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Virtual Production Partnership announced by DNEG and Dimension

Shreoshree Chakrabarty February 18, 2021
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A virtual production partnership has been announced by the multi-award-winning XR entertainment studio, Dimension and the multiple Oscar®, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning visual effects and animation company, DNEG. This partnership aligns the revolutionary volumetric and real-time development capabilities of Dimension with DNEG’s technology teams, its industry-leading creative talent, and entertainment industry relationships.

Including a groundbreaking new short film, ‘Fireworks’, Dimension and DNEG are working together on a number of high-profile virtual production projects. The film is directed by double Academy Award winner and DNEG Creative Director Paul Franklin, written by acclaimed screenwriter and playwright Steven Lally and produced by BAFTA Award winner Annalise Davis for Wilder Films. The film is also supported by StoryFutures Academy, Lipsync Post Production and Epic Games.

To remove the barrier between live-action capture and visual effects, virtual production uses real-time technologies. With DNEG’s in-house virtual production resources and real-time workflows, this partnership will bring together Dimension’s real-time development and LED stage expertise to further enrich the service that DNEG offers to its filmmaking partners, and broaden Dimension’s relationships across film, episodic and animation projects.

With Dimension bringing on board Jim Geduldick as SVP, Virtual Production Supervisor and Head of Dimension in North America, both companies have recently bolstered their virtual production capabilities in North America. and DNEG hiring James Sweeney as Virtual Art Department (VAD) Supervisor – both based on the US West Coast.

“This partnership helps position DNEG and Dimension at the forefront of what is possible in virtual production,” says DNEG CEO Namit Malhotra. “Our industry is evolving quickly, accelerated by the changes brought about by the global pandemic. This new creative process enables fresh approaches to the production of filmed content, opening more creative avenues for our filmmaking partners and addressing a number of the limitations imposed by the current restrictions on being on-set and travelling. Dimension is one of the best in its field, and I’m delighted to be partnering with Simon, Steve and the Dimension team to bring our clients the benefits of this exciting technology.”

“DNEG is one of the world’s leading VFX companies, and we’re very excited to be partnering with them to provide filmmaking clients with the very best virtual production experience,” says Steve Jelley, Joint Managing Director, Dimension. “Game technologies like Unreal Engine are elevating the creative process for filmmakers and storytellers and we’re seeing a surge in demand for our virtual production and volumetric services – right across the entertainment sphere. These state-of-the-art production techniques point toward an exciting new era for content creation and our partnership with DNEG brings these services to an even wider set of clients across film, episodic and animated content.”   

Dimension is finalizing plans for permanent virtual production stages in the UK and North America and it provides productions with custom-built LED stages. A state-of-the-art mobile multi-solution studio, Polymotion Stage, has been recently unveiled that is capable of capturing high-quality volumetric video, image and avatar creation at up to 4K with integrated motion capture.

Having launched the first-ever VR experience to be officially certified by the British Board of Film Classification in ABE, Dimension team were early pioneers of real-time production for filmmaking and virtual reality. It has also created industry-defining XR experiences such as ‘Virtual Vikings’ with Ridley Scott Creative Group, Madonna’s holograms at The Billboard Music Awards, the Balenciaga Fall 2021 Collection video game, ‘Sky Scope’ for Sky Sports at The Open and ‘Britannia VR’.

DNEG has built on its experience of utilizing on-set digital front projection and LED video wall displays on films such as ‘Interstellar’ and ‘First Man’ that has won Oscar® and BAFTA to develop a strong filmmaker-focused virtual production offering which has already been deployed on films such as ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ for director Andy Serkis, Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ and ‘Death on the Nile’ for director Kenneth Branagh.

Currently, DNEG is delivering visual effects for feature films such as ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’, ‘The Matrix 4’, ‘Uncharted’, ‘Dune’ and ‘F9’ and episodic shows such as ‘The Irregulars’, ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’, ‘The Wheel of Time’ and ‘Shadow and Bone’.

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