The studio will be virtual, meaning that instead of physical sets, it will have LED walls as backdrops, but in return, it could be ready as early as next year.
Visual Europe Group Hungary is completing an €11 million investment in the HelloParks complex in Fót, Hungary. The idea behind the virtual studio is that instead of physically building the sets, LED walls can be used to display everything in 3D, photo-realistically. This greatly reduces the transportation costs associated with setting up a production, and therefore the resulting carbon footprint as well. It also benefits the actors and crew because they don’t have to adjust to the weather or time of day, and unlike green box studios that use green backgrounds, here cast and crew can see the projected backdrop at all times. This technology has been used for super-productions such as The Mandalorian, 1899, and the latest Batman movie.
The studio is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2024 and will feature hundreds of square meters of LED walls. There are already ten such facilities in Europe, but the waiting lists are huge due to the high demand, and the one in Fót will be the largest virtual studio in the Central and Eastern European region. This will further contribute to the growth of the Hungarian film scene, which in recent years has already become Europe’s second-largest film production center after London, with Hungarian film industry revenues exceeding HUF 250 billion in 2022.
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