Is the StageCraft Volume Already an Outdated Filmmaking Tool?

Productions are choosing real locations over virtual production stages, but why?

Virtual production stages have been a dominant force in film and TV production for the last few years. TV shows like The Mandalorian, Loki, and House of the Dragon saved on cost and time by using volumetric stages like StageCraft Volume. Still, these productions might be ready to return to real locations.

The Mandalorian series creator Jon Favreau revealed in an interview with IndieWire that the show’s upcoming third season pushes past the limits of ILM’s innovative virtual production tool.

Although the Volume has improved and expanded its capabilities since the first season of the series, Favreau points out that there are a few shortcomings that don’t make the new production tool the perfect solution for every scene.

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