Film and TV equipment-rental company William F White International (WFW) and Academy Award-winning visual effects company Pixomondo have joined forces to build two new LED volumes in Canada. A new virtual production studio in Toronto opened on 3 August, while the studio in Vancouver is scheduled to be completed this autumn.
The new Toronto stage, named Stage 6, occupies an area of approximately 16,100sqft. The ceiling consists of four modular and dynamic sections, each of which can move and angle independently, providing more flexibility. The stage is designed for short-term bookings for film and TV production and commercial shooting, creating more opportunities for creators to touch on the emerging field of virtual production.
Stage 6, as well as the upcoming Vancouver stage, was designed and built by Pixomondo and WFW in close collaboration with technology partners Brompton Technology, Epic Games, Lenovo, Nvidia and Roe Visual.
The LED volumes for both studios consist of 456 pieces of Roe Visual Black Pearl BP2V2 LED panels and 194 Carbon CB3 panels.
“We believe that the advanced virtual production facilities in this volume will help to promote development in this field. This allows us to give more content providers access to this new technology,” said Jonny Slow, CEO of Pixomondo. “Roe Visual provides us with high-quality LED products and we are delighted with the results. Having worked with the BP2V2 LED panels in our first volume, they perform in line with our high expectations.”
“We feel proud to work in such close collaboration with Pixomondo. It’s our pleasure to become the preferred choice for this project. Following the long-standing relationship, we are looking forward to working together on the future projects,” said Frank Montero, managing director of Roe Visual US.
The two stages are part of a new collaboration between WFW and Pixomondo to build LED volumes across Canada together. Under the arrangement, the pair will co-rent LED volume equipment.