FMX 2013 - Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia April 23-26, Stuttgart, Germany
Newsletter #6 - February 2013Fresh off the red carpet! Oscar-award winning Brave comes to FMX as well as other Pixar highlights. They accompany VFX highlights such as Life of Pi, Cloud Computing experts, top-notch companies and talent scouts. Want to join in on creativity and innovation? Be our guest: The FMX ticket shop is now online!
Pixar's genius: "The Blue Umbrella" and "Brave"
The 3D animated comedy Monster's University, the prequel to 2001's Monsters, Inc., is released this summer on June 20th. The highly anticipated movie is set to be preceded by the Disney Pixar short The Blue Umbrella. Two months before the actual release date, Director and Script-Writer Saschka Unseld, who successfully completed his studies at the Institute of Animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in 2004 and started working at Pixar in Emeryville in 2008, presents the short film at FMX. Unseld sheds light on the original idea behind the love story between two umbrellas in the pouring rain in a making-of presentation from both an artistic and a technical perspective. Furthermore, Unseld's Pixar colleague Christophe Hery discusses Lighting & Rendering questions in The Blue Umbrella as well as other movies, while Production Manager Joshua Hollander plans to give an overview of the technical, production and creative processes behind Pixar's stereoscopic releases. Furthermore, Alexander Nehls, Character TD at Pixar, dedicates his presentation to simulation in Brave, recent winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Bright and light: Cloud Computing
The Cloud is here. Jon Peddie, digital media pioneer and Jon Peddie Research (JPR) founder, presents a keynote for the Cloud Computing series curated by NVIDIA ARC's Ludwig von Reiche and demonstrates how devices for immersive and augmented reality experiences in different environments offer new visionary perspectives for design and communication. Peddie is supported by JPR Vice President Kathleen Maher who also presents a talk on "Managing and Making Entertainment" that illustrates the advantages and challenges involved in the creation of digital content in the Cloud. Time to look into the Clouds.
Top-notch companies at Marketplace plus Workshops
Interactivity, innovation, inspiration - the FMX Forum assembles top-notch companies in 2013. Check out a few special treats when Ncam and Solid Anim, whose technologies were both applied in Scorsese's Hugo, show their real time camera tracking technologies at the Marketplace. What's more, outstanding studios and companies offer Workshops to deliver practical information, among them Adobe, Next Limit Technologies, Side Effects and Shotgun. Shotgun discusses patterns that they experience in their collaboration with VFX studios with regard to pipelines, tools and current production challenges. In additional Workshops, Maxon concentrates on Cinema 4D and the possible connections to other programs such as Adobe After Effects and Imagineer Systems focuses on their Mocha Pro software which was distinguished with a Technical Academy Award. Last but not least: Autodesk invites visitors to get an inside seat at their four-day Company Suite. Dive into the latest technologies!
Scouting talent - Recruiting Hub and Fast Forward Education
Are they looking for you? Industry heavyweights such as Framestore, Method Studios, MPC, Pixomondo, Crytek as well as regional CG specialists such as eder Medien Management scout creative talent at the Recruiting Hub. Moreover, FMX goes fast and furious and extends its Education Section even further: "Fast Forward Education" is a brand-new type of presentation where schools present outstanding projects. Ten out of twenty international schools on the School Campus from as far away as New Zealand have already booked their high-speed presentations. Be inspired by this educational tour de force!
Innovation across the globe
Fasten your seat belts, FMX is traveling abroad! Hosted by Max Hoefferer, General Secretary of the IG Computergrafik, the track on Austria features You get me - Walt Disney Record's full-CG music video by Producer and Lead Animator Kris Staber (Arx Anima) and "Microworlds" - an overview of animated microscopic images by Reinhold Fragner (Industrial Motion Art Filmproduktion GmbH) among many other talks. Here's to Turkey! Curated by Digital Colorist and ColorMeUp! academy founder Andreas Brueckl, the Turkey track comprises presentations by 3D Animator & Director Murat Izzet Arslan, Post-Producer Cenk Koksal (both 1000 Volt) and Anima Instanbul's Director and Partner Mehmet Kurtulus. Shifting its gaze to Canada, William Cheng - set designer for Total Recall, Resident Evil 4: After Life and the highly-anticipated Guillermo del Toro movie Pacific Rim - curates a program on Toronto, supported by the Ontario International Marketing Centre Munich. This track includes presentations by Bill Skolnik, Executive Director/CEO of DGC Ontario, and Randy McLean, Acting Film Commissioner at the City of Toronto Film Commission. Discover mighty places.
Free job position at the renowned Institute of Animation
Looking for a job that combines creativity with organization? The Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, which organizes FMX, is looking for a Head of Production and Study. Go ahead and apply!