Carson Conversations Forum | Charles Wang
Charles Wang, Deputy Director, China’s Advanced Innovation Center for Future Visual Entertainment, speaks at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts. His talk: “International Outreach.”
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[00:00:09.931]It's my pleasure to be here to spend this weekend.
[00:00:15.802]I don't know if I can contribute,
[00:00:18.102]but I've already learned a lot.
[00:00:20.411]And, yeah, I'm very happy to be here
[00:00:24.238]in this cousin major emerging media arts center.
[00:00:30.783]One of the most important things to do a new thing
[00:00:34.261]of the emerging technology, emerging media arts,
[00:00:38.153]is a roadmap, know how to practice.
[00:00:41.520]So, my topic is the roadmap.
[00:00:52.852]So, I will give a brief self-introduction,
[00:00:55.205]and I will introduce the organization I'm working for.
[00:01:00.788]And, I will share what we are doing in our new organization.
[00:01:06.861]So, I took my undergraduate major in Tsinghua University,
[00:01:14.392]which is the best engineering and technology university,
[00:01:19.565]absolutely, (laughing) in China.
[00:01:21.346]So, in mechanical engineering,
[00:01:23.462]And also, I was very active in the band you know,
[00:01:29.028](laughing) I used to play trumpet.
[00:01:30.572]So, yeah, that really helps a lot in my career.
[00:01:36.421]And after that, I didn't go into the mechanical engineering
[00:01:40.654]industry, not the automobile industry,
[00:01:43.616]but I entered the BFA Academy as a technical director,
[00:01:49.250]still doing the technical part.
[00:01:52.586]I got my masters degree in cinematographer's department,
[00:01:57.140]and after that I've become a teacher in BFA Academy.
[00:01:59.878]So, I'm based in Beijing, but I was not born in Beijing,
[00:02:03.316]I live in Beijing, it's clearly separate, two parts,
[00:02:07.312]Tsinghua University and the BFA Academy.
[00:02:11.974]So now I'm very basically running out a new center
[00:02:17.463]and doing some new research, and also
[00:02:20.467]I'm a Deputy Director of the Research Management.
[00:02:23.627]Also, I'm well connected with China's film industry,
[00:02:28.372]and also the international community,
[00:02:36.262]the Advanced Imaging Society, and also
[00:02:41.401]there's branches called Virtual Reality Society.
[00:02:46.123]So, Beijing Film Academy, somebody may know that
[00:02:49.340]it's the most famous film quality.
[00:02:53.144]The name is a bit confusing, not like the academy
[00:02:57.090]in Hollywood (laughing), well it's a good school.
[00:03:03.104]Most of the prestigious in China's film industry
[00:03:09.372]graduated from Beijing Film Academy.
[00:03:15.355]We are an independent school.
[00:03:17.845]We are not affiliated to any university.
[00:03:20.531]There are more than 3,000 students in our campus,
[00:03:24.481]and it's the biggest film institute in Asia.
[00:03:28.535]We have a new campus, six times bigger.
[00:03:31.660]We even have a new one, and we have
[00:03:34.785]a Bachelor, Master, Doctor Degree.
[00:03:40.325]So, I will give an introduction of our new center.
[00:03:44.479]It's called Advanced Innovation Center
[00:03:46.920]for Future Visual Entertainment.
[00:03:48.965]The background, as you may know, for the past ten years,
[00:03:53.970]China's field market has been increasing rapidly,
[00:04:04.263]So, maybe in the future, many people expect that
[00:04:08.927]China's field market will be the first,
[00:04:12.964]will be bigger than the US field market.
[00:04:17.425]So, you can see many Hollywood movies, they performed
[00:04:25.128]even better in China than the domestic market.
[00:04:29.775]Also, there are some, China's film,
[00:04:35.274]they also perform very well.
[00:04:41.355]You know that background, and we are doing very big
[00:04:45.828]in the film industry, but not very well.
[00:04:50.107]From the past 30 years, we've learned in China
[00:04:52.900]that if you wanna do things better, you should be open.
[00:04:55.753]You should be doing things internationally.
[00:04:58.972]Also, we are focusing on the future technologies,
[00:05:02.651]so what will be the future of your entertainments.
[00:05:06.999]So, the hologram, they've imagined this kind of picture
[00:05:11.117]for years, and this form of, magically (laughing), yeah.
[00:05:15.865]It's a conceptual picture of what will be in the next,
[00:05:21.353]maybe 10 years, and also, Microsoft has there some products.
[00:05:27.447]That's real, that's not conceptual.
[00:05:34.192]With this background, we view this,
[00:05:39.090]Advanced Innovation Center for Future Visual Entertainment.
