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ETC Releases First Two Sections of “Fathead” Virtual Production White Paper

The Entertainment Technology Center@USC has begun releasing its case study entitled “Fathead: Virtual Production & Beyond.” Section 1 of the four-part white paper is “Cloud Computing: Growth Without Bounds” highlighting innovative work on the production done entirely in the cloud minus the shoot on set.  Section 2 of the white paper is “Sound Mitigation: Performance Matters,” which features compelling interviews with “Fathead” co-producer Brandyn Johnson and former Sony Pictures executive Eric Rigney. The section also addresses “the challenges of recording clean dialogue on LED volumetric stages and in-camera visual effects (ICVFX) during production.”

Click here to access Section 1, “Cloud Computing: Growth Without Bounds” and here to access Section 2, “Sound Mitigation: Performance Matters.” We’ll post announcements when the remaining two sections become available.


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