Dark Matters Studios (DMS), a studio complex for filming and virtual production, will be present at SATIS, the trade fair dedicated to creation and technological innovation for media, entertainment and audiovisual communication, on Thursday 16 November. Two highlights in Dark Matters' programme at this event.
shot at our studios
Paris, 25 September 2023
« DogMan », Luc Besson’s latest film starring Caleb Landry-Jones in the lead role – where a boy, bruised by life, finds his salvation through the love of his dogs – was the very first shoot we hosted in our studios. Construction work on our buildings in Tigery was still in progress!
Despite this, two studios of 1400 and 2000 m² were used to set up 70% of the film’s sets, including the abandoned school and the police station. And for other scenes, we tried to be inventive, with car scenes shot at night in the car park, as well as in one of our offices.
Luc Besson revealed that one of the main challenges of the film was selecting a pack of dogs and working with them on site. All breeds and sizes, » recalls Romain Cheminade. There was an average of 30 to 35 dogs a day on site, and up to 120 one day with the extra dogs from private owners. » The dogs had their own dedicated rest area, as well as outdoor dog runs. A real organisation!
During filming, there were 25 trainers in charge of two dogs each. As the dogs react to their master’s voice, when « action » was shouted, 25 people screamed at the same time! « It was also very impressive to see how Hugues Tissandier, Production Designer, had designed trap doors to allow the dogs to be guided off-camera, » says Romain.
We’re very proud to have welcomed Luc Besson for his film, and it was a real pleasure to welcome Caleb Landry-Jones, a humble, friendly and hard-working actor. We thank them for their trust and wish them every success!
Construction work on our buildings in Tigery was still in progress! Despite this, two studios of 1400 and 2000 m² were used to set up 70% of the film's sets, including the abandoned school and the police station.
Discover the impressive physical sets made possible by a 2,040 m² stage and the explosive virtual environments on LED walls for this magnetic shoot.
With three locations to film - from the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia to the Rwandan genocide, and from the tsunami in Southeast Asia to the earthquake in Haiti and the war in Syria, the production team chose to shoot the film using the latest ground-breaking production technologies.
Dark Matters, specialist in Realtime Virtual Production and located at their 15,000m2 (162,000 sqft) studios South of Paris, is one of the awarded projects of the France 2030 - "La Grande fabrique de l'image" plan. Supported by the French Government, the CNC et la Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, 68 projects in training, film studios and post-production, out of 175 submitted, were selected in France for a financial support of 350 millions of euros.