The second season of The Mandalorian, which ended last week, managed to make the series of Star Wars scome again the most talked about of the moment. But its technology and visual effects keep extremely interesting secrets, among which we highlight the three most important.
A set called The Volume
The impressive visual invoice of the series would not have been possible if Disney and Lucasfilm they were not betting on this technology that had never been used before in film or television. It is a gigantic circular set, with a wall of LED dynamics, where scenarios are projected in real time on the great mural.
This innovation uses video game technology so that background images move while the series is filming. This allows the members of the other teams to work in a more traditional and realistic way, since they can see the scenes in motion, instead of the false green or blue screens that are usually used.
In addition to that, the projected scenarios on the huge LED iinteract with physical extensions on set (another achievement that gives it texture and realism). Of course with digital effects made in post-production, although these are no longer so abundant or invasive. If The Mandalorian stands out for that delicate photograph, it is thanks to The Volume.
That riddle called Baby Yoda
Everyone’s favorite character was, for quite some time, the production’s best kept secret. But it was certainly the fact that it is a puppet which added several points.
As explained in episode 5 of the documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda is an animatronic doll with very sophisticated technology. So much so that it has to be operated by six technicians or puppeteers.
For example, one controls the movement of the ears by remote control, others are in charge of the eyes, while the torso is in charge of a more traditional puppeteer. He coordination level is extremely complex, like that of a band rehearsing, as explained by one of the managers.
German filmmaker Werner Herzog, who appears briefly in the early episodes of The Mandalorian and interacts with the doll, he was delighted with it. He managed to convince directors and producers to take advantage of it, without the intervention of digital effects. The result could not be better: today is, without a doubt, one of the most loved ones in the entire galactic saga.
A surprise appearance
The apotheosis of Luke Skywalker at the closing of the last episode left the fans excited. However, the technology used to show his face did not leave everyone happy. For some, it does honor to the saga; for others, the digital effect of the CGI looked a bit disturbing.
Nor is much what is known yet about this surprise. According to the credits, actor Max Lloyd-Jones is listed as a double for the Jedi. However, it is likely that he only performed the fight scenes. Instead, it appears that it is Mark Hamill himself who put the face on Luke, and that technology was applied to rejuvenate him.
Will the same CGI be used in future installments of the saga? Or will another alternative be sought that left the followers more satisfied? We’ll see.