Vū Technologies, North America’s fastest growing network of virtual production studios for the TV commercials, episodes and feature film industry, reveals it has played a key role in the production of the upcoming film “Sympathy for the Devil”, featuring Nicolas Cage and Joel Kinnaman.
“This studio is beautiful. It’s state-of-the-art,” said Cage of Vū Las Vegas studio.
The film, which premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, is a psychological thriller produced by Hammerstone Studios, Signature and Capstone and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Yuval Adler. Allan Ungar is producing alongside Mercuri of Capstone, Stuart Manashil and Marc Goldberg of Signature Films. Lebovici serves as executive producer alongside David Haring, David Sullivan, Jason Soto, Tim Moore, Courtney Chenn and Waylen Lin.
Approximately half of the film was shot in the 40,000 square foot Vū Vegas Virtual Production Studio, providing the production team with next-generation content rendering capabilities by filming photorealistic virtual environments in the LED studio instead of having to travel on site, thus saving both significant costs and time.
“We wouldn’t be able to make this movie without this amazing LED setup. In such a short time and on this budget,” said the film’s director, Yuval Adler.
Vū’s capabilities allowed the production to capture higher quality, more dynamic footage at a fraction of the cost compared to traditional on-location shooting.
Tim Moore, CEO of Vū, and Jason Soto, Managing Director of Vū from the Las Vegas studio, are two of the film’s executive producers.
“Typically, a feature film averages three to five pages of script per day when shooting on location, but when shooting in virtual production, we’ve seen several productions triple that production at Vū. It makes a huge difference to the production schedule and budget,” Moore said. “We were thrilled to welcome such a talented cast and crew to what will be a very gripping and entertaining film!”
Written by Luke Paradise, “Sympathy for the Devil” follows The Driver, played by Kinnaman, as he finds himself in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse after being forced to drive a mysterious man known as The Passenger, played by Cage. This sets things up for a white-knuckled ride.
“Coming here is very turnkey. It puts the actors in a position where they don’t have to worry too much about the environment,” said producer Allan Ungar of the Vū Vegas campus. “They can come into that environment…it feels safe and calm and they can do what they need to do without interference. It was amazing.
Vū and Hammerstone worked with several key partners to produce “Sympathy for the Devil”, including the Nevada Film Office. Sony’s Venice II was the camera of choice for filming the film, allowing for superior imagery and consistency to blend the virtual locations with their physical counterparts, and Aputure lighting was used throughout the film to provide advanced special effects lighting on location and in the studio. .
Vū owns and operates advanced virtual production soundstages using patent-pending, proprietary technologies that allow directors to film their talent in photorealistic LED volumes. Vū quickly became the largest and fastest growing network of virtual studios in North America, with studios in Tampa, Nashville, Las Vegas and Orlando.
Vū has invested heavily in R&D, integrating camera tracking and real-time rendering applications to create immersive virtual environments allowing actors to perform in real time across geographically diverse studios. Vū’s unique technology integrations with Mo-Sys camera tracking, Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, Mark Roberts Motion Control, NVIDIA GPUs and other technology partner systems enable realistic backgrounds to be generated in real time, rendered from camera motion perspective to achieve photo realistic background on LED screen.
In addition to feature films, Vū has worked with commercial ventures such as Amazon, Mercedes, Apple, The Mill, Disney, ESPN, WWE and many more.