Cinematographer Pierre Gill has confirmed that the upcoming Dune: Prophecy on Max won’t be using The Volume or similar technology. He confirmed this while speaking to Collider while out promoting Percy Jackson and the Olympians for Disney+.
Gill confirmed he completed filming on the new series in December. The Volume is the large LED screen system, combined with a video game engine and camera angle logic, that allows a sound stage to create fully immersive environments that are considerably larger in appearance than would normally be possible.
He said he planned to use the technology sparingly, but the quality of the sets his team built was so good, it meant he didn’t need it:
“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 went on to say that it will take over a year to complete post-production and expect more details towards the end of this year.
The show stars Emily Watson, Olivia Williams, Mark Strong, Travis Fimmel, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Faoileann Cunningham, Aoife Hinds, and Chloe Lea star. The show will be set 10,000 years before the birth of Paul Atreides and follow Harkonnen Sisters as they combat forces that threaten the future of humankind, and then establish the fabled sect known as the Bene Gesserit.
Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Part Two hits cinemas on March 1st. Dune: Messiah is looking like it will potentially make up a Dune trilogy, if Dune Part Two is a success.
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