MUNICH – Animation and visual effects have long since become ubiquitous and unavoidable in the field of digital media production. Indeed, a large majority of the things we see in films and on TV – all those spectacular explosions, futuristic worlds, fearsome characters, fantastical creatures and 3D doubles that are indistinguishable from real-life actors – are created by digital artists using software made especially for them.
The cream of the crop of these creative and digital artists will descend upon Munich on October 27 and 28 to showcase their work. The animago Award & Conference is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and will be held for the first time at the Gasteig Centre.

Keynote speakers for this year´s conference program inclide:

Animation & Visual Effects

Adam Habib, Lead Camera and Staging Artist, Pixar Animation Studios, California

Topic: The Audience’s Eye: Camera and Staging in Animated Filmmaking

Brandon Jarratt, General TD, Walt Disney Animation Studios, California

Topic: The Art and Technology of “Zoomania”

Luis Guggenberger, Sr. Concept Artist, Industrial Light & Magic, UK

Topic: Concept design for “Star Wars” and more

Kevin Spruce, Head of Animation, Framestore, UK

Topic: Animating Creatures with Framestore

Thomas Zauner, CEO, ScanlineVFX, Germany

Topic: Making-of “The Shallows”

Juri Stanossek, VFX Supervisior, Mackevision Medien Design, Germany

Topic: The Visual Effects of “Gotthard“

Andrea Block und Christian Haas, CEOs, LUXX Studios, Germany

Topic: VFX for “Independence Day: Resurgence”

Visualization & Industry Design

Detlef Müller (Director Creation Technologies) und Michael C. Müller (Manager Creation Technologies), adidas Group, Germany

Topic: Digital Creation at Adidas – Virtual Product Lifecycle from Design to Production

Matt Finke, Managing Director, loop light GmbH, Germany

Topic: Digital Production Tools & Workflows in Live Entertainment & Live Presentation “Perspective Tracking in Realtime”

Dominik Tarolli, Director for Global Business Development 3D Geodesign, Esri Kalifornien und Matthias Buehler, Founder, vrbn

Topic: Model Cities with the Tech behind “Independence Day: Resurgence”

Henning Westerwelle, Managing Director, INFECTED Postproduction, Germany

Topic: Case Study: Mercedes Benz – Backstage - how we created a fully digital music concert

Special guest speakers from Canada in corporation with the Embassy of Canada are:

Phil Cramer, Head of Animation & Animation Director, Digital Domain

Topic: Animation on Major VFX films: “Independence Day 2” vs. “Pixels” vs. “Deadpool”

Ian Dominic Kirby, Founder and Creative Director, The Sequence Group

Topic: Small companies big projects: How a 15 person team creates animations for Disney, Marvel and Microsoft

Tom Morrison, Lead Lighting Artist, Mr. X Inc.

Topic: Take me to Valhalla: A look into the VFX behind Vikings

20 Years of animago Award: Anniversary Welcome, Sketch Battle and Live Band 

It was only 20 years ago that the German-language magazine “Digital Production”launched the animago AWARD as a means of honoring digital artists in all disciplines relating to the burgeoning field of digital media production. Today, the animago is known across the globe as one of the most important international competitions and platforms. The work of digital artists is reviewed by a jury of experts who select and honor their favorite projects at a gala award presentation that serves to showcase the work to a wider public audience. In the lead-up to this year’s anniversary edition of the animago AWARD, the organizers received 1,076 submissions from 58 countries.

The gala awards ceremony will get underway on the evening of Thursday, October 27 with an anniversary reception.

The traditional Sketch Battle sponsored by Wacom will take place this year at the anniversary reception. In keeping with our new Bavarian event location, Sketch Battle participants will be asked to draw a “Wolpertinger”, a mythical creature from the Bavarian Forest that embodies up to five different animals. Participants will draw on-stage, in front of an audience and under significant time pressure.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the annual animago Awards. The after-show party will be accompanied by the music of Natalie Elwood and her band Soul Junction, a music project supported by the Initiative Musik gGmbH and Munich’s Department of Culture.Source: - http://www.cgw.com/