Markus Kranzler, Technical Director, Pixar Animation Studios

Markus first started in Visual Effects in 2007 while he was studying mathematics. For his master thesis he used that understanding to implement Spherial Harmonics Lighting for RenderMan at Trixter in Munich. After completing his degree he joined the Technical Directing program at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg where he worked on a number of successful short films including "The Present", "Rollin’ Wild", "Wedding Cake" and "Natalis", which all won numerous international awards. His student work also earned him a position in the Highly Commended category at the international CG Student Awards in 2015.

While studying he also did professional VFX work in Germany and London on "Iron Man 3", "James Bond: Skyfall" and "Superman: Man of Steel" as Shading and/or Lighting TD. After graduating in 2014 he was hired by the Pixar Animation Studios.

As one of very few jack of all trades he worked in several different departments on movies including "The Good Dinosaur", "Finding Dory", "Cars 3" and the Academy Award-winning "Coco".

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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