Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has launched a new £1.6m virtual production studio at the University of Ulster.
The state-of-the-art facility is backed by over £536,000 in funding through the Department of Economics and will provide screen industry skills education to students at the university.
Speaking after touring the studio at the University of Ulster’s Belfast Campus, the Minister said: ‘This new facility, supported by my department, will provide teaching and learning spaces for students in the fields related to the screen industry and will further strengthen the skills pipeline in this dynamic and growing sector.
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Mr Lyons also added: “Students will have access to state-of-the-art production and visual effects facilities not available anywhere else in Northern Ireland or the RoI. I am also delighted that the university is facilitating opportunities for collaboration with the screen industry on some of the live productions made here in Northern Ireland.
The Minister was given a tour of the virtual production studio by UU’s Acting Executive Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Frank Lyons, who commented: “With the screen industries continuing to To grow in Northern Ireland, it is important that we have a pipeline of graduates with the skills and knowledge to specialize in production and research and development led by creativity and technology. We are responding to industry reports that there is a skills shortage in virtual production. We prioritize teaching and research using state-of-the-art technology supported by expert multinational companies to ensure our students graduate with the creative, technical and professional skills and knowledge to work on film sets. and television locally and lead the way in games and animation, nationally and internationally, to advance the creative industries.
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During his visit, the Minister met with Fiona McLaughlin, founding co-director of Taunt Studios, who recently used virtual production studios to create a short film.
Fiona commented, “As an independent animation studio, we’ve spent the past few years working with real-time technologies and a growing VFX pipeline, which puts us in an excellent position to utilize production techniques Virtual. To explore this emerging area of cinema, we have teamed up with director duo JAK and specialists from Ulster University Screen Academy to create the short film ‘A Thing Called Joy’. The results have been outstanding, and it will certainly be the start of a whole new toolkit for visual effects and filmmaking.”
More information about Ulster University Screen Academy can be found at: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/screen-academy
Source: Written from press release.
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