Weavr Virtual Studio Support: Lighting, Set Design and Data-driven Audience Graphics

Weavr: Who we are

The Weavr project (weavr.tv) is an R&D team at the University of York working in close collaboration with the Departments of CS, TFTI and the Digital Creativity Labs. In 2018 we were awarded £4m in match funding together with six partners from the esports and creative media industry by the UK Government. Our aim is to create immersive experiences in esports.

As part of this and together with ESL, the world's largest esports company, we are producing a Covid-secure, virtual esports event at the end of June 2021, applying an innovative blend of virtual studio technology and data-driven production tools pioneered by York's research team. The event, revolving around the esport Dota 2, is produced to explore how AI and virtual studio technology can facilitate production of esports events during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Your Opportunity to work with us

Weavr is looking for three talented students from across Interactive Media and Film and TV Production to work on virtual studio lighting, set design and integration of data-driven audience graphics. While we are happy to consider students with various skill sets, we are specifically looking for students with experience in one or more of the following three areas:

  • Green-screen lighting
  • Virtual set building (3D modelling, texturing, lighting, animation)
  • Broadcast technology, particularly focusing on software-based solutions (NDI, OBS, VMIX)

As one of the candidates, you will work closely with the York-based research team and leading industry experts to help prepare and deliver the event. You will be working remotely from home as well as occasionally on site at Heslington East Campus, in the 3 Sixty (RCH/005) at Ron Cooke Hub, which has been set up as a green screen virtual studio (following covid secure guidelines). This is a great opportunity to gain practical skills in innovative studio production workflows using state of the art studio kit and technology - so an excellent experience to add to your CV.

The work is paid at £8.36 (under 25) or £8.91 (25+)/ hour and you will be hired on a casual basis as a University Student Technician. You can work for up to 20 hours a week for a period of 10 weeks during April, May and June.  So there are work packages available for up to £1,782 depending on your availability and age. 

How you can apply

If you’re interested in becoming part of the Weavr team, please complete the online application form by 5 pm on Wednesday 5 May 2021. You will be asked to give a few examples of your prior work demonstrating your skills for this role. Following a selection process all successful candidates will be invited to attend an online training session. We look forward to your applications.

Work Opportunities Disclaimer:

If you decide to take up any opportunities please note that it is strictly against university and department regulations to miss any timetabled sessions. You must only take up work experience opportunities if you are absolutely sure that you will not miss any teaching or practical sessions on your course. If you miss a session you will be marked absent, and the university absence procedures will kick in. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have adequate time for self-study outside of normal teaching times.