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Relativity, Base FX Back New Film School in China

Relativity Media and Base FX are the first companies to back a new film school being developed outside Beijing as Hollywood expands its presence in the region.

The companies will help design the curriculum for the Dachang Film and Media Industrial Park that’s under construction 19 miles outside the country’s capital city.

China Fortune Land Development Co. is behind the venture that will focus on talent development, production, post-production, digital and special effects, set design, R&D, and themed experiences.

Relativity and visual effects studio Base FX will help form a strategic committee that will attract a film and media talent pool, as well as a talent development management center.

Relativity is supporting the venture through Relativity Education, which oversees the Relativity School, an accredited branch campus of the Hussian School of Art, offering an array of film, media, performing arts, and graphic arts BFA programs in addition to summer workshops.

Relativity Education’s curriculum will train screenwriters, directors and producers, with teachers, experts and creative talent coming from the U.S. for classes and workshops.

Base FX, which will be the first post-production company tenant in the Dachang Film and Media Industrial Park, will develop a training center to educate post-production and special effects professionals in China.

The effects studio and animation company has recently worked on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier,” the third season of “Boardwalk Empire,” “Pacific Rim,” “Black Sails,” “Mission: Impossible 4,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Looper.”

The Dachang venture is being built as more Hollywood studios are pairing up with Chinese partners to produce films in the region. Schools like Dachang are seen as a way to train more below-the-line talent as the need for experienced crews will only increase.

“Echoing the rapid development of China’s entertainment industry in recent years, attention has turned to fostering growth of movie and TV talent as well as advancing elements of post-production and special effects,” said Hu Zhenyu, VP of CFLD. “The Dachang Film and Media Industrial Park will join hands with leading Hollywood institutions to promote industry standards and contribute to China’s rapidly developing movie, TV and online video industries. By creating an industrial park that welcomes both established companies and aspiring entrepreneurs, the Dachang Film and Media Industrial Park will attract leading companies, encourage industry players to come together, and tap into opportunities in the value chain.”

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