Australia’s Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, has announced over $100,000 in government funding for a new Virtual Production Studio at the AFTRS building in Sydney. This facility will support industry-partnered training, degrees, and a space for research and innovation in virtual production.
The Universal Studio Group and Matchbox Pictures have also provided a significant initial investment to AFTRS to support a Virtual Production training program for Australian crew, managers and heads of department. This investment will contribute to curriculum development and a series of scholarships supporting places. The partnership aims to graduate over 250 highly skilled Australians each year, equipping the industry with the technical, creative, management and business capacity it needs to capitalise on the domestic and international production opportunities created by this new technology.