THE CASE STUDIES

If ILM and Lucas Film could use LEDs to so convincingly bring distant planets to a stage in Manhattan Beach for “Mandalorian,” why couldn’t we bring the tri-state area to Burbank? Instead of just looking at this emerging technology as a replacement to green screen, could we use LEDs to eliminate the time and money lost to company moves? Increase production value? Shoot more in a day? The questions didn’t end there. What’s pixel pitch? How close can you put an actor to the LED screen? Does lens length effect moiré? Is there room to improvise camera angles? How much prep do you need? What’s the best size and shaped volume for the scene? And what’s a “volume,” anyway?  Only one way to find out.