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New whitepaper published to “demystify” virtual production

The whitepaper from Entertainment Technologists and NEP Virtual Studios is accompanied by other tools, including a budget and scheduling calculator to assist producers on where and how to use virtual production

Entertainment Technologists has partnered with NEP Virtual Studios to publish a whitepaper that examines key questions about how to budget, plan and execute virtual production in today’s TV and fim workflows.

The whitepaper is accompanied by other tools, including a budget and scheduling calculator to assist producers on where and how to apply emerging virtual production technologies when planning their next production.

Demystifying Virtual Production aims to answer questions about virtual production without technical jargon but learnings and recommendations from actual production teams with experience of using the technology.

The companies have also created an Excel sample production budget calculator designed to help line producers and studio executives through the changes. The tool can be used by producers to model their own productions and explore how budget line items change if they move some or all of the shots to virtual production workflows. 

Speaking about the whitepaper, Mark Turner, president Entertainment Technologists, said: “Demystifying Virtual Production takes a fresh and honest look at the state of virtual production today and focuses on the budget and schedule implications that others have not tackled. Our industry can’t embrace any change of this magnitude without an open dialogue about the costs, benefits and risks involved. We’re so happy to have worked with the experts at the NEP Virtual Studios on this paper to capture and share the insights from the decades of collective experience at Lux Machina Consulting, Halon Entertainment and Prysm Stages.”

Barbara Ford Grant, president of Prysm Stages, added “This new paper explains how we see Virtual Production as not a short term project to replace green screen with LED volumes, but a sea-change that will disrupt legacy production workflows and open up more creative and collaborative teams using real-time technologies to rapidly iterate. This new paper is part of NEP Virtual Studio’s commitment to supporting the creative community through these changes and give production teams confidence as we evolve this new form of filmmaking and creating content.”

The whitepaper is available to download here.