“Megalopolis, the long-awaited sci-fi feature from legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, is finally set to begin filming after years of setbacks and anticipation, and it was announced that the production will be shot using some groundbreaking technology.
Prysm Stages announced that Megalopolis will be the first film to be shot on its new LED volume stage at Trilith Studios in Atlanta. This state-of-the-art soundstage accommodates “a best-in-class ecosystem for physical production, including practical lighting, grip and camera, integrated into a state-of-the-art virtual production volume,” according to Prysm, allowing the filmmakers to incorporate “never-before-seen” techniques to make Megalopolis. In a statement, Coppolla said simply, “I am enjoying working with Prysm at Trilith.” The film’s producer, Michael Bederman, was a little more forthcoming, however, saying, “What’s unique and exciting about shooting Megalopolis at Prysm at Trilith is that we can marry traditional filmmaking experience, techniques, and crew with the most advanced virtual production capabilities in the same space, accessing the best of both the physical and digital options available to filmmakers today.”
A fledgling technology just a few years ago, LED volume soundstages have become more mainstream due to use on large-scale recent projects. This type of filming environment has been most notably employed by Disney and Lucasfilm for its use on Star Wars projects, particularly to film unique alien planet environments for The Mandalorian. While this technology may be relatively new, though, Coppola reportedly aims to film Megalopolis using standard techniques as well, keeping “one foot in the past and one in the future.” It is likely, then, that Megalopolis will retain some of the signature aspects of Coppola’s previous films, such as The Godfather series and Apocalypse Now.” Continue to read