The Future of VFX During COVID-19: Digital Face Replacement, Social-Distancing Doubles

How will productions handle large crowd and intimacy scenes in the era of social distancing?

Film and TV projects got the green light to resume production in LA County last week — but the coronavirus still rages on while producers and studios/networks scramble to find ways to keep cast and crew safe. That’s where VFX will come into play, at a time when location scouting, intimate scenes and large crowd shots are discouraged.

“We’ve already seen a big change of how our services are being utilized,” Nhat Phong Tran, VFX Supervisor at Pixomondo and two-time Emmy nominee for his visual effects work on HBO’s “Westworld” and Fox’s “The Orville,” told TheWrap. “With this whole COVID situation, there are problems arising from different angles and several different levels. On the creative side, it’s much more difficult; creative can’t be as intuitive anymore because of the physical limitations due to the safety measures. We recently got a lot more interest in how we can utilize VFX to support productions and bring people back on set and bring them back to work safely.” 

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Beatrice Verhoeven

Film Editor, Twitter: @bverhoev