Stuttgart, Germany
April 24 - 27

FMX 2014: Testimonials

"What I like about FMX is that it’s not a too big and commercial enterprise, but very focused on the creativity, the technology, and it’s in a great environment here for a conference." - Richard Chuang, CEO & Founder, Cloudpic Global

"FMX is my favorite conference of the year, because it brings together so many people across the industry and it really seems to be focused on the needs specifically of practitioners in this business. I get to see what’s going on around the world with all the people who are the best in the business." - Doug Cooper, Visual Effects Supervisor, DreamWorks Animation

"As FMX has evolved it’s really this perfect combination of a community. You almost feel like a sense of family -  that there’s people that you’ve seen here before – but such an active effort to find and seek out anything cool happening in effects, in animation, and  transmedia anywhere in the world and welcome those people and bring all of this other activity together - and it’s this wonderful blend of everything cool that’s happening, the thought leaders: if something awesome happened in this world in any of these areas over the last year, it’s very likely that’s gonna be here at FMX." - Paul Debevec, Associate Director, Graphics Research, University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technology

"What I’m impressed with this year: It’s very much a community building event. The free exchange of ideas and the bonds that are built out of that:  I’m really feeling it this year and I’m particularly feeling the value of that." - Chris DeFaria, President, Animation, Digital Production and Visual Effects, Warner Bros. Pictures

"The magic for me has always been that it’s such a collegial environment where people are not necessarily showing off, they really come here to share what they’ve been accomplished without that competitive, adversarial feeling to it." - Ron Frankel, President, Proof

"It’s such a privilege to spend a few days at FMX. It’s a cornerstone in my year, frankly." - Ed Hooks, Actor, Acting Trainer

"What I’ve have been very impressed about with FMX, is that it is an opportunity for people to meet with each other and to actually share ideas and talk about things in the industry. It is not a show that is overwhelming such as so many of the shows that are in Las Vegas where you go to and it’s just a barrage, a cacophony of noise and images. Here, it’s about interacting with people." - Jon Landau, Producer, Lightstorm Entertainment

"Every year I think collaborations come out of FMX that actually change the industry." - Alex McDowell, Production Designer, Creative Director, 5D Institute at USC School of Cinematic Arts

"A top-notch conference that very much feels at the state-of-the-art." -
Nathan Ortiz, FX Supervisor, Double Negative

"I love the fact that this is about the size it should be. I go to a number of festivals and conventions which are just way too big and this one is intense and about the right size and some people from the top of the industry come here to talk and to share their ideas and you can actually almost put your arms around the whole thing - which is a wonderful thing." - Jan Pinkava, Director, Pinkava Productions / Google ATAP

"What an incredible collection of people from all over the world, who are practitioners at the top of their game  and whether it’s technical or creative: it’s the best." - Carl Rosendahl, Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center

"Very well organized and there’s a real enthusiasm from the students. I’ve been quite impressed with the quality of the work actually; there are some really talented students here." - Max Solomon, Animation Supervisor, Framestore

"I find it a really unique experience to have that level of talent being so focused in such a small area and groups: you learn so much from your peers." - Habib Zargarpour, Creative Director, Microsoft Studios


Meet the Speakers Sessions

Motion Capture legend Andy Serkis

VFX heavyweights shake hands: Serkis and Jon Landau

Gravity producer Chris DeFaria

PDI founder Richard Chuang

Alex McDowell, Production Designer and Creative Director at the 5D Institute

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and the MFG Film Funding, taking place in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, ACM SIGGRAPH and the World Building Institute. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Day (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS).