Toon Trav­els

Spring means one thing for an­i­ma­tion busi­ness pros — trips to con­fer­ences in such ex­otic lo­cales as Cannes, Venice and Stuttgart. By Tom McLean.

Animation Magazine - - Spotlight -

Rack­ing up those fre­quent- flier miles is al­most a rite of pas­sage each spring, as an­i­ma­tion ex­ec­u­tives, dis­trib­u­tors, and cre­atives flock to es­sen­tial busi­ness events.

If you couldn’t make it — we missed you! — here’s an up­date on what gen­er­ally went down at MIP TV, Car­toons on the Bay and FMX.

An­niver­saries were def­i­nitely the theme for the 20th an­niver­sary edi­tion of FMX, held May 5-8 in Stuttgart, Ger­many.

Weta Dig­i­tal’s Joe Let­teri at­tracted a huge crowd for a walk down mem­ory lane and 20 years of Weta Dig­i­tal work from The Lord of the Rings through The Hob­bit: The Bat­tle of the Five Armies.

ILM was able to dou­ble that with a 2x20 cel­e­bra­tion for its 40th an­niver­sary, which in­cluded a panel fea­tur­ing three gen­er­a­tions of vis­ual ef­fects ex­perts: Lorne Peter­son, John Knoll and Richard Bluff.

Back in 20th an­niver­sary land, Pixar’s Ralph Eg­gle­ston, Bill Reeves and Eben Fiske Ostby re­united to look back on 20 years of Toy Story.

And FMX of course feted it­self with a spe­cial event that kicked off the cel­e­bra­tions and fea­tured rem­i­nis­cences from speak­ers such as Lud­wig von Re­iche of NVIDIA and Eric Roth of the Vis­ual Ef­fects So­ci­ety.

Spot­lights on cur­rent work in­cluded case stud­ies into the ef­fects work on Avengers: Age of Ultron, a pre­sen­ta­tion from Dou­ble Neg­a­tive’s Paul Franklin on the ef­fects of In­ter­stel­lar, and looks into the works of top ef­fects com­pa­nies in advertising and tele­vi­sion se­ries.

For an­i­ma­tion, the most pop­u­lar high­light was Jac­ques Bled and Kyle Balda’s pre­sen­ta­tion on the De­spi­ca­ble Me spin-off, Minions, two months be­fore its the­atri­cal re­lease. Other an­i­mated fea­tures pre­sented at the event were Big Hero 6, Song of the Sea and the Shaun the Sheep movie. [

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