StoryFutures Academy Virtual Production Training & Research

Delivered by the National Film & Television School and Royal Holloway, University of London



We support training and research on live productions, including on-set workshops, professional placements, industry masterclasses, and behind the scenes videos exploring VP techniques. This has included working with the team behind Fireworks, a short film directed by double Academy Award winner Paul Franklin, and produced by BAFTA winner Annalise Davis.

Watch Now - Fireworks Masterclass & Behind The Scenes

Training Labs

Training Labs

We deliver industry-facing skills labs, both as remote ‘introductory’ sessions for those making their first steps into VP, as well as in-person, in-depth sessions focussing on the areas of Directing, Producing and the Virtual Art Department, which are hosted at our new LED Volume, built with support from Enterprise M3 LEP.



Research underpins all our activity, enabling us to share insight from a range of production and R&D initiatives. Our interim Virtual Production Skills Report identifies key skills requirements for creative companies to thrive. Meanwhile, our Virtual Production R&D Discovery Pilots enable SMEs to build important relationships for long-term R&D collaborations.

Production Accelerator

Production Accelerator

VP Futures is a new and innovative partnership delivering a package of targeted virtual production training, development and production support for the creative screen industries in the UK. The programme is run by StoryFutures Academy and Future Screens NI, and is supported by Epic Games and Industrial Light & Magic.

Past Speakers

  • Paul Franklin
    Paul Franklin

    Director and Visual Effects Supervisor at DNEG

  • Annalise Davis
    Annalise Davis

    Producer at Wilder Films

  • Callum Macmillan
    Callum Macmillan

    Co-Founder and CTO at Dimension Studio

  • Ed Thomas
    Ed Thomas

    Head of Real-Time and Virtual Production at Dimension Studio

  • Haz Dulull
    Haz Dulull

    Director / Producer at HaZimation

  • Anastasia Marshall
    Anastasia Marshall

    Creative Producer and Filmmaker

  • Dan Hamill
    Dan Hamill

    Co-Founder and Commercial Director at 80six Ltd.

  • Michael Mckenna
    Michael Mckenna

    CEO and Co-Founder at Final Pixel

  • Asa Bailey
    Asa Bailey

    Studio Virtual Production Supervisor at Netflix