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How the use of the LED Volume Wall is Changing Traditional Production

How the use of the LED Volume Wall is Changing Traditional Production

In the coming years, all major studios will be moving from green screen to LED Volume Walls.  At BrandStar Studios we are ahead of the curve. We were one of the first production studios in Florida to offer a LED Volume Wall, and one of the first in the country to integrate Unreal Engine 5 to display real world lighting and reflections accurately and instantly, in real time.

Why are LED walls being used?  Unlike green screens, LED Volume Walls allow filmmakers and actors to see their background environment on set, instead of interacting with a blank green wall. This also allows for accurate reflections and lighting. The first major production utilizing this technology was Disney’s The Mandalorian.  If they had used traditional green screen methods, the character’s highly reflective chrome armor would have constantly been reflecting the green surfaces, which would have to be removed in post-production at great cost. With this technology, it accurately reflected the images from the LED wall.

Over 50 percent of The Mandalorian Season 1 was filmed using this new methodology, eliminating the need for location shoots entirely. Instead, actors in The Mandalorian performed in an immersive and massive 20 ft. high by 270-degree semicircular LED Volume Wall, similar to the 100 ft. by 13 ft. wall we have in our studio.

For the most part, LED screens have been used in films that need to create “locations that you can’t travel to without a rocket ship,” said Mark Gill, the president, and CEO of Solstice Studios, who has produced films like “Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love.”

“I think what is going to happen is that those things are going to be used a lot more for locations that you could travel to,” Gill said. “So, you might be in a sound stage in Vancouver and recreate central London.”

This new technology has also led to creative breakthroughs in the typical Hollywood order of making a TV show or movie — wherein VFX came last — was suddenly reversed. Now, artists work alongside actors, set designers, and other crew members during filming. That collaboration means this technology doesn’t just eliminate a green screen; it eliminates a creative barrier.

From the first creative discussion, our team of experts work side by side doing whatever it takes to produce the highest quality content imaginable.  BrandStar Studios is continuously upgrading and utilizing the latest technology to be the leading Virtual Production studio in South Florida.

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