Christian began his career in the advertising industry back in 1986 and has since then worked with storytelling and concept development at an international level.
As partner in the advertising agency Advance his primary client has been LEGO. Throughout the years Christian Faber, in the role of Art Director, has been behind some of the toy brand’s biggest worldwide successes. For many years he was responsible for LEGO Technic and deeply involved in the collaboration between LEGO and Lucas Arts concerning STAR WARS.
The high point was the creation of the original BIONICLE toy line which was LEGO’s first self-produced IP getting an unprecedented 10-year lifespan from 2001 to 2011, with a reboot in 2015-2016. LEGO BIONICLE still has a massive fan base around the world.
In the hands of Christian Faber BIONICLE became much more than a series of toys. It became an entire universe of engaging stories, games, and music on many different platforms.
As counterweight to the advertising projects, Christian Faber started to develop his own universe in his spare time. REBEL NATURE was sparked by becoming a father and was ignited by a growing concern for the environment, climate, pollution and our blind fascination with material wealth and technology. Especially the intense pollution of the oceans gave birth to a wish to tell stories with a different purpose than selling toys; a wish to inspire and change behavior through engaging storytelling.
In 2015 Christian Faber quit his job at Advance, sold his shares in the company and left the advertising industry to put all his energy and focus into REBEL NATURE. In 2016 he started Goodman Rock with colleagues from the visual industry with the goal of creating the full IP and the feature film “Waveborn” taking place inside the Rebel Nature universe.
THE WAVEBORN TEAM
Merlin P. Mann
Mixing animation with fantasy and sci-fi, Merlin P. Mann’s breakthrough came with the release of TAYNIKMA in 2005. Eighteen books later, the children’s book series TAYNIKMA has past sales records of more than half a million copies along with being available / distributed in twelve different languages.
With a background in script writing from the Danish Film School (2010-2011), Merlin has been writing scripts for both animation films and theatre plays based on the TAYNIKMA universe.
Furthermore, Merlin has written book editions for Disney and Pixar movies and has collaborated with Christian Faber on various concept development for LEGO. While working on his own books and films, Merlin has over the past few years written radio drama plays for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Merlin also teaches dramaturgy at the education Graphic Storytelling at the Animation Workshop and has held a wide range of lectures and workshops for children and teenagers.
Jeppe Nygaard Christensen & Martin Gårdeler
GHOST VFX - Visual effects and production
In 1999 Ghost VFX saw the light of the day with Jeppe Nygaard Christensen and Martin Gårdeler amongst its founding members. Since that day, Ghost VFX has become part of the global elite within visual effects for commercials, TV series and feature films. Their visual effects work soon skyrocketed their status all the way from Denmark to Hollywood. Their impressive repertoire features titles such as HELLBOY, PACIFIC RIM, HARRY POTTER and many others.
With their effects work on the Oscar-nominated Rogue One, the Danish VFX company’s truly established its international standing in the film industry. Developing their own worlds/universes and stories has been Ghost VFX’s passion since their very foundation. Many years of successful collaborations with Christian Faber on LEGO projects like BIONICLE only led to the natural step for Jeppe and Martin to become part of the REBEL NATURE team. Here, they could harvest from their vast experience from Ghost VFX and their production facilities.
Thomas Lydholm started his career in the Danish film industry in 1983. Since then he has produced a variety of feature films and TV-series in Denmark and Sweden including titles such as the television crime series BECK, 2900 HAPPINESS and BIG DREAMS along with feature films such as EYE OF THE EAGLE. Furthermore, Thomas has produced numerous short films such as Birger Larsen's Oscar-nominated SWEETHEARTS.
Prior to his work as a producer, Thomas had a career as a location manager on films like BABETTE’S FEAST and THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS. On top of Thomas’ work as a producer, he has been in leading positions for production companies such as Per Holst Film, Sandrews/Metronome and Nordisk Film/TV.