Highlights of FMX 2021 – Godzilla vs. Kong, WandaVision and The Power of Collaboration

FMX 2021
Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media
Online, May 4-6, 2021

Website: https://fmx.de/home/

Ludwigsburg/Germany, April 13, 2021. As May 4 draws nearer, FMX’s conference schedule is almost complete and already gathers an illustrious who’s who of the digital arts industry not to be missed. Among the many highlights of the program are three presentations on the visual effect spectacle Godzilla vs. Kong and insights into the VFX of WandaVision – the latest project from the Marvel cinematic universe – shown exclusively at FMX 2021. It also features renowned panelists that explore the power of collaboration in our reality and future.

Arrow Godzilla vs. Kong hits FMX 2021

One of this year’s biggest visual effects extravaganzas is undisputedly Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs. Kong. The FMX 2021 program includes no less than three presentations on the monster smash that is bringing people back into cinemas all around the world:

MPC Film’s VFX team will pull back the curtain on the visual effects and animation work behind one of its most monstrously epic scenes, on May 4, 4:30 pm CET. MPC VFX Supervisor Pier Lefebvre-Cleroux, Animation Supervisor Michael Langford and Lead Animator Lucas Nunes will reveal the creative and technical challenges behind the VFX and Animation of the next chapter in the monsterverse.

A day later, Scanline VFX presents „Creating a monster mash on the ocean for Godzilla vs. Kong“, on May 5, 4:30 pm CET. VFX Supervisor Bryan Hirota takes you through some of Scanline’s visual effects work on this epic. Bryan will walk you through the design and creation process for Kong, highlighting developments in their creature pipeline that enabled Scanline to bring him to life and the range of emotional states he cycles through. Bryan will also discuss how Scanline created the ocean battle between Godzilla and Kong and the sheer amount of fx and destruction simulation work that went into the sequence, all while taking the creatures‘ scale in and on the water into account.

The third presentation on Godzilla vs. Kong will be made by Weta Digital. Details are yet to be announced, please check our website regularly.

Arrow FMX Exclusive: MARZ on WandaVision

The presentation „A Vision Like You’ve Never Seen (and the VFX most people still don’t)“ on May 5, 6 pm CET, will look at the latest project of the Marvel cinematic universe, the television miniseries WandaVision. It is exclusively made for FMX 2021 and will only be streamed once at the scheduled time:

The best visual effects are the ones that go unnoticed. On WandaVision, the VFX studio Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies (MARZ) was responsible for creating the photoreal VFX behind one of Marvel’s most iconic characters – a cape-clad human-like red android with the power of flight and a yellow gem embedded in his forehead. The cape. The smooth face panels. The comedic expressions. The makeup, tracking markers, and green screens. MARZ VFX Supervisor Ryan Freer will breakdown the challenges and techniques behind perfecting Vision as he passes from decade to decade on Marvel’s first Disney+ series.

Arrow The Power of Collaboration Track

Collaboration, teamwork and smart efforts in managing change have always been fundamental to any production in visual arts. In the light of past year’s unexpected challenges, it became even clearer how vital creative cooperation is. Imke Fehrmann, COO and Executive Producer of Akkord Film Produktion curated a track for FMX that explores the power of collaboration in our reality and future.

The panel „Virtual Production – Game Changer in Animation & VFX?“ moderated by Jinko Gotoh (Producer, Netflix), will discuss the advantages, challenges and blue sky of the future of virtual production techniques. Speakers include Eve Roth (Lead Technical Artist, Parallux), Pepe Valencia (Visualization Supervisor, BARABOOM! Studios) and Lyndon Barrois (Animation Director and Video Artist).

A presentation looks at the long and successful history of Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) and Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI), making movies together that are as varied as they are beautiful. Join SPA’s Head of Production Pam Marsden and SPI’s Executive Vice President Michelle Grady for a deep dive into this unique partnership, why it works and how they work together to create iconic films including the Academy Award-winning „Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse“ and their latest production, the visually ground-breaking action comedy The Mitchells vs. The Machines.

Starting a new job, meeting the team, finding your feet in a new role – an exciting and often equally daunting experience for the new starter, regardless of experience level. In 2020, remote working and virtual teams made this even more difficult, both for the new employee as well as for the company and managers. The panel „Team Building, Onboarding & Culture – Not Only a Challenge in the Virtual Workplace“ explores opportunities and ideas for our current situation and the future of teams. Panelists include Tara Kemes (Studio General Manager, Cinesite), Natasia Schumacher (Head of Operations, Method Studios) and Paulene Hamilton (Head of People and Talent, Blue Zoo Animation Studio).

Stuttgart: Animation Production Days ONLINE 2021 – Konferenzprogramm zugänglich für Besucher von ITFS und FMX am 6. und 7. Mai 2021

Das Konferenzprogramm der Animation Production Days (APDs) wird, ebenso wie der Koproduktions- und Finanzierungsmarkt, in 2021 komplett online stattfinden. Inhaltlich wird es neben der Frage, wie die Animationsbranche durch das vergangene Jahr gekommen ist, auch darum gehen, aufzuzeigen, welche Perspektiven und Trends sich für die Zeit nach der Krise abzeichnen. Die APDs, die wichtigste Business-Plattform für Animationsprojekte in Deutschland, sind ein Joint Venture des Internationalen Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart (ITFS) und der FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media.

Der erste Konferenzteil „Enable! Case Studies und Market Trends“, moderiert von der APDs Kuratorin Prof. Lilian Klages, wird am Donnerstag, den 6. Mai ab 15:00 Uhr aus dem Studio der FMX in Ludwigsburg gestreamt. Mit der Case Study „Ainbo – Spirit of the Amazon“ wird Edward Noeltner von der Cinema Management Group einen Blick auf den sehr spannenden und innovativen Animationsmarkt in Lateinamerika werfen und am Beispiel der peruanisch-niederländischen Koproduktion „Ainbo“ Perspektiven für europäisch-lateinamerikanische Kooperationen aufzeigen. Die zweite Case-Study ist ein Blick in die Zukunft des transmedialen Storytellings. Ein Team aus Studierenden der Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Jiayan Chen, Sebastian Selg, Ramon Schauer präsentiert ihr  Cyberpunk-Projekt NEOSHIN, das narrative Serie, Musik und neue Medien zu einem konsistenten transmedialen Erlebnis verbindet.

Der zweite Konferenzteil, die Content Briefing Session, wird am 7. Mai von 11:30 bis 13:00 Uhr aus dem Studio des Internationalen Trickfilm-Festivals in Stuttgart gestreamt. APDs Kurator Christophe Erbès interviewt vier Vertreter*innen von großen Sendern und Streaming-Plattformen zu ihrem aktuellen Programmbedarf im Bereich Animation. Dabei sein werden Janine Weigold, Manager Kids & Family Original Content bei Netflix, Patricia Hidalgo, Director of Children’s & Education bei BBC, Orion Ross, Vice President Content Animation & Digital, The Walt Disney Company – EMEA und Jens Ripke, Leiter der Hauptredaktion Kinder und Jugend beim ZDF. In einem anschließenden gemeinsamen Panel wird es neben der Frage, welche Animationsinhalte aktuell gefragt sind auch darum gehen, ob und wie die Pandemie Programmstrategien verändert hat und was dies für die Animationsbranche bedeutet.

Teilnehmende der APDs werden über die APDs Online Plattform Zugang zum Stream erhalten. Die Konferenz wird darüber hinaus im ONLINE PRO-Bereich des ITFS zu sehen sein, der erste Teil der Konferenz auch im Rahmen des FMX-Online-Programms.

Für den Koproduktions- und Finanzierungsmarkt der APDs sind mehr als 160 Teilnehmende aus 25 Ländern akkreditiert. Sie werden vom 4. – 7. Mai in vorab geplanten Video-Meetings über 51 ausgewählte Animationsprojekte diskutieren.

Eine Übersicht über die ausgewählten Projekte findet sich auf der APDs Website: https://www.animationproductiondays.de/projekte-2021/

Eine Übersicht der teilnehmenden Firmen findet sich hier:


Neben dem Koproduktions- und Finanzierungsmarkt und der APDs Konferenz wird es zusätzliche digitale Networking-Möglichkeiten geben, um brancheninternen Austausch und Diskussionen zu ermöglichen.


Über die Animation Production Days:

Die Animation Production Days (APDs) sind ein Joint Venture des Internationalen Trickfilm-Festivals Stuttgart (ITFS) und der FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. Alle drei Veranstaltungen finden zeitgleich statt. Förderpartner der APDs sind das Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg, das Creative Europe MEDIA Programm der EU, die MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg und die Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA).


