Program 2018



Scaling up with Katana at VFX studio TRIXTER

Dennis Albus (Trixter)

Katana has been TRIXTER’s workhorse for lookdev and lighting for over five years now. They’ve used it effectively on many projects of different sizes, from Hollywood blockbusters to TV commercials, from big explosions to high-gloss packshots.

In this talk, Dennis Albus, pipeline lead at TRIXTER, will showcase some of the work the studio did on projects like Thor, Black Panther, and Jim Button. He'll also explain how Katana helps them in their day-to-day work, with a particular focus on 'instancing' and how you can use Katana's attribute-centric workflow to automate the process of rendering with tons of instances.

Dennis Albus

Dennis Albus, TD, Trixter,

Dennis is a technical director and developer from Germany, with a passion for mixing art, science and coding to try and improve in all those fields equally.  He has almost 10 years of experience working as a Technical Director focused on lighting, shading and rendering.

Founded two decades ago by Simone Kraus and Michael Coldewey, TRIXTER is one of Germany`s leading VFX studios, creating stunning high end VFX work and character animation for film and television. At the leading edge of the industry, employing computer scientists, film aficionados and incredibly talented artists, TRIXTER is always pushing the boundaries and is currently developing content and technical solutions for VR and 360°.

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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. 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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