ILM to expand StageCraft virtual production with new facility in Vancouver


SAN FRANCISCO – Industrial Light & Magic, a pioneer in visual effects and virtual production, has announced plans to expand its StageCraft LED virtual production services to Vancouver, British Columbia.

The stage, at over 20,000 square feet, is expected to house one of the largest volumes of StageCraft LEDs in North America. This will be ILM’s fifth permanent volume, meeting growing demand for its state-of-the-art StageCraft services and facilities around the world. In addition to Vancouver, ILM is hosting three stages in Los Angeles as well as one at Pinewood Studios in London.

“Vancouver is a fantastic production hub where we’ve had a lot of interest from our customers wanting StageCraft volume in British Columbia. It was a natural next step for our expansion,” noted Janet Lewin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ILM, adding, “Our existing visual effects studio in Vancouver is perfectly positioned to support virtual production. and the new scene.

“Our Canadian artists have contributed digital set construction as well as virtual art department work on a number of StageCraft projects, so it’s really exciting that we’ll soon have a volume in our own backyard” , said Spencer Kent, executive manager of ILM in Vancouver. studio. “I’m also proud that we are actively recruiting to hire people from underrepresented communities whom we can train in virtual production, furthering our commitment to diversifying our industry.” This effort will be reinforced when we launch our next Jedi Training Academy in January.

ILM won two Emmy Awards for its innovative real-time visual effects work for the first two seasons of Lucasfilm’s hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian. They are currently in production on three episodic series and one feature on their existing StageCraft volumes, in addition to daily bookings for smaller productions including commercials, music videos and product marketing pieces.

ILM also builds bespoke StageCraft volumes for projects with unique requirements such as George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky and Taika Waititi’s upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, which have been built on stages in London and Sydney respectively. Additionally, Disney Television Studios and ILM recently announced the opening of an additional StageCraft LED volume at the Disney lot in Burbank, built for episodic television production.

“We have seen explosive demand for StageCraft over the past few years since unveiling our real-time virtual production services in 2018, our creative and technical teams have truly led our developments to design the most powerful virtual production tools and techniques. industry standards,” said Rob Bredow, SVP and Chief Creative Officer of ILM. “Productions can leverage our proprietary Helios or Unreal Engine in our StageCraft toolset and have the flexibility to create photorealistic content with real-time flexibility for a wide range of shows.”

ILM intends to have the Vancouver StageCraft volume operational in the spring of 2022. The company is actively recruiting for many virtual production roles, including specialist talent in the virtual art department, digital environments, technical operations and other real-time visual effects stations leveraging the StageCraft toolset.


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