ATLANTA–The Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) at Georgia State University is celebrating a notable success following its active participation in the esteemed Global Advanced Technology Training (GATT) workshop held in South Korea. Led by CMII Professors of Practice, James Martin and Max Thomas, as well as vice president of Reallusion John Martin, the event exemplified CMII’s commitment to pioneering advancements in the global film industry.
Hosted by Martin and Thomas’ motion capture studio, Actor Capture, and brought to fruition by K-Meta, the GATT Workshop, organized in collaboration with the South Korean Ministry of Science and Information and Communication Technologies, showcased an unparalleled blend of innovation, technology and industry expertise. Over the course of five dynamic days, the event delved into state-of-the-art performance capture techniques, virtual production principles and advanced character creation and animation.
The workshop served as a platform for in-depth learning and collaboration, with a strong emphasis on sharing industry insights and practical experiences. With 24 live attendees and a substantial virtual audience of over 100 participants from across the globe, the GATT Workshop demonstrated CMII’s global influence and its significant contribution to advancing the film industry.
Martin, a prominent figure in the CMII team, showcased the team’s dedication to innovation and excellence through engaging lectures and captivating real-time demonstrations. The event underscored CMII’s leading position in the virtual production world, solidifying its reputation as a trailblazer in redefining industry standards.
“We are thrilled to have been part of the GATT Workshop and to have shared our expertise on a global platform,” stated Martin. “The event exemplified our commitment to pushing boundaries and fostering innovation in the creative media landscape. It was an honor to represent CMII and contribute to the global dialogue on the future of the film industry.”
Max Thomas, another key figure in the CMII team, expressed his thoughts on the workshop, stating, “Participating in the GATT Workshop was an invaluable experience. Witnessing the enthusiasm and dedication of the attendees further reinforced the significance of our industry’s technological advancements. CMII remains dedicated to empowering the next generation of creative minds, and this workshop was a testament to our commitment.”
Joining Martin and Thomas on this journey was Joel Mack, a student enrolled in CMII’s recently established M.F.A. program in Virtual Production and Visual Effects. Mack had the privilege of demonstrating the latest production protocols in Unreal Engine 5.2, focusing on scene development, effects, as well as characterization and animation application.
Reflecting on the experience, Mack shared, “I am truly honored to have been part of this exceptional experience at the GATT Workshop. Demonstrating the latest production protocols in Unreal Engine 5.2 was an incredible opportunity, and I am grateful for the guidance and support of professors Martin and Thomas. Their mentorship at CMII has enriched my educational journey and prepared me for the forefront of the rapidly evolving virtual production landscape.”
As CMII continues to spearhead innovative initiatives and nurture the next generation of creative talent, the institute remains dedicated to shaping the future of the global creative media landscape. Learn more about CMII and the Virtual Production and Visual Effects graduate program at cmii.gsu.edu.
About the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII)
The Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) is a leading hub for media arts education and innovation, dedicated to preparing students for careers in the ever-evolving creative and media industries. Through cutting-edge programs, industry partnerships and state-of-the-art facilities, CMII offers a dynamic environment for students to explore their creative potential and pursue their passion for storytelling and media production.