Teresa de Dios Unanue and Heri Martínez de Dios, president and vice president of Atlantic University College. (Supplied)
With an initial investment of $ 2 million, Atlantic University College (AUC) will develop five digital arts laboratories aimed at providing Puerto Rico with the cutting-edge technologies and equipment necessary for world-class productions and animations.
This was reported by Teresa de Dios Unanue, president of AUC and who announced that the investment will be made “in its first year and eventually other additional funds in subsequent years.”
With this development, the educational institution based in Guaynabo will increase its number of academic and production technology laboratories to 37.
“We make history again in Puerto Rican innovation, with the island's first virtual production laboratory, using the spectacular technology of The Volume , from the Star Wars series The Mandalorian. We are very excited to provide our students and Puerto Rico with unique study and production opportunities with the best of our industry worldwide, ”said Executive Vice President Heri Martínez de Dios.
Meanwhile, the second laboratory will be post-production, with sufficient capacity to incorporate special effects and complete projects for all formats, be it film, television, video games or transmedia, according to Martínez de Dios. In addition, it will have a projection room.
In turn, AUC will develop another space for digital audio, which will have sound editing equipment, recording booths and everything necessary in an Audio Editing Room.
Meanwhile, it will create a second virtual, augmented and mixed reality laboratory with twice the size of the existing installation, although it was not specified how much footage it will be. This field is known as three-dimensional or spatial computing.
In addition, AUC will complement the laboratories with the construction of an amphitheater with capacity for 250 people where they can celebrate the film, animation, video game and design festivals that are an integral part of its academic offering.
“We are very excited to announce these new releases and technological surprises, knowing that each day Atlantic University continues to consolidate more in its leadership of the Caribbean in all digital and emerging arts,” said Martínez de Dios about the academic institution founded in 1983.
The construction of the laboratories begins in October, said Dr. De Dios Unanue, who anticipates that the first inauguration will take place in mid-December this year.
While the amphitheater should be ready for the summer of 2021.