The fact that the set is much more contained is a benefit, because you can limit the number of people. A lot of the people controlling it are doing it remotely from what we call the Brain Bar, which is a bank of gaming computers, essentially. The amount of people near the camera could be much smaller than [usual]. We also shoot a lot outside, which is helpful, too. We build to a moment in filming more like an animated production. Where we have a lot of storyboards, a lot of discussions and scouting in virtual reality. We use cinematic tools in VR much the same way we did for The Lion King and The Jungle Book. A lot of times the actors you are seeing on the screen aren’t actually there on set.
That basically gives you the reasons why at least for the cast, it would be safe to film. Other precautions for the crew need to be taken to make it completely insulated from the virus. In a time of multiple delays and setbacks for productions, it’s nice to know that this one can still go on.
Why The Mandalorian Is Different
The Mandalorian is a peculiar show in the way that it has a pretty small cast. Shows like Game of Thrones, or other dramas that have larger casts, might have issues with keeping socially distant during this time. While I’m sure like the NBA, a bubble is needed to keep the entire cast and crew out of danger, one of the main characters of the show wears a helmet 99.9% of the time. You can’t get much safer than that when the cameras are rolling. The sets are open-air and green-screen. So the actors and crew aren’t going to have to travel to some far-off place. The 15-time Emmy nominated show isn’t invincible from the virus, but these precautions and protocols are great.
There’s no official word on when season three begins filming. But season two is due out in October sometime, and we could be getting a trailer at some point during the NBA playoffs. Thinking about season three before season two comes out is a bit of counting chickens before they hatch. But, with all the news of various casting choices for the second season, it’s loaded with talent. We’ll just have to see when October rolls around and Mandalorian-fever begins again.
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