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When a TV series arrives looking like a feature film it means one of 2 things. A LOT of money has been thrown at it, or there’s been a technological advancement, and in the case of The Mandalorian, there’s elements of both. Take a look at the new Stagecraft technology, which means the series had no need to go out on location, instead shooting almost entirely within a volume and capturing as much as they could in-camera.

Even though Disney+ spent a lot of money to get the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian off the ground, they still had to be a little more conservative with the budget than they are with the feature films. Instead of building massive sets, Lucasfilm is utilizing new “Stagecraft” technology that uses a rear-projected LED screen to create a reactive environment that essentially works as an immersive real-time green screen. Now, thanks to new set photos from behind the scenes, we can see the Stagecraft tech at work.

The work is amazing – that sky isn’t real, it’s on a screen! – and this month’s issue of American Cinematographer goes in-depth into this incredible process.