When The Mandalorian burst onto everyone’s radar in November 2019, many were left in awe at not just the adorable little Baby Yoda but also how good the TV series looks, not just in terms of its characters but also in its set design. As it turns out, Jon Favreau and his team behind the show has utilised a new technology called Stagecraft to help bring the fictional world in The Mandalorian to life.
With the new Stagecraft technology, the crew behind The Mandalorian no longer need to go out to faraway locations to shoot. Instead, they are able to shoot in a set they call The Volume which makes use of massive rear-projected LED screens to create immersive environments that can be changed in real-time to suit their filming needs, essentially working as an immersive real-time green screen.
Real props such as parts of a ship were used to help blend the LED projections with reality, helping to create incredibly realistic environments.
Actor Giancarlo Esposito (Moff Gideon) shares his experience working with the new Stagecraft technology,
Jon Favreau’s brilliant. Technically, this show has a new technology [that’s] never really [been] refined as much as it is right now. We’re in a place called The Volume, where we do most of our acting, where set pieces are brought in, where we can control the physical atmosphere of what is projected on the walls and control how gravity is; you get a feeling that gravity is being played with.
While we eagerly await the release of a behind-the-scenes video showing us how the crew utilizes the Stagecraft technology, here are some new behind-the-scenes photos (via The VP Movie Club) of the set being used. It is evident from a glance at how big the set is, with the screen surrounding the entire set, allowing the crew to film from any angle they like.