Production Evaluation

Latest prototypes of Dreamspace technology are constant subject of evaluation in running productions at Filmakademie. This includes early test for virtual set editing utilizing HMDs and gesture recognition sensors resulting in the VPET tablet application.

Skywriters

Project ‘Skywriters’ is a Filmakademie documentary film about a family business for sky advertisement. In addition to the real filmed footage the team approached the Institute of Animation at Filmakademie for additional computer generated shots. This collaboration allowed the evaluation of the current status of the Dreamspace Live View system integration in combination with ncam real-time camera tracking and the VPET tools. The ncam system was mounted to a virtual camera displaying its views on a 9’’ screen and simultaneously on a large beamer. The director had no previous experience with virtual production technology. After a short introduction, he was able to direct digital assets and animation using a VPET tablet in agreement with the director of photography to design the shots. Time consuming scene preparations and manual animation data alignment were existing limitations at this point of system integration in December 2015. The setup was evaluated as very intuitive and with a high potential to increase creativity.


Camdroid

Once more the company Camdroid tries to revolutionize the filmmaking business with a ground-breaking product: the autonomous camera robot CamBot Mark 2. However, this leaked video reveals some dramatic deficits.
The short film 'Camdroid' has been produced in a virtual production environment at Filmakademie, combining motion capture with live camera tracking via ncam and an early prototype of set editing tools.


An interface prototype has been built, which enables both the director and the cinematographer to interactively improve the scenery and receive high quality feedback in real-time. A head-mounted display allows a mobile exploration and therefore, more natural perception of virtual elements. A gesture recognition sensor offers the possibility to instantaneously relocate and manipulate objects and lights with simple gestures.


Project Dreamspace:
A Platform and Tools for Virtual Production