Program 2019

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Bridging the Gap - FMX Opening

Winfried Kretschmann, Fritz Kuhn, Jan Pinkava, Danny Dimian (SPI)

Please make sure to be on time for this session. There will be no addmitance after 2:45pm.

FMX Opening -
Winfried Kretschmann, Minister- President of the State of Baden-Württemberg,
Fritz Kuhn, Lord Mayor of the City of Stuttgart

Bridging Art and Tech - Jan Pinkava

Bridging the Gap between Art and Tech

As we celebrate the amazing work of technologists and artists in Animation, Visual Effects, Games and Immersive Media, we see a vibrant creative industry using innovative technology to capture audiences all over the world. The level of craft and technical skill can be breathtaking. So where’s the “gap”?

Yet even now, in 2019, after nearly half a century of practice in digital media, we do feel a tension - a gap - between the realms of Art and of Technology. Why do we separate the Artist and the Engineer? Why do we call work ‘technical’ when it fails as ‘art’? Why do Art and Tech speak such different languages? What is lost in translation? How can we bridge the gap?

If we look honestly, and share a beer, the answers are in plain sight.

Swing Behind-the-Scenes of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Danny Dimian, Sony Pictures Imageworks

VFX Supervisor Danny Dimian will delve into the art and innovation behind the creation of “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”.  Making the first-ever animated Spider-Man feature was a chance to do something new and exciting, an invitation to look for a new visual style inspired by the look of comic books. The hand of the artist is visible in every shot including imperfections and even mistakes. The entire look of the film was driven by artist’s intention in which the design and style was more important than accuracy or realism.

The discussion will explore the new technology developed and the changes to both the pipeline and workflow required to accommodate working in this new visual style.  Every department at Imageworks was asked to reconsider what it means to make an animated feature in the spirit of this comic book style and to bring something new to the look of this film.  Various new techniques were developed including the rigging and animating of facial line work, 2D hand-drawn effects and stylized rendering.

Winfried Kretschmann

Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of the State of Baden-Württemberg

Fritz Kuhn

Fritz Kuhn, Lord Mayor of the City of Stuttgart

Jan Pinkava

Jan Pinkava, Creative Director, Google Spotlight Stories

Jan Pinkava is the Academy Award-winning founder and Creative Director of the renowned Google Spotlight Stories project; a team of artists and technologists, working with leading directors and studios, that have defined new forms of immersive, interactive storytelling for film, mobile and VR. Spotlight Stories have been recognized with many accolades, including the ASIFA Ub Iwerks award for technical advancement in the art of animation, the first Emmy for outstanding innovation in interactive storytelling, and an Oscar nomination.

His career in Animation spans a quarter century, including 13 years as a director at Pixar where he wrote and directed 1997 Oscar-winning short film Geri's Game and was the creator and co-director of Pixar's Oscar-winning 2007 feature film Ratatouille.

Danny Dimian

Danny Dimian, VFX Supervisor, Sony Pictures Imageworks,

Danny Dimian is a visual effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, most recently supervising SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE for Sony Pictures Animation.

Previously, Dimian supervised THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE for Rovio Entertainment. He also served as CG supervisor on Disney's OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, where he was responsible for the look development, rendering, color pipeline, and the sequence supervision of lighting and compositing.

While at Imageworks, Dimian also worked in various capacities on numerous Academy Award® nominated films including: SURF'S UP (CG supervisor), MONSTER HOUSE (shader writer), for which he helped write the first Imageworks shaders for Arnold, THE POLAR EXPRESS (lead shader writer), SPIDER-MAN™ (shader writer), STUART LITTLE 2 (lighter) and HOLLOWMAN (shader writer).

Dimian is a graduate of the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Sony Pictures Imageworks is the Academy Award®-winning visual effects and animation unit of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group known for photoreal live-action visual effects, dynamic creature and character animation and full-CG features. The company, headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., has created visuals for more than 100 live-action and animated productions over its 26-year history. Most recently, Imageworks completed work on Sony Pictures Animation’s SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION, Warner Bros. live-action feature THE MEG, and SMALLFOOT for Warner Animation Group. The studio is currently in production on Columbia Pictures’ MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME for Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 for Rovio Animation and Columbia Pictures.

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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