Ameena Adil, Sohonet, 8 June 2023
“Led by a stellar team of Virtual Production Specialists – MESH are putting real-world virtual production experience in the hands of users. Sohonet speaks to its founders.
WHAT IS MESH?
MESH is a team of virtual production specialists with the experience and contacts to launch a virtual production project in as little as six weeks. Among other services they provide a breakdown of scripts to identify virtual production opportunities that make sense creatively and financially. They match meaningful competitive bids from vendors to project requirements and help develop a show’s virtual production department by matchmaking crew to the project and delivering detailed budget overviews.
With a dozen years post-production experience that include Netflix and Disney, Co-Founder James Blevins served as post production supervisor on The Mandalorian. Co-Founder Ben Baker is an Epic Games Unreal Fellow and previously vice president of Studio Services at HBO. Recently, MESH worked on the virtual production for Francis Ford Coppola’s latest project Megalopolis. They share their insights here.
Blevins and Baker offer a quick state of virtual production, beginning with asking why specialist line producers are needed?
“You’ve got an entire industry trying to stand up a new workflow and work out what it means for their business with a lot of gaps in their knowledge,” Blevins and Baker say. “They don’t know how to put all the elements together, or how to interact with vendors, and they can’t find the right talent. Establishing this at the start-up phase of a show is where we can help.” Continue Reading