Täglich einen Kurzen: MONSTER PETS // MONSTER HAUSTIERE // Les Monstrueux Animaux de l’Hôtel Transylvanie

Watch Tinkles the dog try his best to make a friend in Monster Pets, a new #HotelTransylvania short. Stay tuned until the very end for a treat!

Drac’s lovable, monster-sized puppy, Tinkles, has more energy than ever and just wants to play ball! Unfortunately, Drac is too busy juggling his duties at the hotel, so he is determined to find a monster pet companion for his huge furry friend. After a series of mismatches, Drac’s plan goes awry when Tinkles chooses a very unlikely companion.

Genndy Tartakovsky, Erschaffer des Hotel Transsilvanien-Franchise und Michelle Murdocca sind ausführende Produzenten. Regie führen Jennifer Kluska und Derek Drymon. Das Drehbuch stammt von Jennifer Kluska, produziert hat Christian Roedel.

Quelle vie de chien ! Découvrez le court-métrage Les Monstrueux Animaux de l‘#HotelTransylvanie.

“Was würde passieren, wenn jeder des Drak Packs ein eigenes Haustier hätte? Die Freude war riesig, endlich wieder in die Welt von HOTEL TRANSSILVANIEN einzutauchen und all den lustigen und liebenswerten Frust der Tiere durch die Monsterbrille zu beobachten,“ sagen die Regisseure Jennifer Kluska und Derek Drymon. „Was würde passieren, wenn ein Golden Retriever plötzlich 5 Stockwerke groß wäre?  Oder ein Chihuahua plötzlich Feuer spucken würde? Die Möglichkeit, ganz neue Charaktere in ‚Monster Haustiere‘ vorstellen zu können, die genauso lustig und komisch sind wie das Drak Pack, war der absolute Knaller. Wir hoffen, dass das Publikum den Film mag und freuen uns, dass wir die Monster Haustiere im kommenden HOTEL TRANSSILVANIEN – EINE MONSTER VERWANDLUNG wiedersehen werden.“

„Dieser Kurzfilm war ein echtes Herzensprojekt für die Teams bei Sony Pictures Animation und Sony Pictures Imageworks, und wir freuen uns, dass wir in dieser Zeit Familien auf der ganzen Welt von Herzen zum Lachen bringen können,“ fügt ‚Monster Haustiere‘-Produzent Christian Roedel hinzu. „Im Hotel Transsilvanien-Franchise dreht sich alles um Familie, und es war uns eine Ehre, mit unseren neuesten Mitgliedern  – Jennifer und Derek –  zusammenzuarbeiten, dem großartigen Regie-Duo, das die Zügel für dieses aufregende neue Kapitel in der Hand haben wird.“


National Galleries: Becky Darke on „The Dynamation of Ray Harryhausen“

To coincide with our exhibition Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema we asked horror movie podcaster and Ray Harryhausen fan Becky Darke to share her thoughts on growing up with Harryhausen’s films on wet Bank Holiday weekends. Described as one of the most influential people in cinema, Ray Harryhausen’s films have inspired generations of filmmakers, animators, writers, and artists, to push the boundaries of their own creations.

Written and narrated by Becky Darke.

Edited and produced by Mike Muncer.

The National Galleries of Scotland cares for, develops and displays Scotland’s collection of Scottish and international art. Our aim is to engage, inform and inspire. We can do more with your support https://www.nationalgalleries.org/donate.

Find out more about the Ray Harryhausen, Titan of cinema exhibition: https://bit.ly/33UJg5q

Or sign up for our Virtual Exhibition Experience https://bit.ly/326Sf1H

ホッキョクグマすっごくひま 予告編 | Polar Bear Bears Boredom trailer by Koji Yamamura

| 短編アニメーション | 2021/04 | 日本 | 7分00秒 | 4K | シネマスコープ | 5.1ch/ステレオ | 日本語、英語 |
| Short animation | April 2021 | Japan | 7’00“ | 4K | Cinemascope | 5.1ch/Stereo | English, Japanese |
日本語と英語の言葉遊びで、絵巻物風に描く「海獣人物戯画」。「ホッキョクグマ、すっごくひま。Polar bear bears boredom.」「カワウソ、かわいそう。Other otter, poor otter. 」など…
A polar bear who is very bored with various marine animals in the deep blue sea.
It continues an ancient tradition of „Caricatures of Frolicking animals“ in scroll painting-style; this time, „Frolicking Sea Animals,“ in animation form, with a play on Japanese and English language word-plays: „Polar bear bears boredom,“ „Other otter, poor otter,“ etc.

