The week that was at FMX 2018


I’m now back in Sydney but last week I had an extraordinary time at FMX in Stuttgart. There I was lucky enough to introduce several killer VFX and animation presentations, and host my own track – ‘Then & Now’ – with Chris Wedge from Blue Sky Studios and Phil Tippett. Another highlight was moderating an animation directors panel with Wedge, Shannon Tindle and David Silverman (who sang the Spider-Pig song from The Simpsons Movie; I’ll never forget it).

In addition, FMX was an incredible time to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Plus get to see what’s happening in the industry. One thing I always love at FMX, too, is that the presenters regularly get to show behind the scenes material that can’t be shown anywhere else.

The FMX team made this highlights video, below, which I think really shows off the high calibre of speakers and attendees to the conference. Can’t wait for 2019 already!  Keep an eye on their website.

Phil Tippett is speaking at FMX: a look back at his visual effects highlights


Star Wars, RoboCop, Jurassic Park and Starship Troopers are just some of the projects Phil Tippett has left his indelible mark on. The visual effects supervisor famously navigated a major transition in the visual effects industry from practical effects – in which he had specialised in stop-motion animation – to the digital world we are so familiar with today.

Soon Tippett will be sharing this journey at FMX in Stuttgart, Germany, as part of a Then & Now series of talks I’m co-ordinating at the conference. His talk is called ‘Lessons in Motion: “Star Wars” to “Starship Troopers”, and Beyond’ and will take place on Friday April 27th. There’s also going to be a screening the night before of MAD GOD, Tippett’s return to the world of stop-motion.

Right now, vfxblog has this special gallery featuring Tippett’s work from over the years in film – from humble beginnings through to major effects blockbusters. Enjoy, and hope to see you at FMX. Continue reading “Phil Tippett is speaking at FMX: a look back at his visual effects highlights”

FMX 2018 – the program


FMX has unveiled its program for 2018 and the talks, presentations and events happening in Stuttgart on April 24-27 look incredible. I am hosting the ‘Then & Now’ track which will feature Phil Tippett and Chris Wedge on the Friday, April 27th.

Here’s a rundown of some of the other talks that have been announced so far:

  • Pacific Rim: Uprising with Dneg and Territory
  • Star Trek Discovery with Pixomondo
  • Babylon Berlin with RISE’s Robert Pinnow
  • Ferdinand from Blue Sky Studios
  • The Breadwinner with Cartoon Saloon
  • Revolting Rhymes from Magic Light Pictures
  • Shaun the Sheep with Aardman
  • The Shape of Water from Mr. X
  • IT with Rodeo FX
  • Marvel’s Black Panther
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5 with MPC
  • Paddington 2 and Framestore
  • Digital humans talks curated by Mike Seymour
  • + so so much more, with new talks to still be announced – check out the program here: