The UK’s Department for International Trade and Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport are together backing a new initiative aimed at creating national standards for job training in the fast-developing creative and technical field of virtual production. With government support, former DNEG joint MD Alex Hope will lead a steering committee to drive uptake under the auspices of Screenskills, of which he is vice-chair.
The project will be further supported by Epic Games (developer of Unreal Engine), Ntropic, Sky Studios, UK Research and Innovation, and UK Screen Alliance. From academia, Bournemouth, Edinburgh Napier, Portsmouth and Ulster Universities will contribute. At the moment, there’s a shortage of virtual production supervisors and cloud scientists to drive virtual production in the UK and a need to democratise across large and small companies, open virtual production up to the live events community and make more virtual production technology available to those that wish to use it.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter