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ETC White Paper Details Best Practices for Virtual Production

The Entertainment Technology Center@USC produced a live-action short, “Ripple Effect” to test new technologies and workflows, including the cloud, virtual production, and remote editing and visual effects. Supported by ETC member companies (Universal, Warner Bros., Microsoft, Technicolor, Equinix, Amazon Studios and Seagate), and other industry key partners, the project also introduced and evaluated a variety of tools and procedures that meet or exceed industry standards for a safe set during the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive producer Erik Weaver, virtual production executive director/producer, Kathryn Brillhart, virtual production supervisor, Greg Ciaccio, producers Brendan Bennett, Damon Laguna, and Jamie McNeill, COVID safety officer, Catherine Shin, technical writer, Nick Mitchell, tech partners, and the team at ETC have published a white paper that outlines recommendations for virtual production and critical lessons learned during the making of “Ripple Effect.”  For more information about the film project, visit


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