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Hot topics and international speakers in FMX program

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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

Stuttgart/Germany, February 10, 2010. Three months before the event, the leading European conference on digital entertainment and visualization presents a first glimpse on a top notch program: 3D stereo, hybrid imagery and virtual humans are only some of the FMX 2010 hot topics.

Top movies at FMX 2010

You simply cannot ignore Avatar these days: as most successful movie of all times, it has now been nominated for 9 Oscars, breaking new ground in technology and design. Senior Visual Effects Supervisor for Avatar Joe Letteri has now received his 4th Oscar nomination and already won Academy Awards for his work on Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and King Kong. At FMX Joe Letteri will talk on how he created the world of Pandora in James Cameron’s masterpiece. In the Virtual Humans track Jeff Kleiser, CEO of Synthespian Studios, will show effects work on Surrogates, discussing the composition of robotic elements in live action actors like Bruce Willis. The seamless mix of life action and CG characters and environments has become the trademark of hybrid movies. Roland Emmerich’s 2012 also fits this format. James Bissell, Production Designer for 300, will discuss the new challenges hybrid-technology bears for designers. Visual effects supervisors Volker Engel and Marc Weigert will discuss the 2012 effects work, while the German-American effects house Pixomondo will talk about pre-vis. However animation doesn’t have to withdraw from traditional techniques, which has been proven by another box office success using stop-motion: Production Designer Nelson Lowry will let you delve into the world of The Fantastic Mr. Fox at FMX 2010.

3D Stereo: From innovation to basic technique

Animation films have been integrating 3D for years. Bob Whitehill, Stereoscopic Supervisor on Disney/Pixar’s UP, is a 3D expert and will share his special knowledge at FMX this year. Often a major feature in Hollywood’s A-movies, we tend to forget that stereoscopy is much more than a spectacular dramatic device in action films. It’s a known fact that 3D stereo has conquered the world of media and has become a basic technique for all genres using CG imagery. Andy Hendrickson, CTO Disney Animation Studios, also adopts a more general perspective on the relation between technology and design. How do most recent developments such as stereo 3D, simulation sciences and non-photorealistic rendering influence art and content? Managing director of KUK Filmproduktion Josef Kluger will discuss the new grammar for 3D stereo language and illuminate the freedom and limits of stereoscopy. An impressive example for a broader approach is the 3D stereo documentary The Eye – Life and Science on Cerro Paranal by Parallax.

FMX Recruiting: Global chances for young talents

FMX has always been committed to supporting newcomers. For many years the conference does not only focus on providing knowledge and skills but has become one of the most significant recruiting events in Europe for CGI talents. In Recruiting Presentations and one-on-one interviews the global players in the industry search for new team members at FMX. So far Animal Logic, Black Rock Studio, Cinesite, Double Negative, Framestore, Pixomondo, ScanlineVFX and RTT have confirmed their participation. Ramping up for shows to come, some will be present for up to four days in the Recruiting.

FMX is an event in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. 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, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, and the FFA German Federal Film Board. It is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction.

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fmx/09 Growing Numbers, Well-Established Quality

Monday, June 15th, 2009


This year, more visitors than ever from 41 countries participated in discussions, encounters and lots of exciting content. The relaxed atmosphere proved to remain a central aspect for specialists wanting to network and establish new business relations.

A total of 350 speakers from 25 countries took part this year in up to 10 rooms at the same time. The program with its special series of talks and different thematic focuses reflected the wide range of fields, interests and developments within CGI, emphasized their diversity and showed their common grounds.

Talks in fmx/conference included concepts uniting and overlapping into different specialized programs. �Immersive Design�, for example, was one of the central terms connecting the many disciplines at fmx/09. A side-effect of which was that participants had the possibility to think outside the box in reference to projects of their own. As technologies and forms of content converge in exciting ways these days, the fmx/09 program embraced and connected games, visual effects, animation, and portable imagery – all different parts of entertainment using the same technologies.

Top names filled the fmx/forum, presenting themselves in fmx/expo, holding workshops and engaging in fmx/recruiting even and especially in these turbulent times. Companies like Aardman, Double Negative, Pixar, Scanline and Sony Pictures Imageworks had plenty of jobs to offer, resulting in long lines of applicants who wanted to show their reels and open future professional doors.

In the first FMX school campus a big success with participating 25 schools another important focus of the conference lay on talents of the future, emphasizing the educational aspect of CGI. This was also reflected in the increased numbers of student visitors at fmx/09, while the total ratio of 61% professionals versus 39% students remained a perfect mix for both sides.

