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

The series Star Wars as Obi-Wan Kenobi mobilize state-of-the-art “volume” technology, or StageCraft. The cast performs in front of a very high quality screen displaying virtual sets. But with Andorthese are real sets, real and mechanical, which are mobilized.

Have you ever had a visually odd feeling while watching The Mandalorian, The Boba Fett Book and Obi-Wan Kenobi ? These three series of the universe Star Wars mobilize a brand new state-of-the-art technology: the StageCraft, also called “volume”. This production technique, still considered a pioneer, places the actors and actresses on a set equipped with an ultra-high definition video set. The cast is therefore already immersed, at the time of the take by the filmmaker, in digital environments – no green screen and no real decor either.

The StageCraft gives an impression of breathtaking realism. In fact, the last 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 seem smooth, in addition to a gap between the characters and their environment, removing some credibility from the images.

Whatever one thinks of this method, the next series Star Wars will break at least temporarily with this new process. In the columns of the American magazine Empirethe showrunner ofAndor — Tony Gilroy — announced on August 1 that the StageCraft “ was not used at all “.

An “old school” shoot for Andor

Expected for the end of September 2021 on Disney+, Andor will be a prequel to RogueOne. Five years before the end of the film, the series will follow the rebel Cassian Andor. The entire season was shot on giant sets built in Pinewood (England) and in different real environments around the world. ” Yep, we play it old school “, laughs the showrunner. Apart from the special effects and some green backgrounds, the contexts and objects are really present alongside the characters.

Andor was partly filmed 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 from parts taken from old ships. I used to get out of it and just stare at it. Breathtaking. She remembers long walks in the Scottish mountains to get from filming location A to filming location B. We will therefore be a long way from an ultra HD screen broadcasting virtual sets like in Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The choice comes from an artistic direction corresponding to a somewhat dark work, anchored in the harshness of a rumbling rebellion. Andor promises to be quite close to a political thriller in a context of space opera. Real, concrete sets stick more to this raw atmosphere, rather than smooth environments like in the latest productions Star Wars.

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