The challenge for the filmmakers working on Lucasfilm’s television series The Mandalorian was in creating the look and feel of the Star Wars universe. The same look and feel as the blockbuster feature film audiences have viewed for 40 years. But on a television series budget and with an eight-chapter schedule. Eight chapters with approximately 3,800 visual effects shots.
Industrial Light & Magic visual effects supervisor Richard Bluff, the production’s overall visual effects supervisor, oversaw that work with help from ILM visual effects supervisor Jason Porter.
“It’s two and a half movie’s worth of work in half a movie’s time,” Porter says. “Even with two supervisors, we were jammed all day, every day. But, no one wanted to do the TV version of Star Wars. We wanted to do the Star Wars version. We needed that quality and scope.”
Several vendors, including four of ILM’s five global studios (San Francisco, London, Vancouver, and Singapore) contributed to the show. ILM was the lead vendor. Hybride, Pixomondo, Image Engine, Ghost, StereoD, Base, Il Ranchito, MPC, and ILP also worked on the series.