More than one of the best additions to the Star Wars universe in recent memory, the first season of The Mandalorian was notable for introducing a whole new technique of filmmaking called StageCraft. With the help of Epic Games and NVIDIA, Industrial Light and Magic has developed a suite of tools for creating digital sets. At the heart of StageCraft is what we call “the volume”. It’s a physical whole surrounded by massive LED screens. And in a new behind-the-scenes video, the visual effects studio details the improvements it made to the technology to coincide with season two of The Mandalorian.
“We now have the ability to grab any tree in a forest… and move it independently,” said visual effects supervisor Richard Bluff. If you’ve seen the show, you know where it’s going. Helios helped create the perfect atmosphere for one of the most remarkable scenes in “The Jedi”.
As before, one of the main advantages of StageCraft is that it allows productions to run more efficiently. In the video, ILM says the technology has enabled teams to cover 30-50% more pages per day than before. In addition, ILM says it is constantly working to improve technology. And he expects many of those improvements to have a significant impact on how teams run and run in the future.