Weta Digital, which recently launched an original animated content division, has partnered with Avalon Studios and Streamliner to create a new LED-stage virtual production service, based in Wellington, New Zealand. This alliance brings together Weta’s VFX prowess with live stage expertise from Streamliner and production facilities from Avalon. Crucially, though, the health and safety benefits of working in New Zealand, which effectively controlled the pandemic, will help attract productions of all sizes for this ready-to-use package.
Similar in concept to Industrial Light & Magic’s LED-screen StageCraft platform, launched for “The Mandalorian” series, Weta’s system also relies on the real-time Unreal engine from Epic Games in accelerating a paradigm shift for the industry, offering social distancing and smaller crews, while reducing the size and scope of location shoots, set builds, and crowd scenes for the foreseeable future.
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