The Mandalorian seems to have brought about a mini technical revolution in the filmmaking world. The Volume, as the show’s creators called it, projects the environment that the characters are seen in on the show on giant LED screens which allows the actors to see the environment around them. A game changer for shows and movies that would previously rely on Green Screen technology to achieve the visual effects needed to bring characters into a certain environment.
Ewan McGregor recently spoke to Ace Universe about the upcoming Obi Wan Kenobi series for Disney+, and one of his primary topics of conversation was how the technology upgrades since the early 2000’s will make the show much easier for him and other actors.
“I’m just going to enjoy it all much more. Our technology is such that we’d shot the first one [The Phantom Menace] on film, and the second one [Attack of the Clones] when we got to Australia on the then new HD cameras, which are pretty primitive compared to what they are now. Technically, it was quite complicated. It was all blue screen and green screen. It was hard to imagine it. Nowadays, things have moved on so much. A lot of what you see is going to be what we see on the set.”
From here, Ewan goes into a description of the Volume LED screen room from The Mandalorian and how that will positively impact the performances given by actors.
“They employ that incredible screen. I can’t begin to know how it works, but it’s pretty amazing. So when you are on set if it is a snowscape, when you look around, you see that, and it makes you feel like you are in that place. I think it will feel realer for us, for the actors. I think we will be using some of that technology on our show.”
Since the announcement of the show, people around the internet have just been calling it the Kenobi series for Disney+, and it seems like that is the best it can be called right now as their is no official title that Ewan is aware of.
“As yet untitled, as you mentioned, but there are some great fan ideas for it. I don’t know if you have seen the fan art, but there is an amazing poster where they’ve named it ‘Hello There’. That’s kind of fun, that would get my vote.”
Ewan also mentioned that he knows what the story for the show is about, but he isn’t going to let that slip quite yet.