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David Schaefer & Dmitriy Glazyrin — Co-Founders, Mondlicht Studios

In a little over a year, Mondlicht Studios has made a global name for itself in CG advertising projects. Its large-scale, award-winning images for Netflix series literally wrap around buildings, and it also provides animation, retouching, AR and VR services. Here, co-founders David Schaefer and Dmitriy Glazyrin tell Chris the story behind the studio.

You’ll find out about the technology David and Dima use to create 95MP images, how media and advertising are moving away from stills and into animation, and how new AI tools make their lives easier. They also share some useful tips they’ve picked up from working in automotive CG and photography, and talk about how they add character and story to their images.


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6:13 The story behind Mondlicht and its name

12:55 Learning the ropes at Mercedes-Benz

16:55 Forming Mondlicht

20:58 Amazon and Netflix projects

28:55 How Mercedes-Benz lights cars for photography

36:38 Creating huge-resolution images for 70 ft billboards

45:13 How advertising is evolving

55:52 Making use of AI upscaling technology

1:00:24 Everything’s a pixel: David’s philosophy

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

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