The Mandalorian may have temporarily retired from Disney Plus after the end of its second season in December, but the saga of the infamous bounty hunter and his precious cargo Child (AKA Grogu) is still fresh in our keen minds.
One obvious improvement over the season premiere was the stunning special effects sophomores witnessed when the fine line between illusion and reality was often blurred.
In honor of cinematic witchcraft, the wizards of Industrial Light and Magic recently released a showcase pulling back the curtain on some of their best digital tricks for The Mandalorian.
Watch a 3-minute sample of ILM’s art for Season 2 in the video above and find out why their talent received 13 Visual Effects Society Award nominations.
The show’s special effects work was created in all five ILM studios (San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver, London and Sydney), as well as a number of third-party vendors working under the direct direction of ILM.
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A total of eight episodes of “The Mandalorian” required nearly 5,000 visual effects shots, in addition to the real-time effects ILM created for use during main photography. Their impressive endeavors used a mix of techniques ranging from miniatures, virtual sets and motion controls to traditional puppetry, advanced animatronics, and photorealistic CG characters.
Even if you want to keep ILM secrets in the second season of The Mandalorian, there’s no denying the team’s limitless imagination, innovation and attention to detail. This is the way!
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