TECH BYTE: A Look at Tech Used in the Mandalorian

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Mandalorian TV show on Disney+ has drawn fans from all over.

And like any Star Wars series, it takes a lot of technology to make it all come to life.

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Filmmakers are no longer just relying on green screens to make their pictures lifelike.

Creators of the Mandalorian are instead using LED walls as their virtual set.

It’s like what you would see in a video game, but it’s even more believable.

The volume wall used in the Mandalorian is 21 feet tall, and 75 feet in diameter. It shows images made in pre-production that serve as a backdrop for the actors, and really set the scene.

The wall makes it easy for the actors to forget where they really are.

It wouldn’t be Star Wars if they didn’t feel like they’re on another planet in a galaxy far, far away.

The LED wall is also less work for filmmakers in post-production. The background moves behind the actors, so it’s more realistic.

Cinematographers don’t have to guess where certain elements are like they would on a green screen. They can immediately frame their shot, as if the object is literally right in front of them.

There are also benefits to lighting with an LED wall.

Filmmakers can easily adjust the colors and exposure, and even move around some digital objects anytime they want.

Green screens can reflect green back onto the actors, or spill. They would really be a problem on this show with the Mandalorian’s reflective armor.

The virtual set isn’t cheap, but directors save money later by not having to travel to so many locations.

They just change what they want on the screen if they want to be someplace new.

The LED wall definitely looks to be a new trend for filmmakers.

It’ll be interesting to see how this technology will continue to advance even more in the next season of the Mandalorian.

The first two seasons are streaming now on Disney+.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now starting at 5:30. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at ecassulo@wdef.com if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’