The world’s largest LED video wall movie production studio is located in Metro Vancouver, according to a recent statement from Guinness World Records.
The LED sound stage located at Canadian Motion Picture Park is a partnership between Los Angeles-based visual effects company Pixomondo and Canadian motion picture equipment rental company William F. White International (WFW).
The Burnaby facility spans 22,000 square feet, measures 80 feet by 27.5 feet, and is lined with 2,500 LED wall panels and 760 LED ceiling panels. The video wall was built as an almost fully enclosed circle to provide productions with 310 degrees of LED screens.
“WFW is deeply committed to virtual production as an integral part of the future of cinema and we are thrilled to be in the Guinness World Records,” Edward Hanrahan, WFW’s director of virtual production, said in a statement. at Daily Hive Urbanized.
“In addition to our traditional studio offerings, Virtual Production allows filmmakers to combine state-of-the-art live action and digital creation environments rendered in real time on LED walls and ceilings (known as ‘volumes’) to deliver a unique production experience. ”
The increasing use of illuminated LED screen walls by the global film and television production industry provides a virtual live backdrop for scenes during filming, replacing much of the need for green screens and labor associated post-production.
With powerful computers, a photorealistic three-dimensional background scene is generated, and the perspective of the scene follows the movements of the camera.
The large format use of these LED screens also significantly reduces production costs, improves efficiency, reduces time by speeding up the shooting process, and even provides realistic lighting that can be easily adjusted as needed.
Green screens, on the other hand, are static and offer little flexibility, with changes in lighting and camera positioning requiring time-consuming work. Additionally, the lighting bouncing off the screens gives off green highlights, necessitating a color change in post-production.
The LED system’s live background also has the added benefit of helping actors get into character, which can be difficult with green screens.
The WFW Stage in Burnaby is currently filming Netflix’s live-action version of Nickelodeon’s animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. In 2020, Netflix entered into an agreement with Canada Motion Picture Park to enter into a long-term lease to use approximately 178,000 square feet of its production facilities, including seven sound stages and office and support space, transforming the location at one of their global production centers.
Pixomondo and WFW together spent US$30 million on their first three LED video wall stage installations in Canada, including two locations in Toronto. Additional installations are planned in Canada in 2022.
This technology is perhaps best known for its use on The Mandalorian on Disney+, which used the StageCraft LED virtual production system from Lucasfilm Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). ILM will also bring its StageCraft LED system to a Metro Vancouver studio this year.
In early 2023, there will be three LED video wall studios in Metro Vancouver, and Versatile Media will open a 43,000 square foot facility in South Burnaby.