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.
“Developing training modules that allow us to incorporate new methodologies in media production; using an LED volume, incorporating real time compositing and achieving in-camera visual effects, are incredibly important in a market where these are rapidly becoming required skill sets for emerging talent to succeed in a global, knowledge-based and technology-driven entertainment industry,” said Donna O’Brien-Sokić, Coordinator and Professor, FMTV program, in a partnership announcement.
“Our training partnership with WFW represents the kind of forward-thinking collaborations that are needed to help build the workforce of tomorrow, ensuring that we – education and industry – build and sustain our robust and vibrant industry.”
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