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Ludwigsburg/Germany: FMX 2021 Online | Official Trailer & Conference Program online | Digital Humans | Assassin’s Creed Valhalla & more…

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

Not long until FMX 2021 kicks off on May 4. The Conference program of FMX’s first online edition is quickly taking shape. Packed with world-leading media creators sharing their insights into the latest creative developments in digital entertainment, it went live on our website on April 1.

One of our most fascinating tracks, on the remarkable advances in creating Digital Humans, has just been confirmed. Another highlight is about Goodbye Kansas Studios‚ cinematic commercial for the action role-playing video game Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Moreover, we are pleased to introduce to you our FMX Gold Partner Foundry and we have news about numerous new participants in the FMX Forum.

If you want to be part of FMX 2021, visit www.fmx.de/tickets.

Arrow Giving Digital Humans a Voice

There is an explosive growth in digital humans and a key aspect of this is now shifting from just issues of appearance to that of correct animation. The Digital Humans track, curated by Mike Seymour, Co-Founder of fxguide.com & fxphd.com, will encompass a series of talks and a panel discussion on the validity of hybrid models of CG and AI and the future of enhancing traditional workflows with machine learning approaches. The talks will provide a primer on AI for content creators with a summary of the state of the art in production applications.

Our speakers cover traditional high end CG pipelines, modern machine learning AI and advanced voice synthesis:

Colin Urquhart from DI4D which is deploying cutting edge algorithms as new solutions to deliver high-fidelity facial animation at scale, especially in high end AAA games.

Hao Li, CEO and Founder of Pinscreen, a startup building the world’s most advanced AI-driven digital humans and known for their real-time ‚deep fakes‘ technology currently being used live on Dutch TV.

Alex Serdiuk, CEO of Respeecher, who are pioneering voice cloning using high tech artificial intelligence and have just opened a voice marketplace to democratize the advanced AI technology.

Take a stroll down FMX memory lane with us: Our trailer takes you from 1994 when FMX started off as a student exchange right into the year 2021, which marks the very first online edition of FMX. Do you remember the funky balloon animals from FMX 2013, or the dancing elements from 2017? While we like to reminisce, this year challenged all of us to tackle the future, reinvent ourselves, and adopt new ways of work and life.

Following our central theme „Reimagine Tomorrow“, the 25th edition of FMX takes place virtually, creating one unique digital experience over three days, from morning to late at night. Wherever you are located on the globe, look forward to exclusive presentations, workshops and Q&As showcasing inspiring media creators from the fields of animation, effects, games and immersive media.

Arrow TVC for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Goodbye Kansas Studios offers award-winning and uniquely integrated services for feature films, TV series, commercials, games and game trailers. Follow behind the scenes and learn how Goodbye Kansas Studios created the cinematic commercial for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, a production that started just as the pandemic forced the world to go into lockdown. Director Emnet Mulugeta, Executive Producer Jan Cafourek, Producer Rebeca Cervantes and CG Supervisor Alexis Andersson will talk about mastering this challenge in our VFX for Commercials track.

Arrow Forum News

Numerous new participants in the FMX 2021 Forum are confirmed:

We are pleased to introduce to you Foundry as one of our FMX Gold Partners. Foundry’s products help tackle complex visualization challenges to meet the demands of your customers and projects. With over 20 years of industry know-how and a focus on speed, quality and user-experience, they save you time so you can spend it bringing incredible ideas to life. Foundry develops creative software for the Digital Design, Media and Entertainment industries.

Series: Autodesk (The Autodesk Vision Series), Foundry (The Foundry Series), SideFX (The Houdini Series)

Workshops: Avid, ftrack, IO Industries, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, vrbn solutions, Ziva Dynamics

Recruiting: Blue Zoo, Illumination MacGuff, Mikros Image, Scanline VFX, The Focus, The Marmalade

Schools: Escape Studios, Mediadesign Hochschule, University of Applied Sciences (MD.H), University of Luxembourg Competence Centre

Go check out our program on www.fmx.de and join us for this special FMX – we can’t wait to meet you online.

 

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