Painted, Animated and Directed by Yamamura Koji
English Supervisor Michael Lazarin
Digital Work & Producers Yamamura Koji / sanae
Production Yamamura Animation
Music CASIO Toruko Onsen
Written by Yamamura Koji / PKNY / MTG
Composed & Performed by PKNY & MTG
Voice Performed by PKNY / MTG / Chiyaji / Botsu (Dos Monos)
Sound Designer Takino Masumi
Vocal Recording Studio oden studio
Recording Engineer Koizumi Chinatsu
Music Mixer Motoki Kazunari
Sound Mixing Studio IYUNO STUDIOS
Re-recoding Asakura Tsutomu
Assistant Re-recoding Miyoshi Yusuke

Täglich einen Kurzen:The Song of a Lost Boy | BAFTA Shorts 2021

Ben, a young choir boy who after his voice breaks mid-solo has a crisis of faith, decides to run away from his community. He happens upon a group of nomads who take him in, though Ben hides a secret about who he really is and must decide what to do with it.

Nominees :

Daniel Quirke – Director

Jamie MacDonald – Producer

Brid Arnstein – Writer

Täglich einen Kurzen: „Save Ralph“ by Spencer Susser

Introducing Ralph, the new spokes-bunny of the global campaign to ban animal testing for cosmetics.


#SaveRalph​ is a powerful stop-motion animation short film produced by Humane Society International, featuring an all-star multinational cast including Taika Waititi, Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn, Pom Klementieff, Rodrigo Santoro, Tricia Helfer and more.


Save Ralph is a powerful stop-motion animation short film featuring Oscar winner Taika Waititi as the voice of Ralph, who is being interviewed for a documentary as he goes through his daily routine as a “tester” in a lab. HSI’s #SaveRalph campaign tackles the cruelty of animal testing in an original and unexpected way—using the story of one bunny to shine a light on the plight of countless rabbits and other animals in laboratories around the world. While Ralph is animated, the miseries he endures in the short film are far from made up. As Spencer Susser, the director of Save Ralph, says, “It’s so important that Ralph feels real because he represents countless real animals who suffer every day.” Susser, known for his film Hesher, is among a slate of powerhouse celebrities and influencers who collaborated with Humane Society International on the making of Save Ralph. In addition to Waititi as Ralph and Gervais as the interviewer, the film has Zac Efron as Bobby, Olivia Munn as Marshmallow, Pom Klementieff as Cinnamon and Tricia Helfer as Cottonballs. Producer Jeff Vespa (Voices of Parkland) teamed up with the Arch Model studio of puppet maker supreme Andy Gent (Isle of Dogs, The Grand Budapest Hotel) on the production.


SPARK FESTIVAL Saturday: Free Screening of Wolfwalkers

If you haven’t yet seen the latest Oscar®-nominated film from Cartoon Saloon, this is your opportunity!

On Saturday, 10 April 2021 at 1:00 pm PST, Spark CG and Apple will be hosting a free, online screening of Wolfwalkers. Follow the adventure of Robyn Goodfellowe, and Mebh, a pair of unlikely friends whose adventure brings them face-to-face with a fierce hunter in a battle to save Mebh’s mysterious world.

The screening will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with the film’s directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, moderated by Guillermo del Toro.

Register now to secure your spot. Screening details will be sent on Friday, 9 April.

When: Saturday, 10 April 2021 at 1:00 pm PST
Where: Online
Admission: Free


Berlin, Pictoplasma: CALL FOR ANIMATION ENTRIES!!!

Our official 2021 animation selection is once again on the hunt for the latest and freshest generation of characters in motion, be it narrative shorts, music visuals, experimental animation, or anything in between – and as always we rely on you: should you want your work to meet the retinas of a global audience of character connoisseurs, please don’t hesitate to share it with us (and generously).

Deadline for submissions has been extended to the 23rd of April. 

Find all the details and the downloadable entry form here.


We invite you to hop on over to website and see the ingredients blossom, but you’ll have to snap into action at the right moment if you want to score one of our cash-saving offers, limited to the first lucky attendees.

Starting from Saturday, the 1st of May 2021 at noon (CET), a very limited amount of exclusive Berlin + Online passes will be available, granting you full access to both: the physical joy of Pictoplasma Berlin in August AND the non-fungible delight of the Online Fest in September.

Alternatively, tickets for September’s Online Fest only also await you for an irresistible early bird offer!

We’d prefer both!

peter and lars


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