[00:05:43.017]It actually is a plan funded by the
[00:05:49.837]Beijing Government, so you can see we have
[00:05:54.354]a pretty big sum of money, and we want to do things
[00:05:59.038]internationally, so we'd like to hire the people,
[00:06:01.871]the talents all over the world,
[00:06:03.000]not just the union China wants.
[00:06:06.379]We wanna do things, fancy things all over the world,
[00:06:09.611]so we need the people, the talents all over the world.
[00:06:14.935]So, as to the new technology, technically,
[00:06:19.290]for even technology, they call it
[00:06:23.617]the typical life circle of imaging things.
[00:06:27.150]But, most important thing, also the nation
[00:06:32.624]is to bring the art and the science,
[00:06:35.292]the technology and the design,
[00:06:36.405]to create your people together,
[00:06:38.178]so you can't just think technically.
[00:06:42.054]So, we need to look at the new technology
[00:06:46.411]and look at the content, you know, industry differently.
[00:06:50.320]I'm sorry (laughing) I'm too busy to translate,
[00:06:58.472]but this is called the in action layer of it,
[00:07:00.546]we call it an interface.
[00:07:02.018]The interface between the creative people
[00:07:04.649]and the fancy technology is very important.
[00:07:07.271]So, we need to advance on some tools
[00:07:10.344]that for the creative people.
[00:07:12.147]They should do the creative things,
[00:07:14.156]it should be inspired of either natural way.
[00:07:17.045]Not less creative people think things
[00:07:20.019]like an engineer or like a technician.
[00:07:25.115]What we are doing, we are using virtual reality,
[00:07:30.261]and not just something relative,
[00:07:34.537]not just for the next generation continue,
[00:07:37.216]but for the current workflow innovation.
[00:07:39.800]This is what we did in last year
[00:07:45.023]is for a feature figure film, and the director is the most
[00:07:48.858]famous Kung Fu director in China.
[00:07:51.896]You still see we'll have a scene, a very sophisticated scene
[00:07:57.687]for the Great Wall, so we use the drone to do the
[00:08:03.136]image captioning through the image based modeling,
[00:08:06.600]and we call the pond cloud and then the pilot in the model,
[00:08:10.097]we fed the model to the came into the view
[00:08:13.019]and that the DP2 to the virtual camera, to the plan.
[00:08:18.623]And you can see...
[00:08:24.938]It's a video, can you play it?
[00:08:30.283](director speaking foreign language)
[00:08:32.031]So, you can see and hear the director.
[00:08:34.867]He's the most famous Kung Fu director now
[00:08:37.539](laughing) in China, and he's also
[00:08:40.034]a colleague of mine in Beijing Academy.
[00:08:42.543]He's in the directing department,
[00:08:44.918]and the DP is also a good friend of mine,
[00:08:47.876]he's in the cinematography department.
[00:08:50.323]So, they are doing the figure film.
[00:08:52.760]They are using the virtual camera system.
[00:08:58.432]This is that real production, you can see there are many
[00:09:02.274]figures there, and their pyrotechnics is very sophisticated.
[00:09:08.162]So, if you can't do a good plan for the film production,
[00:09:13.691]it means you will face lots of money.
[00:09:16.142]So, these virtual cameras, the precisely planned,
[00:09:21.753]we do this very well and very efficient.
[00:09:27.352]In this year, we just upgraded our system.
[00:09:34.742]This film is not shot, it will be shot
[00:09:38.381]in September this year, so we are now doing the planning,
[00:09:42.613]and we have much more, plenty of time
[00:09:45.661]for the field planning.
[00:09:48.375]You can see we also, the imageable base model of things.
[00:09:54.180]We have a group, via our system, so we collide the people,
[00:10:00.483]the creative people, they can share
[00:10:03.138]in the same work environment.
[00:10:05.197]Here, the director of the film, the DP and also
[00:10:09.006]the set designer, they can share the same work environment.
[00:10:13.444]Also, the DP, he can just do
[00:10:16.870]the virtual camera things in the total work environment.
[00:10:24.173]So, can it play?
[00:10:29.174]So, you can see we are communicating.
[00:10:32.315]Usually how of the laser source (laughing)
[00:10:36.114]things, they got pond everywhere
[00:10:38.488]about the scenes and the are discussing it.
[00:10:41.527]Usually, it's kind of a work view of cost,
[00:10:45.011]like several days, meeting after meeting, it's exhaustive.
[00:10:51.630]You're always, while you're doing the location shooting,
[00:10:55.484]there are always, oh my god, how is this?
[00:10:58.895]You know, because it's not easy
[00:11:01.844]to plan a field production perfectly.
