Film & TV

ABC and SA’s Light partner up to bring virtual production filmmaking techniques

The South Australian based Light Cultural Foundation has announced a national partnership with the ABC to train staff on using Virtual production (VP) filmmaking techniques.

South Australian based not-for profit Light Cultural Foundation (Light) has announced a national partnership with the ABC to help train staff and develop TV programs using a new form of technology-enabled production.

Light, whose vision is to be global leaders in creating exceptional experiences through technology and creativity will join forces with the ABC to deliver game-changing Virtual production (VP) filmmaking techniques.

Virtual Production combines elements of game development with those of traditional filmmaking to create new possibilities in storytelling.

The process involves replacing physical sets with digital ones, usually displayed on a high-resolution LED wall. Using game engine technology, these digital sets can respond to camera movements in real time, looking nearly identical to a real-world location. This technique was famously used to create much of Disney’s hit series, The Mandalorian.

According to Light co-founder Nick Dunstone the relationship will deliver exciting new possibilities for filmmaking on the international stage and is an opportunity for South Australia to the lead the charge globally.

“Light’s partnership with the ABC will support in elevating Australian filmmaking to international creatives and audiences. The partnership is a major win for South Australia and an example of Light’s vision to foster innovation in creative industries.

“Light exists as a beacon for creativity and a means to creating art and exceptional experiences. We are grateful to ABC for their investment in the future of filmmaking and Light’s vision for innovation and change.” 

ABC XR Content Lead, Nathan Bazley, says this form of filmmaking is exploding in popularity right now, in part because of COVID.

“When filmmakers were forced to think outside the box during global lockdowns in order to keep cameras rolling, Virtual Production was one idea that really came into its own.”

“While it’s still early days, Virtual Production really is the way of the future. The level of detail that can be added to digital environments now means they are fast replacing the need for productions to travel or create expensive and wasteful one-off sets.”

“The ABC is always looking for ways that it can help Australia’s film and TV industry to innovate. VP is also a great way to make our production budgets go further and produce great content that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.”

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