A digital backlot (also known as a virtual backlot) is a motion picture set that is neither a genuine location nor a constructed studio; the shooting takes place entirely on a stage with a blank background (often a greenscreen) that will later on project an artificial environment put in during post-production. Digital backlot is more often used in certain genre of films, like sci-fi and comics, in order to achieve what would otherwise be too expensive or outright impossible to build as a real set.
- Rest in Peace (Sweden, 2000) - Shot entirely with green-screen. Some sections fully CGI.
- Casshern (Japan, 2004) – Shot on celluloid. A few practical set pieces used.
- Able Edwards (United States, 2004) – Shot digitally on Canon XL1 cameras.
- Immortal (France, 2004) – Shot on celluloid. Also showed CGI characters interacting with live actors.
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (United States, 2004) – Shot digitally on Sony CineAlta cameras.
- Sin City (United States, 2005) – Shot digitally on CineAlta cameras. Three practical sets used.
- MirrorMask (United States/United Kingdom, 2005) – Shot on celluloid. 80% of film uses digital backlot. Some practical set pieces used.
- The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (United States, 2005) – Shot digitally.
- 300 (United States, 2007) – Shot on celluloid. Two practical sets were used.
- Speed Racer (United States, 2008) - Directed by the Wachowskis. Three practical sets used.
- The Spirit (United States, 2008) – Director Frank Miller shot the film with the same techniques he and Robert Rodriguez used on Sin City.
- Avatar (United States, 2009) - Directed by James Cameron. Two practical sets used.
- Goemon (Japan, 2009) - The second film from Casshern helmer, Kazuaki Kiriya.
- Alice in Wonderland (United States, 2010) - Directed by Tim Burton. Practical sets used.
- Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (United States 2014) – Co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. Sequel to Sin City.