We would like to thank you for contributing to fmx/09. Partners, speakers and visitors alike help make the conference a success in their own special ways and enable us to present a perfect whole. Again thank you!

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Invite fmx/09 Kick-off Press Conference

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009



Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 13:00

Haus der Wirtschaft, Willi-Bleicher-Straße 19, 70174 Stuttgart, Meidinger-Saal

As the leading European event for digital image production, fmx/09 – 14th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media is more important than ever before. Difficult times call for commanding voices, and this year’s line-up of big names, leading companies and inspiring speakers lives up to the task. FMX invites the international community to become a part of the legendarily collegial atmosphere in Stuttgart. More than ever, projects being realized in year one of the financial crisis profit from intensive exchange and clever networking with other industry professionals.

The kick-off press conference makes clear what leading partners have come together here. Find out more about the renowned members, concepts and talks:

  • Baden-Wuerttemberg Minister for Media Professor Dr. Wolfgang Reinhart
  • Richard Edlund, Visual Effects Supervisor and Producer, four-time Oscar award-winner for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi
  • Chris deFaria, Executive Vice President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects, Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Prof. Thomas Schadt, Director Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Prof. Thomas Haegele, Director of FMX and the Institue of Animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg

We are proud that so many notable program and cooperation partners support fmx/09:

  • MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Funding, Gabriele Röthemeyer
  • MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Innovation, Klaus Haasis
  • Animation Production Day, Michael Schmetz
  • Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, Ulrich Wegenast and Dittmar Lumpp
  • Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Petra Müller
  • Visual Effects Society (VES), Eric Roth
  • Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Joseph Olin
  • 5D Conference, Alex McDowell and Chris Scoates
  • ACM SIGGRAPH, Isaac Kerlow
  • Virtual Humans Forum, Christophe Héry, Industrial Light & Magic & Peter Plantec
  • Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, diploma studies programm Interactive Media, Inga von Staden
  • Focus on China, Kevin Geiger
  • flashconference, Wolfgang Schmidt-Sichermann
  • Faculty of Design Augsburg, Prof. Robert Rose
  • Gobelins, l’école de l’image, Eric Riewer
  • Stuttgart Media University, Prof. Katja Koeppl
  • Design Center Stuttgart, Sabine Lenk
  • Cluster Visual Computing, Prof. Oliver Deussen, Universität Konstanz & Prof. Thomas Ertl, Universität Stuttgart
  • NX Publishing, Jean-Michel Blottière
  • Eyes & Ears of Europe, Wout Nierhoff
  • invaZion, Ingo Nadler

as well as our Main Partners

  • Autodesk
  • Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Pixar Animation Studios
  • Sony Pictures Imageworks

The press conference will be accompanied by a German-English translation service.We look forward to welcoming you to the press conference. We would be grateful for a brief confirmation via eMail or the attached response sheet!

Yours sincerely

Nicola Steller

Press Relations fmx/09

PS: There will be a good photo opportunity directly before the conference: at 12:30, Minister Reinhart will view the fmx/expo and fmx/forum, meeting with renowned fmx/09 participants and speakers. Just before the conference at 12:55, all conference participants will meet in front of the Meidinger Hall for a group photo session.

PPS: Allow us to once again remind all journalists to register online before April 30:

To the hands of, Nicola Steller, Press Relations fmx/09, Phone ++49-(0)-7156-350616

fmx/09 kick-off press conference on May 5:

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Top names in animation convene on fmx/09 in Stuttgart from May 05 through 08

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Stuttgart / Ludwigsburg, February 2009. The digital community gathers at fmx/09 – 14th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. With only 3 months remaining, much of the preparations have been completed and we can say for sure: fmx/09 will be a meeting of the top guns from the industry, with leading executives participating in large numbers.

fmx/conference: chock full of feature appearances

Presentations and series in fmx/conference reflect upon and reveal developments within the world of digital imagery aesthetic, technical, scientific and social. Even a quick glimpse at this year’s line-up promises not just a wealth of insight, vision and inspiration; anyone familiar with the conference’s laid-back atmosphere will also appreciate the ideal networking opportunities presented. Among the prominent managers, creatives and curators this year:

Chris Defaria, Executive Vice President Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects at Warner Bros., discusses his work on Watchmen and further projects including 300 and Harry Potter – Order of the Phoenix with Eric Roth, Director of the Visual Effects Society (VES).

