The largest virtual film studio in Central and Eastern Europe is being built in Fót, Pest County. The foundation stone for the €11 million project, which is due for completion in the first quarter of 2024, was laid on Thursday.
Bence Tuzson, Secretary of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and MP for the region, said that Hungary has recently become a major film industry center, leading the way in Europe after London, and film production now accounts for a significant share of the country’s economic output.
The new virtual technology is spreading faster and faster, so it is worth responding to it, and the investment will also put Fót on the “innovation map,”
he said. Tuzson also pointed out that the National Film Institute’s studio is also being built in Fót, and the two investments complement each other well.
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Szabolcs Botond, CEO of the contractor Visual Europe Group, said that virtual technology is the future of film production, with almost 70 percent of films planned with its use.
The technology is based on the idea that content is displayed on a LED wall background in the studio, which is also visible in the camera, and that the background can be moved using camera tracking technology.
As an example, he said that the new virtual technology has been used in films such as 1899 and The Mandalorian, as well as in the recent Batman movie. Another advantage of the technology is that it eliminates the need to travel around the world and allows the entire film to be shot in a studio, reducing the ecological footprint of the production.
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