Bruce has been a partner at Kaiserbrand for exactly one year today! I can’t believe how fast this year went by. Probably because it was the sh### year of all time and our brain has already suppressed everything. But today is not the time to complain about COVID-19. Today is paaartey time!
How exactly did Bruce end up at Kaiserbrand?
Yes, how did Bruce get to Kaiserbrand? I rummaged in my mailbox today and actually found our first ever email correspondence. On April 21st, 2008 Bruce sent us his showreel and asked if he could come over. At that time he was already living right around the corner from our studio (less than 100 meters) and saw in our shop window that we are an animation studio.
ITS A LOVELY DAY TODAY (TUESDAY)… SO I THOUGHT I MIGHT POP BY YOUR STUDIO AND SAY HELLO THIS AFTERNOON, IF YOUR NOT TOO BUSY.
If you don't know Bruce in person: He is 6 ½ feet tall, tattooed all over and had a freshly shaved head at the time. Some of you would probaly have changed the side of the street if you'd met him at night. But the little prince taught us that only inner values count. And the showreel (which was awesome)!
Our first project
Exactly one month later we needed a Flash animator for an advertising campaign by Natural American Spirit, for which we had to animate a few short videos (on behalf of the advertising agency RÖMER WILDBERGER). Yes, this sounds weird indeed, but 13 years ago Flash websites were still a thing and it was OK to work for cigarette ads too 🤣
What can I say, Bruce rocked the project and we've worked together regularly ever since. From day one I admired his no-bullshit working attitude: no matter how complicated the scenes assigned to him were - he just sat down and worked like a machine. No complaints, no excuses. And he's so damn fast!
In a larger project for the museum in the Albrechtsburg in Meissen (2009 with GERHARDS & GLÜCKER agency), for which we had a team of 6 animators, Bruce, for example, did almost 50% of all scenes. And he still had time to sneak in outtakes like this now and then when delivering previews.
Bruce and I have worked out a perfect workflow over the years, with which the two of us are as productive as a team of 10. No joke! I don't have any statistics, but I think Bruce and I produced a good ⅔ of all Kaiserbrand projects on our own.
And they all animated happily everafter…
When Jana left Kaiserbrand last year, it was the only logical decision to have Bruce on board as a partner. The process was made "a bit" difficult by the first lockdown, but life would be boring without some hurdles. We drew up contracts, set up new bank accounts, dealt with all sorts of paperwork - all without seeing each other once. I was in Corona exile in "Saxon Switzerland" and Bruce was at home in Berlin. We saw each other for the first time at my wedding, about a month later!
The moral of the story?
Stay at home, keep at least 1.5 meters away from others, wash your hands. And never change shareholders during a global pandemic. Unless you have a Bruce too! 🤘