Astronaut in a virtual production sound stage
Virtual Production
Virtual Production is a spectrum of  computer-aided production and  visualization methods that utilizes  game engines like Epic’s Unreal Engine  to render shots in real-time, allowing  creative talent to collaboratively iterate  and make decisions instantly without  waiting on lengthy render times.

“The earlier in the process you can  solve story issues, the more efficient  the production process becomes.”
— Jon Favreau
Behind-the-scenes shot of the Golden Compass on a sound stage