I’m flogging my wares here as a script writer for hire and UK script consultant – especially when it concerns Virtual Production – there aren’t many scriptwriters who can say they’re trained on VP – as well as been a BAFTA nominated scriptwriter I’ve also got a new certificate which explains I know my way around a VP studio too – inside out or outside in (a VP joke there).
Thanks to the lovely people at Research & Innovation Centre | XPLOR – which is one of the leading virtual production centres in the world and part of the Film & TV, Virtual Production Skills Bootcamp | Academy of Live Technology – who train students on the latest cutting edge virtual production techniques – I managed to get myself on an intensive eight week training course on VP and I even got to use one of their stages to whip up a short student film (shot entirely in a few hours) which you can see below.
So, yes, there aren’t many actual scriptwriters who have looked at (in detail) exactly how VP works, and the benefits – and some of the tricks of the trade – having worked with the technology I understand pretty well its explosive potential – but its limits and occasional ‘baked in’ problems (another VP joke there – unreal!).
So, if you are putting a together a project that is going to be done on VP and you need a scriptwriter that understands VP and what it can and cannot do – I might be able to help. Get in touch on – firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Cooper has been a script writer for hire and UK script consultant for over 20 years. He’s written for most of the UK soaps, including writing award-winning episodes of Emmerdale, EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Family Affairs and has been BAFTA shortlisted and Royal Television Society nominated as a script writer.
His directorial debut, the rubber reality horror thriller ‘Markham’ was released in 2020, his second feature film as director ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ hit the screen in 2021 and his third horror feature film (and final part of The Sekurig Trilogy) When The Earth Gives Up The Dead (2022) was released on Halloween 2022.
Matthew has recently directed ‘H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ which is currently in post-production.
His latest feature film SOBER is near completion – a comedy starring Dean Smtih (Last Tango in Halifax / Still Open All Hours) and Tom Gibbons (Funny Cow / The Archers) will be released in 2024.
You can find some of his broadcast credits on the IMDb.