Hugo will get two presentations at FMX 2012, the 17th conference on Animation, Effects, Games, and Transmedia, May 8-11 in Stuttgart, Germany. VFX supervisor Rob Legato and Ben Grossmann (Pixomondo’s VFX supervisor) will discuss the game-changing 3-D along with the VFX challenges of pulling off Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated ode to Méliès.
Then, Matthew Gratzner (New Deal Studios) joins Grossmann to dissect the impressive train sequence in a second presentation. While New Deal Studios created the train as a model both in the computer and on set before the crash was filmed, Pixomondo created further visual effects, which involved, amongst others, texturing the train and turning it into a digital model.
Meanwhile, VFX supervisors Juri Stannosek (Pixomondo) and Rainer Gombos (HBO), who create the work for the medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones, reveal which visual effects await the audience in the 2nd season of the critically acclaimed show based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels.
Christian Cordona (Look Effects) — one of the VFX supervisors who works on the American crime series Bones – imparts professional insights ranging from pre – through post-production.
Bioware’s Technical Artist Luis Alonso illuminates how the Mass Effect trilogy has evolved since Mass Effect came onto the market. The final installment, Mass Effect 3, is highly anticipated by fans and experts alike. The third-person role playing game The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings constitutes another gaming highlight at FMX. Lucjan Wiecek from the Polish video game publisher CD Projekt Red takes the audience on a journey into the breathtaking world of Geralt of Rivia, the Witcher.
The traditional, annual FMX presentation of “SIGGRAPH Papers,” this year curated by Michael Goesele from the Technical University Darmstadt, is supplemented by a new series on “Eurographics Papers.” This is a scientifically oriented track in cooperation with the European Assn. for Computer Graphics, curated by Prof. Carsten Dachsbacher, who teaches at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The following speakers have already confirmed their coming: Lars Krecklau (RWTH University Aachen), Diego Gutierrez (Universidad de Zaragoza), Kai Schröder (University of Bonn), Pascal Mueller (Esri Germany), Daniel Sykora (Czech Technical University in Prague), and Tim Reiner (University of Karlsruhe).