No comparison to “Obi-Wan Kenobi” & Co: That’s why “Andor” looks so much better than the previous “Star Wars” series – series news

With the first two trailers, “Star Wars: Andor” stands out pleasantly from the look of the previous Disney+ series “The Mandalorian”, “Boba Fett” and “Obi-Wan Kenobi”. The reason: not using the revolutionary Mandalorian technology…

Thanks to The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars is no longer just in the cinema, but now also on the small screen. This was made possible, among other things, by the development of the so-called StageCraft technology (or its use on the set called The Volume), a huge video wallin which backgrounds calculated in real time can be displayed – apparently a significant improvement for the cast and crew over the classic filming in front of endless green screens and blue screens.

Yet With all of the above Star Wars series – and most recently with Obi-Wan – StageCraft technology also had its problems: For example, many fans complained that the backgrounds and sets (such as Tatooine’s desert panoramas) felt kind of flat and fake – and it was noticeable that a surprising number of scenes were set in medium-sized, semi-circular rooms, because that shape suits the volume well.

“Andor” dispenses with the “Mandalorian” technology

And this is where the new Star Wars series Andor comes into play, because as many fans noticed after the first two promising trailers, the look of Star Wars: Andor appears to be very different from the other Star Wars “. And not without reason: As “Andor” creator Tony Gilroy revealed, the series completely dispensed with StageCraft technology.

Of course, computer effects are still used in “Andor”, but Gilroy’s team primarily set the tone practical effects, sets actually built at the legendary Pinewood Studios in England and filming that took place not only in the studio but on real locations – just like the first “Star Wars” film was shot in the desert of Tunisia.

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This is partly associated with some effort: like Cassian Andor actor Diego Luna the film magazine Empire reported they had to walk for hours up a mountain in Scotland just to shoot a scene there. “Huge effort. Very dangerous to get there. All you see are sky, trees, rivers, lakes. Great! Like being on another planet.”

But the advantages of this approach can already be guessed at from the trailer, whose dirty, gloomy and (by “Star Wars” standards) realistic look is strongly reminiscent of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” – which is of course no coincidence, after all ” Andor” was the background to this and Tony Gilroy was already in charge of the extensive post-shooting for “Rogue One”.

We will soon find out whether “Star Wars: Andor” keeps what the trailer promises: The first three episodes will be available on September 21, 2022 on Disney +, then it will continue on a weekly basis.

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