ULL Visual FX program in preparation


The new visual effects program will equip UL Lafayette students with marketable skills in the state’s expanding entertainment and digital media sectors. Photo courtesy of ULL.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) will establish a visual effects program with an award from Louisiana’s Entertainment Development Fund. The university will receive $920,000 to develop the ULL Visual FX program and launch a tracking platform based on virtual reality technology.

The ULL initiative aims to strengthen the state’s position as a center for visual effects production, bringing the music and film industries to the state. They plan to increase professional development efforts and add VR promotion of various Louisiana locations as advised by local industry. With the award, the university will receive $184,000 per year to cover the costs of teaching and infrastructure development for five years.

“Louisiana’s entertainment production industry continues to grow and diversify in ways that create career opportunities for our skilled entertainment workforce,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “With this latest award from the Entertainment Development Fund, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will add an exciting new area of ​​study that will fill the talent pool with qualified candidates for in-demand visual effects jobs. Additionally, the university will develop a useful scouting platform to improve the competitiveness of film production locations across the state. »

The program will provide a highly specialized curriculum preparing students for sophisticated careers in digital content creation. Students in the Moving Images Arts Program will gain hands-on experience by helping to develop the immersive scouting platform. Selecting a physical site for a project can be limited by planning and budgeting limitations; the VR scouting tool will enable a cost effective alternative to explore, interact and annotate sites.

“We are very pleased to partner with Louisiana Economic Development to establish a visual effects certification program in the state of Louisiana,” said Dr. Arun Kulshreshth, project manager at UL Lafayette. “This certification program is a pathway for state citizens to prepare for and obtain high-paying, high-tech employment in the film and television industries.”

The program is designed to provide direct economic and educational benefits. Doing a job promoting Louisiana as a premier film production destination, UL Lafayette students will launch their careers as filmmakers by gaining marketable skills and in-depth knowledge of visual effects resources and infrastructure. of State.

“Lafayette and Acadiana have been feeling the positive impact of small and midsize film productions for decades,” said Mandi D. Mitchell, president and CEO of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. “These impacts don’t stop when the cameras stop rolling. Post-production work, including visual effects, can extend a production’s local impact when done by local talent. UL Lafayette’s visual effects curriculum and location scouting initiative will provide the training and resources needed to develop a skilled local workforce for future filmmaking activities, helping to make Lafayette a vital production center in Louisiana.

This is the ninth Entertainment Development Fund award announced by Louisiana Economic Development since the program’s inception. Previous awards have been given to institutions of higher education and nonprofit community programs in Shreveport, Natchitoches, Thibodaux, Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

For more information, visit the ULL website.

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