CNBC posted a report to their website giving their take on how the cutting technology used in ‘The Mandalorian’ could be a solution to filming in the times of the corona virus. ‘The Mandalorian’ is an extremely successful show streaming on Disney+, with the latest season to release October 30th this year.
“The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has crippled film production in the U.S., causing shooting delays and hindering widespread travel. A technology developed for the Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” could be the solution.
Due to Covid-19, productions have scrambled to meet new guidelines that protect cast and crew during the filmmaking process. That includes social distancing and reducing the number of people on set at a given time as well as testing staff at least three times a week. …
That’s where LED screens come in.
Although not the first production to implement LED technology, “The Mandalorian” has become the most famous for it. The team at famed visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic devised a system known as StageCraft that immerses actors in a 20-foot high, 75-foot wide and 270-degree semicircle of LED video walls.
The technical innovation from the veteran special effects house doesn’t just place a static image on the screen, it moves the 3D image in time with the movement of the camera. Thus, creating a seamless background that acts just like a real location.”
Essentially, the article is saying the LED technology used to create the worlds of The Mandalorian instead of having many practical sets or multiple filming locations could be a key to safer production during the pandemic. You could be in a soundstage with only the LED screens and have actors be in New York one minute, and Shanghai the next without any travel or exposure risk.
It is possible for this to be one good solution to the many problems being faced by many production teams during this time. But as we know there really is never a perfect “right” answer on how to handle getting back to work during this COVID-19 outbreak, and everyone is just doing their best.
What would you think if this technology being used to help get more productions back up and running during the pandemic?