animago CONFERENCE 2015


This two-day gathering is a high-profile event consisting of a conference and an open trade exhibition. The animago CONFERENCE brings together representatives of creative communities working in all digital fields. Leading experts showcase the latest high-end technologies and modern approaches (projects, productions, making-of films and much more) in presentation panels.

Speakers 2015
Kyle Balda, Illumination Mac Guff, France , , Topic: Finding the Character of the Minions

Kyle Balda
Illumination Mac Guff

Topic: Finding the Character of the Minions

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The “Despicable Me” franchise has brought light on the adorable yellow creatures that serve Gru. The chemical reaction between the audience and these characters has called them to center stage in their very own spin-off. Kyle Balda will offer highlights on the feature film “Minions” and explain how they developed three distinct characters out of a multitude of similar creatures.

About the speaker:

Kyle Balda has been working in feature character animation for over 20 years, most notably with Illumination Entertainment and Pixar Animation Studios. He began his career in early 90’s as a student at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) and soon after joined the crew of Industrial Light and Magic where he animated on such films as “The Mask” (1994), “Mars Attacks!” (1996) and worked as supervising animator on “Jumanji” (1995). After animating the Grim Reaper for Peter Jackson's “The Frightners” (1996) at Weta Digital in New Zealand, Kyle returned to California to work at Pixar on “A Bug's Life” (1998), “Monsters, Inc.” (2001) and as directing animator of “Toy Story 2” (1999). Following a number of years conducting 3D animation masterclasses at renowned European and Asian film schools and directing short form animation projects, Balda returned to feature production in Paris as the head of layout for Illumination’s “Despicable Me” (2010) followed by co-directing “The Lorax” (2012). Balda has since directed a number of short films for Illumination and recently directing “Minions” alongside Pierre Coffin.

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Mathias Möhl, mamoworld, Germany, , Topic: Priceless After Effects Scripts

Mathias Möhl

Topic: Priceless After Effects Scripts

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The community around Adobe After Effects has created an huge amount of scripts and other little tools to simplify and speed up your work with After Effects. But the more of them show up, the harder it is to separate the wheat from the chaff. In this session Mathias shows his favorite little helpers – some developed by him and some by other authors.

And the best part of it: All scripts shown in this session are either “name your own price” or free!

About the speaker:

Mathias is a cofounder of mamoworld and is known for the tools and tutorials he develops for the motion graphics and visual effects industry. He developed popular extensions for Adobe After Effects like iExpressions, MochaImport+, Auto Lip-Sync, Beat Assistant, Cineware proxy and Orient World.

On, Mathias has published more than 100 free After Effects and Nuke tutorials. Some of his tutorials where also published by Creative Cow, Red Giant, Imagineer Systems, and

Mathias studied computer science and worked in his diploma thesis on formal grammars that allow computers to understand the grammatical structure of natural language sentences. During his Ph.D. he worked in the field of bioinformatics where he developed algorithms that assist biologists in the structure prediction and comparison of certain molecules. During and after the work on his Ph.D. thesis “Dynamic Programming based RNA Pseudoknot Alignment” which got the top rating “summa cum laude” he published more than 15 articles in international, scientific conferences and journals.

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Matthew Luhn, Pixar Animation Studios, USA, , Topic: The Art of Story

Matthew Luhn
Pixar Animation Studios

Topic: The Art of Story

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As one of the original story creators at Pixar Animation Studios, Matthew Luhn has heard thousands of great ideas over the last twenty years. Why do some of these ideas make great movies, while others don’t make the cut? The answer: the best Innovators and Directors have a process that focuses their team’s creativity into not only creating great ideas but also creating an environment that inspires and sustains creativity. In Matthew’s keynote presentation, you’ll learn to:

  • Harness the power of innovation
  • Inspire colleagues to embrace the possibility of new ideas
  • Create a culture that encourages and nurtures new ideas
  • Achieve effect group brainstorming by using the “Yes and ...” principle
  • Embrace fear and failing as a necessary part of the creative process
  • Overcome creative blocks

About the speaker:

Matthew Luhn began his career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1992 as an Animator on the very first CG movie, "Toy Story". Since that time, Matthew has worked as a Story Artist on "Toy Story 2" "Monsters Inc.", "Finding Nemo", "Cars", "Ratatouille", "UP", "Toy Story 3", and "Monsters University". Currently he is working on films in development at Pixar.

Prior to Pixar, Matthew attended the CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), and would later be hired as an Animator on "The Simpsons". Matthew grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where his family has owned and operated "Jeffrey's Toys" toy stores for over three generations.

Along with working at Pixar, Matthew teaches story masterclasses and story workshops all around the world to directors, filmmakers, artists, screenwriters, animators, storyboard artists, and business professionals. His attendees include Apple, Disney, Microsoft, Sony, and many others.

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Sheldon Stopsack, The Moving Picture Company (MPC), England, , Topic: MPC present: Bringing Arnold “back” for “Terminator: Genisys”

Sheldon Stopsack
The Moving Picture Company (MPC)

Topic: MPC present: Bringing Arnold “back” for “Terminator: Genisys”

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Sheldon Stopsack, VFX Supervisor at MPC, will showcase his team’s work on “Terminator Genisys”. MPC completed more than 200 shots for “Terminator: Genisys”. Working closely with Production VFX Supervisor Janek Sirrs and VFX Producer Shari Hanson, the team’s work included recreating a “young Arnold” T-800 digital character, Endoskeletons, an explosive battle at LAX, various CG set extensions and FX work.

The biggest challenge for MPC’s team was the creation of the iconic 1984 Arnold digital character, for a 1-1 recreation of scenes from the original “Terminator” movie and a brutal showdown between young and old at the LA Observatory.

About the speaker:

Sheldon joined MPC in 2007 as Lighting TD working on “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”. Proving himself to be a key member of the Lighting department, Sheldon soon moved on to Lead Look Development TD for shows including “Robin Hood”, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and then on to be Head of Department for Lighting. Sheldon became CG Supervisor in 2012 and led 3D teams on a long list of high profile films including “Dark Shadows”, “Total Recall”, “Skyfall”, “The Lone Ranger” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.

MPC Showreel 2015:

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animago LOCATION 2015

Metropolis Hall at Filmpark Babelsberg

Großbeerenstraße 200

14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg


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Your contact for all questions regarding the

programme of the animago CONFERENCE 2015:


Thomas Gronert

T: +49 (0) 89 - 42 75 79 94


Detail, 28.07.15

Presented by:


Funded by:

Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

Sponsors 2015:

Sara Lee Corp.
NEC Display Solutions Europe