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FMX 2018 - Newsletter #2: December 2017: Creating Worlds, first confirmations and trailer #1!


Right before this year is coming to an end, we got some good news for you: not only can we share some more details about the FMX 2018 theme Creating Worlds with you, but we can also announce that industry heavyweights Phil Tippett and David Sproxton are going to join FMX 2018.

Moreover, we have an early holiday present for you: Watch episode #1 of our official FMX 2018 trailer series Behind the Beard, starring Bruno the Beaver!

FMX 2018 theme Creating Worlds

Creating Worlds, the central theme of FMX 2018, will look beyond the production and technological aspects of media & entertainment and explore all facets of the creative process, from the initial creative spark to IP building and marketing.

World-class and world-renowned speakers will share their wealth of knowledge with the FMX audience, from working professionals to students. Their experience will inspire them to create new worlds, develop ideas, invent and apply technology, shape sounds, craft visual effects, design, animate, code, direct, produce, reach out, and build a legacy.

Keep checking out our website and social media channels regularly to learn more about the latest program updates!

First Highlights of FMX 2018 - Phil Tippett and David Sproxton

Modern effects and animation offer virtually unlimited possibilities. Nevertheless, today's artists stand on the shoulders of giants who laid the groundwork for the way virtual worlds are now created.

The idea behind the FMX track Then & Now - curated by Ian Failes, freelance journalist - is to have some of these giants present their pioneering effects and animation techniques, which are still incredibly valid today. Phil Tippett (Tippett Studio) is one of these giants in visual effects. His presentation will cover the work he has been doing in the VFX industry for the past forty years, from stop motion used in the first Star Wars movies to the revolutionary digital effects in Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers, and up to current projects such as his epic passion project MAD GOD.

Despite the extensive use of digital technologies, stop motion is more popular than ever. David Sproxton (Aardman Animations) will talk about the IP building of Shaun the Sheep and its characteristic claymated world that has been established as a strong international brand.  

First Main Partner confirmed!

The holidays are just around the corner, but it feels like we already received an early present: We are very happy to announce Foundry as the first ones to join FMX 2018 as a Main Partner! Moreover, the first companies have already booked their spots in the FMX Forum. Golaem, Laubwerk, Mercenaries Engineering, Ranch Computing and RebusFarm will be part of the FMX Marketplace, while the teams of MPC, The Mill and TRIXTER will welcome you at the Recruiting Hub. Thank you to everyone for being part of the 2018 edition!

We'd also like to take the opportunity to salute our Program Board, Advisory Board and Associates. Thank you for inspiring and supporting us!

Official FMX Trailer Behind the Beard

The official FMX 2018 trailer Behind the Beard is part of a transmedia project created by students of Filmakademie's Animationsinstitut in cooperation with the Trossingen University of Music. You cannot only look forward to seven trailers, but also to a corresponding tablet game!

The trailer series Behind the Beard is all about everyday problems that might seem insignificant and dull at first, but end up turning our world upside down. This very relatable topic is discussed through the story of Bruno, a little beaver living in a forest, and Ben, a bearded hipster.

But what is the connection between the beaver and the beard? Find the answer here.

Behind the Beard - Episode #1 "WIND"

Do you finally want to know how Bruno's and Ben's worlds are intertwined? You don't have to wait any longer! Here it is, trailer #1 "WIND".


In this episode, stormy winds hit Bruno's little world. Too bad that this will not be the last time he will have to face a natural force disturbing the peace of the forest...

What is going to happen to Bruno next? You will find out in January 2018 when we will release the second trailer!

P.S.: Ticket sales start on January 12, 2018.


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, supported by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), Autodesk, Backstage, Epic Games/Unreal Engine, Foundry, Mackevision and ScanlineVFX. 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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