[00:11:05.672]So, the vision is very efficient.
[00:11:12.488]At our center, we are also, because we like to
[00:11:16.368]promote the industry of it, the average week we do the,
[00:11:24.316]the industry gathering, every week we do it.
[00:11:28.321]For the center, we are doing some new technologies,
[00:11:30.765]and some new model meters, and also we are very
[00:11:35.135]well connected with China's film industry.
[00:11:39.334]Also, with the virtual reality things,
[00:11:41.502]we are doing the testing, the influence of conservation.
[00:11:47.960]I think that's very important, so our center in China
[00:11:52.579]is the first organization issues a report for the vision.
[00:11:59.566]I gotta tell you, it's pretty positive. (laughing)
[00:12:08.104]Besides doing the workflow innovation, we also do,
[00:12:13.015]explore the next standard of contents.
[00:12:14.968]So, it's like I said, last year,
[00:12:18.360]the special thing for this production is
[00:12:23.399]not like other 360, whereas using the cinematic,
[00:12:27.563]quality lighting for this.
[00:12:29.633]It's very difficult.
[00:12:38.366]Also, we are planning, this fall projects a light by
[00:12:45.987]a US gas professor, Kevin Geiger,
[00:12:49.169]who used to work for distant.
[00:12:52.909]This one is an animated VR project.
[00:12:55.497]It's called Story Forest, and the animated VR system is so,
[00:13:01.063]who do cont, it's a VR project.
[00:13:05.203]This one is called Four Dishes and a Soup.
[00:13:07.857]All the projects are relative to China's
[00:13:10.523]cow trade, you can tell.
[00:13:12.965]This one is for the, it's called the Way of the Warrior.
[00:13:17.093]Also, we review the Micro HoloLens, and also,
[00:13:21.950]for next few mass, vivid tool multi,
[00:13:26.108]the group VR experience for the production crew.
[00:13:35.485]LYTRO is doing some fancy things, light field, all that,
[00:13:40.841]just things and the via planning.
[00:13:44.855]This summer, in August, we are operating there.
[00:13:51.346]Their cinematic camera is a huge one.
[00:13:55.067]By the end of July, we will do tasks in August.
[00:13:58.607]So, together, China is a city of cinematography,
[00:14:05.105]so maybe bring the first here cinematographer from China
[00:14:10.637]to view this next standard camera.
[00:14:18.067]Also, we get a lot of, for the national reach-out,
[00:14:23.528]these events, okay, play it.
[00:14:29.163]It's called the International Conference and Exhibition
[00:14:33.428]on Visual Entertainment.
[00:14:36.167]Roy was there (laughing) last year.
[00:14:38.720](speaking in foreign language)
[00:14:43.116]Almost every year, you're going to get...
[00:14:44.816]So, Chris Edwards, the founder Third Pictures,
[00:14:47.247]and also the co-founder of VRC.
[00:14:54.594]With being the International advisors and some
[00:14:59.595]scientists, engineers, and also the directors,
[00:15:02.654]they piece all designers altogether.
[00:15:06.852]I've been doing this event for six years,
[00:15:10.796]but for the last one, via the support of our new center,
[00:15:14.626]it's just, we like to do it better and better.
[00:15:35.810]During this event, I was inspired
[00:15:38.938]by one of the speakers at the event.
[00:15:42.250]A friend of mine, Luther Avent who is running
[00:15:45.906]beyond fast boy in Castle Road, Germany,
[00:15:48.586]and he's building a future design light work.
[00:15:52.825]It's not for the light side, that kind of,
[00:15:55.646]it's a community, so I'm thinking about building a global,
[00:16:02.306]creating a people community, and,
[00:16:08.366]there's a very big market in Thailand.
[00:16:11.358]It's very important to come by the global creative
[00:16:17.094]it's China's market, just like,
[00:16:21.414]we are planning to do a summer camp in Chiang lai.
[00:16:26.355]Steve told me that Beijing may have the problem of the
[00:16:31.001](laughing) the air pollution, but the
[00:16:33.117]Chiang lai, yeah, is my most favorite city in Thailand.
[00:16:38.401]The summer is very cool, and it has very clear air,
[00:16:43.317]and you see the seaside.
[00:16:46.768]The project should be creative,
[00:16:48.964]artistic, rich, and practical.
[00:16:51.112]It's a lot similar to Brian's idea.
[00:16:54.246]So, combined with global creativity and China's market,
[00:17:00.155]do something interesting and also earn money, why not?
[00:17:07.067]So, I'm looking forward to the partnerships
[00:17:12.679]and the collaborations of all of you,
[00:17:14.691]and thank you for your time.
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