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TechTalks on November 22, 2023, at Filmakademie

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 November 22, 2023, at 18:30 CET at Albrecht-Ade Studio (Animationsinstitut / Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg), Akademiehof 10, 71638 Ludwigsburg. 

Admission is free! Please register in advance at contact@amcrs.de. Please note: The event will be recorded, but is not hybrid.

Program Schedule:

USD Project Workflows“ | Paul Golter, Technical Directing, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

This talk is about the USD pipeline of the diploma project “Underwater” at Animationsinstitut. This talk will not focus on theoretical USD concepts, but rather show how to structure a project with USD. You will learn how to create assets and shots with the USD and how all USD data is organized on the hard drive.

„Unreal Nerfs“ | Max Schmiererb.ReX

The polygon is dead, long live the polygon? Gaussian Splatting is on everyone’s lips, whether for “digital twins” of real film sets or as a creative way to create assets for virtual worlds. But how exactly do these “Gaussian Splats” work – and what are the limits of the technology? Can they be combined with conventional technologies? In this short talk, we will delve deeper into the topic and take a look at what is already possible with a real-time engine like Unreal.

„Projectionmapping & Künstliche Intelligenz“ | Maximilian PfistererFrischvergiftung

Frischvergiftung from Stuttgart is already successfully using imaging AI in its workflows. In projection mappings to completely transform existing buildings, to create visuals for music festivals or in collaboration with Andreas Hykade to generate morphings between given artworks. Today, the Stuttgart-based studio is giving us some insights and providing keywords to get started.

Infoflyer (PDF)

TechTalks Stuttgart is an initiative of the following institutions:

Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart | MFG Baden-Württemberg | Film Commission Region Stuttgart Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart | Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg | Animationsinstitut

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Unreal Megameetup Stuttgart #5 on September 28 at b.Rex

Our HEROES from b.Rex invite to their fifth Unreal Megameetup Stuttgart. This time you can try out numerous exhibits and present your own projects on the Open Stage. Additionally, networking will be in the foreground, as always. A short guest presentation will be given by Kaleidoscube, who will talk about their project “A Juggler’s Tale” (winner of the German Computer Game Award and the Epic MegaGrants).

Food (also vegetarian) and drinks will be provided by b.rex. Entertainment will be provided by their pinball and retro arcade machines. Weather permitting, the event will be held outside in the backyard and they will have a barbecue!

The Unreal Megameetup Stuttgart #5 will take place on September 28, 2023, 17:45 to 19:45 CET, at b.Rex, Reinsburgstraße 96/1, 70197 Stuttgart-West.

More information and registration

b.Rex are hiring!

Intelligent Cycling – Gamified Indoor Cycling Platform (b.Rex)

Our HEROES at b.Rex have several positions available:

Senior Full Stack Developer (m/f/d), permanent position in full time Job description (German)

Digital Project Management or Interactive Production (m/f/d), permanent position in full time Job description

Unreal Engine Developer (m/f/d), permanent position in full time Job description

Apply now and become part of their wonderful team!

All open positions at b.Rex

b.ReX at the KI-Festival Heilbronn

Joseph von Fraunhofer

Our HEROES from b.ReX will be exhibitors at the KI-Festival in Heilbronn, on July 1 and 2, 2023, which offers the opportunity to “meet AI experts, experience enthusiasm and share concerns in a festival atmosphere”!

They will present the AI project “Joseph von Fraunhofer“: In the employee competition, the idea of a virtual company founder was created: Joseph von Fraunhofer. The conception of the avatar is based on paintings, written documents and his death mask. In the lobby of the Stuttgart Fraunhofer Institutes, the avatar conducts conversations, supported by GPT-4 and NVIDIA’s “Audio 2 Face” technology. Since 2022, employees and guests have been interacting with the virtual founder to better understand the connection between science and industry through Fraunhofer.

More about the KI-Festival

When: July 1 and 2, 2023, 12:00 to 20:00 CET

Where: Zukunftspark Wohlgelegen, 74076 Heilbronn, Germany.

Admission is free.

Bringing the real world into a virtual environment

The Container City at Stuttgart’s Nordbahnhof, an area used by creative professionals with studios, rehearsal rooms and stages, will be demolished at the end of 2023. Our HEROES from the Research & Development department of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut and b.rex GmbH have teamed up with Third Picture GbR and digitally captured the Container City as part of a research project to make it accessible through VR technology in the digital world and to preserve it as a cultural site. A groundbreaking project to help bring real and fantasy worlds into the metaverse!

