Andor is the only Star Wars series not to use the new StageCraft technology

The series Star Wars how Obi-Wan Kenobi mobilize cutting-edge “volume” technology or StageCraft. The cast performs in front of a very high quality screen showing virtual sets. But with Andorthese are real, real and mechanical wholes that mobilize.

Have you ever had a visually strange feeling when watching The Mandalorian, Boba Fett’s book And Obi-Wan Kenobi ? These three series of the universe Star Wars mobilize a brand new cutting-edge technology: the StageCraft, also called “volume”. This production technique, still considered a pioneer, places the actors and actresses on a set equipped with a very high definition video set. The cast is therefore already immersed, at the time of the shooting by the filmmaker, in digital environments: no green screen and not even a real decoration.

The StageCraft gives an impression of breathtaking realism. Indeed, the latest series Star Wars are very beautiful. But this is not unanimous as an aesthetic choice: this visual approach to reality is so advanced that it sounds paradoxically false. The sets sometimes look smooth, plus a gap between the characters and their environment, removing some credibility from the images.

Whatever you think of this method, the next series Star Wars will at least temporarily stop with this new process. On the columns of the American magazine Empirethe showrunner ofAndor – Tony Gilroy – announced on August 1 that StageCraft ” it was not used at all “.

An “old school” take for Andor

Scheduled for late September 2021 on Disney +, Andor will be a prequel to RogueOne. Five years before the film ends, the series will follow the rebel Cassian Andor. The entire season was filmed on giant sets built in Pinewood (England) and in different real environments around the world. ” Yes, let’s play old school “Laughs the showrunner. Aside from the special effects and some green backgrounds, the contexts and objects are really present alongside the characters.

Andor was partly shot in Scotland. // Source: Disney +

Everything is mechanical. We interact with real objects “, Tells the magazine Fiona Shaw, the interpreter of Maarva. ” My character’s house is built with parts taken from old ships. I went out and stared at him. Breathtaking. Remember the long walks in the Scottish mountains to go from filming location A to filming location B. We will therefore be very far from an ultra HD screen broadcasting virtual sets like in Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The choice stems from an artistic direction corresponding to a somewhat obscure work, anchored in the harshness of an echoing rebellion. Andor promises to be close enough to a political thriller in a context of space work. Real, concrete sets stick more to this raw vibe, rather than smooth environments like in the latest productions Star Wars.

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