Unreal Engine Stuttgart Megameetup #4 on April 11 in Heilbronn!
The MegaMeetup is back! This time with a special edition. Together with the Programming School 42heilbronn and the AI Salon, this edition is about the intersection between artificial intelligence, digital art and interactive media, made with Unreal Engine. Because one thing is certain: real-time engines like Unreal will also become even more efficient creation tools in the future through interfaces or onboard functions with smart algorithms: Who knows, maybe ChatGPT will soon be able to develop blueprints?
The meeting takes place on April 11, 2023, at 18.00 CET on site at 42heilbronn (Weipertstraße 8-10, Heilbronn, easy to reach by bus / train or car). Besides keynote speeches and exhibits, the focus will again be on food, drinks and networking. A detailed agenda with speakers will be provided later.
NaturVision Filmfestival is looking for a new Festival Director (m/f/d)!
NaturVision, Germany’s first nature film festival and today one of the most outstanding festivals for nature, wildlife, environmental protection and sustainability in Europe, is looking for a new Festival Director (m/f/d)! The position offers great scope for creativity, many creative opportunities, and the chance to participate in transformation processes that are crucial for our society. The place of work is Ludwigsburg, the next and 22. NaturVision Film Festival will take place from July 20 to 23, 2023.
They are looking for a personality with, among other things:
Courage, ideas and entrepreneurial initiative to constructively shape and further develop an internationally established festival whose diverse activities now extend far beyond a mere film festival
Ideally, professional experience in the event sector, a relevant academic education and profound knowledge in the fields of media, nature, sustainability and environment
Management and leadership experience as a managing director or in a comparable function with corresponding organizational and budgetary responsibility.
“Cursed Children” successfully pitched at Cartoon Movie 2023!
At Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux, Matisse Gonzales Jordán (Director and Author) and Stefan Michel (Producer Studio Seufz) pitched the 2D animated feature film project “Cursed Children” (“Condenaditos“) – very successfully with a lot of applause in between! Congratulations!
The TechTalks Stuttgart event series presents technical topics from the fields of visual effects (VFX) and animation for scientists, creative professionals, students and the interested public. After the keynote speeches, people can spontaneously take to the microphone on their own behalf. The next event will take place on March 28, 2023, at 18:00 CET at Das Gutbrod, Friedrichstr. 11, 70174 Stuttgart. Admission is free!
Please register in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: The event will be recorded, but is not hybrid.
„Winkelauflösung einer simulierten Lichtfeldanzeige. (Angular resolution of a simulated light field display.)“ | Sophie Kergaßner, Audiovisual Media (M. Eng.) at Stuttgart Media University
Sophie Kergaßner is currently working on her master’s thesis at Stuttgart Media University. In this context, she recently published a paper on “Bewertung der Winkelauflösung einer simulierten Lichtfeldanzeige im Hinblick auf Dreidimensionalität, Bewegungsparallaxe und Seherlebnis (Evaluating the angular resolution of a simulated light field display with regard to three-dimensionality, motion parallax and visual experience)“, which she will present to us.
„VFX Creature Rigging und Simulation. (VFX Creature Rigging and Simulation.)“ | Lukas Kapp, Freelance Creature TD // Student at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Lukas Kapp studies Technical Directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut. He presents his work on creature rigging and simulation for the Ghoul project (VES Award 2023 for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project”). As part of his research at Filmakademie, he is also working on the use of artificial intelligence for rigging tasks.
TechTalks Stuttgart is an initiative of the following institutions:
Our HEROES at The M.A.R.K. 13 Group are looking for a full-time Pipeline TD (m/f/d) in Stuttgart or remote!
The Pipeline TD is responsible for developing and maintaining software tools, support for artists, and general troubleshooting within the studio’s full-CG pipeline. The main focus is on ensuring the efficiency of artists and eliminating potential sources of error.
This event is for all people interested in film, TV and the science behind moving images. For the creatives, technical pioneers and students who are looking forward to a career in those fields.
How will films and TV shows be produced with new technologies in the future? What new skills will we need in the process? How will virtual worlds, visual effects and animations be created and which experience and knowledge is useful in production? International speakers from the film & tv industry will discuss these questions during the event on the topics of virtual production, high dynamic range and wide color gamut.
Pablo Garcia Soriano and Nick Shaw about the creation of the NBU-LUTs used for HDR-SDR simulcast In the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022. Christina Caspers-Römer and Christian Kaestner from the “1899” Netflix Series will speak about their studio setup and the challenges of Virtual Production. Presenters from Pixomondo will give insights to their very own workflows for Virtual Production. International cinematographers like Philippe Ros (AFC, ITC), Dave Stump (ASC, ITC), Daniel Schua, and colorists as Julia Leber, Dirk Meier (CSI, BVK, ITC) and Steffen Paul (“1899”) will give insights to their experiences in LED-lighting, cinema productions or commercials.
Frischvergiftung are looking for a Motion Designer (m/f/d)!
