2018 Sci-Tech Awards: John Bailey, Ray Feeney & Patrick Stewart Opening – Tech Achievement Award for „BlockParty“ procedural rigging system at Industrial Light & Magic

Academy President John Bailey opens the Scientific & Technical Awards on February 10, 2018, at the Beverly Wilshire.

Academy Award recipient and chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee Ray Feeney introduces host Patrick Stewart at the Scientific & Technical Awards.

Patrick Stewart opens SciTech Awards and presents awards to Jason Smith and Jeff White for the original design, and to Rachel Rose and Mike Jutan for the architecture and engineering, of the BlockParty procedural rigging system at Industrial Light & Magic.


2018 Sci-Tech Awards: Nuke Compositing System

Patrick Stewart presents Scientific and Engineering Awards to Bill Spitzak and Jonathan Egstad for the visionary design, development and stewardship of the Nuke compositing system, and to Abigail Brady, Jon Wadelton and Jerry Huxtable for their significant contributions to the architecture and extensibility of the Nuke compositing system.


2018 Sci-Tech Awards: Rhythm & Hues Construction Kit

Patrick Stewart presents Technical Achievement Awards to Joe Mancewicz, Matt Derksen and Hans Rijpkema for the design, architecture and implementation of the Rhythm & Hues Construction Kit rigging system.

R&H – Home Page


2018 Sci-Tech Awards: Pixar’s Presto Animation System

Patrick Stewart presents Technical Achievement Awards to Rob Jensen for the foundational design and continued development, to Thomas Hahn for the animation toolset, and to George ElKoura, Adam Woodbury and Dirk Van Gelder for the high-performance execution engine of the Presto Animation System at Pixar Animation Studios.


2018 Sci-Tech Awards: DreamWorks Animation’s Premo

Patrick Stewart presents Technical Achievement Awards to Alex Powell for his contribution to the design and engineering, to Jason Reisig for his contribution to the interaction design, and to Martin Watt and Alex Wells for their contributions to the high-performance execution engine of the Premo character animation system at DreamWorks Animation.

Webseite: http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/technology/

2018 Sci-Tech Awards: Houdini Visual Effects and Animation System

Patrick Stewart presents an Academy Award of Merit to Mark Elendt and Kim Davidson, Side Effects Software for the creation and development of the Houdini visual effects and animation system.

Webseite: https://www.sidefx.com/

Patrick Stewart presents Scientific and Engineering Awards to Jeff Lait, Mark Tucker, Cristin Barghiel and John Lynch for their contributions to the design and architecture of the Houdini visual effects and animation system.

Webseite: https://www.sidefx.com/filmtv/products/BSI

Lin-Manuel Miranda on Moana’s „How Far I’ll Go“ – A Look Inside

Lyricist and Songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda discusses the Academy Award nominated Best Original Song, „How Far I’ll Go“ from Moana.

Offizieller Spot zur Dokumentation DIE NACHT DER NÄCHTE | Kinostart: 5. April 2018


Zusammen. Ein Leben lang. Wer kann das schon? Wer will das noch? Was uns heutzutage wie ein Kuriosum erscheint, war für die Generation unserer Großeltern die Normalität. Ebenso die Jungfräulichkeit vor der Ehe. Diese Generation kennt sie noch, die traditionelle Hochzeitsnacht: Ein indisches Ehepaar, das gegen das Kastensystem geheiratet hat und deshalb mit ihren Familien brechen musste… Ein japanisches Ehepaar, dass zwangsverheiratet wurde und sich sehr schwer tat mit dem Lieben… Ein knorriges Nachkriegspaar aus dem Ruhrgebiet… Und zwei homosexuelle Männer aus den USA, die erst heiraten durften, nachdem sie schon fünf Jahrzehnte beisammen waren und die damit verbundenen rechtlichen Probleme lösten, in dem der eine den anderen adoptierte. Vier Paare aus drei Kontinenten erzählen offen und ehrlich, was es heißen kann, 55 Jahre und länger ZUSAMMEN zu sein. Was auch immer sie zusammenführte, ob Liebe oder arrangierte Ehe, sie alle haben gemeinsam, dass sie sich ein komplettes Leben dieser Beziehung gewidmet haben. Im Guten, wie im Schlechten. Vielleicht nicht immer glücklich, ganz sicher nicht ohne Kämpfe – aber trotzdem zusammen. Und was steht da am Ende, wenn man sich nach einem ganzen Leben in die Augen blickt?

