FMX 2012 – Hugo, role playing game highlights, VFX in TV

Four weeks before spring arrives, FMX gives an exciting glimpse of the promising line-up it has put together. This year, FMX features a great special on Martin Scorseses 3D adventureHugothat has been nominated for eleven Academy Awards. In addition, it offers VFX presentations covering the successful TV seriesGame of ThronesandBones. Once again, FMX proves itself a unique and international meeting point for the merging of film and digital entertainment: In 2012, FMX places a heightened emphasis on innovative games such asMass Effect 3andThe Witcher 2as well as technical developments, financing issues and novel distribution channels.
Martin Scorsese goes 3D: Hugo
FMX dedicates two presentations to Martin Scorseses first 3D animation featureHugothat has been nominated for eleven Academy Awards including Best Visual Effects.Hugofeatures elaborate VFX that were created primarily by Pixomondo. FMX is proud to presentHugos leading Visual Effects SupervisorRob Legatoas a main speaker at this years event.Together withBen Grossmann(Pixomondo) he talks about the challenges involved in makingHugo.
Then,Matthew Gratzner(New Deal Studios) joinsGrossmannto dissect the impressive train sequence in a second presentation. While New Deal Studios created the train as a model both in the computer and on set before the crash was filmed, Pixomondo created further visual effects, which involved, amongst others, texturing the train and turning it into a digital model.
Role Playing Game Highlights: Mass Effect 3 and The Witcher 2
In 2012, FMX places a heightened focus on the games sector that continues to gain in significance. However, FMX doesnt limit its focus on games to the artistic perspective; it also brings the producers view to the table. This emphasis on games entails panels and presentations on the changing games industry that increasingly moves from off-the-shelf purchase to online distribution.
Meanwhile, numerous renowned, international game producers and developers have already confirmed their attendance. Biowares Technical ArtistLuis Alonsoilluminates how theMass Effecttrilogy has evolved sinceMass Effectcame onto the market. The final installment,Mass Effect 3, is highly anticipated by fans and experts alike.
The third-person role playing gameThe Witcher 2: Assassins of Kingsconstitutes another gaming highlight at FMX.Lucjan Wiecekfrom the Polish video game publisher CD Projekt Red takes the audience on a journey into the breathtaking world of Geralt of Rivia, theWitcher.
Furthermore, the track Games made in Germany highlights Europes good standing in the game industry.
Television: Game of Thrones and Bones
How can visual effects be created for TV despite tight budgets? The track Television pursues this question, amongst others in a presentation by VFX SupervisorMurray Barbarand Head of ProductionNick Drew(both from The Mill).
In addition, two already confimed series serve as examples of successful VFX on TV:Game of ThronesandBones. The VFX SupervisorsJuri Stannosek(Pixomondo) andRainer Gombos(HBO), who create the VFX for the medieval fantasy seriesGame of Thrones,reveal which visual effects await the audience in the 2nd season of the critically acclaimed show based on George R.R. Martins best-sellingA Song of Ice and Fireseries of fantasy novels.
Furthermore,Christian Cordona(Look Effects) one of the VFX Supervisors who work on the American crime seriesBonesimparts professional insights ranging from pre through post-production.
SIGGRAPH & Eurographics Papers
The traditional, annual FMX presentation of SIGGRAPH Papers this year curated byMichael Goeselefrom the Technical University Darmstadt is supplemented by a new series on Eurographics Papers. Eurographics Papers is a scientifically oriented track in cooperation with the European Association for Computer Graphics, curated byProf. Carsten Dachsbacherwho teaches at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The following speakers have already confirmed their coming:Lars Krecklau(RWTH University Aachen),Diego Gutierrez(Universidad de Zaragoza),Kai Schrder(University of Bonn),Pascal Mueller(Esri Germany),Daniel Sykora(Czech Technical University in Prague) andTim Reiner(University of Karlsruhe).