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FMX 2023 Program Now Online

The 4-day hybrid event returns to Stuttgart April 25-27 with an exclusive online day April 28; confirmed presentations include the creative and technical journey of Netflix’s ‘1899’ and Digital Domain’s use of Charlatan, its neural network for ‘deep fake’-like face replacements on Disney+’s ‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.’

The FMX 2023 program is now online – the four-day hybrid event returns to Stuttgart April 25-27 with an exclusive virtual day April 28, showcasing diverse content ranging from new shows to sustainability in the entertainment industry.

Confirmed presentations and talks include:

Virtual Production - Netflix’s 1899

  • Production VFX Supervisor Christian Kaestner discusses the show’s creative and technological journey encompassing concept art, virtual scouting, virtual set-walks, and virtual art department through to the set-up and use of Dark Ways’ innovative new 360° LED volume stage. Kaestner will deliver a deep-dive into using Framestore’s virtual production toolkit, the new types of storytelling that LED technology can unlock, and how it has the power to put VFX artists, producers, and technologists at the heart of the creative process.

Digital Humans – Disney+’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

  • Visual Effects Supervisor Jan Philip Cramer will review the main character's creation, motion studies, and the final shot work. The FMX audience can expect a detailed study of facial animation, muscle, and cloth simulation – as well as new groundbreaking technologies used on the show. The team will do a deep dive into Machine Learning for Facial Animation. In addition, Digital Domain will discuss using Charlatan, their neural network, for "deep fake"-like face replacements.

Cultivating Inclusion

Producer and FMX Program Chair Jinko Gotoh and Founder & CEO of Collective Moxie, Julie Ann Crommett, will discuss how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) sits at the heart of the journey to cultivate true sustainability and growth in the global entertainment industries. They invite the FMX audience to join in.

A fireside chat - "Landscape Look: WIA/USC VFX Study & Industry Accountability:”

  • Hosted by Crommett, the chat will explore current diversity in the global VFX and animation landscape, citing the 2021 WIA / USC VFX Industry gender study, its demand on institutions and the industry to create sustainable accountability – and the steps they have since taken.

A panel - "The Business of Inclusion:"

  • Crommett takes the stage with four panelists from independent studios and producers, including Deepa C. Joshi (Incessant Rain Studios), Nosipho Maketo-van den Bragt (Chocolate Tribe), and Christina Lee Storm (Netflix). They will shed light on "The Business of Inclusion," such as the necessity for DEI investment during uncertain economic times, and provide statistics, case studies, and information to the FMX audience.

A panel - "How to be an Inclusion Accomplice:"

  • FMX Program Chair Jinko Gotoh hosts a panel with Hidetaka Yosumi (Studio Nowake Canary Islands S.L.), Rob van den Bragt (Chocolate Tribe), and Kiran Bhakta Joshi (Incessant Rain Studios) and Su-Jin Song (Cologne Game Lab of the TH Köln). The discussion will include "How to be an Inclusion Accomplice" in making change, showcasing real-life examples of allyship.

Check out the complete program here.

Source: FMX 2023

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.