the batman virtual production

When filmmaker Jon Favreau and the team at Industrial Light and Magic concocted a new way to transport audiences to a galaxy far, far away in The Mandalorian using a combination of video game engines and massive, high-quality LED screens, we knew it was only a matter of time before those techniques started making their way into the film industry’s biggest blockbusters.

Now director Matt Reeves is utilizing some of that Mandalorian technology on The Batman, Warner Bros.’ high-profile relaunch of the DC Comics film franchise.
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spain virtual technology studio

What will the movie industry look like after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Disney+’s The Mandalorian and its cutting-edge Stagecraft system, which uses a rear-projected LED screen to create a reactive environment, may give us a vision. And already foreign production studios are taking The Mandalorian up on that vision.

A new Spain-based virtual production facility, Orca Studios, is installing the LED volume technology inspired by the game-changing tech used by ILM on its Stagecraft system for The Mandalorian. And with coronavirus precautions limiting crew and overseas shoots, we can likely expect this technology to be used by many more production studios in the future.

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Mandalorian Behind-the-Scenes Video

It’s hard to believe, but much of The Mandalorian was, well, not real. Not physically, anyway. The series employed a relatively new technology called StageCraft, which uses a rear-projected LED screen to create a reactive environment that moves with the camera. It’s kind of like green screen, but better – and far more advanced. A new The Mandalorian behind-the-scenes video shows off just how this works in all its impressive glory.

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The Mandalorian Stagecraft Photos

Even though Disney+ spent a lot of money to get the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian off the ground, they still had to be a little more conservative with the budget than they are with the feature films. Instead of building massive sets, Lucasfilm is utilizing new “Stagecraft” technology that uses a rear-projected LED screen to create a reactive environment that essentially works as an immersive real-time green screen. Now, thanks to new set photos from behind the scenes, we can see the Stagecraft tech at work. Read More »