Press Release #5

The FMX program is online, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, SHE-HULK, a track on inclusion and more

FMX 2023
Film & Media Exchange
On Site April 25-27, 2023
Online April 28, 2023


Stuttgart, March 16, 2023. The FMX 2023 program is online. With 50 days to go, the conference is showcasing the diversity of its content, which ranges from new shows to sustainability in the entertainment industry. In accordance with this multi-faceted program, recently confirmed talks cover technological highlights, including the "invisible" VFX for ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, which just took home four Academy Awards, Disney+ show SHE-HULK, as well as a track on inclusion curated by Producer and FMX Program Chair Jinko Gotoh and Julie Ann Crommett (Collective Moxie). Further talks will enlighten the FMX audience on the making-of ONI: THUNDER GOD'S TALE and the risks of artificial intelligence. There are further newcomers in the Recruiting Hub, and Rise FX is on board as a Silver Partner. The discounted Early Bird rate ends March 17, 2023.




Confirmations for FMX 2023

Jan Philip Cramer (Digital Domain) discusses SHE-HULK: ATTORNEY AT LAW


Digital Domain showcases its work on the Disney+ show SHE-HULK: ATTORNEY AT LAW at FMX. From the first day on the project to delivery, the team at Digital Domain was working closely with Marvel Studios and its creative leadership team to create a new type of superhero, a fashion icon and the best lawyer in town. Visual Effects Supervisor Jan Philip Cramer will go over the creation of the main character, motion studies and the final shot work. The FMX audience can expect a detailed study of facial animation, muscle and cloth simulation – as well as new groundbreaking technologies used on SHE-HULK. For this, the team will do a deep dive into Machine Learning for Facial Animation. In addition Digital Domain will discuss the use of Charlatan, their neural network for "deep fake"-like face replacements and its use on SHE-HULK.


Frank Petzold about creating the 'invisible' VFX for ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT  


Frank Petzold, Overall VFX supervisor for ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, which took home four Academy Awards last Sunday, will talk about making the transition from optical VFX to the CG Age, channeling all techniques throughout his career to achieve the seamlessly integrated VFX on ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. In his presentation, Frank will outline the production process, starting with the first meeting with director Edward Berger to the final hour of grading the movie.


Producer/FMX Program Chair Jinko Gotoh + Julie Ann Crommett host Cultivating Inclusion track


The "Cultivating Inclusion"-track, curated by Jinko Gotoh, Producer and FMX Program Chair, and Julie Ann Crommett, Founder & CEO Collective Moxie, holds that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) sits at the heart of the journey to cultivate true sustainability and growth in the global entertainment industries.


Julie Ann Crommett (Board Member - USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and WIA) will be part of a fireside chat on "Landscape Look: WIA/USC VFX Study & Industry Accountability". The chat explores the current diversity in the global VFX and animation landscape citing the 2021 WIA / USC VFX Industry gender study, its demand on institutions and the industry to create sustainable accountability – and the steps they have since taken.


Crommett will also take the stage with four panelists from independent studios and producers including Deepa C. Joshi (Incessant Rain Studios), Nosipho Maketo-van den Bragt (Chocolate Tribe), Christina Lee Storm (Netflix) to shed light on "The Business of Inclusion", i.e. the necessity for DEI investment during uncertain economic times providing statistics, case studies, and information to the FMX audience.


Last but not least, FMX Program Chair Jinko Gotoh asks her panel complete with Hidetaka Yosumi (Studio Nowake Canary Islands S.L.), Rob van den Bragt (Chocolate Tribe), Kiran Bhakta Joshi (Incessant Rain Studios) and Su-Jin Song (Cologne Game Lab of the TH Köln) "How to be an Inclusion Accomplice" in making change, showcasing real-life examples of allyship. Attendees will leave this track with tangible actions to immediately impact their organizations, technology, and creative work.


Robert Kondo talks about designing the World of ONI


Robert Kondo (Production Design/Tonko House) will share his perspective on the process and making of ONI: THUNDER GOD'S TALE. ONI is an animated fantasy series by Netflix.


Dave McKean on Art or Artifice  


AI is here, it's not going anywhere and it will change, or disrupt, everything. But like all technological changes, there will be losses as well as gains, and English artist Dave McKean fears the loss this time will cut to the essential sense of ourselves, why we do what we do. He thinks it's time to start defining what is the scope we will allow AI to make the most of its possibilities, and what ethical and territorial boundaries should exist to mitigate against the worst of the collateral damage.


Forum News

In the fully booked Recruiting Hub, extra space has been made available for a few newcomers, and the first Company Suites have also been confirmed.


Recruiting Hub:   DNEG, Jangled Nerves, Umedia.


Marketplace: Basilic Fly, Digital Production, InstaLOD, ScannedReality.  


Workshops: Pixar's RenderMan, Ranch Computing (online).


Company Suites: Foundry, Framestore, Side FX (Houdini).



Silver Partner: Rise FX

With RISE, another award-winning company is now Silver Partner of FMX. RISE has been covering all flavors of digital production design and visual effects since 2007.

Find more information here.




Marie Ketzscher, M.A.
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Editor's Notes:


FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with ACM Siggraph. FMX is organized by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).


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