Michael Geissler (CEO) and Ben Tilbrook (Sales & Business Development) from Mo-Sys joined the team at disguise to discuss the innovative features of our various Camera Tracking Systems. Focussing on the established StarTracker system, the webinar explored the benefits of our tracking solutions for broadcast and film application.
In the April issue of TVBEurope, eight industry experts gave their views on the benefits, challenges and future of remote production. Founder and CEO of Mo-Sys, Michael Geissler shares his personal insights on remote production and how important it is for the future of broadcast.
Michael Geissler, CEO, Mo-Sys explains:
When you take travel and rest time into consideration, the top operators might only be doing the job at which they excel for maybe 40 days a year. With remote production, those people could be working for maybe 200 days a year. That is not just a massive boost in productivity, it represents a huge reduction in carbon footprint, by eliminating long-distance travel and specialist clothing. Production companies are already talking about saving half a million dollars a year.
The headline benefit is that fewer people need to travel to the event, meaning is a significant reduction in carbon footprint. As remote production becomes ever more sophisticated – with remote camera operation, for example – so the reductions become greater. This does depend upon complex technologies becoming mainstream and commoditised, to simplify the installation and the power consumption of rig and connectivity. The recent coronavirus outbreak is seeing a very large reduction in business travel. The ability to control cameras from a central hub in any place of the world will be extremely attractive to productions, not least because of the reduced environmental impact.
The real issue will be the management of change, particularly for people. It is a different pitch for operators: taking them away from immersion in the action and giving them comfortable, familiar working environments in exchange for greater productivity. The people issues, and the shifts in budgeting, are cultural changes, which always see a natural resistance.
Using Mo-Sys VP, one studio technician and an actor we show that remote virtual production is still possible in these unprecedented times. There’s no need for crews to travel or to even film on location, as we show the rest of the crew can join via Zoom. With Mo-Sys VP and Unreal Engine you can shoot any digital set in a green screen studio.
With an ongoing worldwide lockdown and social distancing measures still in place, this is an examples of how broadcasters and filmmakers can use a new workflows to continue to produce whilst retaining as much normality as possible.
In addition, IBC365 have put together an article revealing how broadcasters and filmmakers are overcoming these current challenging times. Our Mo-Sys VP system was featured in the article, showing this remote virtual production workflow. You can download the article below.