Confirmed for FMX 2021: Open Source track, Pixar’s SOUL and more

In Disney and Pixar’s “Soul,” a middle-school band teacher named Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) makes one small misstep which takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before—a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth and where he meets a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey). Directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter, co-directed by Kemp Powers and produced by Academy Award® nominee Dana Murray, p.g.a., “Soul” will debut exclusively on Disney+ (where Disney+ is available) on December 25, 2020. ©2020 Disney/Pixar. All rights reserved.

only seven weeks left till FMX 2021!

In case you did not get your ticket yet, here are some reasons to definitely do so. We are thrilled to welcome TRIXTER as an FMX Silver Partner and announce more program news including amazing speakers in our Open Source Track and exclusive insights into Pixar’s SOUL and the collaborative animated short CAT AND MOT

What do souls actually look like?

The creative and technical efforts that created the unique ethereal characters in Pixar’s SOUL

What is the meaning of life? How can babies already have personalities? Pixar’s SOUL takes us on a journey to the place where these questions can be answered. But in order to visualize this ethereal place, before life begins, the look development team had to figure out what souls look like. Join Markus Kranzler (Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios) as he explains the creative and technical efforts that went into creating these unique characters.

Silver Partner of FMX 2021: Trixter

Welcome on board TRIXTER! TRIXTER creates dazzling concept art and award-winning visual effects for television & feature films. From ultra-realistic CG creatures to immersive environments and electrifying effects, they work not only with big-name clients such as Marvel and Disney, but also frontrunner German production companies like X-Verleih.


A fluffy remote collaboration – The making of CAT AND MOTH

Ditto, a fluffy white cat, wants nothing more than to take her afternoon nap in the most comfortable spot in the universe. Little does she know that someone else has their eye on it too… Inspired by observations of the bemusing behaviour of her beloved feline friends, character animator and cat lover India Barnardo directed the playful short animated film CAT AND MOTH. She created it with a team of more than 90 filmmakers scattered all over the world working on this project entirely online, made possible through the collaborative platform Artella. India Barnardo and some of the team will walk you through the cutting-edge concerted Making of CAT AND MOTH.

More Confirmations

The Open Source track in partnership with the Academy Software Foundation

Open source software has become ubiquitous across the motion picture industry, providing a foundation for many of the visual effects and animation used in motion pictures today. Developers and engineers across the industry are working together to solve common challenges and to develop new tools that help bring images to life. Developed in partnership with the Academy Software Foundation, the Open Source track highlights these cross-industry efforts to develop shared technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound. The speakers of the Open Source track will be David Morin (Executive Director, Academy Software Foundation), Nick Cannon (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Larry Gritz (Sony Pictures Imageworks), Carol Payne (Netflix), Jim Jeffers & Sean McDuffee (Intel Corporation), Kimball Thurston (Weta Digital), Karen Ruggles (DeSales University), Benoit Maujean & Fabien Castan (Mikros Image) and Allan Johns (Method Studios).

The FMX 2021 Forum is filling up and we are happy to confirm some more partners in our schools section:

ArtFX – School of Digital Arts, Hochschule der Medien, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, BA Animation, Merz Akademie, University of Applied Art, Design and Media, Stuttgart, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria – School of Informatics, Communications and Media


Source: FMX 2021

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