Die TV- und Medienlandschaft verändert sich massiv: “That stranglehold is finally being broken by a highly educated, ethnically diverse, global thinking, hard-to-reach generation. And media is having a hard time adapting to this rapid change.”

Interessante Rede von Shane Smith, VICE anläßlich der McTaggart Lecture beim Edingburgh International Television Festival:

Hier die offizielle Bio von Shane Smith!

Artikel im „The Guardian“ zur Rede!

Hier gehts zum Edingburgh International Television Festival


“With their outstanding, innovative work, these technologists, engineers and inventors have significantly expanded filmmakers’ creative choices for moving image storytelling.”

Academy Names 18 for Scientific and Technical Achievements

(Complete List and Press release click here!)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 18 scientific and technical achievements represented by 34 individual award recipients, as well as five organizations, will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.

“This year we are particularly pleased to be able to honor not only a wide range of new technologies, but also the pioneering digital cinema cameras that helped facilitate the widespread conversion to electronic image capture for motion picture production,” said Ray Feeney, Academy Award® recipient and chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee. “With their outstanding, innovative work, these technologists, engineers and inventors have significantly expanded filmmakers’ creative choices for moving image storytelling.”

Unlike other Academy Awards to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2016. Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.

Recipients of Academy certificates for Technical Achievements include:

Larry Gritz for the design, implementation and dissemination of Open Shading Language (OSL).

OSL is a highly optimized runtime architecture and language for programmable shading and texturing that has become a de facto industry standard. It enables artists at all levels of technical proficiency to create physically plausible materials for efficient production rendering.

Carl Ludwig, Eugene Troubetzkoy and Maurice van Swaaij for the pioneering development of the CGI Studio renderer at Blue Sky Studios.

CGI Studio’s groundbreaking ray-tracing and adaptive sampling techniques, coupled with streamlined artist controls, demonstrated the feasibility of ray-traced rendering for feature film production.

Brian Whited for the design and development of the Meander drawing system at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Meander’s innovative curve-rendering method faithfully captures the artist’s intent, resulting in a significant improvement in creative communication throughout the production pipeline.

Parag Havaldar for the development of expression-based facial performance-capture technology at Sony Pictures Imageworks.

This pioneering system enabled large-scale use of animation rig-based facial performance-capture for motion pictures, combining solutions for tracking, stabilization, solving and animator-controllable curve editing.

Nicholas Apostoloff and Geoff Wedig for the design and development of animation rig-based facial performance-capture systems at ImageMovers Digital and Digital Domain.

These systems evolved through independent, then combined, efforts at two different studios, resulting in an artist-controllable, editable, scalable solution for the high-fidelity transfer of facial performances to convincing digital characters.

Kiran Bhat, Michael Koperwas, Brian Cantwell and Paige Warner for the design and development of the ILM facial performance-capture solving system.

This system enables high-fidelity facial performance transfer from actors to digital characters in large-scale productions while retaining full artistic control, and integrates stable rig-based solving and the resolution of secondary detail in a controllable pipeline.

Recipients of Academy plaques for scientific and engineering awards are:

Marcos Fajardo for the creative vision and original implementation of the Arnold Renderer, and to Chris Kulla, Alan King, Thiago Ize and Clifford Stein for their highly optimized geometry engine and novel ray-tracing algorithms which unify the rendering of curves, surfaces, volumetrics and subsurface scattering as developed at Sony Pictures Imageworks and Solid Angle SL.

Arnold’s scalable and memory-efficient single-pass architecture for path tracing, its authors’ publication of the underlying techniques, and its broad industry acceptance were instrumental in leading a widespread adoption of fully ray-traced rendering for motion pictures.

Vladimir Koylazov for the original concept, design and implementation of V-Ray from Chaos Group.

V-Ray’s efficient production-ready approach to ray-tracing and global illumination, its support for a wide variety of workflows, and its broad industry acceptance were instrumental in the widespread adoption of fully ray-traced rendering for motion pictures.

Luca Fascione, J.P. Lewis and Iain Matthews for the design, engineering, and development of the FACETS facial performance capture and solving system at Weta Digital.

FACETS was one of the first reliable systems to demonstrate accurate facial tracking from an actor-mounted camera, combined with rig-based solving, in large-scale productions. This system enables animators to bring the nuance of the original live performances to a new level of fidelity for animated characters.

Köln 12. November 2016: Denis Behnke erhält den Preis der Deutschen Akademie für Fernsehen in der Kategorie VFX


Credits: Starfighter – Sie wollten den Himmel erobern

VFX Supervisor: Denis Behnke
CGI/ VFX: LAVAlabs, Mackevision

Sender: RTL
Produzenten: Michael Souvignier und Dominik Frankowski
Fiction Leitung RTL: Philipp Steffens
Redaktion: Sylke Poensgen
Regie: Miguel Alexandre
Herstellungsleitung: Till Derenbach
HD-Postproduktion: Headquarter GmbH

Die Webseite von Denis Behnke findet sich hier: http://www.vfxunit.de/

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Nominiert waren in der Kategorie VFX / Animation:

Alles scheint in Ordnung: 80 new projects of TV series will be presented at Cartoon Forum 2016

Pressemitteilung von Cartoon:

In 27 years, the Cartoon Forum has played an essential role in structuring the European market, by creating a true network of transborder cooperation, by restoring confidence in the relationship between producers and broadcasters, and by showing that there is sufficient on offer, of quality, within the European Union.
And the results are considerable.

European animation has become the leader on its own territory.

  • France leads the selection with 26 projects followed by UK and Ireland.
  • More than 50% of projects are cross-media.
  • Spotlight on Ireland!

The French city of Toulouse will host the 27th edition of Cartoon Forum, the co-production platform for European animation series that will present 80 new projects from across Europe from 13-16 September 2016.Over the past quarter of a century, Cartoon Forum has steadily grown in quality and size. This year a record was reached: 22 countries have selected projects.About 850 sector professionals will have the opportunity to discover some 480 hours of animated series that can boast of original stories and innovative visual material.

New this year: one Canadian project will be presented at Cartoon Forum 2016 in order to expand the collaboration established at Cartoon Connection Canada: „Snowsnaps“ de CarpeDiem.
This project has been selected by several European broadcasters present in October 2015: CBBC-BBC Children’s UK, France Télévisions, Walt Disney UK, YLE Finland, Channel 5 – milkshake! UK and Canal+ France.
For the second year, Korean projects will be also presented:

  • „Tori’s adventures“ from Tori Design
  • „Slow Slow Sloth NEUL“ from J.Bugs
  • „Bellboy Luke“ from Anyzac

The two first projects have been selected by 5 European broadcasters‘ representatives (France Télévisions, M6, Canal+ and Turner France) and the third project by SK Broadband as a special Award during the last edition of Cartoon Connection Asia-Europe.

In addition, three projects that were pitched at Cartoon Springboard 2015, event for the emergence of young talents, were selected for the Cartoon Forum 2016: „Planet Z“ by Pyjama Films, „The Wind-Ups“ by Leonstudio and „The Piracy of Princess Priceless“ by Adriatic Animation..

 Pre-school series from 2 to 5 years represent one fourth of the projects

In line with the growing number of children’s television channels across Europe, 53% of the projects are aimed at children 6-11 years. Pre-school series represent one fourth of the projects and 10% of the shows are aimed at the „new“ target of young adults and adults.

Stuttgart wird zum Mittelpunkt der Animationswelt kommende Woche! Teil 1: FMX

Stuttgart wird in der kommenden Woche wieder zum Nabel der internationalen Animation, VFX-, VR-, Games- und Transmedia-Welten, falls ich da etwas vergessen habe, sehe man es mir nach. Die erste gemeinsame Pressekonferenz von FMX, ITFS und APD ist abgehalten, die Veranstaltungen stehen in ihren Startlöchern –  hier jetzt noch einmal die letzten Hinweise und Nachrichten zum letzten Stand der Dinge.

Wir beginnen mit der FMX und ihren weiteren Programmankündigungen (komplette Übersicht findet sich hier auf der Website der FMX)

Alle Fotos von KLAUDIA URBAN


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Stuttgart: FMX Programm 2016 online – größtenteils…

Einiges ist noch „To be announced“, aber das ist es größtenteils – das Programm der FMX 2016, Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia!
oder wie es in der Verlautbarung so schön heisst:
Pop that champagne cork: Our ‪#‎fmx2016‬ program just went online! Filled to the brim with VR, VFX and Virtual Production highlights, animation marvels, gaming immersions and more, much more than that.

