Jean-Michel Blottière, NX Publishing

Laura Dohrman, NVIDIA

Kevin Geiger, The Animation Co-op

Christophe Héry, ILM

Ed Hooks, Acting for Animators

Henry LaBounta, Electronic Arts

Gabriele Röthemeyer, MFG

David Sproxton, Aardman

advisory board

fmx benefits greatly from the help of industry experts and experienced production professionals. Of particular importance is the fmx advisory board - a team of specialists who recommend speakers and topics. This year we are happy to announce a particularly inspired team:

Jean-Michel Blottiere (NX Publishing)
Jean-Michel Blottiere has accompanied the world of gaming as a journalist and editor since 1982 and has invaluable experience both in broadcast and festival programming. As CEO of NX Publishing, he is responsible for event management, multi-format television programming dedicated to new technologies and the development of training programmes.

Paul Debevec (University of Southern California)
Paul Debevec has been instrumental in developing various techniques that are now indispensable to digital production, including hdri-based lighting, the light-stage and image-based mesh construction. His research has been directly integrated into films such as Spiderman, The Matrix, X-Men and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Laura Dohrmann (Nvidia)
Laura Dohrmann is WW Marketing Manager for NVIDIA's digital film group representing both Gelato, the software renderer and the Professional Workstation solution quadro fx cards. Currently she is a member of the VES society, a jury member for the Supinfocom school, an advisory board member for Supinfocom Pune, on the International Advisory board for the 24 FPS event in association with Maac Academy as well as being a member of ACM Siggraph.

Kevin Geiger (The Animation Coop)
Parallel to his responsibilities as a Computer Graphics Supervisor in the animation industry, Kevin Geiger co-founded and manages the non-profit Animation Co-op, an organization dedicated to providing independent animators with communication forums, production resources and educational opportunities.

Klaus Haasis (MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg)
The Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg's Medienentwicklung supports the development of the region's creative industries by sponsoring innovative technologies, transfer of technology, networking and cluster management as well as domestic and international marketing. Klaus Haasis is managing director of the MFG Baden-Württemberg, Centre of Excellence for IT and Media, assuming his current position in 1995. Since establishment in 2004, he is also managing director of the MFG Foundation.

Christophe Héry (Industrial, Light & Magic)
Christophe Héry joined Industrial Light & Magic in 1993 as a senior technical director on The Flintstones and received the Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures for his work on skin and other translucent materials in 2003.

Nico Hofmann (teamWorx Television and Film)
Nico Hofmann co-founded teamWorx in 1988, which has since produced more than 100 films for broadcast and theatrical release. He has remained an avid supporter of new talent and teaches numerous classes internationally and in Germany, where is professor of the feature film department at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg.

Ed Hooks (Acting for Animators)
Ed Hooks pioneered the teaching of acting theory to animators and is the author of the bestselling book "Acting for Animators". He has worked at studios such as Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks/PDI, Lucas Arts and Electronic Arts. His most recent book is "Acting in Animation: A Look at 12 Films".

Isaac Kerlow (Nanyang Technological University)
Isaac Kerlow is a computer animation pioneer and author of "The Art of 3D Computer Animation and Effects" published by Wiley. In keeping with a career-long commitment to education which began at Pratt Institute in New York, he is now the founding Dean of the School of Art, Design and Media at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is also director of a feature film being produced by Dygra studios in Spain.

Henry LaBounta (Electronic Arts)
Academy Award nominee Henry LaBounta calls upon over 20 years of experience in computer animation in creating next-generation EA SPORTS games such as SSX3, Need for Speed and NBA Street. Before moving to EA, he supervised visual effects at PDI/DreamWorks, working on films such as Minority Report, A.I., Mission Impossible 2 and Forces of Nature.

Alex McDowell (Production Designer)
Alex McDowell’s career as a production designer spans two-plus decades of award-winning music videos, television commercials and feature films. An innovative advocate of progressive film design, he is responsible for the look of films such as Fight Club, Minority Report, The Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Most recently he has designed Breaking And Entering and the CG animated DreamWorks comedy The Bee Movie.

Stéphane Natkin (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers)
Stéphane Natkin is professor and member of the administrative board at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) in Paris, France. He heads the Graduate School of Games and Interactive Media (ENJMIN) and the Network System and Multimedia research group at the computer science research laboratory (CEDRIC).

Shelley Page (DreamWorks Animation)
Shelley Page is currently responsible for European Outreach at DreamWorks Animation. She is one of the pioneers of the industry, having contributed to Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the DreamWorks Animation studio.

Gabriele Röthemeyer (MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg)
Gabriele Röthemeyer began screen-writing for Bayrischen Rundfunk, then produced and edited NDR's (ZDF) educational programme as well as various other productions. Since October 1995, she is the Managing Director Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH, division Film Funding.

David Sproxton (Aardman Animations)
David Sproxton is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman Animations Ltd, which has produced such land-mark films as the Oscar®-winning short Creature Comforts, Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Wererabbit and Flushed Away. He is also on the Board of the UK Film Council and the National Film Television School.

Michael Schmetz (Mediaconsult)
Michael Schmetz is renowned for his participation in founding the European trade fair Cartoon Movie, which takes place annually in Potsdam, Germany. He also consults top feature film and animation companies such as NFP teleart, Egoli Tossell Film AG, Motionworks and Studio SOI and is spokesman for the recently founded German Association for Animation Producers (VdAP).