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ETC Releases Three of Four Sections of “Fathead” Virtual Production White Paper

The Entertainment Technology Center@USC has released 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.” Section 3 of the four-part white paper is “State of the Industry: Beyond Trends,” which discusses “where we’re at, and where we’re going” and features compelling interviews with thought leaders from companies including The Third Floor, Stargate Studios, Orbital Virtual Studios, Vū Technologies, Lux Machina, nDisplay, Epic Games and Unity Technologies.

Click here to access Section 1, “Cloud Computing: Growth Without Bounds,” here to access Section 2, “Sound Mitigation: Performance Matters,” and here to access Section 3, “State of the Industry: Beyond Trends”.  We’ll post an announcement when the remaining section becomes available.


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