Early rumours had Kenobi filming in an entirely different way than The Mandalorian, utilising more traditional filming methods and hitting up real world locations in a lengthy shoot. However, speaking with ACE Universe Ewan McGregor indicated that StageCraft technology will indeed be utilised for the show.
“They employ that incredible screen, and I don’t even begin to know how it works, but it’s pretty amazing, y’know. And so when you’re on set, if you’re in a snowscape or something, well, when you look around, you see that. And it makes you feel like you’re in the place; I think it’s going to be more, it’s going to feel realer for us, for the actors. And I think we’ll be using some of that technology on our show.”
We all remember Ewan’s struggles with blue and green screen on the prequel trilogy so this fresh technology is tailor-made for him and, given this years pandemic shifting all shooting schedules back significantly and the pause button wisely hit on the show to make sure the script was where Lucasfilm wanted it to be, the use of StageCraft could well be a hi-tech, efficient and time-saving way of keeping the show to schedule with a visual quality that – as we know full well from The Mandalorian and it’s behind the scenes show Disney Gallery – will look incredible.
To listen to ILM Animation Director Hal Hickel talk about The Mandalorian and the incredible advances of StageCraft technology, listen below.