Aliens and The Terminator inspired Mariana Acuña Acosta to get into movie-making — and now, she’s on the cutting edge of new production methods. After working on movies including The Day After Tomorrow, Planet Terror, and Green Lantern, Mariana joined Foundry’s Media and Production department. She then founded JoltVR to create virtual reality experiences, and Glassbox Technologies, which specializes in the unique toolset used for virtual production.
Mariana talks Chris through the past, present, and future of filmmaking, from rubbing shoulders with stunt people on-set through to the enticing promise of creating movies within the metaverse. She dives into the Glassbox’s Dragonfly virtual camera, which enables directors to explore sets and shoot films in virtual environments. She also offers her thoughts on how gaming companies are changing the movie-making process.
3:40 “Aliens,” “Terminators” — and VFX in Photoshop
7:55 Moving into software development
11:42 Favorite parts of working on movies
15:13 Starting Jolt VR
21:42 Changing attitudes to VFX
26:00 Virtual cameras
30:07 What GGlassbox does
37:23 Open source software
43:42 Unreal and Epic in virtual production
47:37 Giving real filmmakers virtual tools
53:41 Virtual production in the metaverse