Fabrice, is it true that during your university days, you hadn’t even heard of Mackevision?
(Laughs) Can we maybe keep that to ourselves?
So it’s true?
Yes, it’s true. But in my defense, I have to say that I don’t have a background in CGI. I studied business and economics in Stuttgart-Hohenheim – it’s not like you’d automatically encounter Mackevision there.
How did you end up here?
It was very old school – I saw a job ad. Then I looked around and put out some feelers to find out what Mackevision was all about. I must admit that I was impressed by what I found out. Especially the sports cars and Game of Thrones – that’s what really hooked me! And after my interview I was absolutely certain that this is where I wanted to be, even though I had other offers.
And what’s it like to work on Game of Thrones?
(Laughs) No idea, that’s not my department. You’ll have to ask our VFX team.
So what do you do?
I work in Future Technologies, a team focusing on innovation and new tech. We analyze these new technologies and trends with an eye to bringing them into our company, and with the ultimate aim of developing new products, services, and solutions. One of our primary responsibilities here is putting together proofs of concepts (PoCs). Because our team also includes developers and is not tied up in the day-to-day production, we can develop PoCs fast and flexibly.
Can you give us an example?
Sure. For years Mackevision has been providing the configurator content for a number of premium automakers. Because full configurability is required, hundreds of millions of pictures are regularly produced using our mass image production – and for various reasons, they may contain errors. Manual or semi-automated testing cannot guarantee a fully error-free image catalog.