Program 2019

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Emotional characters: Creating a digital pig for "Best Friend"

Emanuel Fuchs (Mackevision), Bernd Nalbach (Mackevision), Francesco Faranna (Mackevision)

The short movie “Best Friend”, created for animal rights organization PETA, marked the launch of the first element in Mackevision’s creature pipeline and earned several nominations like VES Award, Deutscher Werbefilmpreis and Animago Award. Star of the show is the piglet Lucky – ridiculously cute, deceptively true to life and 100% computer-animated. Join our talk to find out how our team digitally created Lucky – from its skeleton, the muscles, fascia, fat, skin and fur – layer-by-layer, right up to the finished animal.

Emanuel Fuchs

Emanuel Fuchs, CG Artist/Associate VFX Supervisor, Mackevision Medien Design GmbH,

Emanuel Fuchs, born on 08.10.1989 in Ulm, worked for one year at Image-Affairs in Reutlingen after his graduation in 2009 before he eventually started his studies at the “Filmakademie” in Ludwigsburg. After three years at the Animation Institute of the Film Academy focusing on the study field VFX, he took a break to work for Method Studios in Los Angeles (2013/14); during this time he received the Student VES Award for "Rugby Boys" in the category "outstanding VFX in a student project". With this achievement, Mr. Fuchs went back to the Film Academy in Ludwigsburg, where he successfully completed his studies in 2016 and subsequently continued his career as a CG Artist at MACKEVISION. He now also functions as Associate VFX Supervisor and CG Lead. His work includes among many others "Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver" (2018, Previs Artist), "PETA: Best Friend" (2018, CG Lead) and "Game of Thrones" (2017, 2 Episodes, CG Artist).

Bernd Nalbach

Bernd Nalbach, Animation Supervisor, Mackevision Medien Design GmbH,

Bernd Nalbach (1973) is a CG and Animation Supervisor with over a decade experience in the VFX industry. He worked for several years at Pixomondo and is now working his fourth year at MACKEVISION where he amongst other major projects did the visual effects for 14 Game of Thrones episodes. To his latest achievements belong Feature Films such as “Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver” (2018),  the Netflix series “Lost in Space” (2018) where he functioned as CG Lead, or the new movie “The Reformer. Zwingli – A Life’s Portrait” (2019), where he did CG supervision.

Francesco Faranna

Francesco Faranna, VFX Producer, Mackevision Medien Design GmbH,

Francesco Faranna studied Animation & Effects Producing at the Animation Institute of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (also studied Dipl. and BA Business Informatics prior to that), and was then self-employed for several years before moving abroad to work at MPC London. For over 2 years he is now VFX Producer at MACKEVISION. His achievements at Mackevision include amongst others "Head Full of Honey" (2018), "Invisible Sue" (2018), "Liliane Susewind" (2018) and the PETA commercial "Best Fiend" (2018). Currently he is VFX Producer for a still upmost secret HBO project that Mackevision is part taking in.

Mackevision is a global market leader in Computer Generated Imagery (CGI). We design and produce high-end 3D visualizations, animations and visual effects (VFX) for images, films and interactive applications. In addition, we develop technological solutions for generating images.

We oversee the whole CGI process from data prep to creative implementation in all media. We work for clients worldwide – corporations, mid-size enterprises, agencies and film productions. Since 2018 we are part of Accenture Interactive.

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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