Rolf Mütze (born 1972) studied visual communication at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, as well as computer arts at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. In 2001 he joined the VFX and postproduction company das werk and worked as a digital artist. Three years later he moved to London and worked on Disney’s animated film “Valiant”. Back in Germany, he became Head of the 3D Department at PICTORION das Werk, responsible for the 3D creation of the five German locations. In 2012 Rolf Mütze worked for Weta Digital in New Zealand as Technical Director for Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit”. Rolf Mütze is co-founder and managing director of the VFX & animation studio LAVAlabs moving images. He teaches at HS Düsseldorf and CGL, is a regular speaker at congresses such as FMX or Animago, and gives guest lectures at technical colleges and film schools. He is a member of the Visual Effects Society and the German Film Academy. From 2013 to 2014 Rolf Mütze was deputy professor of Digital Film Arts at the ifs and since 2015 he has been a professor of the department of VFX & Animation at the ifs.