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09 Nov 2022

Mars Academy expands to Norway

Max Miller
Virtual production education centre partners with Studio City Norway for first non-UK hub

Virtual production education centre Mars Academy has expanded to Norway with Studio City Norway.

Supported by Bild Studios and Mars Volume, Mars Academy Norway will offer a masterclass in In-Camera Visual Effects (ICVFX) filmmaking techniques. It will also aim to support collaboration and skills development across Norway and the UK.

Studio City Norway is planning to build a full-service film and TV studio complex on the outskirts of Oslo. This will include its own virtual production volumes, which will facilitate Mars Academy.

Mars Academy was launched by Mars Volume earlier this year, and offers a range of vocational virtual production training programmes.

Joanna Alpe, chief commercial officer at Bild said: “We’re delighted to be able to support the development of skills in virtual production to markets outside of the UK for the first time and take our programme global. This partnership is a symbol of collaboration and is an exciting moment for the virtual production industries both here in the UK and in Norway. Education and knowledge transfer is at the heart of MARS Volume, and our Academy is the outworking of this core value. Hopefully this is just the beginning.”

Dag Hvaring, chief executive officer at Studio City Norway, added: “It was important for Studio City Norway to enter this partnership with Bild Studios to ensure we are at the forefront of the most advanced production technology and expertise. The MARS Academy curriculum has been designed and supported by esteemed virtual production expert professionals with a wealth of experience who will continue to support the provision of the programme in Norway.

“The programme includes a range of courses specifically designed to arm participants with the knowledge, know-how and confidence to walk on set and add value to any virtual production.”

Gareth Kirkman, business and industry development UK at The British Film Commission, commented: “As demand for film and TV production in the UK continues to rise, it is essential that key industry areas, such as virtual production, can access the necessary skills and training to accelerate growth. It is fantastic to see opportunities like MARS Academy offering world-class, vocational virtual production training to sustain the UK’s status as a leading production hub for film and TV.

“We’re delighted to see the expansion is extending to Norway. In light of the British Film Commission’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding this week with the Norwegian Film Commission, this is a great first example of the importance of the collaboration between our two nations.”

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