ARRI Media and TRIXTER agree to collaborate on VFX and animation


  • ARRI Media and TRIXTER are combining their activities for the global VFX and animation market
  • Customers benefit from the full-service offering („From Script to Screen“), perfectly aligned interfaces, and the greatest possible scalability
  • Complete portfolio for major international movies and series, national film and TV productions, as well as advertising and industrial films

February 8, 2018, Munich – ARRI Media and TRIXTER have agreed on a strategic and operational collaboration in the fields of VFX and animation. In the future and across locations, both postproduction companies will be offering all their visual effects and animation services together. In addition to the coordinated interfaces and optimal scalability, customers will now benefit from a much larger range of services.

ARRI Media-recently a postproduction provider for productions such as Germany’s first Netflix series Dark by Wiedemann & Berg, Babylon Berlin by X Filme, and Fack Ju Goehte 3 by Constantin Film-has to date focused its VFX capacities on feature films and series projects by customers in German-speaking countries. TRIXTER-known among other things for its work on Marvel blockbusters like Thor Ragnarok and Spiderman Homecoming as well as series like Fear The Walking Dead-has predominantly worked with the international movie and series market.

ARRI Media not only brings its own VFX department into the collaboration, but also its entire range of services „From Script to Screen“-from film conception all the way through to final delivery. This expertise is offered from ARRI Media’s head office in Munich as well as its other venues in Berlin, Frankfurt, Halle, and Cologne. In turn, TRIXTER will contribute its experience in VFX and animation along with its branches in Munich, Berlin, and Los Angeles. With the collaboration and almost 400 staff members in total, the two partners will now work the global VFX and animation market with a bigger footprint and even more wide-reaching competence. Together, ARRI Media and TRIXTER offer the entire spectrum of services for high-budget international features and series, national film and TV productions, advertising and industrial films, as well as virtual and augmented-reality projects.

„Our VFX departments complement each other perfectly. We both place great importance on helping each other, so that we can make the most of our respective strengths for our customers,“ says Josef Reidinger, Managing Director of ARRI Media. Christian Sommer, CEO of TRIXTER, adds: „We want to exploit potential synergies and further consolidate and cultivate our position in the international and German markets.“

In addition to VFX and animation, ARRI Media and TRIXTER are exploring further collaboration opportunities and would like to cooperate more intensely in the fields of production and co-production.

About ARRI:
Arnold & Richter Cine Technik (ARRI) is a global company within the motion picture media industry, employing around 1,500 staff worldwide. The company was founded in 1917 in Munich, Germany, where the headquarters is still located today. Other subsidiaries exist in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia.

The ARRI Group consists of five business units: Camera Systems, Lighting, Media, Rental, and Medical. ARRI is a leading designer and manufacturer of camera and lighting systems for the film and broadcast industry, with a worldwide distribution and service network. It is also an integrated media service provider in the fields of film post- and coproduction, international sales, as well as equipment rental, supplying camera, lighting, and grip packages to professional productions. ARRI Medical focuses on the use of core imaging technologies for surgical applications.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI’s engineers and their contributions to the industry with 19 Scientific and Technical Awards.

For locations and more information please visit www.arri.com.

About ARRI Media:

Germany’s largest postproduction company with its head office in Munich and branches in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Halle, and Ludwigsburg, ARRI Media provides all creative and technical services in the field of film production-from the screenplay phase and on-set support through to the entire range of picture and sound postproductionon and digital distribution to movie theaters. At its ARRI@Bavaria Film venue in the Geiselgasteig suburb of Munich, ARRI Media offers the only Dolby Vision grading suite in Europe and produces immersive audio in Dolby Atmos. Its International Sales & Productions department distributes feature films, develops its own motion picture projects, and participates as a co-producer in national and international movies. The Creative Solutions team realizes entire virtual and augmented reality projects for industry, film, and advertising clients.


TRIXTER is one of the leading VFX and animation studios in Germany and creates breathtaking effects and animations for the international and German film and TV market, for advertisers and industry. Its client list includes such major US studios as Disney/Marvel and Sony, as well as independent studios and leading German production companies. At its branches in Munich, Berlin, and Los Angeles, TRIXTER offers the entire spectrum of services, from concept art and character design to the most complex of effects and animations, through to stereo-3D processing. TRIXTER employs around 200 staff members, has a large render farm and smart pipeline management along with the equipment and capacity to process even the largest of international projects with more than 500 complex shots.

At the pinnacle of the industry-with incredibly talented artists, IT experts, and film aficionados-TRIXTER is constantly setting new standards. It is currently also developing content and technical solutions for virtual reality and 360°.

Trixter is also active as a producer and co-producer. TRIXTER Pictures develops quality feature and series material for the German and international markets. With a global network of creative artists and financing partners, and excellent access to German and international state funding, TRIXTER Pictures is the ideal partner for realizing demanding and target-group-specific projects in all genres.

Köln: „Denn wenn et Trömmelche jeht“ Um 11.11 Uhr geht es in Köln wieder in die fünfte Jahreszeit!

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Ludwigsburg: Volker Helzle stellt das VPET Set Extension Featuring ARKit vor

VPET (Virtual Production Editing Tool) and Apple ARKit visualize set extensions in real studio environment.

Further information at: vpet.research.animationsinstitut.de

We are developing a holistic approach for collaborative tools that allow real-time on-set light, asset and animation editing via an intuitive interface. VPET is a tablet based onset editing application to work within a virtual production environment. It is designed to run on mobile and head mounted devices allowing easy access to operators without dedicated training. It provides functionality to edit assets during a virtual shooting and synchronize changes with the film pipeline. VPET communicates through a network interface to main applications and other clients, allowing live editing of object, light and animation parameters. The development is open-source and particularly considers established (offline) film pipelines.

Project files and code available at Github: https://github.com/FilmakademieRnd/VPET

Hier zum immer wieder anschauen: „Die Verleihung der Annie Awards 2018“

Die Preisträger finden sich hier: https://youtu.be/Bv7TVXh4Dag

Und der Preis bezüglich „Revolting Rhymes“ an Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer und Bin Han To findet sich um 01:23:00 in der Kategorie „Best Special Production“

Hier das aktuelle Showreel von Natalia Freitas

Hier ist Natalias Webseite: https://www.natfreitas.com/

I’m Natalia Freitas  and here are a few things about myself =)

I’m originally from Belo Horizonte / Minas Gerais – Brazil.  In 2005 I started a Bachelor degree in Classical Animation at the Escola de Belas Artes – UFMG. In 2009 I graduated and started working as a 2D animator. In 2010 I began to teach myself 3D techniques using tutorials and by 2011 I dedicated much of my time to improving my 3D skills and I fell in love with it. Thanks to my new knowledge in 3D and the art works I have done, I was one of three artists to receive a scholarship from the German government to study in their country with all expenses paid (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst).

In 2012 I moved to Germany and applied to a post-graduation position at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Animationinstitut) in Ludwigsburg.  It was up to me to be approved! If I was not, then I would lose the schlolarship. Fortunately, I was one of the three candidates selected to their „Quereinstieg“ program. There I worked on over 15 student projects and also direct my own short. When I got there, my plan was to become a better 3D animator but I discovered my true calling as a 3D artist.

Update: Here are some of the works that I did during the time that I was at the Walt Disney Animation Studios (Moana), Sony Pictures Imageworks (Hotel Transylvania 3_not yet released) and Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg.


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