Join the livestream on 11 Nov to learn about film technologies in Unreal Engine 5 and the practicalities of shooting with LED screens and other virtual production technologies

High-resolution LED screens, as used on set of Disney’s hit series Mandalorian and the German Netflix production 1899, are currently revolutionizing the film and media industry. On November 11, a livestream from Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg offers the opportunity to gain insights into the innovative technology as part of the discussion format TechTalks Stuttgart.

The industry is currently changing rapidly: while in the past green screens were the go to technology to create virtual worlds, the latest LED technologies enable dynamic interaction between acting and visual effects in real time. Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg has been researching virtual production in the film and media industry for many years, with a focus on modern display technologies. For the second time, Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg is currently using high-resolution LED walls for the virtual production of student projects.

On November 11, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (CET), the livestream presented by TechTalks Stuttgart offers a variety of presentations dedicated to virtual production. TechTalks is a regular discussion format by Filmakademie’s Animationsinstitut, Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS) of the Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG), Hochschule der Medien (HdM), the Stuttgart Region Film Commission, an institution of the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation and the Media Solution Center Baden-Württemberg.

You can find the link to the free English-language livestream here: Event Page

The event will kick off with Christoph Schmidt, Head of 3D & VFX Set Supervisor at Pixomondo in Stuttgart, who will talk about virtual production methods used at the internationally acclaimed VFX studio.

Afterwards, Yafes Sahin, working in Special Projects at Epic Games and an alumnus of Animationsinstitut, will step on the virtual stage. Yafes Sahin will talk about the use of the game engine “Unreal Engine” developed by Epic Games in film productions.

Furthermore, director and producer Philip Gassmann, who is also an expert on green shooting, will talk about sustainable production methods in virtual production.

This installment of TechTalks will conclude with a presentation of Animationsinstitut’s latest projects, which use LED screens as part of the production process. Animationsinstitut’s research & development department will talk about their latest findings on working with virtual production methods. In addition, students of Filmakademie will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the transmedia project Cybercity Lovestory and the annual Set Extension Workshop. Both project teams will shoot in front of LED walls provided by Rent Event Tec at Filmakademie’s Albrecht-Ade-Studio in the coming weeks. Following the presentations, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions in the chat.

You can find the full program here: Event Page

About TechTalks Stuttgart

Inspired by TED Talks and Science Slams, the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart has developed the format TechTalks to convey technical knowledge in an understandable way. Here, technical topics from the fields of visual effects (VFX) and animation are presented to scientists, creative professionals, students and the interested general public. TechTalks offer an open dialogue to explore intersections between different disciplines.

Open Day 2021 at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Prospective students can also learn more about studying at Filmakademie and Animationsinstitut on November 17 as part of the Online Open Day 2021. You can find further information here.

Tanya Combrinck
Author: Tanya Combrinck

Tanya is a writer covering art, design, and visual effects. She has 15 years of experience as a magazine journalist and has written for publications including 3D World, 3D Artist, Computer Arts, net magazine, and Creative Bloq.