A Filmakademie BW and Trixter collab @FMX 2019

Volker Helzle, Head of Research and Development at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and Thomas Knop, Head of Studio Trixter Germany, in an interview at FMX 2019 about REAL-TIME LOOK DEVELOPMENT in Katana with VPET. Check it out!

Trixter and Animationsinstitut of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg are collaborating to explore next generation real-time workflows for look development. The presented prototype utilizes the industry standard tool for lighting and look development in Animation and VFX productions: Katana by Foundry. The Filmakademie Virtual Production Editing Tools (VPET) are utilized to stream a lightweight version to a mobile client for collaborative interaction. Changes to lighting and setup of the scene are synchronized to the Katana scene and rendered in real-time using Redshift. Trixter contributed a real production asset from one of their recent movie Jim Button.

Trixter: Thomas Knop, Andreas Schuster

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg: Simon Spielmann, Jonas Trottnow, Volker Helzle

More info at: vpet.research.animationsinstitut.de

Looking back at an amazing FMX 2019!

Thank you all for an incredible festival week, we cannot be any happier or more excited with all the great projects we have seen! We hope everybody enjoyed the good networking here in Stuttgart and is still as flashed as we are!

Special thanks to all the great helpers from #FMX #ITFS and #APD - YOU GUYS ROCKED IT!

Until next year!

All the incredible people who make “bridging the gap“ possible!

All the incredible people who make “bridging the gap“ possible!

MITMALFILM @Animation Sans Frontières!

This is something for your kids everybody! The very creative idea of MITMALFILM (free translation co-painting-film) by Uli Seis was founded during ASF in 2017/18. How it works? You take a coloring template and start drawing, the finished work has to be scanned then with an app and from then on, it’s gonna be an animation film! This is so genius that the MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung is now supporting it. Congrats!

For the next ASF you can still submit your work until the end of the month May 31st http://animationsansfrontieres.eu/

Hochschule der Medien hosts Accessibility Day

This event will host some great talks about “Inclusion and Rehabilitation of artificial intelligence”. Students as well as guests from politics, science and economics will give insights and will discuss projects. Everybody who is interested is welcome to join, no need to register and this event is also free. See the full program for more information!

When: May 17th from 2pm-5pm

Where: Nobelstraße 10, rooms 011 and 012

Study @Filmakademie: Application Deadline May 15th

Dear prospective students, if you got the chance to see a glimpse of our HEROES Filmakademie and Animationsinstitut at FMX last week and you are interested in studying in Ludwigsburg - then hurry up, ‘coz deadline to study TECHNICAL DIRECTOR is May 15th 2019 for the upcoming winter semester!

Here a little review about last weeks events as well as some more information on the courses!

Filmakademie Technical Directing Trailer 2019

FMX2019 Filmakademie Projects Technical Directing

FMX2019 Filmakademie Projects TD Specials

More Information: 

Yesterdays HEROES Workshop "Tracking in Nuke with KeenTools"

The AMCRS and Design Offices Stuttgart hosted this killer workshop with KeenTools yesterday for our members and the hands-on event was well visited and appreciated! Thanks again for participating!

For all interested people this is what KeenTools is about, check them out:

KeenTools is a suite of tracking-related plugins for Nuke. The main goal is to make tracking as easy as possible, ultimately not requiring any work at all. At the moment the main plugin of the suit is GeoTracker — a tool for tracking of rigid and deformable 3D models. With FaceBuilder you can create a precise 3D model of human head and face based on a couple of photos of an actor or even on just a single frame of a footage where you want to track that face or head later. To track head and face models you can use either GeoTracker (head tracking), or FaceTracker which lets you track facial gestures. They have a number of helper plugins as well: ReadRiggedGeo — importing deformable 3D models into Nuke, TextureBuilder — creating textures of tracked (or "pinned") objects, and PinTool — placing 3D models on a footage (e.g. "manual" tracking).


Women in Animation - we need you!

We are very proud and pleased with the outcome of last weeks WOMEN IN ANIMATION PANEL during the FMX 2019! The discussion hopefully threw some light onto the underdeveloped situation of women in the Animation and VFX Industry, where they are still a minor and underpaid. Annegret Richter, CEO of AG Animationsfilm, and a couple of other successful women want to build an Initiative inspired by the “Women in Animation in America”. First step is to get feedback in to actually tackle the right problems, so it is up to you now to help them get this great project rolling and they would love your support by filling out this survey!