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Newsletter #6: Program is Online, Black Panther & New FMX Trailer!


Visual effects are everywhere - they have become a vital part of pretty much every movie or TV series we watch nowadays. FMX 2018 will put some of the greatest recent VFX productions into the limelight, including Marvel's box office success Black Panther, Oscar-nominated Blade Runner 2049 and TV series Star Trek: Discovery. Furthermore, technology giants Google and Apple will present their fascinating AR work.

For further confirmations keep reading or pay our website a visit, where our conference program just went live!

P.S.: Don't hesitate to purchase your ticket for too long - early bird tickets are only available until March 15!

Paula Fairfield - Sound Design on Game of Thrones

This year's Sound Design track, curated by Nami Strack (Nami Strack Filmton/ Sounddesign), discusses how sound creates a sonic world and places the audience right in the environment a story is set in. Paula Fairfield (Eargasm Inc), sound designer on Game of Thrones, will talk about the creature sounds she created for the acclaimed fantasy drama. The sound design expert has worked in the industry for many years, receiving plenty of awards and nominations - among them an Emmy Award for her outstanding sound editing on GoT in 2015. Her other work includes Lost and Hands of Stone.

Effects - Black Panther and VFX in TV

There is going to be lots of VFX content on the 2018 program, so here are some presentations that you shouldn't miss: This year's VFX in TV track features Thilo Ewers (Pixomondo), who will elaborate on Star Trek: Discovery. Filip Orrby, Daniel Nordlund and Martin Hobbs (all Goodbye Kansas) are going to shed light on the VES-award nominated storm sequence in Outlander. Robert Pinnow's (RISE Visual Effects Studios) presentation on Babylon Berlin, the biggest budget German TV series ever, rounds off the VFX in TV track.

Moreover, the audience can look forward to plenty of VFX Case Studies. Black Panther will be the focus of a presentation given by Geoffrey Baumann (Marvel Studios), Jesse James Chisholm (Marvel Studios), Bryan Grill (ScanlineVFX), Stephan Trojansky (ScanlineVFX), Jonathan Weber (RISE Visual Effects Studios) and Michael Wortmann (Trixter Film). Paul Lambert (Double Negative), Luigi Santoro (Framestore) and Axel Akesson (MPC) are going to talk about Oscar-nominated Blade Runner 2049. Animation Director Pablo Grillo (Framestore) will share some insights into the creative decisions and tools behind the studio's VFX work on Paddington 2.

Technology - Augmented Reality at Google and Apple

The AR Platforms track, curated by Prof. Volker Helzle (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg), will take a closer look at the latest augmented reality platforms created by major corporations, and explore what to expect from them in the future. Dr.-Ing. Christian Lipski and Dr. Andreas Moeller (both Apple) will present core concepts and best practices for augmented reality on iOS. Ivan Neulander’s (Google) talk will take an inside look at how Google developed the augmented reality app AR Stickers.

Animation - Indie Artists in the Spotlight

The Wild & Strange track, curated by Jeanette Bonds, Director and Co-Founder of GLAS Animation, will feature four indie artists and their impressive work. Reka Bucsi will discuss how she got into animation, how she builds unconventional narratives as well as some of her projects, such as her first feature length project Solar Walk. Nikita Diakur's talk will focus on the animation style applied in his film Ugly, which sports a combination of puppeteering and dynamic computer simulation. Animation director Chintis Lundgren (Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonistuudio) will talk about developing characters and worlds, using the example of her animated TV series Manivald and the Absinthe Rabbits. Sean Buckelew's talk aims to unpack how the present can be represented on film, specifically in relation to the demarcation of time through technology.

FXM Forum - Isotropix Confirmed as Fourth Main Partner

New Main Partner alert! Isotropix will support FMX 2018 as a Main Partner, so here is a big thank you from the entire team! Aside from that, you will be able to get to know Isotropix and their high-end professional graphics software better at their Company Suite and at their Marketplace booth.

During the last few days, we had the pleasure of welcoming five new companies to the Recruiting Hub: 3DExcite, Cinesite, Ilion Animation Studio, One of us and The Third Floor. If you are a newbie to the industry and want to learn more about different study paths, the School Campus is the place to be for you. So come around and say hi to Filmakademie Wien, Filmuniversitaet Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, RECA, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, The Animation Workshop and Plymouth College of Art - among many others! Last, but definitely not least, PresenZ will be represented at the Marketplace.

Behind the Beard | Trailer #4

In the previous trailer, Bruno had to content with supernatural forces. Any idea what might happen to him in trailer #4? Make a guess and watch the trailer to see whether you made the right assumption. 

You can watch the first trailers here! Three more to come! Keep an eye out for our next newsletter or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

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Laval Virtual has been showcasing innovations and new technologies for twenty years. Virtual reality and augmented reality are the focus of the exhibition. With more than 300 exhibitors and +50 countries represented, Laval Virtual offers a professional forum, a StartUp area, a VR/AR contents area, a market place, round tables, scientific conferences, an award ceremony, an investment forum, student & laboratory competitions during the first three days, while the last two days are open for the public. To celebrate the 20th year, new features such as European VR Tour and a festival dedicated to arts: Recto VRso! will be part of Laval Virtual. Laval invites you to come from April 4 to 8, 2018. Register here.

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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