BEYOND
THE SCREEN

International Conference on Animation,
Effects, VR, Games and Transmedia
May 02-05, Stuttgart, Germany

FMX 2017 Trailer Elemental

 

The FMX trailers are traditionally created by students of the Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in their third year of study.

The FMX 2017 trailer Elemental delivers the visuals for a multifaceted program – and it breathes the spirit of "Beyond the Screen" as an exemplary blend of technological finesse and humanistic values alike. The trailer depicts four expressive dancers who transform into the elements of air, earth, fire and water, in order to further metamorphose into a completely unique, new form.

Adrian Meyer, the Director of Elemental and creative mind behind the original trailer idea - which is now further translated into print and online visuals by the team’s Concept Artist Julie Böhm, Producer Lena-Carolin Lohfink and Technical Lead David Bellenbaum - explains the back story:

The inspiration for the film Elemental was the exercise in itself - to create something that is new and fascinating as a group of artists, together. The idea was to illustrate the collective process of creation as a dance in all its facets, focusing on attraction, but also on friction and polarization inside a team. Inspired by the four elements of nature, the different energies and forms of expressions of the dancers clash. And finally they emerge into something new and energetic.

This creative process of combining a historically grown, ancient medium such as dance with a relatively young one such as visual effects was achieved with the latest state-of-the-art technology. Motion capture and nCam camera tracking developed during the DREAMSPACE project were used to track the movements of the dancers and the camera. Further animations were then added, as well as FX simulations with Houdini. Moreover, high-speed live-action footage and CG renderings were integrated to achieve the final look. The first teaser trailer for FMX gives an impression of this impressive look - three more teasers and the final trailer will follow soon.

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The FMX 2017 trailer team

The FMX trailer team

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, supported by Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), AMD, AutodeskBackstage, Epic Games and Mackevision. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by the Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Day (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS).