BUSAN, Sept. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Government plans released on Monday have revealed it is likely that artificial intelligence-based robots will soon be assisting the making of movies at film studios in Busan.
The Busan Metropolitan Government has announced it is investing 6 billion won from both the central government and city’s budget to revamp some of the local film studios and adopt so-called ‘cinema robotics’ by 2020 in a project that will kick off next year, which will see the latest robotic technology applied to the film-making process in the city.
Cinema robotics deploys the same technology that controls robot arms in autonomous manufacturing of cars, as well as information and communications technology, to allow for an unmanned display control system.
In many movies at home and abroad, so-called cinema robotics have been employed to control robotic arms for scenes where computer graphics are used, namely in Hollywood blockbusters “Gravity” and “Wonder Woman”.
In South Korea, a similar technology was used in the making of the movies “Assassination” and “Battleship Island”, which was released earlier this year.
Using cinema robotics technology can reduce errors of composition with computer graphics as well as production time, and can help cut production costs by up to 30 percent.
“We have improved film-making infrastructure, developing cinema robotics, and as a result, created a one-stop environment with visualization-based digital studios where realistic-looking high quality movies can be shot in one take for the first time in Asia,” a Busan official said.
“We plan to improve industrial competence in order to dominate and contribute to creating jobs in the high-value content market,” the official added.
Busan Cinema Complex, where the cinema robotics technology is set to be adopted over the next few years, was built with a budget of 14 billion won, and now serves as a 3D production center as well as a digital base with 3D virtual studios and other digital production systems.
In addition, the Busan Metropolitan Government is also set to introduce educational programs to train and prepare workers for jobs in the content industry, including seminars and work-based courses at local universities.
Amid the country’s struggling economy, the government has emphasized preparing more young workers for the pending fourth industrial revolution and the new jobs that will follow, with local governments introducing supportive measures to train local residents for the technology industries of the future.