In addition to being an ambitious series in its essence, The Mandalorian is also exceptional in its form. In a behind-the-scenes video of the Disney + production, Industrial Light and Magic Built reveals the incredible technology that was used for the first two seasons of The Mandalorian.
The Mandalorian has she signed the end of the green funds? Widely used in industry, the technology may have found a much more ambitious successor. In a video, Industrial Light and Magic Built unveils its process, called StageCraft. In collaboration with Epic Games and NVIDIA, ILM has developed a digital decor that allows you to gain realism and above all to facilitate filming. Like the painted canvases used in the early hours of cinema, it consists of several LED screens that display virtual sets. In a behind-the-scenes video on the shooting of The Mandalorian, the teams detail the improvements to the technology to meet the needs of the second season of The Mandalorian.
Initially, the LED panels were drastically enlarged to offer greater freedom of movement to the actors. Then, the teams developed new software which makes it possible to adapt the decorations in real time and thus gain in efficiency. Concretely, by seeing the camera rendering, the teams could in just a few moments transform the frame and add or remove elements from the landscape. Robert Rodriguez also explains “The wonderful thing about this system is that now everyone is on the same page. This inspires the actors, the directors who can now see concretely what they are filming. In fact, it’s a bit like you’re finally painting with the light on ”.
Increase the pace
In addition to reducing the time spent in post-production, this new technique allows above all to save time on the set. With a snap of the fingers, it was possible to switch from one setting to another. Jon Favreau explains in particular that in the case of a face-to-face meeting between two characters, it was customary to move the camera. A handling that is ultimately quite restrictive and which is avoided thanks to the process. From now on, the actor is placed in front of the screen, which turns the decor to allow the previous shot to be answered. According to Lucasfilm, this allowed the teams to shoot 30 to 50% more sequences per day.
For more information on the processes used during the filming of the two seasons of The Mandalorian, you can also find the making-of, available on Disney+.
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