DePaul film students using technology only available in Hollywood
CHICAGO – Local film students at DePaul University are using emerging technology, which is said to be the future of cinema.
FOX 32 went behind the scenes during filming Tuesday on the West Side of Chicago.
In a movie trailer, you might hear the description that “Mission Impossible” comes with “Toy Story.” Also, the director would like to highlight the tension of a ride they were filming, as it takes an unexpected turn.
“They realize the baby is chasing them and they’re very small,” DePaul student Connor Godinich explained.
Students at DePaul University School of Motion Picture Arts were filming anything but an old-fashioned car chase. No roads or acrobatic drivers were needed, just new technology within the DePaul Cinespace studios.
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Assistant Professor Brian Andrews teaches the class through a wall of LED screens, as well as video game engines that are synchronized with the camera. It’s called “Virtual Production Environment”: it creates special effects that don’t look like special effects.
Students were surrounded by film and television productions at the Cinespace Chicago. It is the world they hope to join one day.
“I’m 21. I would never have liked to have this opportunity in a traditional work sense. The closest thing to that would be for me to sweep the floors of someone else who is doing this,” Godinich said.
But now Godinich is directing the short film, using the same technology that Hollywood will show at upcoming summer box office hits, such as the new Jurassic Park and Thor movies.
“No other school in the Midwest has this technology, and employers are crying out for people to be trained in this particular field,” Andrews said.
Andrews hopes to secure funding to turn technology into a permanent element for both DePaul and others, to use and create another feature that will drive Chicago cinema.