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Prof. Melanie Beisswenger is a German animator, media artist and director. She is an alumni of the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and digital Postproduction at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany, and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Melanie has worked in a broad range of roles and responsibilities in animation on international feature films, TV shows, games, commercials and independent projects. Her animation credits include the Academy Award winning feature film ‘Happy Feet’ and its sequel ‘Happy Feet 2’, the TV launch commercial for the BioShock game, as well as work on the VFX features ‘Iron Man 3’ (Academy Award Nominee for Best Visual Effects), ‘Riddick’, and ‘Now You See Me’. German productions Melanie worked on were the animated feature film ‘The 7th Dwarf’ and the live action feature films 'Saphirblau' and 'Smaragdgrün' where she was the Lead Animator responsible for the digital 3D character.
Her latest site specific video art animation „Dance Experiments” was screened at the media façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb MSU, in association with the World Festival of Animated Film - ANIMAFEST Zagreb in June 2016.
Melanie's artistic research interests range from character driven storytelling to expanded animation, stereoscopic productions and interactive immersive VR experiences and applications, all at the intersection of filmic narratives, animation and digital media experiments.
Since February 2018, Melanie is Professor in the Audiovisual Media (Bachelor & Master) programme at Media University Stuttgart in Germany. From 2014 - 2018, she was appointed as Professor in the Media Design programme at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz. She is also appointed as censor for the Bachelor exams at The Animation Workshop, VIA University College in Denmark, where she previously taught animation masterclasses in their BFA programmes.
From 2007 - 2010 she was Asst. Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, involved in building their BFA Digital Animation programme. She was also busy as Committee Member and Producer for the Computer Animation Festival of the first instance of SIGGRAPH Asia in Singapore in 2008.
Melanie's animated short film 'There's Bliss in the Kiss' has won multiple awards and she has spoken at international conferences such as SIGGRAPH, FMX, View Conference and Animago.
She has contributed a chapter on computer animation to the book 'Animationsfilm. Konzept und Produktion' by Hannes Rall which was published by UVK Verlag in October 2015 and had its English language release in December 2017 under the title: “Animation: From Concept to Production” by CRC Press.
Die Überschrift und der erste Teil des Artikeln beziehen sich auf einen Vortrag von mir auf der Animago Konferenz 2014.
Zusätzlich zu meinem Vortrag über die Principles of Animation war ich auch Panelist zum Thema: "What higher education institutes need to offer to equip the digital artists of the future with the required skills"
Artikel über die CG Overdrive Konferenz in Singapur und meine Präsentation