The TV magazine NANO reported about it on the 3Sat channel in their issue of April 25, 2023. Watch it here!

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.

Registration required via https://www.meetup.com/de-DE/unreal-engine-megameetup-stuttgart/events/292194997/

The event is organized by our HEROES from b.ReX.

SAVE THE DATE, April 18, 2023: Panel Discussion “Medienproduktion der Zukunft”

Image: NEOSHIN – Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

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

The Center for Media Competence and the Chair of Audiovisual Media, Film and Television at the Institute of Media Studies at the University of Tübingen have been commissioned by the WRS Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation to produce a current qualitative study on the media production of the future in the moving image sector, which provides recommendations for action for the Stuttgart Region as a business location.

To the study (German): https://wrs.region-stuttgart.de/publikationen/medienproduktion-der-zukunft/

Authors:: Alexa Vogel, Ilja Mirsky, Project Management: Prof. Dr. Susanne Marschall and Kurt Schneider.
Study Partners: Südwestrundfunk (SWR)Film Commission Region Stuttgartb.ReX GmbHRecom Film GmbH & Co. KG.

More information (German): https://uni-tuebingen.de/einrichtungen/zentrale-einrichtungen/zentrum-fuer-medienkompetenz/forschung-verbundprojekte/medienproduktion-der-zukunft/

“THE CREÄTIVE HOUSE” presents creative diversity and encourages networking

Image: MFG Baden-Württemberg

From January 12 to February 17, 2023, the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart (where FMX is also held every year) will become THE CREÄTIVE HOUSE – a hotspot for Baden-Württemberg’s cultural and creative industries. A total of 22 cultural and creative companies selected in a statewide competition will showcase their projects and works in an exhibition, accompanied by a diverse and free-of-charge supporting program.

Organized by the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism and conducted in close cooperation with MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg, the pop-up project focuses on cross-industry networking and exchange. Within the framework of the project, cultural professionals and creative companies from Baden-Württemberg will meet actors from business, science and politics. Individual program contributions will include insights into the work of creative professionals and future-oriented corporate design, presentations of serious games and animation and film techniques, and presentations and discussions of current trends and topics in the field of artificial intelligence and the media.

The vernissage on January 12 will be followed by Best Practice Talks, Open Stages, Salons for AI and Animation, expert contributions and much more. Click here for the complete program.

And of course, the AMCRS and its HEROES can’t be missing! On January 26, the CREÄTIVE HOUSE is themed All about Animation.

15:00 CET: Dominique Schuchmann, The M.A.R.K. 13–Group: “Hitchhikers Guide to Animation, VFX, Motion Graphics and beyond“. Animation and VFX for beginners and experts – lecture and film examples.

15:30 CET: Martin Fischer and Nico Dörle, a.o. Overtoon Studios: “Einfach erklärt und wirksam platziert – 2D Animation als Chance in der Digitalisierung” – film examples

Animation Salon

17:30 CET: Welcome by Stefanie Larson (Director AMCRS) and State Secretary Dr. Patrick Rapp

17:35 CET: Lecture by Heiko Burkardsmaier, Head of VFX Accenture Song / Stuttgart: “Einfluss von visuellen Effekten (vfx) auf die industrielle Produktion von computergenerated content“.

17:45 CET: Lecture by Maximilian Schmierer, Managing Director of b.Rex / Stuttgart, “fresenius medical care XENIOS heart & lung app“.

18:00 CET: Lecture by Prof. Thomas Hundt, founder and managing director of jangled nerves / Stuttgart, “an icon electrified Weltpremiere VW ID.Buzz

18:15 CET: Get-together and networking

Film evening of the Filmakademie Ludwigsburg with Prof. Andreas Hykade

19:30 CET: Based on selected artistic biographies, Prof. Andreas Hykade, head of the Animation Directing department at the Animationsinstitut of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, will show the connection between artistic development during studies and economic success in professional life. The approximately one-hour lecture will be illustrated by film examples. Afterwards there will be the opportunity for exchange. Registration is requested – Click here.

Source: Press release Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg and MFG Baden-Württemberg