You’d better check back regularly to see who’s confirming as we speak!


Hier der Link zum Programmm: www.fmx.de/program2016/

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Annecy Festival 2016: News & Updates

A new set of Meetings: Work in Progress sessions dedicated to TV series.

Work in Progress sessions for animated TV series will be added to the programme this year, following the same vision as the WIP sessions for feature films that have been part of the Festival since 2007. These sessions will give you the chance to take a sneak peek of series that are still in production.
Four sessions will be offered, letting you in on the different stages of an animated TV series project and giving you the opportunity to ask the series’ directors about their artistic choices and production process.

Coming to Annecy 2016: Samurai Jack, an animated American series created by Genndy Tartakovsky. After a ten-year hiatus, the director is back at the helm of Cartoon Network’s cult series so that Jack can resolve his unfinished business with the evil Aku.

WIP Feature sessions you won’t want to miss out on…

Dreamworks: Trolls


Some first footage will be revealed from Trolls, the next feature from DreamWorks, inspired by the trendy dolls with fluorescent hair created in Denmark by Thomas Dam in 1959. Set for release in France this October.
From the creators of Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda



At the Zombillenium amusement park, they don’t just hire anyone: mere mortals need not apply. A dark comedy based on the graphic novels by Arthur de Pins.
Music, graphic style, first footage… a sneak peek at of all this at Annecy!

Keynote Speeches


Giving you the opportunity to come and listen to what some of the biggest names in the animation industry have to say.
Anthony Roux from Ankama and the founders of Aardman, Peter Lord and David Sproxton, will be here to meet the public.



The creator of Ren & Stimpy, John Kricfalusi, aka John K., is coming to Annecy to talk about animation and to comment on his work. A collaborator of Ralph Bakshi, Director of Björk’s music video Miss You and the controversial F*** Her Gently by Tenacious D (Jack Black’s band), John K. is one of the most original names in animation, as proven by the couch gag he did for The Simpsons in 2011. This will be a Masterclass in a class of its own.


Für alle Annecy-Fahrer! Accreditation for Annnecy is open! 13. – 18. Juni 2016 (Kopie)

Der Post vor einigen Tagen zeigte Defizite auf, deshalb hier nochmal und jetzt korrekt alles zur Online Akkreditierung zum Trickfilmfestival in Annecy Juni 2016.

You can now get accreditation online to take part in the next International Animation Film Festival (13th-18th June), the associated Meetings (13th-17th June 2016) and the film Market (15th-17th June).

Topics for 2016
This year French animation will be in the spotlight, with international creatives and industry professionals sharing their vision of the French touch!
The Festival will also be focusing on animation in advertising, and to mark the year celebrating Korea in France, there will also be a programme of Korean animation on the bill.
More info

Depending on your needs and profile, you have three types of accreditation to choose from:

  • Festival: with a Festival accreditation you can attend a maximum number of screenings over the six days to discover the best in current animation production. You can also take part in the Shorts and Breakfast meetings, the Students’ Snack Time sessions and the Feature Films out of Competition Discussions to find out just how these films found their way to the screen!
    Get accreditation
  • Meetings: a Meetings accreditation takes you behind the scenes of animation. Apart from the screenings, you will also be able to attend the Conferences, Work in Progress and Making of sessions, Masterclasses, Keynote speeches, and, new for this year, the WIP TV sessions.
    Get accreditation
  • Mifa: your Mifa accreditation gets you into the leading market for the animation industry and its associated events: Share With, Territory Focus, Focus Studio, Pitch and recruitment sessions, stands… The Mifa is an unmissable event to network with industry decision-makers.
  • Get accreditation


  • Call for Projects for all categories: 12th February 2016
  • Film submissions (excluding feature films): 15th February 2016
  • Early Bird rates for Mifa accreditation: 29th February 2016
  • Animation du Monde Call for Projects: 4th March 2016
  • Feature film submissions: 15th March 2016




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