For years the green (or blue) screen has been a staple of production, especially content reliant on special effects. While the end product looks great, it's not without hours of (sometimes exxtreemmeellyyy) tedious work making sure the composited image makes sense. Enter virtual production. For the last few years, with the help of high quality LED screens and graphics cards, the use of virtual production sets have become more popular. The reasons are many: workflow improvements, lighting and set design possibilities, and real time environments that the actors can see, are a few examples. The main difference, time and moneeeyyy. These videos explains the process, differences, and benefits.
While the big studios are using giant LED screens, it is possible to use this technology in a more DIY-independent way using the traditional greenscreen. In this video from Unreal fest 2020, you can learn the basics to setting up a home virtual production studio. The video is two years old and the technology moves quickly, but the basics are the same.
"Invest in artists, own your favorite music" - Royal is a marketplace that allows artists to sell a % of their royalties to fans as NFT's. Their first two drops by Nas and Verite sold out. How it works is fans purchase an NFT from the artist, and depending on the artists offering and which tier the fan purchase, are entitled to a % of the streaming royalties of that song. Royal is still in beta but the idea of investing artists and seeing a return, however small, is an idea that could become more popular in the future as a way of funding and engagement. Find out more at Royal's website:
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