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FMX 2017 - Newsletter #8: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, LEGO Batman and Official FMX Trailer!


FMX is getting closer, but we aren't done with new amazing confirmations yet: A variety of presentations is going to be dedicated to Star War: Rogue One - from concept art to virtual production. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is going to be in the spotlight as well as a series of fascinating tech presentations on real-time technologies.

Moreover, we can finally unveil the full official FMX 2017 Trailer Elemental!

Effects: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 and Star Wars: Rogue One

Alessandro Cioffi (Trixter), Guy Williams (Weta Digital), Paul Butterworth (Animal Logic) and Arslan Elver (Framestore) will share some fascinating insights into the making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, taking the FMX audiences through their VFX journey as they created some of the movie's most heart-stopping moments. A special showing of the movie rounds off the marvelous experience. Tickets for the screening are limited, so get your free ticket (with your FMX badge) at the info counter at FMX, starting at 3pm on Wednesday, May 3rd!

Renowned industry heavyweight John Knoll (Industrial Light & Magic), Chief Creative Officer & Rogue One Visual Effects Supervisor & Executive Producer, contributes a case study on the challenges of making Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, from concept to post production. Knoll will also team up with Margaux Durand-Rival (The Third Floor) to explicate the collaboration between ILM and The Third Floor and director Gareth Edwards that brought the movie to life. The film's concepts will also become the focus of Christian Alzmann's (Industrial Light & Magic) presentation, as well as art work for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Animation: The Lego Batman Movie, Vaiana and Smurfs: The Lost Village

Director Kelly Asbury is going to showcase key artwork for the fully CG-animated feature reboot Smurfs: The Lost Village. Dale Mayeda (Disney Animation), Justin Weber (Disney Animation) and Brian Whited (Disney Animation) illuminate how the very specific look of Vaiana was achieved by merging hand-drawn animation and CG animation. Grant Freckelton (Animal Logic) will explore how Batman came to live in The LEGO Batman Movie. Join IndieWire's Bill Desowitz for an interview with Peter Lord, Co-Owner and Creative Director, Aardman Animations.

VR: Research and Scanning, Tracking & Localization Technologies

MFG foundation presents the following VR-specific research projects: Prof. Uwe Schulz and Kasimir Blust (Stuttgart Media University) will offer a live-presentation of the VR game Elena and an inside-look into the research project InViRa. Prof. Prof. Matthias Wölfel (Hochschule Furtwangen) will explore Etienne Souriau's concept of diegetic facts. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheible (Stuttgart Media University) is going to venture into the realm of drone art. Valérie Allié (Technicolor) will elaborate on how CG Light Field is being used in VR to create immersive experiences. Edward Miller (Scape Technologies) gives an in-depth presentation on the state-of-the-art localisation technologies which will pave the way for next-generation AR content. Sebastian Marino (Evercoast Media) will discuss the practical considerations for volumetric filmmaking.

Technology: From real-time workflows to high-performance computing

Kathleen Maher (Jon Peddie Research) will host two panel discussions at FMX that deal with real-time experiences and the future of real-time workflows, where pioneers cover real-time technologies for previz, on set and for VFX on the one hand, and discuss the collaboration between content creators and tool providers on the other. Jon Peddie (Jon Peddie Research) rounds off the panels on real-time production pipelines with a look at VR and AR and how they impact present and future entertainment. The track "Tools of Tomorrow" looks at future technologies. Paolo Selva (Weta Digital) showcases current R&D with a specific focus on crafting tools that manage scale. Annekatrin Baumann (High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart), Dr. Ari Harjunmaa (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg) and David Koerner (Stuttgart Media University) present research findings in high-performance computing that have been accumulated as part of the Media Solution Center BW project. Jonathan Stark (The Foundry) ponders the question of how live-action VR can be made better with "6dof VR."

Official FMX 2017 Trailer!

We proudly present our full official FMX 2017 Trailer Elemental! Inspired by the four elements, the visually stunning trailer combines the tradition of dance with the modern art of visual effects, climaxing in the fusion of all four elements. Watch the trailer and get excited for FMX 2017!


"I liked the first concept, the further visual development, the technological challenge and the sense of contributing to something of great value with all its facets," says Elemental producer Lena-Carolin Lohfink. During the interview she zoomed in on the production process of Elemental and told us how she, as a next-generation Animation/Effects Producer, challenged herself by producing visual effects for the first time. Very fascinating!


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 the MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, ACM SIGGRAPH and the World Building Institute, supported by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), Backstage, Foundry, Isotropix, Mackevision and ScanlineVFX. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Day (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS).

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