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NABA realised within its campus in Milan, from May 3rd to 7th, a Virtual Set, presented by the BA in Creative Technologies and composed by a 40 sqm ledwall, a motion analysis system, and a physical set.

This ambitious research project is dedicated to Virtual Production, the innovative technology that creates digital visual effects on set, using software born for videogames development. The Virtual Set was the scenario for the filming of two short movies, result of the collaboration between students, lecturers, and technical partners. The initiative is part of a path that begins from the fields of expertise that characterise the BA’s specialisations (VFX, 3D Design, and Game Development), revolving around contemporary multimedia and digital production with great attention to experiments in the VR, MX, and Virtual Production fields.

In February 2021, two Faculty members Emanuele Lomello, Course Leader of the BA in Creative Technologies, and Giovanni Visai, lecturer of the same BA, were selected for the international “Virtual Production for Storytellers” challenge, launched by the videogames development software Unreal Engine and ArtStation, the platform dedicated to 3D artists e CGI animators.  They were respectively awarded second place with the short film “Birds of a Feather” and an Honorable Mention for the project “Return”.

NABA realised one of the first Virtual Set in Italy using this technique, and is the first Academy of Fine Arts in Europe to offer learning experiences dedicated to this system. The installment is born to explore how the technology works and how the hybridisation of techniques and languages of game development is changing the world of film production, with a national and international perspective. 

The activity, within its many parts, involved, under the guidance of Course Leader Emanuele Lomello, 12 Lecturers and more than 70 students of the second and third year of the BA in Creative Technologies, some alumni, and the entire technical team of Media Design and New Technologies Area.

The students of the BA in Set Design collaborated as well, creating the physical sceneries, while a crew of the BA in Media Design and Multimedia Arts worked on a documentary about the entire project.

Manuelito "Hell Raton", rapper, record producer, and X Factor 2020 judge, also took part in the initiative, presenting the project live streaming on his Twitch channel.

Exchanges and TwinOne participated as technical partners, strengthening the link with the working world and enhancing the effectiveness of the training experience offered to the students. Exchanges is a leading company in digital production, specialised in 3D design and animation, Visual effects, and post-production, based in Milan since 2006. TwinOne is a tech company specialized in the creation of digital twins of any product and development of real-time software solutions to automate the content production workflow.

Cover: ph. Stefania Carbonara