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ILM StageCraft, the production-hardened technology that gave the world the seminal virtual production series The Mandalorian , has opened up a new stage at Pinewood Studios. The company currently occupies two lots in Manhattan Beach Studios, and is looking to expand in a number of key creative production centres, including Atlanta and Vancouver. The new stage improves on the volume used in the Disney+ series. It is larger, utilises more LED panels, offers higher resolution and smooth wall-to-ceiling transitions – resulting in better lighting and more in-camera finals. “With StageCraft, we have built an end-to-end virtual production service for key creatives. Directors, production designers, cinematographers, producers and visual effects supervisors can creatively collaborate – each bringing their expertise to the virtual aspects of production,” explains Janet Lewin, SVP ad general manager at ILM. Rob Bredow, ILM CCO, adds: “Over the past five years, we have made substantial investments in both our rendering technology and virtual production toolset. When combined with Industrial Light & Magic’s expert visual effects talent, motion capture experience, facial capture via Medusa, Anyma and Flux – and the innovative production technology developed by ILM’s newly integrated Technoprops team – we believe we have a unique offering for the industry.” At present, the Stagecraft team are working in Sydney for Thor: Love and Thunder . Coming soon, Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania , which director Peyton Reed revealed will be filmed using the Pinewood volume.

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THE CHILD The Mandalorian pioneered the use of virtual production. The third season is set to premier later this year, along with spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett – another ILM work


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