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Kathryn Brillhart — Virtual Production Supervisor & Cinematographer


Kathryn Brillhart has always been ahead of her time. As a teen, she assisted her father in shooting documentaries; then she combined her sharp eye as a cinematographer with her passion for VFX to become a virtual production and volume capture expert. Projects she’s worked on include Las Vegas’ ginormous MSG Sphere, pioneering virtual production short “Ripple Effect,” and the movie Black Adam. Most recently, Kathryn has helped create the stunning, desolate world of the Fallout TV series.

Kathryn shares her unique perspective on the way digital technology has transformed the industry, from her early days shooting on celluloid to DV tapes, as well as the rapid evolution of virtual production technology and how it was fuelled by restrictions created by the pandemic. She also gives her thoughts on artificial intelligence and its potential to democratize the industry by making advanced tools accessible to indie filmmakers.


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0:05:00 Started as a cinematographer alongside her dad

0:09:52 Going to film film school

0:14:23 Slo-mo explosions and dinosaurs in LA

0:20:03 Always ahead of the curve

0:24:40 Volumetric capture

0:28:30 Pioneering virtual production with "Ripple Effect" 

0:31:55 How the pandemic shaped the industry

0:36:16 Virtual art departments and visual effects

0:43:23 What are the standards in virtual production?

0:50:42 New tools and a new generation of filmmakers

0:55:28 Working on "Fallout"

1:01:21 Artificial intelligence and virtual production

1:03:33 What Kathryn is excited about 

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

Originally published: June 10, 2024.
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