Press Release #9

Virtual Production Stage, Unreal Engine & More

FMX 2022
Film & Media Exchange
On Site May 3-5, 2022
Online May 6, 2022
On Demand Until May 31, 2022


Stuttgart/Germany, April 20, 2022. As one of the first conferences, FMX – Film & Media Exchange and its partners are bringing a Virtual Production Stage to the conference that gives visitors the opportunity to get their hands on the camera, giving them a special experience of real-time technology.


Additionally, several conference talks will discuss the latest approaches to real-time technology, among them a panel that will explore the impact of real-time graphics on the industry, a new project by DNEG Animation, and a talk on its potential for the animation industry.


Virtual Production Stage coming to FMX 2022!

Virtual Production and real-time technology are currently changing the game of film and media production. Any story, any world imaginable can now be brought into a studio, increasing the creative freedom, flexibility and sustainability of projects in unprecedented ways.


FMX is excited to announce, that for the first time ever a Virtual Production Stage – powered by ARRI Solutions, disguise, Neumann&Müller Veranstaltungstechnik, ROE Visual, TrackMen and Unreal Engine is coming to FMX 2022. The partners teamed up to bring a state-of-the-art LED Wall to the conference, showcasing an exclusive Unreal scene for FMX visitors to get a hands-on experience of what it's like to shoot on a VP Stage. This will give them the freedom to experiment with VP and discuss their questions with experts on site!


In addition, the audience can join a daily fireside chat with FMX Program Chair HaZ Dulull and fellow industry experts on the VP Stage as they discuss their experiences with virtual production, among them Paul Debevec (Netflix), Shelley Smith (DNEG Animation) and Victor Perez.



Find all presentations on Changing the Game here.


Panel Discussion: Real vs Unreal


When real-time graphics look as realistic as they do in Epic Games’ THE MATRIX AWAKENS: AN UNREAL ENGINE 5 EXPERIENCE, what implications does that have on our industry and on our daily lives? This session with Kim Libreri (Epic Games), Solomon Rogers (Magnopus), Deepa Patel (Consultant, Fetzer Institute) and Paul Debevec (Netflix) will look at how the lines are blurring between our realties — the real world and the virtual world — and what role real-time technologies will play in the creation of the metaverse.


An Epic Animation Journey with William Joyce & DNEG Animation!


MR. SPAM GETS A NEW HAT is a short film collaboration between DNEG Animation and Academy Award-winning director, William Joyce. The first film at DNEG Animation to utilize real time technology meant that it required creative problem solving from both the production, the technology, and the leadership.


After an introduction from Bill Joyce, Taylor Moll, Gabriele Pellegrini and Shelley Smith (all DNEG Animation) will discuss their creative journey and the impact using Unreal Engine had on the production schedule. They will move into an exciting live demo that will mimic what a review with the director was like (and give a sneak peek at the tools used).


The World to Come - A look ahead at Metaverse experiences


This panel with Raffaella Camera, Matthew Henick, Quentin Staes-Polet (Epic Games), Mark Curtis and David Droga (Accenture Interactive) will be an inspiration for creators and thought leaders on what the Metaverse experience of the future could look like, and what we need to do today in order to be ready for this and drive innovation forward.


Animating the Future with Unreal Engine


With BRON Digital utilizing elements from live action VFX, traditional animation and virtual production pipelines, Jason Chen (BRON DIGITAL) will discuss the efficiencies, road blocks and innovations revolving around the division's current slate of projects, all being produced in realtime.



Find the VFX for Commercials track here.


Balenciaga Fall '21 - Discover The Real-Time Cinematic Love Story


As a follow-up to Balenciaga’s AFTERWORLD: AGE OF TOMORROW video game, The Mill was commissioned to create an in-engine cinematic set within the same world, directed, filmed and rendered using Epic’s Unreal Engine. Kristian Bonne Jensen and Nick Slade (both The Mill) take a look behind the scenes at how The Mill’s team approached this epic feat, using motion captured actors and 3D scanned real-life fashion models to showcase Balenciaga’s Fall 2021 collection.



Why bringing 2D into a 3D game engine may change the animation industry?


In late 2018, a small group of 2D animation experts discovered the capabilities of the 3D real-time software Unreal Engine. The small group saw a huge potential in it for the animation industry, and decided to found Praxinos with the goal of designing an animation software that would combine their knowledge in the field of 2D with the power of Unreal Engine.


Come join Elodie Moog (Praxinos) and discover the very human adventure of Praxinos and its team, and how together they will achieve their ultimate goal: making the animation software ODYSSEY.



FMX is thrilled to team up with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine as this year’s Platinum Partner.


Epic Games’ Unreal Engine is the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D tool. Creators across games, film and television, architecture, automotive, manufacturing, live events, simulation and other industries choose Unreal to deliver cutting-edge content, interactive experiences, and immersive virtual worlds. Follow @UnrealEngine and download Unreal for free at


Find more information here.



disguise is the platform to imagine, create and deliver spectacular visual experiences. Recognised among 2021’s fastest growing businesses by the Financial Times and backed by Epic Games, disguise’s extended reality technology has powered over 400 productions in the last two years across live entertainment for artists like Katy Perry and Billie Eilish, film and TV productions for Netflix and Amazon Prime, corporate presentations for Siemens and Verizon, and live broadcasts from Eurosport and ITV.


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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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