Just like how Lion King was a technical marvel, the same could be said for Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian. The show is the first to use this ground-breaking tech that lets actors play against a real-time rendered environment, and ILM has released a new video giving us an inside look.
Check it out:
Over 50 percent of The Mandalorian Season 1 was filmed using this ground-breaking new methodology, eliminating the need for location shoots entirely. Instead, actors in The Mandalorian performed in an immersive and massive 20’ high by 270-degree semicircular LED video wall and ceiling with a 75’-diameter performance space, where the practical set pieces were combined with digital extensions on the screens.
The video also explains how the show was able to use video game tech to be able to render an environment in real-time. The larger backdrop would sync with the camera and change the background depending on where it was pointed.
This is really great stuff from ILM and another leap forward for movie magic. We know how green screens could end up badly on film, but here the screen allows actors to be lit up and look like they’re in a natural environment. What’s more, they don’t have to spend a lot of time frequently moving from location to location.
Hopefully, this tech just keeps moving forward, because if The Mandalorian is the beginning, I can only imagine it getting better over time.
Catch the second season of The Mandalorian when it comes out this October on Disney+.