Volker Engel, President, Uncharted Territory

Volker Engel is an OscarĀ®-winning Visual Effects Supervisor and Producer. He recently was Co-Producer and VFX Supervisor (with his long-time business partner Marc Weigert) of White House Down and the disaster epic 2012, and he was Executive Producer and VFX Supervisor of the period drama Anonymous, all directed by Roland Emmerich.

He started his film career in Germany in 1988 as VFX Supervisor for Emmerich's Moon 44. Emmerich hired him again in 1995 to supervise a team of 325 artists for Independence Day. Volker's work earned him an Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 1996. He then went on to lead the VFX team for Emmerich's production of Godzilla.

In 1999, he co-founded the production company Uncharted Territory in Los Angeles with Marc Weigert to develope and produce feature films. The first of these independent projects was an adventure movie titled Coronado. He and Marc also co-produced the four-hour mini series Dark Kingdom - The Dragon King and the six-hour Sci-Fi Channel mini series The Triangle together with Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin.

In 1998 Volker received the highest honor for a citizen of his home country, the Order of Merit by German President Roman Herzog. He has also been given the title of Professor by his home state and teaches Film and Media Production whenever his schedule allows. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the British Academy for Film and Television Arts and the Producer's Guild of America. He also has served for three terms as a member of the board of directors and is a member of the Visual Effects Society.

Volker lives in Los Angeles.

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH, supported by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), Autodesk, Backstage, Epic Games/Unreal Engine, Foundry, Mackevision and ScanlineVFX. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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