Confirmations: The Mitchells vs The Machines, Masterclasses & More

News | 24.03.2022



it's finally springtime! 🌸 That means that FMX is right around the corner (less than six weeks!), so let's take a closer look at some more program highlights.


Our program features multiple Annie Award winner THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES online, and several Masterclasses on site including on topics such as STORY DEVELOPMENT and STORY STRUCTURE. Find all the highlights here on our website. 🎬


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Feature Animation

  Breaking a Physically Based Renderer for THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES


Kurt Judson (Sony Pictures Imageworks) and Christos Obretenov (Lollipop Shaders) will join FMX 2022 to discuss how one of their latest projects came into being:


When they received the concept art for THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES, with the goal of not just using it for inspiration, but having the final frames match the Look of Picture, the team at Sony Pictures Imageworks rose to the challenge of taking their in house phsyically based render, combined with custom look development and animation tools, and Open Shading Language (OSL), to create an illustrative stylized feature film!




Mind Mapping Conceptualisation of Light


The goal for the visual effects artist is photorealism, using the art of compositing layers of images to look coherent using the physics of light at the service of storytelling. It's critical that, in the end, the merged image must look like all elements have been shot at the same time with the same camera and lenses, under the same lights. Director and Visual Effects Supervisor Victor Perez proposes a Mind-Mapping Analysis Structure to translate the physics of light into mathematical operations through photography: from observation to transcription into a visual language. This aims to create an articulated system of observation and reproduction to guide artists in their craft. His Masterclass at FMX feature a few hands-on examples and demonstrations, live, showing the methodology in action.


Story Structure and Story Development


Back on site is Craig Caldwell (University of Utah) with not one, but two of his popular Masterclasses:


His session on STORY STRUCTURE covers the essential story elements and different plot structures one has to take into account when facing the challenge of creating a “dramatic” story.


The session on STORY DEVELOPMENT focuses on how story development produces emotion in the audience. It covers basics such as the unity of opposites, creating identification, making difficult choices, transformation, and why it is important to care about the characters, even the villains.



RISE | Visual Effects Studios joins FMX 2022 as Silver Partner. The studio will not only be part of the program and Recruiting Hub, but will sponsor a Get-Together, giving the audience the opportunity to enjoy a free drink and network on the FMX Square after the conference program.


RISE | Visual Effects Studios was founded in 2007 in Berlin. The plan was to focus with a small, hand-picked team on German TV and feature film effects – but that plan failed. Today, over 260 artists call the award-winning company their creative home in Stuttgart, London, Munich, Cologne and Berlin, making it one of the biggest VFX studios in Europe. Recent work includes Marvel Studios ETERNALS, Warner Bros. FANTASTIC BEASTS 3 and Sony Pictures UNCHARTED.


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Get through the week well and stay excited! ✌️