Previs Society Asia, an organization focusing on popularising Previs in Asia, made its debut on Monday November 2nd, 2015 during SIGGRAPH ASIA in Kobe, Japan. The founding members include Satoshi Yamaguchi of ACW-DEEP (Japan), Christopher Chen of Reallusion (Taiwan, China), Danyo Yoon of Pretzeal (Korea) and Neil Xie of Base FX (Mainland, China).
In film making, Previs is the most important technique to support all process from planning to finishing. Recently some movie making projects have serious problems because of shortage of budget and time for production. Concept design is just not enough. There is no way to make better movies if we keep having problems. Previs is the best technique to ensure all problems and risk are resolved or highlighted, so as to make higher quality movies, and under budget.
The objective of the society is to popularize Previs in Asia, addressing from two major routes. It will promote education of Previs in Asia by providing tools and information to pioneer teachers and artists around Asia to link movie making and CG production closely, and it is going to make technical collaboration on production for all members to share information about Previs and discuss how to solve any problems they have on movie making.
As the leading visual effects studio in China, Base FX started to use Previs in its projects in 2013, working for Raman Hui on Monster Hunt and then other films in production. With more than 450 artists in Beijing, Wuxi and Xiamen, the studio is promoting Previs in China and across Asia, helping producer, director, DP and all crew of a project for better story telling, planning and visual effects.
“Previs opens a window for all Chinese film makers to preplan their films and explore creative ideas before shooting begins", said Gavin Boyle, the Previs Supervisor of Base FX. Starting his career in 1996, Gavin is willing to build a crew and help train young artists in China.