Lux Machina contacted NEP Sweetwater for the unique challenge of creating numerous scenes in outer space and other planets using projection and LED technology for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
To create a high definition, truly immersive environment, Sweetwater set up a large projection around the cameras on the Millennium Falcon cockpit. The ultimate goal of the LED video projection was to capture crisp high-resolution reflections and lighting on camera.
Traditionally, using green screens became the industry standard to depict imagined locations, yet it is difficult to achieve the realistic quality Lux Machina was striving for. Instead of filling in and editing a background over a static color, Lux Machina tasked Sweetwater with building a high definition projection system that would not only look realistic, but could also be captured in 6K footage.
Using projection technology and back-lighting allows filmmakers an unprecedented amount of control over the environments they imagine. With the adaptability of LED panels and projections, images can be finely tuned to appear realistic, giving actors an actual environment to work in and a greater attachment between the actors and their characters.
Work began on the film in 2016 when Sweetwater helped perform a test between in-camera LED and in-camera projection, with Jim Gold and Jason Riggen serving as Lead Projectionists for the project. Together, Sweetwater was able to transport the viewers to a galaxy far, far away.
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