Cinematographer Pierre Gill has confirmed that the upcoming “Dune” prequel spin-off series “Dune: Prophecy” for Max won’t be using any of “The Mandalorian”-style The Volume technology.
Speaking to Collider recently whilst out promoting the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series for the Disney+ service, Gill says he completed filming on the new series in December. The project originally began shooting back in November 2022 but then paused for half a year as it underwent a major creative overhaul.
The Volume is of course the use of large LED screens combined with a video game engine and camera parallax trickery to create immersive and photorealistic interactive backgrounds rendered in-camera in real-time.
Gill tells the outlet he was keen to use the technology for certain aspects of the series, but soon discovered he didn’t need it as the set design was so good it rendered the virtual set creation unnecessary:
“No, we didn’t use any. I wanted to because now I have so much experience with it that I was like, ‘Bring some volume!’ There is use for it, for sure, but to use a volume, you need to have a plan because it’s expensive. The thing with Dune: Prophecy, we didn’t use a volume because we built most sets. It was a huge build, so it’s very different. But on some occasions I really wish we had involvement. I cannot tell you [what sets were built], but it was mostly sets.”
He adds that you shouldn’t expect to hear much about the show until the back half of the year:
“I just finished before Christmas. So, it’s gonna take a year or so, probably. Nobody will hear about it because it’s gonna be probably in six months or so before they’re gonna start putting something out, because they’re gonna have editing and stuff like that. But there’s a lot of work, music, and VFX to do, and all that, and these are very long processes to finish, like Percy. Percy we finished shooting in exactly February last year.”
The likes of Emily Watson, Olivia Williams, Mark Strong, Travis Fimmel, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Faoileann Cunningham, Aoife Hinds, and Chloe Lea star in the series which is set 10,000 years before the ascension of Paul Atreides.
It follows the Harkonnen Sisters as they combat forces that threaten the future of humankind and establish the fabled sect known as the Bene Gesserit.
Post-production on “Dune: Prophecy” is taking almost a year with the the hope being a release in the Fall. Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune: Part Two” hits cinemas on March 1st.