Newsletter #11 - Highlights, Impressions and a Massive Thank You!


It was amazing! After four intense days, the 23rd edition of FMX successfully ended last Friday. Together with 4.000 attendees from all around the world, we explored how to create new worlds and got super inspired by industry icons such as Phil Tippett, David Sproxton, Chris Wedge and William Joyce.

We hope you had a fantastic time and are happy to hear your feedback! Feel free to send us an e-mail to infospamgeschützt @spamgeschützt or drop a message on our social media channels.

FMX 2018 Highlights

VFX highlights such as Blade Runner 2049, Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver and The Shape of Water, the latest technology, VR at the Planetarium, animation delights like Ferdinand and The Breadwinner, the screenings of MAD GOD and Early Man - the FMX 2018 program was filled to the brim with exciting content.

Prof. Andreas Hykade, FMX Conference Chair, is thrilled: "FMX 2018 was a complete success! Under the topic "Creating Worlds" we were able to show through first-class conference contributions how igniting ideas can develop into inventions of great artistic and economic sustainability".

With regard to this year's FMX theme Creating Worlds, the speakers presented their different views of building worlds in the fields of animation, visual effects, games and immersive media. Aardman Animations' co-founder and animation legend David Sproxton shared the story of how Shaun the Sheep went from being a minor role in Wallace and Gromit to a global franchise in the space of ten years. Moreover, he presented the new Aardman film Early Man. "Creating worlds for Aardman means using our imagination to find the places in which our stories are going to take place and our characters can inhabit and feel suited to," he explained the approach of his studio. "And of course we try to make them places in which comedy can play well."

Visual Effects legend Phil Tippett expressed a different position on world building. "Creating worlds means emotion. My emotion is misanthropic, because mankind is doomed. I want to tell the story of mankind as a comedy." He was substantially involved in creating the most popular movie worlds. In his presentation he covered the stop tricks of the first Star Wars films and the advent of CGI with Jurassic Park up to his new stop-motion film MAD GOD.

In the Wild & Strange track indie animation filmmaker Réka Bucsi explained her path to animation and the creation of unconventional stories, and presented her feature film Solar Walk. For her, creating worlds as an artist means "I guess everything. All of us are trying to do it. I am many times trying to escape into a world that is more interesting than the real one."

Pictures paint a thousand words though - so enjoy our FMX 2018 highlights video! 

A visual recap of FMX 2018

No matter whether you didn't make it to FMX 2018 or just want to walk down memory lane after visiting us, we got plenty of photos on our website that recount the past four days visually. 

Thank You!

Thank you to our speakers, partners and everyone else who supported and inspired us along the way. Major thanks to our Main Partners Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), Backstage, Foundry, Isotropix, Mackevision and ScanlineVFX. Moreover, we want to thank our Funding Partners for their continuous support of FMX: 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 the MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg. Of course, another massive thank you goes out to our visitors and everyone who appreciates FMX. We hope you got inspired to create new worlds!

Save the date for FMX 2019: April 30 - May 03, 2019. See you next year! 

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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