Francis Ford Coppola Enters The Volume

Here’s some intriguing news in the world of virtual production. Prysm Stages, an NEP Virtual Studios company, announced the opening of its first stage at Trilith Studios, with Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis slated as its initial production using the LED volume. 

Known as one of our great film directors, Coppola aims to have “one foot in the past and one in the future,” combining forms of classic filmmaking with the newest production technology. The Prysm Stage is built to accommodate a best-in-class ecosystem for physical production, including practical lighting, grip, and camera, integrated into a state-of-the-art virtual production volume. Along with the new technology available to him at Trilith, Coppola plans to use new, never-before-seen techniques to create Megalopolis

“Shooting in an LED volume opens up new ways to create our stories in film,” said Megalopolis producer Michael Bederman. “What’s unique and exciting about shooting Megalopolis at Prysm at Trilith is that we can marry traditional filmmaking experience, techniques, and crew with the most advanced virtual production capabilities in the same space, accessing the best of both the physical and digital options available to filmmakers today.” 

Said Coppola, “I am enjoying working with Prysm at Trilith, as well as living in the unique Peachtree City.” 

A virtual production at Prysm.

I am enjoying working with Prysm at Trilith, as well as living in the unique Peachtree City.

Director Francis Ford Coppola

“It is such an honor to be entrusted by Francis Ford Coppola and his team to bring Megalopolis, regarded to be his magnum opus, to Prysm Stages,” said Barbara Ford Grant, President, Prysm Stages. “He is a legendary filmmaker, and his choice to shoot here is supported by our purpose-built facilities and best-in-class talent who are well versed in supporting the most demanding physical and virtual production needs.” 

Prysm Stages offers a new virtual production experience for filmmakers with a modular stage designed with an open framework for production workflows and color pipelines that can be customized to any given project. Offering seasoned filmmakers, cinematographers, and showrunners a low barrier of entry, teams from physical production can come in and easily configure the setup to meet the creative needs of their projects. With a Georgia base, productions at Prysm at Trilith can benefit from the most generous film tax incentive in the United States, up to 30%, with no annual cap on tax credits. The new facility is led by Prysm Stages Virtual Production Supervisor Jason Davis in partnership with Trilith Studios Director of Creative Technologies Barry Williams.

Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Megalopolis is the latest film from the six-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker. Starring Adam Driver, Forest Whittaker, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Voight, and Laurence Fishburne, the independently produced feature tells how the fate of Rome haunts a modern world unable to solve its own social problems in an epic story of political ambition, genius, and conflict love. 

Prysm Stages at Trilith Studios.

About Prysm Stages 

Prysm Stages is creating a global network of world-class virtual production stages and services that empower storytellers to create and expand their vision with innovative new technologies in a real-time collaborative production environment. Built with pioneering real-time technology, advanced LED, color and image processing, and cloud-based workflows, we service studios, production companies, and filmmakers. Part of NEP Virtual Studios, Prysm Stages are powered by Lux Machina’s nearly a decade of groundbreaking design and operations for productions that include The Mandalorian, Bullet Train, Shazam, and many more. Prysm Stages at Trilith Studios is our flagship location.  For more information, visit

Trilith Studios in Fayetteville, Georgia.

About Trilith Studios 

Trilith Studios is one of the largest purpose-built movie studios in North America, with an emphasis on world-class facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and premium content. It is home to blockbuster films and independent shows like Avengers: Endgame, Zombieland: Double Tap, WandaVision, The Suicide Squad, and Moon and Me. Set across 700 acres, Trilith Studios has more than one million square feet of production facilities, including a first-of-its-kind virtual LED stage that offers the highest quality production values in the industry, 24 premium sound stages, construction workshops, costume shops, virtual production technologies, and an extensive 400-acre backlot. Trilith Studios is a one-stop-shop for producers with more than 40 production vendors onsite, including Technicolor, MBS Equipment Company, SGPS/ShowRig, Herc Rentals, SmartPost, and The Third Floor. The studio recently added 75,000 square feet of stages equipped for virtual production technologies and will soon add a Creative Office Centre to house content and technology companies. 

As part of its ongoing dedication toward advancing content, the studio currently invests in two content companies – Believe Entertainment Group and  Sutikki. For more information, visit

NEP brings the expertise of Lux Machina to the world of LED volumes.

About NEP 

You have a vision.  We see it, too.  With a worldwide network of experts and cutting-edge technology, our unique Global Production Ecosystem empowers content creators and rights holders to tell stories in breakthrough ways. We’re built on 35 years of trusted experience across broadcast, live events, and virtual production to deliver the solutions you need—anytime, anywhere.

Headquartered in the United States, NEP operates in 25 countries with over 5,000 employees. Together, we have supported productions in over 100 countries on all seven continents, and we’re still growing. Learn how we are helping clients bring their content to life at

Another look at the stage.

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