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Virtual production taking centre stage in Adelaide

21 October 2020
South Australian company Novatech’s Virtual Production set-up on the Adelaide Studios sound stage, photo by David Solm.

Cutting-edge Virtual Production is now available to filmmakers shooting in South Australia, with local industry leader Novatech bringing exciting new technology to the state.

Combining pre-production, filming and post-production with real-time visualisation, performance capture and virtual camera lensing against a dynamic LED-wall, Virtual Production allows background scenery to be created in real-time in response to the actors and cameras, resulting in greater flexibility and instant feedback for screen productions of all types.

Earlier this month Novatech, Intraware, and award-winning South Australian PDV studio Rising Sun Pictures presented a showcase of the ground-breaking technology at the SAFC’s Adelaide Studios facilities.

The hands-on demonstration showcased the most recent innovations in virtual production technology now available in South Australia, with a purpose-built 12m x 3.6m curved LED-wall and real-time virtual set generation by Disguise and Mo-Sys camera tracking. Participants gained a first-hand insight into technology that integrates real-time computer-generated backgrounds with live performance and integrated foreground lighting.

Rising Sun Pictures VFX and Bidding Producer Ian Cope, SAFC CEO Kate Croser, Minister for Innovation and Skills The Hon. David Pisoni MP, Intraware Director Wayne Morphew and Novatech Director Leko Novakovic at the recent Adelaide Studios demonstration, photo by David Solm.

Novatech Managing Director Leko Novakovic said the world-leading technology, which can be easily set up within Adelaide Studios’ flexible and integrated facilities, would assist in attracting more productions to South Australia.

“Having this technology available from local suppliers here in Adelaide will help in attracting international film, television and business to our great state,” he said.

South Australian Film Corporation CEO Kate Croser said: “Virtual Production technology is a game-changer not only for filmmakers but also for Visual Effects and games creatives, with the potential to revolutionise production and create jobs right across the South Australian screen sector. Combined with the SAFC’s world class Adelaide Studios facilities, Virtual Production technology capitalises on South Australia’s strengths in Visual Effects and game development and further cements the state’s international reputation as an attractive location for filming and production.”

Rising Sun Pictures Managing Director Tony Clark said “As a leader in Visual Effects production, Virtual Production allows us to use our design and world building skills to help film-makers realise their vision earlier in the production process, capturing finished effects shots in the camera.”

The South Australian Film Corporation welcomes enquiries from producers seeking to explore Virtual Production in South Australia – contact Production Executive Julie Ryan on julie.ryan@safilm.com.au or call +61 8 8394 2012.

For more information on Novatech’s Virtual Production technology, visit their website.

Novatech virtual production demonstration, photo by David Solm
Novatech virtual production demonstration, photo by David Solm
Novatech virtual production demonstration, photo by David Solm
Novatech virtual production demonstration, photo by David Solm
Novatech virtual production demonstration, photo by David Solm
Novatech virtual production demonstration, photo by David Solm
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