The Virtual Production Studio Concept – An Emerging Game Changer in Filmmaking
This paper analyses methodological and conceptual shifts in filmmaking brought about by the integrated use of VR technology, game engines, and LED walls in a Virtual Production Studio (VPS). The paper focuses not only on the components of an integrated VPS system, but also on what makes it qualitatively different from traditional filmmaking technologies. The VPS concept transforms the relationships among display technology, live action, image production, and postproduction (VFX) by causing a qualitative and performative shift in filmmaking. The paper analyses the current state of VP research from both conceptual and technological perspectives, global VP facilities, and significant trends in Australia by presenting two business case studies. We have observed three major trends: Globalisation, Collaboration and Industrialisation. Case Study 1 shows how the convergence of technologies from VR gaming and digital filmmaking have made VPS technology possible. Case Study 2demonstrates how adopting strategies of pairing with industry partners and joining a large production hub helps maintain a company’s position in the film industry. The paper concludes by stating that there is a need for an integrated VPS network through shared infrastructure and resources to foster high quality research and to solve industry-identified problems through industry-led collaborative research partnerships.
Kavakli, M, Cremona, C., 2022: The Virtual Production Studio Concept – A Game Changer in Filmmaking, IEEE VR 2022: the 29th IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces 12-16 March, 2022, Virtual, p.1-10
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