Innovation is in ILM’s DNA. Over the course of 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.

The 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, the filmmaker 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, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and The Midnight Sky, Emmy Award-winning episodic series such as The Mandalorian, as well as music videos, and commercials.

For more information of to discuss your next project connect with the ILM StageCraft team at

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