Character Improvisation Meets Real-Time Technology

A paradigm shift in visual storytelling is underway and its name is virtual production. How does this new storytelling paradigm scale from massive blockbusters down to indie film production? Find out at PICTURE THIS_19 on October 1, 2019, when we plunge headfirst into a live virtual production experiment and learn from the creatives behind the first Danish live-action film ever to use the real-time tools for production.

Director Rasmus Kloster Bro (Cutterhead, 2019) and Simon Jon Andreasen, Head of Directors Education (Animation and Interactive) at the National Film School of Denmark will lead a live experiment at PICTURE THIS_19.

Armed with actors, motion capture suits, real-time technology, and the latest know-how in the field of video sketches and story worlds, the duo will challenge themselves to create a producible visual concept in less than seven hours.

In this experiment, they will explore the creative potentials of real-time visualization in front of a live audience. An audience that provides input that the team must incorporate while they improvise characters and their story-arcs. The goal is to end up with a sketch of a dramatic scene, demonstrating the concept of the story and that can be iterated upon and produced.

The experiment is part of the ongoing artistic research projects of Kloster Bro and Jon Andreasen, funded by the Ministry of Culture, to rethink how we produce and develop film and how new technologies like motion capture, virtual cameras, and game engines can free creativity - even on a tight budget.


Photo: Rasmus Kloster Bro used video sketches as a foundation for his first feature film "Cutterhead" (2019).

War Stories from the Set: Combining Real-Time Tools and Live-Action

The Danish children’s adventure Captain Bimse premiered in Danish cinemas this summer. It’s the first Danish live action feature film to use a game engine as a production tool and the director-duo behind the plane adventures of Captain Bimse, Thomas Borch Nielsen and Kirsten Skytte will share their experiences with the technology at PICTURE THIS_19.

Thomas Borch also took to the stage at last year’s conference to state one of the main goals of their ongoing production: To produce a film with Hollywood level visual effects on a small Danish budget. He now returns with his partner in crime to share what went well, what didn’t and why Danish productions should consider using the novel technologies in front of them.

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Mariann Nederby