Mike Seymour, Co-Founder, fxguide.com & fxphd.com

Mike has a B Sc. in CGI and Pure Maths from the University of Sydney where he also did his Masters and currently has a PhD Fellowship. His research is into using interactive realtime photoreal faces in new forms of Human Computer Interfaces (CHI).

Mike has worked in R&D and in production, winning an AFI and being nominated for an Emmy. He has worked as a compositor, vfx supervisor and second unit director on various TV shows. He is perhaps best known for his work as a writer, consultant and educator with the web sites fxguide and fxphd. Now with huge followings, these sites provide an important link between the film and vfx community and the researchers and innovators who constantly push the limits of technology.

Mike has lectured at SIGGRAPH, CVMP and SMPTE. He regularly can be heard on the company's own podcasts such as the the vfxshow, as well as having contributed to News Corp, the BBC (radio) and Wired Magazine (Condé Nast). Mike works in Sydney, but has previously worked in Hollywood and London. He is known internationally and makes a mean Margarita which is a required skill in fxguide.

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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