Disney and Lucasfilm have been pulling back the curtain on the making of The Mandalorian and it never ceases to be impressive. The show’s “stagecraft” technology, where a rear-projected LED screen creates a reactive real-time environment for a film scene, is nothing short of mind-blowing, representing a whole new avenue for filmmaking in the years ahead. But this tech is not limited to major corporations and major productions like the first live-action Star Wars TV series. A new video shows the tech in action on a smaller scale, and it’s equally impressive.
Cinematographer Eben Bolter, whose credits include HBO’s Avenue 5 and the BBC’s The Woman in White, shared a video showing this new technology at work. Filmed at the U.K.’s Rebellion Studios, the video finds a small crew simulating a scene where a man walks through a subway car using only a screen projecting a live CG background. Honestly, it’s probably better for you to click play on the video below rather than listen to me try to explain it.
Illuminating day playing with mandalorian style tech at the new Rebellion Studios. Live CG 3D backgrounds with active parallax etc. Future now ? pic.twitter.com/L0MZQb2MGe
— Eben Bolter BSC (@ebenbolter) July 30, 2020
This is filmed on a much smaller scale than The Mandalorian, which uses massive screens inside a giant studio space to create its sci-fi locations. However, this small crew and that mobile screen suggest that this isn’t solely the tool of massive film and TV productions. Are we looking at a future where television shows, commercials, and even small films can use this tech to create worlds and locations previously thought impossible on a more modest budget? It certainly seems that way.
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