Our HEROES at Frischvergiftung are looking for a full-time / permanent Motion Designer (m/f/d)! The interdisciplinary design studio develops visual worlds that often accompany live events and produces digital exhibits, experiences, explainer films as well as trailers.
Do you have a keen sense of motion graphics, movement and editing, as well as experience with other 2D/3D applications? Apply now!
Next Pre Fixe with Animation Lounge on March 13 with Michael Scholz (halbautomaten)
Together with the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH (organizer of Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film) and the AMCRS, MFG organizes the Pre Fixe with Animation Lounge as a prelude to the monthly network meeting of the film industry (Jour Fixe), at which speakers from the animation film scene report on current projects using practical examples and provide insights into their work.
On March 13, 2023 at 18:00 CET, Michael Scholz (Founder/ Creative Director of halbautomaten) will talk about „KINETARIUM – MULTIPLAYER-PLANETARIUM“
Kinetarium is a platform for interactive full-dome games that can be played by hundreds of players simultaneously. Each player can directly intervene in the dome projection with his/her smartphone. Playing the games is not only fun, but also offers the opportunity to experience scientific topics in a new way. The players can decide whether they want to play as a team, in competition, in alliances or in chaos. Each game plays out differently.
The event will take place at Theater Rampe, Filderstraße 47, 70180 Stuttgart, and is free of charge.
The Jour Fixe offers a unique opportunity for exchange and networking with the MFG Unit Film Funding team. All participants are cordially invited to join the subsequent Jour Fixe starting at 19:00 CET.
February 25, 2023
SAVE THE DATE, April 18, 2023: Panel Discussion “Medienproduktion der Zukunft”
Media production is undergoing profound changes that make a move towards innovative and technologically savvy production structures inevitable.
With topics such as mixed reality studios, virtual production with digitally prepared film locations, artificial intelligence as well as expanded LED technology, new possibilities are being created for film and media productions – especially in the area of moving image media. All sectors benefit from this, such as cinema, documentary and animated film, journalistic formats and live reporting. But new opportunities are also opening up for the visual effects (VFX) industry and, not least, for advertising film, which the region must take advantage of if it is not to lose out nationally and internationally in the field of media production.
What:Standortdialog „Medienproduktion der Zukunft“ (the panel discussion will be held in German) When: Tuesday April 18, April 2023 / 10:00-17:00 CET Where: Garage 229 / Haußmannstr. 229 / 70188 Stuttgart About: Focus on film and media production Technical Infrastructure / Shortage of skilled workers / Strengthening the production landscape and film and media funding / Technical research and development An event by: Film Commission Region Stuttgart / WRS Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation
VES AWARD for Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Production!
Press Release Animationsinstitut, Ludwigsburg, February 16, 2023
The production A CALLING. FROM THE DESERT. TO THE SEA by the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg wins the VES Award 2023 in the category “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project“. Students of the Animationsinstitut created the visual effects (VFX) of the short film. Mario Bertsch (VFX Supervisor), Max Pollmann (VFX Producer), Lukas Löffler (Compositing Lead), and Till Sander-Titgemeyer (Creature Lead) accepted the award last night in Los Angeles on behalf of the entire team.
A CALLING. FROM THE DESERT. TO THE SEA tells the story of the sisters Ahlam and Yasmin, who defy the set boundaries and customs of their father. In order to reach a mystical sea, however, they first must face an enemy from within.
The visual effects team, which also includes Pascal Schober (Technical Director), Lukas Kapp (Rigging TD) and Lennard Fricke (VFX Producer), created the monster “The Ghoul” for the film. It took over two years to design the computer-animated creature, for which the team drew inspiration from the anatomy of humans, ostriches, caimans and dinosaurs. In addition, the students simulated the monster’s hair, spit and muscles.
The VFX team particularly praises the spirit within the project team: “Not only did we achieve our goal of seamlessly integrating a photorealistic creature into the film, but we are also incredibly happy to have worked with so many talented VFX artists. Of course, this holds true for the fantastic main production team around director Murad Abu Eisheh and producer Malin Krüger as well.”
Murad Abu Eisheh (Writer and Director), winner of the Student Academy Award in Gold, adds: “In this film, I wanted to create a mix of reality and fantasy that usually only exists in a child’s imagination. In doing so, I wanted to deal with my own experiences growing up in a society that tries to control your choices and free will from a young age.“
The excitement at the Filmakademie in Ludwigsburg is obviously enormous. Professor Juri Stanossek, senior lecturer for Visual Effects at the Animationsinstitut, emphasizes: “The VES Award is highly deserved. Congratulations to a great team that stands out for its excellent synergy, diligence, and talent.“
The VES Awards are considered the most important award in the VFX sector after the Oscars.
With the triumph of A CALLING. FROM THE DESERT. TO THE SEA, a total of ten productions with the direct involvement of the Animationsinstitut have now won a VES Award. The Animationsinstitut and the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg congratulate the entire team on this great success.