ILM Shares a Behind-the-Scenes Look At The Mandalorian’s Immersive Virtual Sets

ILM Shares a Look At The Mandalorian’s Immersive Virtual Sets

Before Disney purchased Lucasfilm, Star Wars creator George Lucas often said that making a live-action series just wasn’t feasible. However, technology has helped change the game for Disney+’s The Mandalorian. The series is rumored to have a $15 million budget per episode; which makes it one of the most expensive TV shows of all-time. Additionally, the special effects are feature film worthy. Now, ILM is pulling the curtain back to reveal how the series creates its alien environments.

In a newly released video, series creator Jon Favreau, and several members of the special effects team show off the impressive virtual sets. Epic Games’ Unreal Engine is a critical part of The Mandalorian‘s backdrop. Through a partnership with Epic, Golem Creations, Fuse, Lux Machina, Profile Studios, and ARRI, ILM didn’t need to go on location. Instead, the team created a revolutionary LED video environment.

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While there are some practical effects and physical sets married with the virtual, the groundbreaking aspect is the way it appears in-camera. The background system was designed to match the desired on set lighting and atmosphere. As a result, the stunning visuals appear to be real locations instead of CGI renderings. This gave the series another layer of realism that makes its sci-fi fantasy pop on the screen. It may even be the future of location shooting.

What do you think about The Mandalorian‘s immersive virtual sets? Let us know in the comment section below!

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