Streamliner Productions becomes first disguise xR partner in New Zealand

Streamliner Productions in in New Zealand has been welcomed by disguise to its worldwide partner network. Streamliner is now a disguise xR Creative & Rental Partner and will enable new levels of creativity for virtual productions in a country.

Streamliner recently invested in disguise’s award-winning vx4 as well as the newly released rx hosting platform for third-party render engines - a key component of the xR solution, engineered for the future of virtual production. The technical production house has also undergone specialist training in the disguise workflows and xR technology to achieve the partner status and accreditation, also becoming the only official partner in the country to deliver a full end-to-end xR production.

Richard Manu, Streamliner Owner and GM, said: “Our crew combines decades of live event experience with an in-depth knowledge of high-end video systems and we’re adept at working on high profile, time-critical projects. We continually invest in the latest hardware, software and systems that gives our clients access to the most advanced technology. Introducing several disguise products into our workflow has brought together those systems and now coupled with the xR pipeline, nothing is out of reach.”

Since investing in the disguise ecosystem, recent work has also seen an official partnership between key players in the NZ film and broadcast industry. It brings together live stage expertise and knowledge of the disguise xR technology from Streamliner, filming facilities from one of the most iconic studios in the country, Avalon Studios and real-time content creation and VFX from world-renowned powerhouse, Weta Digital.

David Conley, Weta Digital's executive producer, said: “The setup features large, easily configurable LED panels that are able to display video well beyond 8K as a way to augment practical sets and often replace green screenshots for backgrounds and exteriors.”

This technology, combined with the health and safety benefits of working in New Zealand, which has effectively controlled the pandemic, is hoped to help attract productions of all sizes for this ready-to-use package.

A notable project in development from Streamliner and Weta Digital is James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels, where some of the latest disguise workflows are currently being used.

Tom Rockhill, CSO at disguise, said: “Establishing this partnership with Streamliner is a turning point for disguise in the Southern Hemisphere, and particularly within New Zealand and their established world-class film industry. Working with the team at Streamliner, we can confidently support projects and productions in the region looking to use disguise xR technology to push the creative boundaries.”

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