As with a lot of upcoming events over the 2016 calendar that are based around the entertainment industry, virtual reality (VR) is gaining traction as an important part of the line-up. The FMX 2016 conference taking place in Stuttgart, Germany during April is one of the latest to feature VR, announcing the latest talks to be held at the event.
FMX 2016 will be themed on ‘Blending Realities’, and some of the tracks to include VR are: “Lighting & Rendering”, where VFX Producer Camille Cellucci talks about virtual production for Robert Zemeckis’ biopic The Walk. Under the “Games 4 Change” series Frank Vita, Creative Director at Crytek will discuss the development of its new VR benchmark that uses CryEngine technology.
Also taking place will be a panel discussion on “Storytelling in Virtual Reality.” This will be hosted by Kim Adams, and panellists include: Jan Pinkava who directed the Pixar Oscar-winning Ratatouille and is now working as Creative Director of Google Spotlight Stories; Jason Fletcher-Bartholomew and Tim Ruffle from Aardman Animation; Chris O’Reilly from Nexus Productions and Jacquie Barnbrook the producer on The Martian.
Andy Cochrane (Mirada Studios) gives a presentation under the headline “Creating Narratives For Virtual Reality,” showcasing Mirada’s work, whilst Andrew Daffy, former CEO of House of Curves, shares how he directed the Avengers VR Experience for Framestore, which is a popular demo for the Samsung Gear VR headset.