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Newsletter #5: First exciting program highlights


FMX is shaping up and so is the FMX 2013 program!

Taking place two weeks earlier this year, Europe's most renowned conference on digital entertainment adopts the slogan "lean, smart and agile." Its focus: the ongoing paradigm shift in the animation, effects, games and transmedia industries. Film highlights include Cloud Atlas, Life of Pi and The Croods. And there's more - here's a sneak peek into this year's main themes. Transforming the paradigm Nothing stays the same. FMX zeroes in on how smart technologies, adaptive approaches and flexible strategies are shaping the business, allowing for integrated storytelling, affordable workflows, accessible budgets, independent initiatives, new players and global success. Already on-board: curator Ludwig von Reiche, Managing Director/Senior Director of Business Development at NVIDIA ARC with presentations on "Cloud Computing" and "Cloud Gaming." Moreover, FMX takes up last year's focus on "Virtual Production" in a dedicated track by curator David Morin, Chair, Joint Technology Subcommittee on Virtual Production and Chair, Autodesk Film CTO Advisory Council. Wild for Animation Prehistory has never been this much fun. Enjoy the prehistoric family in The Croods, which will be released in March. The DreamWorks Animation production focuses on the world's first family, the last survivors of their kind. While Computer Graphics Principal Engineer Eric Tabellion discusses the use of various lighting techniques used in The Croods and other films, Visual Effects Supervisor Markus Manninen gives an overview over the animation process. The wildness is continued with "Wild 'n' Strange", curated by Andreas Hykade, a program series dedicated to offbeat indie highlights far from mainstream.
Animation's technical side: "Procedural Animation" looks at the technical aspects of animation when five European professionals elaborate on their work with JavaScript, Flash, WebGL and Real-Time Animation. The program series is curated by Frank Reitberger, Freelancer, Creative Developer and former Head of Flash Development at anyMotion Graphics. VFX beasts "Life of Pi" and "Cloud Atlas" When favorite reads turn into movie entertainment... Bill Westenhofer, Visual Effects Supervisor at Rhythm & Hues, speaks about his team's work in Ang Lee's Life of Pi, the popular literary adaptation of Yann Martel's bestseller that is Oscar-nominated in the category "Best Visual Effects" as well as ten further categories. Furthermore, VFX Supervisor Guillaume Rocheron illustrates the film's impressive storm sequences that were created by the capable hands at MPC. On the shoulder of giants: FMX also sheds light on the international co-production Cloud Atlas, the literary adaptation of David Mitchell's cult novel, directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski siblings. Florian Gellinger, VFX Supervisor at RISE Visual Effects Studios, who contributed important shots of the spectacular car crash, aircraft explosion and other scenes, explains their role in the film's production. There are even more crunchy presentations as part of the"Virtual Humans Forum," "VFX in Commercials" and "Simulation" tracks.

Games and Transmedia - the next level The game is far from over. FMX continues to discuss current developments from the perspective of artists and content developers across the industries including multi-platforms as well as questions concerning production and distribution. Also on the radar: "Games: Visual Arts," curated by Joseph Olin, as well as talks on "Game Cinematics" (curated by Dominic Cianciolo, NetherRealm Studios). Other track highlights span from "Game Characters" by Henry LaBounta (Microsoft) to "Real-time Rendering" by Wolfgang Engel (Confetti). In addition, Inga von Staden (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg) curates a track on "Indie Games" and a program series on Transmedia experiences which concentrates on the central theme "Building Worlds." Press play, game on. FMX, ITFS and APD Together they stand: In 2013, FMX and the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) further continue their long-standing, successful partnership. The world's biggest festival for animated film, which celebrates its 20th edition this year, takes place parallel to FMX, from April 23-28. Pop in and enjoy the latest animated features in the evenings. The renaissance of stop motion techniques - exemplified by several Oscar-nominated films - is one of this year's core themes, curated by Barry Purves. What's more, the host country India gives insights into the Indian animation community and introduces Reliance - the production company that took over Digital Domain last year; Anand Gurnani is the curator. Together FMX and ITFS host the Animation Production Day (APD), a business platform for the animation industry, on April 25-26. When you visit Stuttgart in April, you become a part of the watering hole for the animation, effects, games and transmedia industries that draws people from all over the world. Don't miss it. Now there's an Early Bird! Be quick about booking and you'll get a rebate - but only until January 31st! The Early Bird is your chance to secure yourself a Workshop, booth at the Marketplace, School Campus, Recruiting Hub or a Company Suite at a better price. Spread your wings, it's high-time! Job offer at the renowned Institute of Animation Looking for a job that combines creativity with organization? The Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, which organizes FMX, is currently looking for a Head of Production and Study. Ticket shop online in Feburary The first FMX 2013 program highlights got you hungry for the real thing? The ticket shop for FMX 2013 opens its doors mid-February. Stay tuned for more!

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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