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Jon Favreau on How He Was Able to Make The Mandalorian and Tell the Story He Wanted

Discussion in 'The Mandalorian' started by SWNN Probe, Aug 21, 2019.

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    Last month we learned that Jon Favreau has already started pre-production on season 2 of The Mandalorian, which debuts on Disney+ this November. The reason Favreau and Lucasfilm are able to churn out a show of this magnitude on a television production schedule is due to the latest in film production technology. Favreau has opened up a bit about the process of making The Mandalorian, including what these advancements in live action film and television production allow him to do, from visual and storytelling perspectives.





    Before we get into Favreau's interview, here are character models for The Mandalorian. That one figure looks like an Ugnaught doesn't it? I wonder if we are getting a look at the character Nick Nolte is playing in the series. We reported on this back in December via a leak by Making Star Wars.



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    Okay, on to Favreau! In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Favreau explains how producing live action television has changed in that things that used to be impossible (due to budget and time) are now very doable, thanks to the incredible advancement in production technology, including visual effects.



    Favreau on the fascination of seeing technology and storytelling overlap to create something seamless:
    Favreau reveals that he learned from production technologies and techniques in The Lion King, and brought them to The Mandalorian. This may be a live action TV series, but when you think about the fact that they are using the same technology used on one of the biggest visual effects undertakings of all time, we may be in for an incredible ride this fall. Here is Favreau explaining how it all went down:

    Is 'digital production' a stigma Star Wars productions should avoid due to the backlash from the prequels? Favreau seems to disagree.

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    Who better to speak to about visual effects, two decades after the prequels were in production, than the creator of ILM and the maker himself, George Lucas. Favreau talks about Lucas's visit to the set of The Mandalorian and how the two filmmakers compared eras of how they worked within the confines of what was 'state of the art' during their respective times.

    This video wall that Favreau is referring to allows him to do things that productions used to have to travel to specific locations all over the world to achieve. And while film productions still do that (The Rise of Skywalker, for example), technology has reached a point where Favreau can pull things off on television budgets that were once considered unimaginable.

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    Favreau pitched the idea to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy (and Disney of course), but ultimately knew if he was going to play in this world, he wanted to do it on his terms, so he wrote half of the first season before bringing it to them - providing tangible evidence of his vision.
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    Favreau prefers telling 'smaller' Star Wars, and he explains what that means:
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    The interview stretches out beyond the galaxy far, far away, but we wanted to give you guys the parts that focus solely on Star Wars. For the full interview, head over to THR.

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    This is going to sound strange but this interview, and hearing Favreau's confidence and conviction in his vision and what the latest in television production technology allows him to do, has me more excited about The Mandalorian than the footage I saw at Star Wars Celebration. I think we are in for an incredible ride this fall, and I am very happy to hear that season 2 is already in pre-production! We are less than three months away from the debut of Favreau's brainchild, which may go down as one of the most innovative ground-breaking undertakings in live action TV history.

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    The Mandalorian premieres on Disney+ in the US on November 12.

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    “bigger than television but not the expectation that a big holiday release has...”
    This does sound exactly like the kind of content I expect out of Disney+.

    I do not mind them going “small,” but what I fear is Disney+ will eventually go cheap. Remember when Disney first announced they’re making direct-to-videos? The first few animated films were ok, but..,.. let’s not go into what happened less than 5 years later.
     
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    Great video demonstrating the new technology:

     
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