Newsletter #9: Ready Player One, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, New Spaces and Social Impact


There are so many things to be excited about at the moment - and we are not only referring to the rise in temperature that spring brought with it. We are talking about the diverse content that you will be able to dive into at FMX 2018 in less than two weeks. You can choose between effects highlights such as Ready Player One and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, presentations on hit games like Call of Duty, explore the virtual product lifecycle in use at footwear giant adidas or learn how expanded realities can make a valuable impact on society.

There is so much more to discover at FMX 2018 - just download our FMX 2018 App and browse through the schedule. If you want to receive the latest program updates during the event, you'll have the possibility to activate our push notifications that will provide you with selected news.

You can still buy tickets for FMX - but don't hesitate for too long, since there is only a limited amount of tickets left. You can purchase your ticket here to be part of the 2018 edition.

Last but definitely not least, Bruno has to contend against one more natural force in the latest and final trailer.

New Spaces - CG Visualizations in Exhibition Areas

Computer-generated visualizations are increasingly presenting interactive images and information in exhibition spaces for entertainment and educational purposes. The New Spaces track presents a diverse collection of recent work, highlighting the integration of computer graphics with the concepts and spaces in which they are presented.

Detlef Mueller (adidas) will elaborate on the virtual product lifecycle, from design to production, using the example of adidas footwear. The interactive, experimential space GeoPulse, designed to depict complex information, will be the topic of Michael Mondria's (Ars Electronica) presentation. Mikhail Miroshnichenko and Alexander Leus (both CROC inc.) will shine a light on the recreation of the State Hermitage Museum's Jupiter Hall in VR using photogrammetry. Thilo Ewers (PIXOMONDO) will present National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, an immersive entertainment experience that takes its visitors on a journey into the underwater world of the Pacific Ocean.

Effects - Ready Player One, Star Wars and Pacific Rim Uprising

New confirmation! Grady Cofer, David Shirk and Jo Plaete (all Industrial Light & Magic) just confirmed that they will discuss the approach to building and populating an entire world for Ready Player One at FMX 2018.

Other than that, there are plenty of VFX highlights that you shouldn't miss: Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland (both Industrial Light & Magic) and Jason Wen (The Third Floor) will shed some light on the visual effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Peter Chiang (Double Negative), Overall VFX Supervisor, and VFX Supervisor Peter Eszenyi (Territory), will offer insights into the production of Pacific Rim Uprising. Moreover, Visual Effects Supervisor Erik Winquist (Weta Digital) will talk about how George from Rampage is the culmination of their groundbreaking digital simian work.

Social Impact - Raising Awareness through Expanded Realities

The people and projects presented in the Social Impact track bring social issues out of the shadows and into intense immersive contact with participants. Sander van der Vegte (MediaMonks) will walk you through Into the Wild, an AR experience in Singapore, which helps to create daily relevance for the global issue of deforestation. Jonathan Yomayuza (Emblematic) will talk about how VR can be a tool to raise awareness for stories of individuals and global issues. Luciana Carvalho Se (REWIND) will discuss how VR can be used to enhance and progress society, from transferring subconscious bias to therapy for PSTD, and even help paraplegics learn to walk again.

Technology - Open Source Software Trends

TheOpen Source track features the latest trends initiated by the open source community. David Morin, Organizer of the Academy Summits on Open Source Software, will elaborate on the use and potential benefits of OSS in the motion picture industry. Stephan Steinbach (Pixar Animation Studios) will talk about OpenTimelineIO, a new open-source API and interchange format made by Pixar that aims to make it easier to build tools that use editorial timeline information. AliceVision, a new photogrammetry pipeline in visual effects production will be the subject of a presentation by Fabien Castan, Yann Lanthony and Benoit Maujean (all Mikros Image). Ton Roosendaal, Andreas Goralczyk, Julien Kaspar and Francesco Siddi (all Blender Foundation) will share their perspective on production and realization of high quality 3D animation movies in Blender.

Games: Call of Duty, The Crew 2 and Skull & Bones

The Games Cinematics track presents the creators of some of the latest and greatest work in the field, constantly redefining what is possible within the confines of a limited production time and budget. Manuel Thomasser (DIGIC Pictures) will talk about the challenges of creating narrative cinematics for Call of Duty: World War II. Mickael Riciotti and Geoffrey Lebreton (both Unit Image) will share insights into the making of the The Crew 2 full-CGI trailer. Damian Nenow (Platige Image) will elaborate on the creation of the Skull & Bones cinematic teaser, exploring the creative process from script to screen.

FMX Forum - Marketplace and Recruiting Hub sold out

We are super excited to announce that Oculus Medium and Industrial Light & Magic will be hosting Company Suites at FMX. Places will be limited, so apply soon! You can find further information on our website. Moreover, the last spots at the Marketplace were secured by APEC Visual, Mo-Sys and 3DExcite. The latter as well as Autodesk, Disney and Teradici will invite you to join them for their Workshops. Furthermore, Electric Theatre Collective just booked the last available booth at the Recruiting Hub.

We'd like to take the opportunity to thank our shuttle coordinator Michael Muhs as well as our partners BCD Travel, Hotel Wartburg, Lexus Forum Stuttgart, Maritim Hotel Stuttgart, Photofabrics, Scheuerle Messebau and WLAN für Events for supporting us again this year.

Behind the Beard | Trailer #7

All good things come in…7! Watch the latest and final trailer of Behind the Beard and get excited for FMX 2018.

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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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