Following the filming of the mandalorian, an accelerated interest has grown in the emerging technologies used to create this visually stunning epic. Apart from creating the green screen, the virtual production technology behind the mandalorian is one of the most cutting-edge recent creations impacting the industry. Indeed, according to Technavio, 46% of expected global growth of US$1.85 billionshould come exclusively from North America.
The recent popularity and capabilities of virtual production technology could not have come at a more opportune time. Virtual production technology allows film crews and productions to be anywhere in the world with the shift to a virtual environment. Controlled setup of a virtual production facility reduces the need for excessive travel and saves time as key factors such as lighting changes and weather do not delay production, all of which lead to lower costs production over time.
With this change in the industry, Full Sail University, located in Winter Park, Florida, has dedicated more than $3 million in direct investment to create Studio V1: Virtual Production, the virtual production studio of the university on campus. This latest facility will train the next generation of industry changemakers.
The multi-million dollar investment is one of the first, largest, and most technologically advanced virtual production studios of any college or university in the country. The installation uses Brompton processors, with 410 floor tiles, 90 ceiling tiles and a 2.8mm pixel pitch. Additionally, the installation includes a 40-foot-wide and 16-foot-high LED wall.
“At Full Sail, we are always looking for new ways to create intersectionality between our degree programs,” said Dr. David Franko, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Full Sail University. “Studio V1 will allow our students through numerous study programs to gain practical experience on the latest technologies in the industry, in addition to experience on professional projects.”
The doors to the new facility opened on March 8, 2022 and will benefit many of the university’s degree programs, including Bachelors in Computer Animation, Bachelors in Digital Cinematography, Bachelors in Film, MFA Film Productions, Bachelors in Game Art, Bachelors in Game Design, Masters in Game Design, Games Development Licenses, Show Production Licenses and its Simulation and Visualization Licenses.
Unlike traditional film sets, virtual production uses various software packages allowing users to marry both computer graphics and live action footage in real time, removing many creative limitations.
Additionally, the Full Sail University Studio V1 will provide students with additional access to the hands-on, project-based education the university is known for. “We’ve always had a steady stream of industry professionals lined up to work alongside our students,” said Rick Ramsey, director of visual arts at Full Sail University. “However, with the opening of our virtual production studio, we have representatives from the film, broadcast, games and animation industry contacting us, which translates into the possibility of a better access to industry for our students.”
The training opportunities available through the Virtual Production Studio and Full Sail University’s strong career development department will work together to serve as a talent pool for the growing number of professional production facilities using virtual production technology.
Full Sail University continues to be at the forefront of technology and industry standards. As it continues its more than 40-year investment in technology and innovation, students, alumni, and the industries they serve will continue to benefit from the university’s approach to education.