How well do you know the hit Disney+ series? Here’s some fun facts and information about the Mandalorian!
The Darksaber was a practical effect.
One of the coolest moments of season one was the reveal of the Darksaber. It’s quite a surprise to see Moff Gideon in possession of the legendary weapon. Even cooler than that reveal? The Darksaber was actually a practical effect! In previous Star Wars films, the blades of characters’ lightsabers have been added in with visual effects after filming, so the Darksaber being an in-camera effect is especially unique to the Star Wars franchise.
Parts of the series were filmed in a technologically advanced soundstage called The Volume.
To transport viewers to a galaxy far, far away, The Mandalorian utilized a new stage called The Volume. It’s a stage surrounded by high-definition video screens. The Volume allows any kind of landscape or setting to be projected on the screens, so actor can seamlessly perform in any surroundings in real time. In fact, this was a milestone for filming.
Jon Favreau explains:
“The Mandalorian is the first production ever to use real-time rendering and video wall in-camera set extensions and effects.”
The benefits of this technology extend to even the smallest details: Because the projections exist in real time, landscape and props would properly reflect onto anything on the stage, meaning nothing needed to be added in for post-production!
The final episode of the Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, “Connections,” reveals a galaxy’s worth of Easter eggs in The Mandalorian, but here are some of our favorites:
- Blurrgs, the beasts owned and trained by Kuiil, first appeared in the 1985 TV movie Ewoks: Battle For Endor, and had also previously appeared in the critically acclaimed animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels
- Disney Legend Mark Hamill has a voice cameo in “Chapter 5: The Gunslinger” as the droid bartender in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Hamill has previously voiced characters in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, so this carries on a long-held tradition of keeping your ears open for a familiar voice.
- You might already know that directors Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow have cameos in The Mandalorian’s sixth episode, “The Prisoner,” but do you know how their cameos connect to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? All three directors filmed their cameos inside the X-Wing fighter that would later be placed in the Resistance camp at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- R5-D4, the droid Owen Lars almost buys before purchasing R2-D2 instead, is still at the Mos Eisley Cantina—and it looks like his motivator never did get repaired!
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