DNEG at FMX 2024

Dive Into the World of Animation, Effects, and Immersive Media

Join us as we take the stage at FMX 2024! 

Hosted by Filmakademie, the next edition of FMX – Film & Media Exchange is back on site with a four-day event dedicated to animation, effects, interactive and immersive media. Brimming with presentations, workshops and exclusive events, FMX is the perfect place to connect and hear from industry experts!

WHERE: Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart, Germany!
WHEN: April 23rd – 26th, 2024
TICKETS: Click here!

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Crafting the look and feel of Nimona through bespoke character surfacing and unique environment builds

Marco Manzini (Environment Model Supervisor, DNEG Animation) & Adam Davis (Lighting Technical Supervisor, DNEG Animation)

König-Karl-Halle | 17:00 CEST

Want to learn more about how Oscar-nominated Nimona was created? Join Marco Manzini (Environment Model Supervisor) and Adam Davis (Lighting Technical Supervisor) from DNEG Animation as they explore the craft behind character surfacing and the environment builds in this incredible animated film. They will dive into how the team at DNEG Animation brought life to the story’s characters and the unique world they live in. Touching on various elements from lighting on clothing to staying true to the feel of the original comics 2D environment, this is one not to be missed!




Unleashing the Beasts: Behind the Scenes of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Paul Franklin (VFX Supervisor, DNEG) & Aleks Pejic (VFX Supervisor, DNEG)

König-Karl-Halle | 11:15 CEST

Join DNEG VFX Supervisors, Paul Franklin and Aleks Pejic, as they delve into DNEG’s intricate environment and creature work in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. They will walk the audience through the meticulous process behind bringing iconic titans like Godzilla and Kong to life on the big screen, as well as explore the creation of the menacing spider-creature, Charybdis, in the epic opening Rome battle sequence. Witness the uncovering of the mystical “Veil” that separates the Iwi Realm from the mysterious depths of Hollow Earth. Gain insight into the project’s challenges, innovations, and creative techniques that went into these fantastical elements to deliver a truly immersive cinematic experience.


Real-time dreams: Can game engine unlock story worlds?

Paul Franklin (VFX Supervisor, DNEG) & Steve Jelley (Managing Director, DNEG Virtual Production)

König-Karl-Halle | 12:30 CEST

As the lines have blurred between games and stories, animation and VFX, short form and features, content creation presents new creative and technological challenges. While showing a sneak peek of the upcoming short film, Dream of the Black Whales, Producer, Chris deFaria, along with co-director and VFX Supervisor, Paul Franklin and CEO of Dimension Studios and Managing Director, DNEG Virtual Production, Steve Jelley, will discuss how they’re tackling these industry changes by activating a novel game-engine pipeline. Dream of the Black Whales is the second short film from The Hour Blue StoryWorld, a multi-platform science fiction narrative that made its debut at the 2023 Annecy Animation Film Festival.


Shedding light on Nimona with Katana

Adam Davis (Lighting Technical Supervisor, DNEG Animation)

Raum Mannheim | 12:30 CEST

Adam Davis, Lighting Technical Supervisor at DNEG Animation will explain how the team used Katana to build a sequence-based multi-user lighting for Oscar-nominated animated feature Nimona. With insights into the creative and technical processes, learn how Foundry’s powerful lighting and LookDev tool played a significant role in producing this critically acclaimed animation.




Houdini, an ecosystem to nurture creativity and knowledge

Bertrand Cabrol (Environment Technical Supervisor, DNEG)

Raum Mannheim | 17:45 CEST

Join Bertrand Cabrol, Environment Technical Supervisor at DNEG to learn about the strengths of Houdini and particularly its framework. Bertrand will look into how the software nurtures creativity and knowledge, allowing artists to build frameworks around their show needs while also educating others.


Curious to know more about DNEG? Don’t miss the chance to connect with us on the ACCESS:VFX booth!

WHERE: the school campus
WHEN: Thursday, April 25, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST

Stop by to have a chat with Aleks Pejic, VFX Supervisor on Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (and don’t miss his talk with VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin on Wednesday, April 24)!


We can’t wait to see you at FMX! Register here.




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