Ghostbusters VFX

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a vintage featurette on the making of the ghosts, monsters, and visual effects of the original Ghostbusters. Plus, learn how the famous “Oh Yeah” song from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off came into existence, and listen to a roundtable discussion hopefully Emmy contenders in TV directing, including Jonathan Nolan (Westworld), Deborah Chow (The Mandalorian), Alex Garland (Devs), and more. Read More »

The Mandalorian Previsualization

This week’s edition of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian was shorter than usual, running just under 20 minutes. However, it revealed some more fascinating behind-the-scenes details of the live-action Star Wars series. Like the previous two episodes, this one keeps the focus on the technical side, specifically the visualization process used to plan what will go in front of cameras, both practically and in the immersive virtual set known as The Volume. And we see yet again how The Mandalorian shakes up the typical film production process.

In this episode, it’s revealed that The Mandalorian is not only groundbreaking in the technology being used to make the Star Wars series, but also the manner in which the production is planned through storyboards and previsualization. More specifically, every single episode of The Mandalorian was previsualized in its entirety, and they did it by using the same virtual cinema technology that Jon Favreau utilized while remaking The Lion King. Read More »

The Mandalorian - Original Greef Karga Plans

The third episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian arrived on Disney+ today, and with it comes a focus on the show’s small but stellar ensemble cast, which introduces a batch of memorable new characters into the live-action Star Wars universe.

Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and Carl Weathers sat down with executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni to discuss their experience working on The Mandalorian, get their perspective on Star Wars and share some stories from behind the scenes. Easily the most fascinating reveal from this particular episode involves learning that not only was Carl Weathers’ character Greef Karga originally designed for him to be in alien prosthetic make-up, but he was going to be killed off in “Chapter 3: The Sin.”

Get more details on that and all the finer points of the new episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian. Read More »

The Mandalorian - Jon Favreay and Dave Filoni

In honor of Star Wars Day, the first episode of the new documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian has arrived on Disney+. The series begins by profiling all of the directors who took on an episode in the first season of the live-action Star Wars series. The result is a collection of some entertaining anecdotes from long before The Mandalorian was even an idea, perspective on tackling something as big as Star Wars, and a peek at how the show was produced.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the finer points of the first episode, including executive producer Dave Filoni telling the story of how he nearly blew his opportunity to tackle The Clone Wars, which turned him into the Star Wars creator that fans adore today. Read More »

Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Setting Details

Last week, the third episode of The Mandalorian arrived on Disney+, and many are calling it the best episode of the season so far. That’s largely thanks to the directorial efforts of Deborah Chow, the first woman to ever direct a live-action piece of media in the Star Wars universe. From action to touching moments with Baby Yoda, Chow handled Star Wars with grace and excitement, and she’s about to do it all over again with the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

Originally planned to be a feature film, the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to Disney+ takes place between the time of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. There’s a lengthy period of time between the two movies, and the Obi-Wan series will dig into a small chunk of it. For her part, Chow is happy to have the added hours to really dig into this time period and explore what the galaxy is like during this time. Read More »

All throughout the production of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, I had heard rumblings of the groundbreaking technology being used to create the first-ever Star Wars live-action television show. Producer Jon Favreau has talked briefly about the process while doing press, mentioning that the series makes use of a new tech that creates virtual backgrounds using large high-resolution screens. The filmmaker would rather have audiences concentrate on the story than the tech, so we won’t likely see any real behind-the-scenes features on the technology until after the first season airs in its entirety (Notably, Favreau took the same approach for Jungle Book and Lion King).

I’ve watched the first two episodes of The Mandalorian multiple times now and tried to find the seams. Where is this tech being used? What is practical and what is being generated virtually on a performance capture “volume” in the soundstages next to James Cameron’s Avatar sequels?

Yesterday, I attended a “Women of Lucasfilm—What Drives You?” panel discussion at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles in support of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It was wonderful to hear stories from the women who are bringing Star Wars into the next decade and beyond.

Late into the panel discussion, the conversation turned to George Lucas‘ fearless innovation that has been a part of the Star Wars DNA. Remember, ILM was created to help bring a galaxy far, far away to life. The female dream team on the panel spoke for over 15 minutes about how this new tech could change television and cinema forever. And director Deborah Chow talked about possibly using this new “Stagecraft” technology in Disney+’s upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi tv series.

Read More »

Obi-Wan Kenobi TV Series

Disney and Lucasfilm will be releasing the first live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, when Disney+ launches in just a couple days on November 12. But they’re already hard at work on the next round of Star Wars content that will be coming to the streaming service, and that includes a six episode series focusing on Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi eight years after the events of Revenge of the Sith. Originally, this story was going to be a feature film, but it’s been retooled into a series, and writer Hossein Amini is happy to take more time to explore the state of things, both in Obi-Wan’s life and the galaxy at large. Find out what he had to say about the forthcoming series below. Read More »

Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series has found the director it has been looking for. Deborah Chow has been tapped to be the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series director for the yet-untitled project, which will debut on the forthcoming Disney streaming service that launches this November. The series, which features the return of Ewan McGregor as the beloved Jedi Master, is set to begin production in 2020. Read More »

the mandalorian

Just a day ago, the news broke that Jon Favreau‘s mystery Star Wars TV series would be titled The Mandalorian and follow the escapades of a lone gunfighter on the Outer Rim planet of Mandalore.

Along with the title, the star-studded roster of episode directors were announced, including Star Wars stalwarts like Dave FiloniThor Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi, and two of the first female directors for a Star Wars live-action project. Now, more information has been released about which episodes these high-profile directors will helm.

Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

the mandalorian

Production on the Star Wars live-action television series has officially begun and we have our first look at Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, which is being produced for Disney’s upcoming streaming service. Hit the jump to learn more about The Mandalorian.

Read More »