Smart Stage • Real Time Virtual Compositing Production Stages
As early as 1995, Occidental Studios believed digital technology would launch a new paradigm in content creation. Occidental’s early contribution to “Hollywood’s Digital Revolution” was to create, test, and rent the original “Smart Stage” facility.
By 2002, the company was offering filmmakers a robust, easy to use, and affordable system that gave client’s the ability to track all 7-axis’ of camera movement, and then use that 4k tracking data to drive a background plate. This virtual compositing environment supported digitally generated photo-real background plates, and was twice showcased by the Directors Guild of America’s Digital Committee.
Occidental Entertainment views the sound-stage as a cauldron of creative energy that can be enhanced and made more capable through the application of digital technology and connectivity. Occidental Technologies continues to bring innovative and relevant services that enhance the shooting experience. And today, we continue making advances with our Gen II Occidental Smart Stage that can transform any of our stages into a virtual environment. With the Gen II Smart Stage, new tools can be embedded that enable the use of point-clouds, which leads to a truly global production paradigm. We were at the genesis of this “revolution” and are proud to be a part of its continuing evolution.