Ministry signs MOU with 3D society

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Aug 20, 2013 - Page 4

Digital media cooperation between Taiwan and the California-based International 3D Society is set for a boost after the Ministry of Economic Affairs signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the US organization yesterday.

The agreement was signed by Gary Gong (龔仁文), director of the ministry’s Digital Content Industry Promotion Office, and Charlotte Huggins, a Hollywood producer of 3D films and the society’s board director, at the opening of a digital content summit in Taipei.

Under the agreement, both sides have committed to mutual assistance in visual effects, film production and post-production, and theme park development, according to the Institute for Information Industry.

“Visual effects are very important to the future development of our film industry and theme parks,” Gong said, adding that he believes the cooperation will improve Taiwan’s access to resources.

The International 3D Society was founded in 2009 by Hollywood movie studios to promote the art and science of 3D technology.

The ministry sees Taiwan’s digital content industry as a promising sector for growth.

Leu Jang-hwa (呂正華), deputy director-general of the ministry’s Industrial Development Bureau, cited the sustained growth of digital content over the years, despite a relatively weak economy.

Estimates put the production value of local digital content at NT$780 billion (US$26 billion) this year, with an estimated NT$5.5 billion coming from international collaborations, Leu said. The figure indicates a 49 percent growth from 2010.

Yesterday’s summit drew hundreds of participants to listen to speakers, including Huggins and Eric Brevig, an award-winning US director and visual effects supervisor, who talked about the trends and practices in 3D visual effects, as well as opportunities in Taiwan.