After more then 2 years, my final Filmakademie project and the most personal one, „Bär“, is now available for everyone to watch. Feel free to share! Thank you!
Nach mehr als 2 Jahren gibt es meinen Film „Bär“ nun auf Vimeo zum anschauen! Vielen Dank an alle die mich bei dem Projekt unterstützt haben!
„Bär“ is a personal story about my grandfathers past in World War 2. The film is my graduation project from the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany. It was finished in 2014.
I am very thankfull that within the last 2 years, the film was screened on over 150 festivals worldwide, win Awards and Special Mentions and had me travel to many of those wonderfull festivals. I thank everyone involved in helping me create this very personal piece and the people choosing the film for their festivals. Thank you very much!
Please go to my website for more info about the film and myself: floerks.de
The Research and Development Group at the Institute of Animation is a multidisciplinary team, which main focus is the creation of innovative tools and technologies for entertainment productions. Along the years, we have explored different areas that have been crucial in media production related developments.
In the field of Virtual Production the group is currently part of the EU project Dreamspace that will research and develop tools to combine live performances, video and computer-generated imagery in real time.
Virtual Characters, Animation and Psychology are combined in SARA, a DFG funded project that investigates how individuals with Autism perceive computer-generated facial expressions with different levels of abstraction. This project is based on the Agent Framework (AF), which is a development platform for the creation of animated and believable characters. Other examples of the AF are an interactive conference guide, a cloud based animated messaging service for mobile devices (Emote), and an interactive installation where animated characters recite poetry in an emotional way (Muses of Poetry).
The main developing tool used in all the projects of the R&D group is called Filmakademie Application Framework: Frapper. In the past, a strong emphasis on practical tools for high quality facial animation (Facial Animation Toolset) was possible through the ‚Artificial Actors‘ project, which included one of the first convincing prototypical VFX productions featuring a completely digital actor.
The Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg is turning 25! Wohooo! And what a place it has become over the years. So, in a keynote at this year´s edition of FMX, the managing director of the Animationinstitut at the Filmacademy, Prof. Andreas Hykade presented a look back into the past and a look into the future.
Here is his keynote, with kind permission by Prof. Hykade and the great team at FMX and the Animationsinstitut:
Prof. Andreas Hykade:
Welcome to 25 YEARS OF FILMAKADEMIE BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG at FMX 2016. To celebrate this birthday I want to take you on a quick ride through the vital history of Animation at Filmakademie.
We start with the roots: In 1980, a man called Albrecht Ade did not only bring the creative spirit of Eastern European animation to Stuttgart, he also established a space at the Kunstakademie, the Trickfilmklasse Ade, where young designers started to realize raw and wild and political animated films with one lonely 16 mm camera.
But Ade knew, that it´s not enough simply to just create art for art´s sake alone – art also needs a place where it can be presented. So he came up with the idea for the International Trickfilmfestival Stuttgart, the ITFS, and people from all over the world came and shared the best of their art with a growing, enthusiastic audience. A solid community came into being where locals mixed with international guests and the audience recognized the raw and wild energy of these films as a vital alternative to the mainstream.
By the beginning of the 90s the Kunstakademie had gotten too small for Ade, so he persuaded some good-hearted politicians to establish a Filmakademie in Ludwigsburg and he somehow arranged to become the head of this new institution and took his whole class from Stuttgart with him. They were a diverse crowd with different approaches, most of them remain very successful in the field of animation and VFX to this very day. So, let me show you an example from these early days:
Volker Engel was part of the very first student generation at the Filmakademie. After completing his studies he and his fellow student Marc Weigert followed the filmmaker Roland Emmerich to Hollywood, received an Oscar for Best Visual Effects on „Independence Day“, founded the company „Uncharted Territory“, almost lost their minds over the spectacular VFX for the movie „2012“, but are still alive and kicking and very busy at this moment finishing the movie „Independence Day 2“.
