Andor breaks with a Star Wars series CGI trend

Rather than relying on CGI technology like other Star Wars shows, Andor already looks stunning due to the use of real sets and locations.

in contrast to others war of stars shows, Andor will focus on using physical sets and locations rather than CGI. Discontinued five years earlier Star Wars: A New Hope, Andor will feature an cast of characters from the early days of the Rebellion. Cassian Andor, who was introduced Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be one of those main characters, having evolved from thief to rebel spy. Based on its first trailer, Andor looks better than before war of stars shows, such as Boba Fett’s book and Obi Wan Kenobi. That may be because Andor did not use new CGI technology: The Volume.

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Officially named StageCraft, The Volume is a new invention inspired by the use of LED screens Rogue One Battle scenes in space. This prompted Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) division to develop a new type of set that would encircle a physical area with curved, 20-foot-tall LED panels. Called The Volume, this set creates more realistic backgrounds that adjust perspective and lighting naturally as the camera moves. The Mandalorian revolutionized this technology, and all war of stars Show has been using The Volume ever since. However, that might not be a good thing considering it does both Boba Fett’s book and Obi Wan Kenobi have been criticized for looking unrealistic or even cheap.


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Showrunner Tony Gilroy revealed this in an interview Andor I haven’t used The Volume at all. Instead of this, Andor was shot primarily on real, lavish sets or on location around the world. This broke Disney+’s trend of always using the volume for war of stars shows what can be good given the higher quality Andors first follower. By filming in physical locations instead of relying on CGI technology, Andor could avoid some common problems with The Volume and offers more realistic, immersive settings.


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Ewan McGregor in Obi Wan Kenobi Episode 6(1)

During the filming of The Mandalorian Season 1, The Volume, was a new invention that cut costs, eased restrictions, and featured stunning locations. Unfortunately both Boba Fett’s book and Obi Wan Kenobi couldn’t do it justice The Mandalorian Standard and created backgrounds that left viewers underwhelmed. Although The Volume represents a major advance in CGI technology, it has some inherent problems that filmmakers are still trying to overcome. First an article [via Daily Dot] notes that The Volume reduces the range of action on a set. Similar to sets with painted backdrops, The Volume divides a soundstage into two parts. A section is physical and contains real props and set pieces for the actor to perform in. The second section is the background image displayed from the wall of LED panels. This limits the actors’ movements and encourages a type of scene where the actors don’t interact with their entire environment. For example, Obi Wan Kenobi featured a scene on Daiyu of Obi-Wan crossing a busy street, but he wasn’t noticeably interacting with anything in the cityscape behind him.


Second, The Volume can cause lighting problems for the actors in the foreground. Although the LED panels emit some light, they are often not bright enough depending on the setting. As a result, the actors appear muted or flat later on the screen. For example, the final duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader in the Obi Wan Kenobi Finale took place at night on a barren, rocky terrain. Because of this, much of the scene was an indistinct gray color unless the former master and apprentice had their lightsabers lit. Although this color symbolism fits the themes Obi Wan Kenobi Well, it also made it difficult to see the actors. By using real sets or filming on location, Andor will be able to avoid The Volume’s usual framing and lighting issues.


Andor already looks better than Book of Boba Fett & Obi-Wan Kenobi


Andor shows Star Wars location

With the release of Andors first trailer, it already seems like the upcoming one war of stars Show will look better than Boba Fett’s book and Obi Wan Kenobi for the end product. While elements like spaceships are inevitably added with CGI, Andors Landscapes and interior shots were real locations or built sets. Many of the sets even had mechanical parts and features that the actors could actually use. In this way, Andors Settings should be more immersive for both actors and viewers. For actors, they could see that war of stars world around them – instead of imagining them – and interact with their surroundings. For viewers, every shot should look real and grounded so they can experience it fully Andors gloomy world. Although The Volume is an impressive new technology, the realism and scale of Andors Trailers have already shown that war of stars Shows are better off not relying entirely on CGI.

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