Sophie (Hilary Duff) is telling her son the story of how she met his father, a story that takes us back to the year 2021, where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.
Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, the showrunners of “How I Met Your Father,” had envisioned a significant scene for an episode set in New York City, in which their lead heroine climbs the Brooklyn Bridge with her pals. Rather than flying Duff and her co-stars across the country and overcoming logistical challenges such as weather, location shooting and permits, ambient noise, and other issues, series director and executive producer Pamela Fryman was able to capture a render of them walking the iconic location on the virtual stage, which Disney hopes will appear authentic to viewers.
Fryman said to Variety that “I was able to spend the day in Burbank shooting a scene on the Brooklyn Bridge,” and the advantages of working on The Infinity stage. “The logistics and price tag of shooting on location (even when there’s not a pandemic) would have made this scene impossible — but thanks to this new technology the scene is in the can.”
Disney General Entertainment Content and Disney Television Studios collaborated with Lucasfilm’s ILM to transform the historic Stage 1 at the Disney plant into a cutting-edge virtual production facility using ILM’s StageCraft toolset, leveraging virtual production technology into episodic television production.
With its StageCraft technology, ILM has already been at the vanguard of virtual production, as shown in the current Disney Plus thriller “The Mandalorian,” produced by Lucasfilm.
On Disney’s Infinity, Stage 1 is made up of 700 state-of-the-art LED panels and is located on the same stage where scenes from Disney’s 1940 animation classic “Fantasia” were filmed. They generate a 1,600 square foot LED canvas (including doors) or roughly 16,000 cubic feet on the main Volume, plus 800 square feet of doors when used together.
Production producer John Ziffren and technology executive Alex Grimwade acknowledged Disney TV boss Dana Walden and Disney General Entertainment Content topper Peter Rice for spearheading the endeavor to develop episodic visual effects.
The film “How I Met Your Father” is set to premiere next year. Kim Cattrall, Chris Lowell, Tom Ainsley, Tien Tran, Francia Raisa, and Suraj Sharma join Duff in the cast. From 2005 through 2014, 20th Television’s “How I Met Your Mother” enjoyed a lengthy and popular run on CBS.
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