The Team

Our team consists of international XR pioneers coming from backgrounds such as digital filmmaking, design, art direction, marketing communications, and software development. We see ourselves as a group of open-minded cosmopolitans who thrive on diversity. We welcome talents from all walks of life, and we celebrate creativity in any shape or form.

 

Axel Dietrich

Axel Dietrich

Founder & CEO

Axel is the founder and CEO of vrisch, as well as a veteran VR producer. Since 2002, he has been involved in the film and advertising industry as a VFX/Motion Graphics artist in Vienna, Munich, and Barcelona for clients like Red Bull, AMA, Royal Caribbean, Novartis, and SEAT, adding VR to his work in 2013. In 2013 he founded vrisch, which became the first content production company in Vienna solely dedicated to creating immersive experiences. Axel’s superpower? Imagine a deer hunter sitting behind a bush while the seasons change behind him in a hyperlapse. This is how his enduring patience, focus, and perseverance looks like.

Gabriella Chihan Stanley

Gabriella Chihan Stanley

Co-founder & Head of Communications

Gabriella is the co-founder and Communications Manager of vrisch, as well as the founder of VRVienna (XRVienna), Vienna’s first XR community. She holds a master's degree in Digital Arts and has been working as a project and communications manager in the field of technology and advertising since 2002, adding VR to her field of work in 2013. Gabriella has recently been selected as one of Europe’s top 20 Women Founders and she’s also an active member of the Women in Immersive Tech (WiiT) international community. Gabs’s inspiration comes from 3 main sources: mystical books, archery, and obnoxiously childish jokes.

Sabine Trettensteiner-Schuff

Sabine Trettensteiner-Schuff

Creative Assistant

Sabine is vrisch’s creative assistant and mood-lifter extraordinaire. She has a higher school certificate in Business with a bachelor in Theatre, Film, and Media studies and she’s responsible for a wide variety of administrative tasks, as well as assisting in the creation of concepts, storyboards, and creative narratives. Sabine is also considered vrisch’s biggest advocate for finding any reason a good one to smile and be happy and there is no one that loves cats more than her.

Martin Stegmayer

Martin Stegmayer

VFX supervisor

Martin is vrisch’s VFX supervisor. He is in the VFX industry since 2001, starting working in 3D Animation, compositing, and motion graphics for TV ads. He specialized in compositing for Film in 2009 and has worked in London and Vancouver for MPC, Framestore and Digital Domain doing VFX for Hollywood films. He supports vrisch since the beginning of 2018 with his VFX knowledge and the new understanding of working on VFX for 360 content. Besides Martin being a celebrity in our team for finishing an Iron Man race, he has the strength and determination of a Klingon warrior and the looks of Captain Picard. Does it get any better?

Jennifer Biechele

Jennifer Biechele

Project Manager

Jennifer is vrisch’s senior project manager. She studied at the Middlesex University of London and the FH St. Pölten in the areas of Multimedia Arts and Digital Media Technologies, and for more than 15 years she has been working in digital content creation, design, and research. In 2015 she joined the Research Group Media Creation at the FH St. Pölten to examine the future of VR and immersive storytelling through the research and development of interactive, 360º mobile apps for edutainment and marketing. And as if she’s not cool enough, she’s also a disco DJ!