FMX 2012 to Highlight Virtual Production
The VFX specialists from Industrial Light & Magic remain at the helm of visual effects in this action movie featuring Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch and popstar Rihanna. Compositing Supervisor Marshall Krasser explains in his presentation "Not just a Board Game" why the epic battles on the high seas and the alien attacks on Hawaii constitute further milestones in ILM's long-standing VFX history. For this purpose, ILM implemented a novel water simulation system and harked back on the digital pyrotechnics tool Plume.
Moreover, John Dietz, Founder, Producer and VFX Supervisor at Vispop, devotes his talk to one of the most successful movies of 2012: The Hunger Games. Dietz supervised the work of VFX company Rising Sun Pictures which contributed over 200 Visual Effect shots to the screen adaptation of the popular book series including the design for the fully digital Capital City. For crowds, live actors were shot against bluescreen which were then digitally multiplied.
Show & Tell: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax and Marvel's The Avengers
Four weeks ahead of the European premiere at Festival d'Animation Annecy and two months before the nationwide official release, FMX presents its audience an extraordinary animation highlight: Chris Renaud‘s box office highlight Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is screened at FMX in its original 3D version. In addition, the quartet of speakers comprising Jacques Bled,Kyle Balda, Bruno Chauffard und Yarrow Cheney (all Illumination Entertainment) explains how the moustache-wearing protagonist was brought to life on the big screen. Illumination Entertainment created popular animation films such as Despicable Me.
Moreover, FMX invites visitors and specialists to attend a screening of the latest Marvel adventure: Joss Whedon's The Avengers was one of the most anticipated blockbusters of 2012. ILM's VFX Supervisor Jeff White is joined by Weta Digital's Guy Williams (also VFX Supervisor) to speak about the working processes involved in creating this film. The Avengers Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) unite under the command of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) as the international peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D to save the world from destruction. The experts from New Zealand's Weta Digital (Lord of the Rings, Avatar) have contributed astounding visual effects to this to date longest Marvel superhero movie.