Montreal-based Mels Studios have opened a new virtual stage with an LED wall. The system was built in collaboration with Solotech and operated with the Unreal Engine from Epic Games. The new service supports customers of all sizes in realizing their projects by combining the studio's know-how with the latest virtual production technologies. The importance of virtual stages is growing as productions can work with smaller crews, which facilitates physical distancing and reduces the size and scope of shoots, sets and crowd scenes.
With powerful new technology, Solotech will supply the LED screens that offer wide flexibility in customizing sets to individual customer requirements. Unreal Engine will play a key role by linking all technological resources together and providing visual effects in the camera in real time to create the virtual stage. ARRI, a global film media company, is a consultant for this major project.
"2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but we also saw it as an opportunity to leverage the expertise of the Mels teams to implement innovative turnkey projects that provide the best possible service to our customers," commented Martin Carrier, President of Mels . “In order to design and develop our virtual stage, we teamed up with the managers in their respective areas. Your contributions, combined with our manufacturing expertise, enable us to offer a quality product that meets the expectations of our local and international customers. "
The virtual stage was completed in six weeks with the assistance of the Unreal Engine team and is an integrated production platform that offers a complete virtual production solution. All services including visual effects; Cameras; Lighting; post-production; and technical crews are connected to all sets by fiber optics. This turnkey model allows producers and filmmakers more agility, efficiency and creative freedom.
"Virtual production, based on Unreal Engine's real-time technology, enables developers to deliver innovative content, interactive experiences and immersive virtual worlds with fewer restrictions than ever before," said David Hurtubise, business solution architect at Epic Games. “Film and television producers are leveraging Unreal's real-time workflows to enhance the creative freedom that comes from interacting with virtual worlds, just as they do with the physical world, and we are delighted that MELS is introducing these cuts. Excellence for the Montreal market. "
"The Absen M2.9mm high-resolution LED screens allow you to replace green screens and design a virtual set in real time, while also allowing more creative freedom," added Richard Lafortune, Senior Vice President of Sales, Live Productions at Solotech , add. “The virtual stage can be used in the film, television and video game industries, in the music industry to produce music videos, and even in the entertainment industry to record performances. It addresses the needs of many customers and industrial partners and at the same time supports compliance with the current rules for physical distancing. "
"In-camera effects with real-time rendering on LED video walls are cutting edge technology," said Peter Crithary, vice president of marketing and market development at ARRI, Inc. "ARRI contributions include remote heads, ALEXA cameras and wireless tools Communication and signature primes. ARRI provides filmmakers with powerful tools for today's challenging work environments. It is an honor for us to be involved in this initiative with MELS. ARRI worked closely with MELS to develop training programs, procedures and procedures to ensure safe and efficient on-set operations while maintaining the industry-leading film quality ARRI is known for. "
Source: Mels Studios