In 1993 the young English filmmaker Philp Hunt won the „Mercedes-Benz scholarship prize“ at the ITFS. This did not only mean 40.000 Deutschmark in cash – it also meant he could realize an animated film at the Filmakademie. „Ah Pook is here“ became a cornerstone of independent animation, influencing generations of animation filmmakers around the world, and Hunt did not only became part of Studio A.K.A., but still found the time to direct the timeless childrens classic „Lost and Found“. Here is „Ah Pook is here“, directed by Philip Hunt, produced by Eddel Beck, 1994, 35 mm with digital postproduction.
The central figure in propelling Animation and VFX at the Filmakademie into the next century is Thomas Haegele. He anticipated the digital revolution in the 70s, was an active part of this revolution in the 80s and implemented this revolution at the Filmakademie in the 90s.
In 2002, Thomas Haegele founded the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie. He established the „Research & Development“ department, which is run by Prof. Volker Helzle to provide the groundwork for a marriage of the arts with technology. In 2008, he included the Interactive Media course run by Prof. Inga von Staden into the curriculum of the Institute of Animation to set the path for a future Transmedia mindset.
Thomas Haegele also took over an event, which was originally founded in 1994, called „Film- & Medienbörse“ from Albrecht Ade. He renamed this event „FMX“, took the event to an international level and transformed it into Europes most vitalizing Conference on Animation, Visual Effects, Games and Transmedia.
Most importantly, Thomas Haegele built a highly qualified team to run these complex operations. With specialists in all fields and departments and projects, the Institute of Animation became an internationally renowned institution and its name stands for the highest quality.
Bunnies! This 30 second ITFS-trailer is a very special production for the Filmakademie. Teamwork became more and more important, and the team of „Bunnies“ reads like a dream team of Animation: Jakob Schuh, Oscar Nominnee and director of „The Gruffallo“, Johannes Weiland, director of „Gruffallo´s Child“ and the beautiful German animation classic „The Boy and the Beast“, Saschka Unseld, director of Pixars „The Blue Umbrella“, now working at Oculus Story Studio, Chris Stenner, Oscar Nominnee for „Rocks“ and so on and so on. After studying, most of the team members of „Bunnies“ founded Studio Soi, one of the studios the region of Baden-Württemberg is most proud of.
And let me show you one further film of the early days of the Institute. „458 NM“ is a sensitive portrayal of a sexual act between two snails. Created by Ilija Brunck, Thomas Weber and Jan Bitzer, who later founded the collective Polynoid and the company Woodblock, „458 NM“ set the standard for a whole generation of VFX-Artists that used the medium for individual expression.
There was always space for every different kind of artistic expression at the Institute of Animation. This is an example for classic craftmanship called „Lebensader“ by Angela Steffen. „Lebensader“ is not only one of the most successful animated films of the Filmakademie, winning countless awards including prizes in Annecy and Ottawa, it also shows the empathetic and unique style of a promising young filmmaker. At the moment Angela is working on her own animated preschool series called „The Patchwork Pals“ with Studio Filmbilder. This is an excerpt of „Lebensader“, 2009, hand-drawn with computer coloring.
I´ve known Filmakademie for 25 years now, because I studied there in the early days. The Filmakademie gave me the space and the freedom to realize my 17 minute coming-of-age film „We lived in Grass“. By the end of my studies, I had a point of view from where to operate, so I could explore into different territories, but still retain my own style of expression.
I returned to Filmakademie as a teacher in 2001 and since 2015 I´m the Head of the Institute of Animation there, and so I ask myself: Where do we stand now? And because this question leads to even more complex questions, I´m very happy to have a great team that I can discuss these questions with.
If we believe our own pitch line, we are one of the worlds most exciting places to study the whole range of Animation, VFX, Games and Transmedia.
We form an international community, where different cultures can encounter and learn from one other. And the credo „Learning by doing“ drives and inspires the Designers, Writers, Directors, Animators, GameDesigners, Producers and Technical Directors to become leading forces of the industry.
