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Filmakademie’s DREAMSPACE Project Comes to Successful Close

EU-funded tablet-based on-set editing application for collaborative virtual filmmaking on display at SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 has been used on several Filmakademie productions.

LUDWIGSBURG, Germany -- The R&D department at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg‘s Animationsinstitut and its partners have successfully concluded their work on the EU-funded DREAMSPACE project. Over the course of three years, the DREAMSPACE project sought to advance collaborative and intuitive real-time production pipelines in order to further blur the boundaries between production and post-production. Prof. Volker Helzle, Head of the R&D department, will present the Virtual Production Editing Tool (VPET) -- a tablet-based on-set editing application for collaborative virtual filmmaking that has been used for several film productions at the Filmakademie -- at SIGGRAPH Asia (December 5-8) in Macao, China.

The open-source tool VPET is one of the many prominent results of the initiative that enables creative professionals to combine live performances, video and computer-generated imagery in real time and to collaboratively create imaginative entertainment experiences. The results could, amongst others, be experienced at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016 in the Guest of Honour Pavillon this year.

Industry support for virtual production technology such as DREAMSPACE comes, among others, from VFX academy award winner Ben Grossmann (Martin Scorsese’s Hugo), who co-founded the Visual Development and Experience Company Magnopus, which plans to use virtual production technology for upcoming productions: He believes that virtual production tools hold democratizing potential for a new generation of filmmakers, because most of them perform well on consumer hardware while utilizing latest real-time and game technology.

In an effort to connect their research to the production realities in the region, the Animationsinstitut’s R&D team also cooperated with Emmy Award winning company Mackevision who, as a result of this interaction, initiated their first comprehensive virtual production for a feature film - the first of its kind and size in Germany. In addition, the students’ exposure to DREAMSPACE technology in the Animationsinstitut curriculum has resulted in the recent foundation of alumni start-up Headraft, which focuses on the virtual planning and pre-visualization process in media production.

The final, complete results of the DREAMSPACE are available on the project’s website.

 Source: Animationsinstitut