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PNYA’s “Post Break” to Host Dean of Virtual Production Training Program, Unreal Fellowship


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Free video conference slated for Thursday, June 10th at 4:00pm EDT

NEW YORK CITY—The next edition of Post Break, the free webinar series from Post New York Alliance (PNYA), will feature an in-depth interview with Brian Pohl, academic dean of Epic Games’ Unreal Fellowship and an expert in the expanding field of virtual production. Ben Baker, a partner in NextGen Production and chair of PNYA’s Education Committee, will join Pohl in a conversation about his career, Unreal Fellowship and what post-production professionals need to know about virtual production.

Virtual production and the use of game engines in creating dynamic environments has captured the imagination of the film and television industry. Unreal Engine is the primary technology driving this new production technique. Unreal Fellowship, launched by Epic Games in 2020, is an intensive training program in virtual production for experienced media and entertainment industry professionals. Over the course of the 5-week program, each participant produces a complete, animated short.

The session is scheduled for Thursday, June 10th at 4:00pm EDT. Following the webinar, attendees will have an opportunity to join small, virtual breakout groups for discussion and networking.

Speaker

Brian J. Pohl has over 17 years of experience as a visual effects artist and previsualization supervisor. A veteran of George Lucas’ previs team and Industrial Light and Magic’s art department, Pohl is credited with creating or supervising previs for more than two dozen feature film and television productions. He has years of experience in software development and has designed innovative tools to assist the digital artist’s workflow. In 2017, Pohl joined Epic Games as a Technical Account Manager to provide media and entertainment clients support in integrating Unreal Engine into their creative workflows and technical pipelines. He recently transferred to Epic’s education department to act as the administrative dean of the Unreal Fellowship. Based in Los Angeles, Pohl is a member of the Visual Effects Society, Previs Society and the Joint Technology Subcommittee on Virtual Production and the VR Committee.

Moderator

Ben Baker is a partner in NextGen Production, which helps creative studios, production companies and providers leverage today’s rapidly evolving technologies and workflows. Previously, he was VP of Studio Services across HBO’s internal production technology resources. Based in New York, he helped the company prepare for the introduction of HBO Max. His background also includes VP of Post Production at VICE Media. As an independent post producer, Baker’s credits include A Very Murray Christmas, Mercy, The Characters, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, Joe and Rob The Mob. He also served as on-set post supervisor in Australia for the third Narnia film, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Baker is a board member of the Post New York Alliance and has run the Education and Events committee with involvement producing over 40 events over the past six years.

Baker will moderate a follow up PNYA Post Break event on The Ripple Effect, a short film produced by the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC), using virtual production technology. It will be held Thursday, June 17th at 4:00pm EDT. 

When:  Thursday, June 10, 2021, 4:00pm EDT

Title:  Meet the Unreal Fellowship

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Sound recordings of past Post Break sessions are available here: www.postnewyork.org/page/PNYAPodcasts 

Past Post Break sessions in video blog format are available here: www.postnewyork.org/blogpost/1859636/Post-Break

About Post New York Alliance (PNYA)

The Post New York Alliance (PNYA) is an association of film and television post-production facilities, labor unions and post professionals operating in New York State.  The PNYA’s objective is to create jobs by: 1) extending and improving the New York State Tax Incentive Program; 2) advancing the services the New York Post Production industry provides; and 3) creating avenues for a diverse talent pool to enter into The Industry.

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