Innovative Virtual Production Helps The Third Floor Deliver Ambitious ‘The Mandalorian’ Visuals
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With the premiere of Jon Favreau and Lucasfilms Emmy Award-winning live-action series Star Wars, The Mandalorian, on October 30th, Disney + finally gave fans the long-awaited sequel to the Mando saga, his quest to return. the baby “Yoda to his home and the hostile new characters, creatures and adventures that await him.

To help Lucasfilm and ILM deliver cinema-quality imagery in a tight, episodic TV schedule, the leading visualization company leads the way The third floor has teamed up with serial producers again and brought their innovative, state-of-the-art virtual production capabilities into the mix for another season of galactic thrills and adventure.

During the first and second seasons of the ambitious series, both companies developed a variety of new virtual technologies and techniques to optimize production. These real-time improvements were used to save more time for creative experimentation and to synchronize virtual and real sets, lighting and camera settings.

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The virtual production process for The Mandalorian started in the Virtual Art Department (VAD). VAD artists were able to refer to inspiring production design concepts and create them as explorable 3D virtual sets. These central set pieces were virtually examined by directors and data protection officers, who were able to evaluate the choice of lighting, mood and time of day in order to make their actual lighting decisions.

With virtual blocking, directors can plan their scenes shot by shot and communicate a clear vision for what is being filmed. The coverage can be visualized to design movements in virtual environments depicting physical LED volumes, steps and locations. This helps the crews to plan more efficiently on the day of shooting.

Virtual blocks can be created faster than traditional animated role models by using real-time tools such as wireless motion detection and virtual cameras. Performances by actors and stunt staff can be directed and recorded, and changes or new ideas are instantly shown in real time as a fully rendered preview. Directors can record recordings interactively and efficiently refine their list of recordings.

Digital assets can be used on set using the Cyclops virtual production app developed by The Third Floor to display CG characters live in real-life recording environments.

The virtual production techniques developed for The Mandalorian show how the visualization industry is evolving rapidly in order to accelerate production and define directors' visions as early and comprehensively as possible.

The Mandalorian Season 2 is now streamed on Disney +.

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