Program 2019

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Light Fields for Movie Productions

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Herfet (Saarland University), Simon Spielmann (FABW), Jonas Trottnow (FABW)

SAUCE is a three-year EU Research and Innovation project between 9 companies and research institutions to create a step-change in allowing creative industry companies to re-use existing digital assets for future productions. 

One aspect of the EU funded project SAUCE is to explore the possibilities and challenges of integrating lightfield capturing into movie productions. Within the context of a music festival in Germany, the intention of the "Unfolding" production is to create a trailer targeting a young audience by utilizing new technologies during production. A special lightfield camera has been build by Saarland University during the SAUCE project and is first tested under production conditions within the "Unfolding" shoot. Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg developed the contentual frame and prepared a complete previsualization for the final trailer. Within the presentation, challenges solved from building to shooting with the new lightfield rig, as well as the potential and challenges for the postproduction will be discussed.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 780470.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Herfet

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Herfet , University Professor, Saarland Informatics Campus,

Prof. Dr.-Ing Thorsten Herfet is full university professor at the Saarland Informatics Campus, Germany. Prior to his appointment (2004) he has been VP Advanced Research with Grundig AG and Manager CE Standards and Regulation EMEA with Intel Corp.

Thorsten received his diploma on electrical engineering and his Ph.D. on digital image processing and transmission form Technical University Dortmund in 1988 and 1991 respectively. In his industrial and academic career Thorsten published more than 150 papers and articles, holds more than 15 patents and has led large scale collaborative research projects of several 10 Mio. € volume, funded by the German National Science Foundation, Ministry of Research and Education and the European Commission under FP7 and H2020. He served as the Dean for Mathematics and Computer Science 2006-2008, as the University's Vice President Research and Technology Transfer 2014-2017 and as the Director of Research and Operations of the Intel Visual Computing Institute 2009-2017.

Thorsten’s research is focused on Cyber-Physical Networking, Latency and Resilience-Aware Streaming, Computational Videography and High Mobility in Multicarrier-Systems with significant results in areas like predictively reliable Internet-transport, low latency video streaming, cyber-physical systems and multi-view resp. light field image capturing and coding.

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1,900 students from 81 countries study in 16 informatics-related programs on the Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) at Saarland University, within three established departments. More than 800 scientists, in two graduate schools and six internationally renowned research institutes, are researching the complete spectrum of informatics topics, thus particularly enriching the areas of IT security, artificial intelligence, visual computing, bioinformatics, and the Semantic Web – from the foundations to innovative applications.

The SIC works together with international corporations such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook, and supports numerous spin-offs through its IT Incubator (ITI) and IT-Security Incubator “Fusion”. Thus it acts as a driver for further industry, research, and development laboratories to locate in the area.
The full potential of the site is leveraged to generate scientific publications and win prizes, as well as to put forth patent applications and technological innovations. Thanks to its excellent expertise and competitiveness, joint success is guaranteed at the Saarland Informatics Campus.

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With the founding of the Department of Computer Science through the Saarbrücken mathematics professor Günter Hotz, the cornerstone was laid in 1969 for the internationally renowned Saarland Informatics Campus. Since then, thanks to outstanding research accomplishments and team spirit, new research institutes have successively been established at the SIC, networking with the co-located informatics-related departments to form an outstanding campus for informatics research.

In 1988 the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence was established here, in 1990 the Max Planck Institute for Informatics was founded, ten years later the Center for Bioinformatics followed, in 2004 the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, in 2007 the Cluster of Excellence and the Graduate School, then two years later the Intel Visual Computing Institute, and since 2011 the Saarland Informatics Campus has been home to the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability, the CISPA – Helmholtz Center i.G.

Simon Spielmann

Simon Spielmann , Principal Research & Development Engineer, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg,

Simon Spielmann is a part of the R&D Team at the Animationsinstitut with focus on software development, real-time graphics and VR. He graduated from the Bauhaus-University Weimar as Media Scientist and Mathematician in 2009. Simon is also responsible for the scientific counselling and supervision of the technical director course.

Jonas Trottnow

Jonas Trottnow , Research & Development Engineer, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg,

Jonas Trottnow studied Media Computer Science at the University of Tübingen (BSc), his Bachelor Thesis was already written in cooperation with the Filmakademie. He finished his studies with a Master Degree (MSc) in Visual Computing at the Saarland University. His work focuses on software development in the areas of computer vision, computer graphics and deep learning. The edge between computer science and film productions is his main interest. Besides he was working as camera operator and in different positions in the post production for documentary films.

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 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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