The country's largest performance capture studio has opened at the Vancouver Film School.

The state-of-the-art facility will work to serve one of the fastest growing industries in North America, and is already booked for motion capture work in both film, television and gaming production for the next year.

Performance capture studios allow movie, TV and video game companies to film actors and insert them them into digitally-created environments.

"This is where they can both imagine and render these incredible 3D or animated environments and the actor can then go on and become whatever they need to be," said Christopher Bennett, creative director of VFS.

Equipment for the studio cost $1.5 million — including 40 cameras costing $25,000 each — which was built in partnership with Mimic Performance Capture. 

"Typically in the past, you do motion capture where you'd have the audio going after or beforehand," said Graham Qually, Mimic Performance Capture president.

"Now we do everything on the floor so the face, the body, the fingers, the audio, everything is shot at the exact same time."

Jon Bell, managing director at VFS, says the studio will provide hands-on learning for students and will be a net benefit for the city's film industry. At least 40 days a year are set aside for students — but otherwise the space is already booked for the next 12 months. 

"The industry is booming in Vancouver as is and I think this will offer a service that is in short supply right now."

With files from Natasha Frakes