USC Partnering With Hollywood Studios to Test Limits of Virtual Production

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LOS ANGELES—The University of Southern California has been the starting point for many well-known entertainment careers, and could now serve as a key point in the progression of virtual production.

The Entertainment Technology Center at USC has bestowed its 2020 Innovative Technology Award on the virtual-production-based project “The Ripple Effect” from writer/director Hannah Bang, Margo Sawaya and writer Sabina Vajrača, with Eric Weaver serving as the project’s executive director. The focus of this year’s Innovative Technology Award is on using technologies to minimize the amount of time and people on set to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.