FMX 2019

Looking back at an amazing FMX 2019!

Thank you all for an incredible festival week, we cannot be any happier or more excited with all the great projects we have seen! We hope everybody enjoyed the good networking here in Stuttgart and is still as flashed as we are!

Special thanks to all the great helpers from #FMX #ITFS and #APD - YOU GUYS ROCKED IT!

Until next year!

All the incredible people who make “bridging the gap“ possible!

All the incredible people who make “bridging the gap“ possible!

Filmakademie @FMX today!

Be sure to learn a lot here when the nerds from the Research and Development department at Filmakademie tell you all about the technology of tomorrow!

What: “Light Fields for Movie Productions”

When: 15:15-16:15

Where: Bertha-Benz-Saal

https://www.filmakademie.de


SAUCE (Smart Assets for re-Use in Creative Environments) is a three-year EU Research and Innovation project between 9 companies and research institutions to create a step-change in allowing creative industry companies to re-use existing digital assets for future productions.

One aspect of the EU funded project SAUCE is to explore the possibilities and challenges of integrating lightfield capturing into movie productions. Within the context of a music festival in Germany, the intention of the "Unfolding" production is to create a trailer targeting a young audience by utilizing new technologies during production. A special lightfield camera has been build by Saarland University during the SAUCE project and is first tested under production conditions within the "Unfolding" shoot. Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg developed the contentual frame and prepared a complete previsualization for the final trailer. Within the presentation, challenges solved from building to shooting with the new lightfield rig, as well as the potential and challenges for the postproduction will be discussed.

RISE FX @FMX today!

Have you seen CAPTAIN MARVEL yet? It only went to german theaters this month! Today the people from RISE and Trixter are here to talk about their magic on this VFX masterpiece!

What: “Captain Marvel” VFX: From LA to hala, Fury to Goose

When: 15:15-16:15

Where: König-Karl-Halle

https://www.risefx.com/


Additional VFX Supervisor Janelle Croshaw Ralla will discuss the visual effects of Captain Marvel.  She will be joined by Dominik Zimmerle, VFX Supervisor for Trixter, and Florian Gellinger, Executive Producer at Rise Fx, to discuss the making of the film.  They will take you all the way from pre-production and filming in and around Los Angeles to building the fully digital city of Hala.  They'll go in depth on the de-aging workflow for Samuel L. Jackson and how they created the digital version of Goose the cat, and they'll discuss many of the other varied visual effects throughout the film.  

PIXOMONDO @FMX today!

Mastering the Visual Effects - here for you today Pixomondo with the two movies IRON SKY 2 and THE GIRL IN THE SPIDERS’ WEB!

What: “Iron Sky 2 - The Coming Race”

When: 11:00-12:00

Where: List Saal Turm B

What: “The Girl in the Spiders Web”

When: 13:00-14:00

Where: List Saal Turm B

https://www.pixomondo.com/


IRON SKY 2: Join us on the Journey to the Dark Side of the moon! This film was four years in the making, it's completion was finally guaranteed by the Crowdfunding support of its fans.  We will provide an in-depth insight into how we delivered 433 VFX shots; discuss our concept work, set supervision, previz to final shot processes, massive set extensions, digital doubles, full CG creatures, and heavy hero assets. The film has a great bandwidth of different scenery brought to life by extensive VFX use.

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDERS WEB: Pixomondo, as the lead vendor, were involved from start to finish - one and a half months of pre-production, 4 months of shooting and 5 months of post-production to create over 600 visual effect shots to convey the nitty-gritty, high-tech, crime story of "The Girl in the Spider's Web". Christoph Schmidt (Set Supervisor and Head of CG) and Sebastian Meszmann (VFX Producer) will share some insights about the whole production cycle with an emphasis on the extensive set supervision that took place in the first half of 2018.


RISE FX @FMX today!

RISE is here for you today with not one but two presentations on HELLBOY!

