Program Update: Doug Chiang, Tools of Tomorrow and The State of VFX


We are beyond excited to announce that Doug Chiang, Vice President and Executive Creative Director of Lucasfilm, will join us for FMX 2019! Other program highlights that you should mark in your FMX calendar include The Lego Movie 2, The Meg and the latest light field technology.

Early Bird tickets will still be available for a little less than one month. So better be quick and head over to our ticket shop!

Concept Art - Lucasfilm's Doug Chiang at FMX 2019!

Brace yourself for some big news: Doug Chiang, the Academy Award-winning Vice President and Executive Creative Director of Lucasfilm, will enter the FMX stage for this year's Concept Art track! Doug has made a name for himself as an artist, author, and production designer, most notably as Head of the Lucasfilm art department on Star Wars: Episodes I and II. To this day, he is shaping the design of the Star Wars universe, overseeing all new franchise developments including films, theme parks, games and new media.

Apart from Doug, curator Patrick Hanenberger will take two more artists on board for the Concept Art track: Peter Popken has contributed designs to more than 40 feature films, among them Fantastic Beasts: TheCrimes of Grindelwald and Blade Runner 2049. Bobby Chiu (Imaginism Studios) has won a number of awards for his concept and character designs, including an Emmy for his work on the hit animated series Niko and the Sword of Light.

The Lego Movie 2 and The State of VFX

Curator Patrick Hanenberger himself will be on stage as well – as part of the track The Art of Animation, he will give insights into The Lego Movie 2, released a few days ago in cinemas worldwide.

The State of VFX track offers a look behind the curtain of some of the most convincing effects work to grace the big screen in the past year. The artists and technicians working on VFX keep bridging the gap between an artistic vision and the technology that enables and simplifies creating these images. The Emmy Award-nominated VFX Supervisor Sue Rowe (Sony Pictures Imageworks) can be announced as a speaker for this track. She will talk about her work on the Chinese-American co-production The Meg.

Tools of Tomorrow - Light Fields

The Tools of Tomorrow track - curated by Volker Helzle (Head of Research and Development, Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg) - is dedicated to Light Fields this year. This new technology will impact the industry with entirely new camera hardware and a whole new world of possibilities in postproduction. Light fields provide the potential to virtually use physically impossible camera lenses, remove green screen usage in VFX and much more.

Paul Debevec from Google VR will present their latest camera rigs and rendering algorithms for light field stills and video, including a behind-the-scenes making of Welcome to Light Fields, available on Steam VR. Valerie Allie (Technicolor) will set a focus on light field video as enabler of true volumetric video capture and required virtual view synthesis solutions, and showcase experiments with CG and real video content. Thorsten Wolf and Joachim Keinert (Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits) will talk about light field production workflows for virtual reality applications with real-world footage, using their software tool set Realception. Thorsten Herfet (Saarland University), Simon Spielmann and Jonas Trottnow (both Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg) will present insights into the Unfolding lightfield production as part of the SAUCE (Smart Assets for re-Use in Creative Environments) research project. The production serves as a testbed for creating a set of professional tools and techniques allowing creative industry to enrich postproduction with novel possibilities and workflows.

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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