William F. White (WFW) has launched the WFW TechLab, a space open to both aspiring and seasoned filmmakers, offering hands-on, real-time learning in all things virtual production. The WFW TechLab, located at the WFW Toronto office, boasts 4,000 sq. ft. of studio space, a 33’ x 13’ LED wall and 12’ x 12’ LED ceiling. The space will also be outfitted with ARRI cinema lights, integrated Technodolly 15’ tracking in Unreal Engine and a testing space for new lighting and film equipment. As part of the lab’s launch, the company has partnered with Humber College, opening the space up to students in the Humber Film and Television Production (FMTV) program, who’ll spend part of their semester gaining experience shooting on an LED volume. This semester, students from the Film & Television Production and 3D Animation programs will produce three student-led projects at the WFW TechLab. Read more here.
Virtual Production House (VPHouse) has established a new location in Vancouver, billed as the first virtual production studio in the region designed to service commercials, episodic series, movies of the week (MOWs), lower–budget feature films, and social shorts. Aimed at filling a gap due to the increasing cost of location shoots and other logistical challenges, the new studio is led by Vancouver-based filmmaker Daniel Hsia. VPHouse’s second location, its flagship studio in Toronto was launched in 2021, as a subsidiary of local production company, The Other End.