Star Wars The Last Jedi - Mark Hamill Beard as Luke Skywalker

The Mandalorian kicked off with one of the biggest surprises in the history of Star Wars by introducing fans to the adorable little asset known as The Child, but lovingly referred to by everyone as Baby Yoda. However, throughout the first season of the series on Disney+, there are plenty of other secrets, Easter eggs, and references to the rest of the Star Wars saga that you might not have known about. Many of these were revealed or discussed as each episode of The Mandalorian was released, but the biggest one that no one seems to have known about involves one of the most important stars of The Skywalker Saga. 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 Technology - George Lucas

Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian continues to provide fascinating insights into the making of the first live-action Star Wars series. One aspect of the production we’ve covered previously was the innovative Stagecraft technology used to create immersive virtual environments in real time and in-camera, rather than the standard green screen technology that requires background visual effects to be added in post-production. This technology, referred to as The Volume by the cast and crew, is one of the most amazing innovations in filmmaking technology in recent years. But as the fourth episode of The Mandalorian documentary series revealed, it’s also something Star Wars creator George Lucas wanted to do himself nearly a decade ago. 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 »

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The second episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian has arrived, and in it, executive producer Jon Favreau hones in on the legacy of Star Wars and how it impacted the making of The Mandalorian. For this episode, he’s brought in some longtime Star Wars veterans and Lucasfilm collaborators to discuss the saga, including the company’s president Kathleen Kennedy, Industrial Light & Magic visual effects supervisors John Knoll and Richard Bluff, and animation director Hal Hickel. The overall vibe of the episode honors what came before, especially the vision of George Lucas, which goes far beyond Star Wars.

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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 »

the mandalorian season 3

The second season of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian doesn’t arrive on the streaming platform for another six months, but a new report says that pre-production on a third season is already underway. Get the details below. Read More »

Robert Rodriguez Directing The Mandalorian Season 2

Not too long ago, there was an unsubstantiated rumor going around that Logan director James Mangold and Alita: Battle Angel director Robert Rodriguez would be directing episodes in the second season of the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian. However, since James Mangold flat out debunked the story and Robert Rodriguez never said a thing, it didn’t sound like any of it was true. But today, we have word that half of that story was accurate after all: Robert Rodriguez has directed at least one episode in the second season of The Mandalorian. Read More »

The Mandalorian Season 2 Directors

When The Mandalorian debuted on Disney+ last fall, the first episode marked the live-action directorial debut of The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni (seen above left). It was a surprising move, especially when the series was also executive produced by experienced director Jon Favreau, who had films like Iron Man and The Lion King remake under his belt. But the first episode drew fans in and helped kick off this exciting new era of Star Wars on the small screen. So it should come as no surprise that Filoni will again get behind the camera as one of The Mandalorian season 2 directors. Read More »

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Micro Mayhem, “a series of over-the-top shorts where the cars are the characters,” uses toy cars to tell violent, action-packed stories. Jon Favreau‘s Golem Creations is executive producing, while Seth Green‘s Stoopid Buddy Studios will co-produce alongside eOne. Check out the original viral short below. Read More »