Chris Williams, director of Disney’s Bolt, appears with colleagues Paul Felix (Art Director), Adolph Lusinsky (Look & Lighting Director) & Robert Neuman (Stereo Lead)

Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography for Lighting Wall-E

Michael Faust, cg artist from the Oscar-nominated animated documentary Waltz with Bashir

Steve Preeg and Jonathan Litt from Digital Domain on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Jeff Okun, Visual Effects Supervisor on The Day the Earth stood still, Blood Diamond, Last Samurai

Joseph Olin, President of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), curates the intense games focus

Christophe Hary, Research & Development Lead at ILM, curates the newest edition of the Reihe Virtual Humans Forum fmx/09 PM#21

One thematic focus of this year’s event is the increasingly popular and aesthetically expansive 3D stereoscopic technologies. In order to see what’s being talked about in its full glory, presentations in this series will take place in the Metropol cinema only blocks away from the main venue, right next to the Festival of Animated Film.

China presents another thematic emphasis, and host Kevin Geiger exposes the region in Focus on China. Among other highlights: the Beijing Film Academy, the Peking animation and VFX producer Xing Xing Digital Corp., as well as SOFA Studios from Taiwan.

fmx/forum: Industry Get-Together and Recruitment Lounge

Industry knowledge finds the perfect conditions in which to multiply. Both informal encounters and driven discussions take place at fmx/forum. Presentations, demos, company suites and the exhibition fmx/expo allow a comprehensive overview of the most important innovations in hard and software. Those looking to further educate themselves or their colleagues can choose between a multitude of superior workshops, seminars and masterclasses. One of this year’s highlights: the Khronos developer university with its full-day sessions covering across-the-board platforms and animation applications.

Since its inception, fmx/forum has had an eye on coming generations and this year is no different. State-of-the-art practical knowledge and lasting contacts can be had first hand. fmx/talents introduces schools and their students in the School Offerings and the School Campus.

fmx/recruiting is likewise dedicated to bringing talents of all experience together with potential employers. FMX has long become one of the most relevant and successful job exchange platforms for Europe’s digital task force. International corporations such as Disney and Pixar, renowned VFX houses like Digital Negative, Framestore and Animal Logic and games companies such as Crytek lay out their recruitment profiles and seek new talent here at FMX. Particularly good news: despite the difficult economic climate, major players such as Autodesk are cementing their engagement as fmx/09 partners. In the words of Thomas Mueller, Industry Marketing Manager – Media & Entertainment: “For Autodesk the FMX Conference is the most important European event of the Digital Entertainment Creation (DEC) Industry and we feel committed to play a central role. Once again we are one of the main sponsors this year so that the community can meet and gain further qualifications. With several key note speeches, MasterClasses and workshops as well as an extensive exhibition booth we give them the opportunity.”

fmx/events: Cooperation is the Key

FMX is very fortunate to enjoy more than just the support of many program partners, but includes manifold events, as is the case with the Animation Production Day (APD), a business platform for the international animation film industry. The APD is hosted by FMX and the Festival of Animated Film, organized by Michael Schmetz MediaConsult. Creatives and financers are brought to the table for concrete discussions and negotiations. In turbulent times such as these, this opportunity is more valuable than ever. So it’s no surprise that this proven venue is expanding to include TV series, games and mobile entertainment in addition to animated feature films.

The MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg continues its long-standing commitment to bringing insight on research and special applications to FMX with the series Visual Computing. The MFG expands on this tradition to include the Best of Eurographics – bringing an overview of this renowned event from the European Association for Computer Graphics.

fmx/09 & ITFS “ Kreativraum Stuttgart

Stuttgart is an animation oasis: FMX and the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS) one of the premiere festivals in the world have long been closely coordinated and this year brings a further landmark in mutual cooperation: the ITFS and fmx/09 take place at the same time. Visitors can jump back and forth between venues, grabbing the best of both events. But there’s more: all of Stuttgart comes alive with a full week of events covering everything from animation to music, including the popmusic industry hook-up Pop-Open from May 05 to 09, organized by the Pop-Buero Baden-Wuerttemberg. Much music will be in the air with a conference and countless live-acts, workshops and demo hear-ins.

fmx/09 is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES – Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. fmx/09 is funded by the Ministry of State Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden- Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund, MFG Baden- Wuerttemberg Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media and the FFA German Federal Film Board.

fmx/09 is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg and NX Publishing.

More information at
Press Relations:
Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction, Filmakademie Baden-
Nicola Steller, Mathildenstr. 20, D-71638
Tel. +49 (0) 71 56 – 35 06 16, Mail
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