Innovation is in ILM’s DNA. Throughout the past two decades, we have focused our R&D team on virtual production. Today, those tools & techniques are all incorporated together into ILM StageCraft™, an end-to-end solution supporting all aspects of virtual production. StageCraft allows filmmakers to explore new ideas, communicate concepts, and execute shots in a collaborative and flexible production environment – the most powerful toolset we’ve ever created.
With 3 purpose-built StageCraft volumes located in the greater Los Angeles area and one in Vancouver British Columbia available for hire for all types of work including feature films, series, commercials, and more, our team will work with you to determine the best option for your project. For those filming elsewhere in the United State or in Europe, we can build a mobile, or pop-up, bespoke volume designed to meet your project’s specific needs when and where you need it.
StageCraft tools and workflows are driven by A-list filmmakers to meet the demanding needs of real-world shows. Our creative partners provide valuable feedback allowing for continuous improvements. We’ve sought to mold our technology to the filmmaker rather than the other way around, allowing them to work the way they are most comfortable, making the technology seamlessly integrated into a production workflow.
When shooting with StageCraft, filmmakers can design and scout in advance of the shoot, and then capture that vision in-camera during principal photography. The creative intent is clearly communicated to the downstream departments, providing creative confidence and fewer iterations in post. When used in conjunction with LEDs or projection methodologies, filmmakers leveraging StageCraft can shoot more quickly on the day, and acquire many in-camera finals, which reduces VFX shot costs and is a major benefit considering today’s compressed post schedules.
To date StageCraft has been used on feature films such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), The Midnight Sky (2020), Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023), Emmy Award-winning episodic series such as The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, How I Met Your Father, The Old Man, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians, as well as music videos, and a variety of commercials.