What: Straight from Hell - The VFX of “Hellboy”

When: 09:30-10:30

Where: Meidinger Saal

What: Side FX Vellum in Production for “Hellboy”

When: 16:00-17:00

Where: Raum Mannheim

https://www.risefx.com/


This presentation will take you on a journey discovering the creation of slimy creatures, fiery swords and chopped off heads that literally open the gates to hell. Be prepared for effect heavy character animations, huge cathedrals getting rendered in minutes and even setting Hellboy on fire. We will give you an overview of the variety of our challenges that will send you straight to hell and back.

LUXX @FMX today!

Animation lovers - attention please! The CEOs Andrea Block and Christian Haas FROM LUXX STUDIOS AND LUXX FILM will give some insights into the Making off of their animated movie MANOU THE SWIFT. You cannot miss this one!

What: FilmMaking “Manou the Swift”

When: 14:00-15:00

Where: Raum Mannheim

https://www.luxx-studios.com/


VFX company LUXX has taken its experience from films such as Independence Day: Resurgence and Grand Budapest Hotel into the world of production with animated feature Manou the Swift. In this presentation, directors Christian and Andrea will discuss working with Hollywood talent including Kate Winslet and Willem Dafoe, and the technology they used to breathe life into this touching story of a lost bird.

Women in Animation @FMX today!

A Women in Animation-Panel with some badass Ladybosses! Head over here for some female power going around!

What: “Focusing Female Firepower: The Path to Inclusivity”

When: 12:00-13:00

Where: Meidinger Saal

https://womeninanimation.org/


Times are changing, with more and more women rightfully climbing the career ladder. Yet, the entertainment industry is still in the process of becoming truly inclusive. This issue makes it all the more important to keep discussing the challenges that female professionals are facing. FMX 2019 is proud to cooperate with Women in Animation for a panel - curated and moderated by Kim Adams (Co-Founder, Adventure Lab) -, which will feature four brilliant women. Andrea Miloro (Co-President, Blue Sky Studios), Trisha Gum (Filmmaker), Sharon Taylor (Group Chief Operating Officer, Animal Logic) and Imke Fehrmann (CEO, Hahn Film AG) will discuss the impact of marginalizing the female perspective in the entertainment industry and specific actions we can take as we change the tide.

Junior Days @FMX today!

For all the young people out there thinking obout studying animation, media, interactive design, games, film, etc - this is the event you should be to ask all the questions you might have! The HEROES Animationsinstitut and Hochschule der Medien will be there.

What: FMX School Junior Days

When: 11:00-18:00

Where: Steinbeis Saal

https://www.animationsinstitut.de

https://www.hdm-stuttgart.de/


19 universities and schools from Germany, Europe and the USA will present themselves at their booths, answer questions and present their projects. In addition, interactive VR student projects and projects from the FMX conference program can be tested daily.

The Animationinstitut of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg will offer short introductory events on subjects of study and job descriptions in the industry. 

Filmakademie @FMX today!

Be sure to learn a lot here when the nerds from the Research and Development department at Filmakademie tell you all about SAUCE!

What: EU Project SAUCE, Live Demo and Q&A

When: 15:30-17:30

Where: IP Space Steinbeiss Saal

https://www.filmakademie.de


SAUCE (Smart Assets for re-Use in Creative Environments) is a three-year EU Research and Innovation project between 9 companies and research institutions to create a step-change in allowing creative industry companies to re-use existing digital assets for future productions.

Mackevision @FMX today!

You probably have seen the amazing work Mackevision did for PETA with creating this completely computer-animated pig; today the genius people behind it will talk you through the process!

What: Emotional Characters: Creating a digital pig for “Best Friend”

When: 15:15-16:15

Where: Gloria 2

https://mackevision.com


The short movie “Best Friend”, created for animal rights organization PETA, marked the launch of the first element in Mackevision’s creature pipeline and earned several nominations like VES Award, Deutscher Werbefilmpreis and Animago Award. Star of the show is the piglet Lucky – ridiculously cute, deceptively true to life and 100% computer-animated. Join our talk to find out how our team digitally created Lucky – from its skeleton, the muscles, fascia, fat, skin and fur – layer-by-layer, right up to the finished animal.