BEYOND
THE SCREEN

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Effects, VR, Games and Transmedia
May 02-05, Stuttgart, Germany

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FMX 2017 - Newsletter #3: Slogan "Beyond the Screen" / Trailer Elemental / Board members

19.12.2016

So much to tell you, before this year's over: Check out program highlights, our teaser trailer & more.

With the end of 2016 drawing near, FMX 2017 is now finally ready to reveal the theme of the next FMX edition: "Beyond the Screen." From May 2 to 5, we'll first explore the evolution from 2D screen to the ultimate 3D screen achievements - including Ang Lee's movie innovation Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which combines 3D stereoscopy with 4K and 120 fps and per eye - to IMAX and Domes. Then, we will leave the movie theater and look at VR and AR, examine 360° (cameras) and VR interactive (Game Engines) achievements, move to location-based entertainment, dig into geo-localization and light-fields, interactive screenings on buildings and finally approach the use of high-end computer graphics in magical experimental shows like Cirque du Soleil …

The slogan has yet another implication: It's a call for open-mindedness and awareness. We also want to encourage each of us to look beyond our screens. The world's turbulences have reached a new high and FMX will take a look at the impact of these turbulences on our communities, with a special focus on circulation of talents and more specifically young talents. UK studios already start investigating the impact of the Brexit on their activities. What about the consequences of the US election? Will it influence the relationship with subcontractors all over the world? What about the role of China in this new balance? FMX will offer a platform for discussion on these issues and more.

This is what you can expect of FMX 2017

The conference's theme "Beyond the Screen" comes with many vital presentations next year. In addition to the above-mentioned topics, we'd like to connect the past with the present to show our respect for technical achievements from back in the days. And we're more than glad to have the most recent trends in Computational Cinematography, 360° Cameras, HDR, Light Fields, WebVR, WebGL, HFR, Open Source, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and much more in store. Find another program update in our most recent press release.

Here's a taste of the brandnew FMX Trailer

So here it is - a first impression of our FMX Trailer 2017. The FMX trailers are traditionally created by students of the Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in their third year of study. The present trailer Elemental was realized by a core team of seven. Adrian Meyer, the Director of Elemental, which is now further translated into print and online visuals by the team's Choreographer and Storyboard Artist Julie Böhm, Producer Lena-Carolin Lohfink and CG Artist 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.

You want to dig into the technical aspects of the creation process? Find them here on our website.
And if you'd like to check out the first teaser trailer for Elemental, click on the following picture:

Air Teaser FMX 2017

Meet the intellectual backbone of FMX - meet our board members!

Now that a lot of first confirmations have rolled in, we're happy to share who will help us to shape FMX for the months to come. The board members support us and provide the team with innovative ideas, invaluable connections, time and effort and much more - FMX just wouldn't come together without them!

One of our Board Members is Dr. Richard Marks, Director of the PlayStation Magic Lab at Sony Computer Entertainment. He is part of the 'Advisory Board'. It's the second time that he is part of Europe's most influential conference dedicated to Digital Visual Arts, Technologies, and Business.

A click on the image below shows you what he thinks of FMX:

FMX 2016 Testimonial Richard Marks

 

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, World Building Institute and Eurographics. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction, hosting the Animation Production Day (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS).