February Tech Talk Playback

“Virtual Production Deep Dive With Kathryn Brillhart”

In our February Tech Talk, we delved deep into Virtual Production with the insightful Kathryn Brillhart. She illuminated the realm of real-time visualization tools within virtual production, shedding light on their pivotal role. These tools empower directors and DPs to breathe life into their visions by visualizing shots and refining ideas within a dynamic 3D space—a game-changer in the pre-production phase.

Drawing from her experiences, Brillhart showcased tangible examples from noteworthy films like “Call of the Wild” and “The Mandalorian,” illustrating how these tools have become indispensable in shaping the cinematic landscape. Notably, she emphasized the transformative impact of game engines such as Unity and Unreal Engine, narrating how they have catalyzed the development of fully animated projects.

In essence, the integration of real-time visualization tools and game engines emerges as a potent force, not merely facilitating but revolutionizing the pre-production process. This seamless amalgamation fosters efficiency and innovation, paving the way for the creation of visually stunning and compelling effects in the cinematic realm.

Our Panelists

Kathryn Brillhart

Kathryn Brillhart is a Cinematographer, Director, and Producer who leverages volumetric capture, visualization techniques, and supervising visual effects to enhance projects.  For the past decade, she has helped to redefine best practices and standards in virtual production and has advocated for diversity in the film industry through her role on the Global Board of Directors for the Visual Effects Society. 

Kathryn is a member of the Virtual Production Committee within the ASC Motion Imaging and Technology Council.  Her recent work and role as Virtual Production Supervisor incorporate real-time game engine and virtual production techniques to achieve in-camera visual effects, including such projects as Warner Bros. Black Adam (2022), Netflix’s Rebel Moon (2023), and Amazon Studios’ Fallout (2023).

Joann Denning (Moderator)

Joann Denning is a professor of Art Digital Media at Diablo Valley College. She has years of experience working in the career technical area of the higher education industry. Currently, she is the Department Chair for the Art Digital Media program and Film Television Electronic Arts Program as well as the Senate representative for Career Education.