Johannes studied Architecture in Aachen, Los Angeles and Vienna, where he received his Master of Architecture in January 2005. After working for FOA in London for a year, Johannes joined Rockstar Vienna as lead concept artist until it was shut down in 2006. After working for Sproing as Head of Art for over four years, Johannes co-founded with his partner Oliver Bertram in 2010 WIDESHOT, an Architecture and Entertainment Design company based in Vienna.
Besides its large Architecture portfolio WIDESHOT focusses on video game art direction and design as well as production design for film. Since WIDESHOT started to work with Roland Emmerich on the movie ‘2012’ in 2008, there have been many colaborations with US American film makers, production houses and studios, with ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ being the latest large scale project. WIDESHOT worked on this film for over 1,5 years partly on-site and in parts remotely, designing all the spaceships, the Alien queen, a large number of sets, the cities, storyboards, motion graphics, the title sequence and many more. WIDESHOT is currently working with Roland Emmerich and Universal Pictures on the pre-design for ‘Moonfall’, Roland’s new blockbuster, that is scheduled to be filmed in early 2017.
Talk - Independence Day: Resurgence – Designing the Alien Invasion
What started with a greenlight presentation painting for the ‘moon tug’, the little, heroic ‘space forklift’ from ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ became a full blown production design gig for the Viennese design company WIDESHOT, including amongst others the whole fleet of human and alien spaceships, the look of the Earthly metropolises after the Alien Invasion in ’96, the title sequence, storyboards and eventually the planning and building of a number of sets on the production sites in Albuquerque and Los Angeles.
The talk emcompasses how a Viennese design studio came to work for large US productions and outlines the process, the background and the production phase of the design work on the samples of three selected space ships from ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’.