, Germany
Animating traditionally directly in TVPaint for feature Film "the Mondmann".
Privately Held; Motion Pictures and Film industry
October 2010 – April 2011 (7 months)
working as a fulltime 2D traditional Animator on feature film "Le Jour des Corneilles"
April 2010 – June 2010 (3 months)
Animating main characters for feature film ''Little big panda''
January 2010 – March 2010 (3 months)
Commercial work for Mediamarkt a german Tech-store.
Lineart animated digitally in TVPaint.
June 2009 – September 2009 (4 months)
Assistant Character Designer of Thorsten Kiecker designing Characters for german 2d feature "Little Big Panda"
April 2007 – April 2009 (2 years 1 month)
Animating and cleaning main characters for Silvain Chomet's 2D animation feature "L'Illusioniste".
Privately Held; Think Tanks industry
August 2006 – November 2006 (4 months)
Animation of main characters on 2D feature "Dodo"
January 2005 – February 2006 (1 year 2 months)
-Creating Illustrations with given characters for several projects
-Creating character model packs with given characters
-Designing characters for several projects
Public Company; Publishing industry
January 1998 – April 2004 (6 years 4 months)
"Berliner Morgenpost" is a local daily newspaper.
I did monthly based Illustrations for different departments.
April 2003 – January 2004 (10 months)
Illustrations with "Vossi" the self designed mascot of the magazin
School 4 Games
Concept art & Design
One week crash course.
2009 – 2009
2 months full time class to learn the basics of 3d Animation in 3ds Max.
Assistant Character Designer
“From Character Design at the early stages of initial concepts up to final design work, Christian Retzlaffs service is on exceptional high level. His wide range of service for Character Design and Pre Production even so animation are always a great help for our team. Working with Christian for us means to stay on schedule with the best possible results. We recommend Christian for every other production.” September 30, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative
1st Thorsten Kiecker,
hired Christian Stephan as a Character Design, Development in 2009, and hired Christian Stephan more than once
“Christian is an important member of the animation team and has been key in getting some of the most difficult (and funny) characters on screen. I would recommend him for an animation position on any future projects.” March 11, 2009
1st Paul Dutton, Assistant Director / Animation Director, Django Films
managed Christian Stephan at Django Films
Stil / Genre
Generell kann ich mich jedem Stil anpassen. Ich habe Animation studiert und schon an mehreren Kinofilmproduktionen mitgearbeitet. Dort geht es meistent darum sich auf einen anderen Stil einzulassen. Und ihn so gut es geht zu imitieren damit der Film einheitlich aussieht.
Meine Vorliebe ist jedoch ein sehr cartooniger Stil in Richtung Disney.
"Menschliches Charakterdesign im Animationsfilm: Der menschliche Körper und seine Umsetzung im Designprozess."
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (29. März 2011)