The energy of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has arrived in Toronto and Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training (SIRT) Centre was in attendance at the Roxy on King St W to kick off the festival. As part of the xoTO House, an invite-only industry event, SIRT's Research Leads and co-op students helped celebrate the Toronto Film Industry with a technology showcase of real-time, virtual human puppetry and live compositing in a virtual production. The Roxy venue also has a beautiful silhouette of the City of Toronto on one of their walls and SIRT took that opportunity to light up the night by adding vibrant, shifting colours to the skyline using a projection mapping technique. The Toronto night sky showed off our partners’ logos along with their company reels. It provided a brilliant backdrop for the four-day event.
Live compositing is a film technique that allows you to transport yourself into a virtual scene with only a Blackmagic Studio Camera and green screen. Everything is rendered in real-time within the scene by the Unreal Engine and a variety of camera angles and scene changes can be done immediately, with true flexibility at a fraction of the cost of doing it within real-world sets. Puppeteering of a virtual human allows you to control the face of a virtual character in real-time using something like the camera of the iPhone X to translate 52 individual points of your face to the virtual world. All of your movements are mapped in real-time and allows for immediate iterations of character design and rigging.
Notable guests at the xoTO house included Mayor John Tory, Sheridan’s John Helliker, Dean of Innovation and Engagement, Alan Smithson, CEO of MetaVRse and Mississauga Mayor, Bonnie Crombie.
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To see more coverage of the xoTO House from SIRT, search the hashtags #xoTO and #SIRTStage10 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. We’d like to thank the City of Toronto for hosting the xoTO House along with Mike Williams, Zaib Shaikh and Magali Simard for giving us the opportunity to connect with both old and new partners.