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FMX 2010 15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media

By March 31, 2010Newswires


15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media
May 04-07, 2010, Stuttgart, Germany,

Newsletter #4 – The FMX 2010 program is online!

++ We are online! +++
If you want to see what’s happening at FMX, please check out our program.

++ “Alice in Wonderland”, “Avatar”, “District 9”, “Iron Man 2”, and “Shutter Island” +++
FMX 2010 features four hybrid movies, starting with a “2012 special including presentations by Volker Engel and Marc Weigert, Thomas Zauner (Scanline) and Rainer Gombos (Pixomondo). Or you can start with the full Screening of Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and enjoy the following talks. John Bruno, Paul KavanaghShawn Dunn (Weta) will be presenting on “Avatar”. Effects will include a talk on “Iron Man 2” by ILM speakers Ben Snow and Mohen Leo as well as a presentation by Executive Vice President of Visual Effects & Post Production at Marvel Studios Victoria Alonso. The VES Talks will be hosted by Eric RothAndy Hendrickson (CTO Walt Disney Animation Studios), Dan Kaufman on “District 9” and Ben Grossman (Syndicate/ CafeFX) on “Shutter Island”. And don’t miss John Bruno‘s second talk in which he will share his experience of 25 years working with James Cameron.
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++ 3D Stereo +++
In the 3D Stereo special you can join presentations on even more box-office hits: Sony Pictures Imageworks will explain the transformation to Alice in Stereoland. Jayme Wilkinson (Blue Sky) will present on “Ice Age 3”, Bob Whitehill (Pixar) on Stereo in “Up”, “Toy Story” and “Toy Story II”, and Anthony Shafer (IMD) will open a New Dimension in Storytelling in “A Christmas Carol”. Stereo offers new ways to see things, as we will hear by François Garnier, presenting on the new Wim Wenders movie “Pina”, among others. For recent productions, there are a lot of challenges, transforming footage from 2D to 3D. Addressing this issue, Tomi Luostarinen (Stereoscape) will let us meet the “Moomins” and Martin Hobbs (Primefocus) explains Pre-production for 2D to Stereo 3D Conversion. And Michael Coldewey and Georg Wieland (both Trixter) will share their achievements in Converting Film into the 3rd Dimension. We will hear more about new ways of design, technology and plot with 3D Stereo for Games from Neil Schneider and Andrew OliverSamuel Gateau (Nvidia) among others. Jens Schöbel (Crytek) addresses new ways of creating virtual worlds to make the player feel completely immersed in the action of the game.
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++ Games +++
More presentations on games are hosted by Joseph Olin (President AIAS) in the AIAS Visual Arts track. Don’t miss Christophe Brusseaux (Quantic Dreams) explain how art was used to create a movie experience in the game “Heavy Rain”, or David Hego (Rocksteady) who will illuminate art direction for “Batman: Arkham Asylum”.Art director Saku Lehtinen (Remedy Entertainment) will talk about the audiovisual experience offered by “Alan Wake”. Presenting on the most anticipated game of 2010: “God of War 3” will be Lead Animator Bruno Velazquez (Sony Santa Monica) and Senior Staff Programmer Ben Diamand (Sony). For the very first year, FMX initiated a partnership with the Quo Vadis Conference, one of the most attended game developers’ conferences in Germany. And last but not least, FMX also offers a platform for the MFG Games Track.

++ Animation +++
In the animation talks Simon Otto (Dreamworks Animation) will discuss his work on “How to Train Your Dragon”. We will have Javier Romero (Illion) present on “Planet 51” as well as Mark Hammel and Leo Sanchez Barbosa (both Disney Animation) on “Tangled”. Disney will be present with another talk on “The Princess and the Frog” by Bruce Smith. Aardman will send Dave Alex Riddet and Bram Ttwheam for a presentation on “A Matter of Loaf and Death” and David Sproxton who will host a Panel on Archive.

++ Visualization and 5D +++
Visualization will be the topic for two different tracks. The Visualization & Film track will cover recent issues in virtual moviemaking. Among others, Ron Frankel (Proof Inc.), Kevin Tod Haug (FX Cartel), Maurice PatelAnthony Shafer (IMD) will talk on the challenges of producing movies easier, faster and more effectively by integrating realtime visualization. Visualization & Design will be hosted by Thomas Mueller (Autodesk) and covers topics like digital architectural design, pipeline set-ups and virtual cities.
The 5D|Europe Track will be hosted by Tali Krakowsky and includes panels on World-Building as Culture, Interface as World and Play as Life with speakers such as Dave Gibbons (“Watchmen”) and Don Marinelli (Carnegie Mellon University) among others.
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++ Global Production and Siggraph Papers +++
The track on Global Production features the Retrospective: 35 Years of ILM, presented by their President & General Manager Lynwen Brennan, and ILM’s Strategic Collaboration on a Global Scale. Furthermore Tim Sarnoff (Technicolor) explains Working Across the Globe while Ken Ralston returns for a second talk with David Schaub (both Sony Pictures Imageworks) to take you through a remarkable odyssey from initial conversations with the director, through design and final production for “Alice in Wonderland”.
For the first time FMX collaborates with Siggraph presenting Papers from the 2009 Siggraph conferences. The track is hosted by Paul Debevec (USC Institute for Creative Technologies) including presentations by Ken Perlin (NYU Computer Science), Christian Theobalt (MPI Informatik), Jean-Francois LalondeAdam Finkelstein (Princeton University) and Ramesh Raskar (MIT Media Lab).
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There is a lot more in the program, so be sure not to miss the next newsletter and have fun clicking through the program.

++ Send your birthday wishes – make a video +++
FMX celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2010! And on this occasion we have launched something special: The FMX YouTube channel. Here you will be able to watch past trailers and many other clips. If you want to send us your birthday wishes by making a fun short (0.5 – 2 mins), just go here and upload your video.

FMX is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph, 5D Conference and the Stuttgart Media University. It is hosting the Animation Production Day 2010 (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS). FMX is funded by the Ministry of State and the Ministry of Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg, the MFG Film Funding, the MFG Innovation Agency for IT and Media and the FFA German Federal Film Board. It is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg.

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