House Of The Dragon: Warner Bros Is Opening three additional sound stages including V Stage, a virtual production stage have been added at Warner Bros. Studios at Leavesden (WBSL) in the United Kingdom.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon” has been announced as the first project to utilise the new facilities. V Stage will allow the series to build on its current diversity of exotic locations, in addition to the vast outside backlot at the studios.
The U.K. plant will include an extra 83,000 sq ft of manufacturing area. The V Stage, one of Europe’s largest virtual production stages, has a total area of 24,000 sq ft, with a 7,100-square-foot wraparound virtual production environment employing a matrix of more than 2,600 LED panels and a cutting-edge processing system. A dynamic ceiling adds 5,544 square feet of LED panels with eight parts that function independently of one another, rising and tilting to expand the creative possibilities.
“The introduction of V Stage at WBSL adds a totally new dimension to filmmaking, giving an exciting setting in which to produce a new level of creativity,” said Emily Stillman, senior vice president of studio operations at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden. “With its fantastic imaginative worlds and the outstanding quality HBO is known for, ‘House of the Dragon’ is the ideal production to take use of the space’s unrivalled opportunities.”
“A production with the scope and ambition of ‘House of the Dragon’ necessitates a studio with cutting-edge facilities,” said Janet Graham Borba, HBO executive VP, West Coast production. “The new virtual stage complements Leavesden’s very supportive home hub for the performance and allows us to take full use of technological advancements.”
WBSL, which first opened its doors in 2012, currently has 19 sound stages, two water tanks, and a backlot that spans over 100 acres of clear horizon outside scenery. An on-site childcare centre, an onsite set lighting and rigging crew, and post-production sound and picture services are also available.