BackHit the Lights: The Making of Through the Never

Welcome to "Hit The Lights," a series of short films that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the making of Metallica Through The Never and the groundbreaking stage production that is an integral part of the film.

The entire production was several years in the making and documented by filmmaker Adam Dubin and producer Jack Gulick, both veterans of A Year And A Half In The Life Of Metallica. From the first planning meetings to the "rehearsal" shows in Mexico City to the final filming in Vancouver, Adam and his crew were there. You'll see interviews with the band, director, producers and many of the creative team responsible for Metallica's largest undertaking to date.

There are eleven chapters plus some bonus live concert footage, so keep an eye out here as we tell the story behind the story leading up to the release of Through The Never on IMAX screens on September 27 and everywhere else on October 4. Click here for international release dates.


Chapter 1: Making a 3D Movie

Check out how Metallica starts with the idea of making a 3D movie and winds up making a film unlike anything ever seen before.


Chapter 2: The Stage... or the Greatest Bits

One of the biggest hurdles is how to pack thirty years of metal madness into one mighty stage show.


Chapter 3: Tesla Coil / Electric Chair

Bringing the Electric Chair from "Ride The Lightning" to life proves to be a shocking experience for the crew as Metallica pulls off another first of its kind anywhere.


Chapter 4: Damaged Lady Justice

One of the most iconic and beloved set pieces in Metallica history, the statue of Lady Justice, is reimagined for the new stage show.


Chapter 5: Putting It All Together

The incredible new Full Arsenal stage is assembled in Fresno, California, while Kirk shows off his newest guitar, the White Zombie!


Chapter 6: Meeting the Director

The new stage is set up in Oakland, California for a full run through by Metallica. The band meets with director Nimród Antal to discuss the storyline for Metallica Through The Never.


Chapter 7: Stage Destruction

Metallica unleashes the powerful new stage show Full Arsenal during eight incredible sold out nights in Mexico City! 'Nuff said!


Chapter 8: The Fans

The stage show moves to Edmonton, Canada and the movie crew is there to film the first parts of the 3D concert movie. James meets the opening band and James' assistant gets a few pies for his birthday.


Chapter 9: It's Finally Being Filmed

The stage show moves to Edmonton, Canada and the movie crew is there to film the first parts of the 3D concert movie. James meets the opening band and James' assistant gets a few pies for his birthday.


Chapter 10: A Wild Beast Running Rampant

Years of production all comes down to this as Metallica films the concert portions of Metallica Through The Never over the course of two mega-nights in Vancouver, Canada.


Chapter 11: A Wild Beast Running Rampant

Now the powerful narrative portions of Metallica Through The Never are filmed with actor Dane DeHaan. But the band still have a role to play as they film their cool cameos.


Bonus Chapter: No Life 'Til Leather

Some amazing Metallica memories from early fan Brian Lew, comedian Jim Breuer and lovable longtime Metallica front of house engineer Big Mick Hughes.


Fade to Black

A music video for the song "Fade To Black" which was featured in the Full Arsenal concert show but not in the Metallica Through The Never movie. The video is done documentary style showing the full scope of the stage production and film production from the drawing boards to the final curtain.