You can see the brand-new works of our students here, at the School Campus of FMX or immerse yourself in our VR-experience „Longing for Wilderness“. You can experience the Interactive works at the Game Zone at the ITFS. And you can listen to new musical live interpretations of our animated student classics sung by Cornelia Ragg at the Animators Arena at the Schlossplatz.
So, you see, the Institute of Animation is vibrant and alive. We will try to continue to be a vital inspiration and an engine for the Animation, VFX and Games scene. And, of course, we will continue to organize and advance FMX, Europes most important Conference on Digital Entertainment for the sake of the international, the national and the regional community.
And so I´d like to end this presentation of 25 years of Animation at the Filmakademie with some Trailers for FMX, that shaped the looks of so many of these grand events, won countless awards, kick started the careers of many young talents, and opened the heart of a whole community. We start with „Rollin´ Safari“, followed by „Wrapped“ and finish, one more time, with the FMX-trailer 2016 „Jazz Orgie“ by Irina Rubina and Christiane Goppert who are with us this afternoon. So, enjoy the trailers!
Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for your attention.
Andreas Hykade: We are one of the world´s most exciting places to study the whole range of Animation, VFX, Games and Transmedia! April 27th, 2016Johannes Wolters
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.
In der Mediathek von ARD ALPHA kann man mindestens noch die kommende Woche die Doku über URS und Moritz Mayerhofer aus der Reihe Campus CINEMA sich anschauen. Und dies sollte man und frau auch unbedingt tun. Da findet sich natürlich auch der komplette Film URS, den hoffentlich schon alle gesehen haben!!
„Ziemlich genau 10 Jahre nachdem die Arbeit an „Urs“ begonnen hat, wollte ich nochmal allen Beteiligten Danke sagen!
Ich freue mich, dass sich die Arbeit so gelohnt hat und unser Film auch heute noch – 7 Jahre nach seiner Fertigstellung – ein Publikum findet! Gleichzeitig macht es mich sehr stolz zu sehen wo Euch Eure Arbeit hingebracht hat! Ich hoffe wir können eines Tages wieder einmal zusammenarbeiten! You rock!!
Moritz Mayerhofer wurde 1981 in München geboren und hat schon in der Video AG auf dem Gymnasium jedes Jahr einen Kurzfilm gedreht. Von 2003 bis 2009 hat er dann Animation an der Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg studiert. Sein Studium beendete er mit dem animierten Kurzfilm „Urs“, der auch international erfolgreich war. Er hat viele Preise gewonnen und wurde auf der Oscar-Shortlist in den Kreis der besten zehn Filme im Bereich Animation aufgenommen. Moritz hat an vielen Austausch- und Networking-Programmen teilgenommen, darunter die „Animation sans Frontières – ASF“ und den „Berlinale Talents“. Hin und wieder sitzt er in der Jury von Internationalen Filmfestivals und versucht seine Erfahrungen im Filmemachen in Workshops wie zum Beispiel im Smedlab in Nigeria weiterzugeben. 2012 hat er das Animationsstudio „studioNICE“ in Berlin mitgegründet. Nach Kurzfilmen wie „Die Spuren meines Bruders“ und „Father“ konzentriert er sich jetzt auf Langfilme. Gerade arbeitet er an einem animierten Wüstenmärchen.
Unbedingt sehenswert!! Campus CINEMA // „Urs“ von Moritz Mayerhofer März 12th, 2016Johannes Wolters
mit der Bitte um Veröffentlichung (der ich hier im Rahmen unserer Möglichkeiten gerne nachkomme!) Startschuss für die Animationskarriere! Bewerbungsfristen 15. Februar und 15. MaiRead more
Bewerbung beim Animationsinstitut in Ludwigsburg: Startschuss für die Animationskarriere! Bewerbungsfristen 15. Februar und 15. Mai Januar 19th, 2016Johannes Wolters