In a pivotal moment in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the CGI character Maz Kanata, played by Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, shows up just in time to give the Rebels a vital piece of information. Although Maz’s appearance is brief, the complex shoot involved creating a temporary, studio-grade motion capture stage inside the famed Pinewood Studios. To complete this task, Lucasfilm turned to Audiomotion and its Vicon system.
Huallywood Film Studios, a giant studio park currently under construction in Hualien County, Taiwan has forged an alliance with Swiss-headquartered WCPMedia Services to deploy its cloud-based media asset management infrastructure.
Pinewood Atlanta Studios, the third-largest film studio in the United States, and the largest purpose-built film studio outside of Hollywood, has appointed Frank Patterson as its first president. Patterson will assume the newly created role on January 1, 2017. He will report to the Pinewood Atlanta Studios board of directors.
WEDU PBS, Semkhor Networks, and Ringling College of Art and Design have signed a letter of intent to develop a wide-ranging collaboration centered on a new sound stage and post-production facility, which is slated to be fully operational in 2017. The first large stage will open later this year. The new facility is designed to take full advantage of the rapid advancements in digital production and distribution with the flexibility to support a wide range of content production.
Panavision has announced the opening of an expanded New Orleans location. The new 30,500-square-foot space will also house Light Iron’s first brick-and-mortar facility in Louisiana. The facility represents the first location occupied by the two companies since Panavision acquired Light Iron earlier this year.
A new film studio has opened in North Austin, Texas under the direction of a new partnership between Bulltiger Productions and 25 year industry veteran Randall P. Dark.
Hollywood Center Studios, one of the largest independent production lots in Southern California, is finalizing plans to construct a 106,000 square foot office complex designed to serve the area’s burgeoning film and television community.