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ON SITE Turm Aalen Thursday, April 27, 14:30

From VR to animated installations: THE FAMILY PORTRAIT and TALES FROM SODA ISLAND

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Film Director and former ASF participant Lea Vidakovic concentrates on integrating traditional forms of hand-animation into state of the art XR-formats. The talk focuses on the use of traditional puppet animation in the context of expanded animation, namely in an animated installation that uses a fragmented, multi-layered narrative dispersed in physical space. The case study analyses THE FAMILY PORTRAIT, a synchronised, multi-projection animated installation meant to be shown in galleries and museums. The work seeks alternative ways to represent the tactile, sensory qualities of traditional puppet animation in the ever increasing digital landscape of the contemporary moving image culture.


Quill director and Alumnus of Animationsinstitut Dan Franke will give insights into the process of setting up a virtual VR production company and the process of producing the world's first animated series entirely created in VR.

If you want to find out more about the European talent community of the Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg please come around our booth (S20) at the FMX School Campus. On Thursday, April 27th between 13:30 and 14:30 there is the unique chance to meet up with all Fresh Vision talents and check out about the next application deadline (31.05.2023) for the European Animation Development Lab "Animation Sans Frontières" (ASF). Further Information can also be found on or

Lea Vidakovic, Film Director

Lea Vidakovic is an artist, animation film director, researcher and educator, working in the field of animated installations, expanded media practices and traditional puppet animation. She holds a BA/MA as graphic artist and painter (Academy of Arts, Zagreb); BA in animation (Norway); MA of audio-visual arts (KASK, Belgium) and a PhD in animation studies (NTU/ADM, Singapore). Her research interests include fragmented narratives and storytelling approaches for animated installations, expanded cinema and storytelling. She has exhibited internationally on numerous solo and group exhibitions, on more than 200 animation festivals, and is a winner of several art and film awards. She took part in several art residencies, scientific conferences and animation festivals as a selector and jury member. She works as an assistant professor at Lusofona University in Lisbon.

Dan Franke, VR Artist & Co-Founder and Director, Studio Syro

Dan Franke is a VR artist based in Germany and the co-founder and director of Studio Syro, a virtual animation studio that boasts an international team of talented artists who use the VR painting tool "Quill" to craft breathtaking experiences in and out of VR. Recently, Dan directed "Tales From Soda Island", the world's first VR series created entirely in VR. With a background in directing the children's TV series "Petzi" at Studio Soi and expertise in 3D modeling, animation, and concept art, Dan has fully embraced the capabilities of VR, which has allowed him to create and experience his work in a fully immersive and intuitive way. He is a firm believer in the immense potential of VR to revolutionize the animation industry and is dedicated to sharing his knowledge with the VR community by teaching Quill workshops all over Europe.