Virtual production

Filming in alternate universes

Bill Desowitz – IndieWire

We will discuss the innovative virtual shoot of Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King,” which advanced the use of VR tools and real-time filmmaking. Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato, Virtual Production Supervisor Ben Grossmann, and six-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel shot on a VR stage with the Unity game engine, working like a live-action crew to achieve an alternate, photoreal universe.

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Bill Desowitz
Crafts Editor – IndieWire

Bill Desowitz is Crafts and Animation Editor at the online entertainment publication, IndieWire, specializing in below-the-line crafts and animation coverage, with an emphasis on Oscar and Emmy Awards season reporting/analysis. He is the owner of the former Immersed in Movies blog and author of “James Bond Unmasked” (Spies Publishing), featuring interviews with all six Bond actors and analysis of their personas as 007. He previously served as editor of Animation World Network and VFXWorld, managing editor of Animation Magazine, and was a staff reporter at The Hollywood Reporter. Desowitz has also contributed to the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Wired, Premier, Film Comment, and Variety, among others.

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Rob Legato
Visual Effects Supervisor and Director/Cameraman

Caleb Deschanel
ASC – Cinematographer(NYC)

Ben Grossmann
Founder & CEO – Magnopus