A unique digital media production facility supporting the

Future of Experience

The first digital production facility of its kind in Europe offering virtual production, 3D scanning, motion capture and sound recording is in Gateshead.

Unique digital production facility supporting the

Future of Experience

The first digital production facility of its kind in Europe offering 3D scanning, motion capture and sound recording is in Gateshead.
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Providing access to previously unattainable leading-edge facilities and expertise, PROTO is a space to support educators, practitioners and innovators to define the future of art and entertainment.

Multi-use studio with cutting-edge production tech made accessible.

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Virtual Production LED Stage

AMP at PROTO - operated by Target3D, supported and funded by Digital Catapult and InnovateUK.
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Optical Motion Capture and Photogrammetry Stage

Our stage is not only perfect for animation and VFX but also provides innovative tracking solutions for virtual reality, training and simulation, hologram creation and movement sciences.
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3D Scanning

Our state-of-the-art photogrammetry stage is used to scan and capture characters and large items. Our stage uses 120 cameras to shoot 3D images of bodies, faces and heads creating photorealistic digital characters for games, immersive experiences and beyond.
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Immersive Lab

Established by Digital Catapult NETV, the Immersive Lab (one of only four in the UK) offers companies access to the very best hardware and innovative software across AR, VR and mixed-reality.
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PROTO is a one-of-a-kind facility for film makers, games developers, educators and future focussed creatives.

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Run end-to-end projects giving students access to industry experience and real world technology.
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Game Developers

Enhance traditional games development with virtual production to unlock next level content.


Run tests and experiment with our kit to advance how we think about technology.

Film Makers

Access the latest content production methods to push creative boundaries in your filmmaking.
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Further your creative journey with support and access to the future of cutting-edge tech.

And more

New to virtual production? Understand and explore how it works, all under one roof!

Laīna Linkeviča

With the specialised help provided by PROTO staff, the capabilities of their equipment and their spacious industry standard facilities...having access to PROTO was otherworldly.

Erin Dickson

The PROTO staff are as, if not more, valuable than the equipment itself in terms of their continuing encouragement of artists expanding their use of digital tools.

Proto users focus on exploring boundaries, reinventing their crafts and shaping the future of their industries

Take a look at the case studies below (more coming soon).

PROTO is part of Advanced Media Production.

The UK’s first network of advanced media production studios and capabilities.

Two research and innovation studios connected via a high speed 5G network.

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Where Innovation Meets Art

MA Digital and Immersive Arts – Northumbria University

We are proud to be a part of Northumbria University’s MA in Digital and Immersive Arts which will provide graduates with the skills required to work in the creative industries using virtual and immersive technology, allow students to use the Advanced Media Production facilities at PROTO to build their portfolio and provide access to a large network of contacts.

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PROTO works with partners to fund, support, deliver the facility, its functions and capabilities

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