One of the most incredible parts of Star Wars: The Mandalorian are the epic space battles. There’s a handful of space fights sequences in the show and while it is a series, the quality was retained and is very much comparable to that of the films.
Ian Milhan, a visual production supervisor for ILM Visual Effects, took to Twitter to share some of the techniques they used for the scenes in the show. “For space fights, we populated the scene with lasers and explosions in different quadrants and distances,” he wrote. These are then hooked up to custom buttons on an iPad and the director will actually be able to control some parts of the scene, like adding lasers, seen in the GIF attached to the post. You can check it out below.
For space fights, we populated the scene with lasers and explosions in different quadrants and distances, hooked them up to custom buttons on the iPad, and let the director go to town. Like playing X-Wing vs. TIE on a 70 ft screen. pic.twitter.com/HwnccQ2ukp— Ian Milham (@Monkey_Pants) February 25, 2020
Aside from that, Milhan also shared another clip earlier this week going behind the scenes on Mando and Moff Gideon’s fight. Seen on the left side of the video is a person with a mocap stick that’s able to rotate it. “We parented the whole world to that stick so the director could dynamically tumble it as Gideon tried to shake Mando off his TIE,” he wrote. Check it out below.
If you look closely, you can see the dude on the left with the mocap stick rotating it. We parented the whole world to that stick so the director could dynamically tumble it as Gideon tried to shake Mando off his TIE, giving us great lighting and reflections. pic.twitter.com/MHMwbOcDlM— Ian Milham (@Monkey_Pants) February 24, 2020
It’s amazing to see how far technology has come and for creatives to be able to do such amazing work and scenes like these. Star Wars fans are certainly looking forward to more intense battles in the second season and can’t wait to see more of Mando’s adventures with The Child.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2 arrives on Disney+ in October 2020.