Virtual Production (VP) is where game engine technology and digital filmmaking intersect. VP blends video game technology with filmmaking throughout the entire filmmaking process.
This new technology also removes many of the creative boundaries that exist with more conventional methods of production. It allows us to fully customize a set - in any location. We can use pre-visualization and virtual site survey techniques to customize and modify our set in seconds. We easily create and modify environments that previously existed only in our imagination. Not to mention the flexibility of creating environments that are not possible in the real world... Imagine the creative possibilities utilizing an 8-hour long sunset.
Unreal Engine's live action/visual effects integration creates an incredibly powerful and flexible tool for creative storytellers. Capturing real-time visual effects in camera allows for unheard of on-set control of environments. Magic hour can last all day, walls can be repainted with a few clicks, and the weather is always perfect.
Virtual production gives teams access to locations and environments anywhere in the world (or out of this world!) - all from the comfort of a soundstage. No crowd control, street closures or weather delays. Producers now have access to locations and environments that may not have been previously affordable or even possible. And with no moves, you can easily shoot multiple globe-spanning locations on the same day.
As seen in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, rewatch our live demonstration as we explain how the combination of Unreal Engine, practical elements, LED walls and sophisticated camera tracking systems are transforming live action video production.