Favreau and Filoni Comment On 'The Mandalorian' Season 3 Production and George Lucas' Feedback On Season 1

Dave Filoni Poses With George Lucas & Jon Favreau On The Mandalorian Set -  Jedi News

 With future Star Wars films being far away, The Mandalorian has become the thing to look forward to, at least as far as live-action Star Wars storytelling is concerned. Other live-action shows are in development for Disney+, but season 2 of The Mandalorian is what is arriving the soonest. October cannot come any sooner for those who are very hyped to see what’s in store.

Recently, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni were asked about their work on the show in an interview that was just released by The Hollywood Reporter. In the interview, a question arose about whether the show’s use of virtual sets would make the show easier to produce if season 3 ends up having to deal with COVID-19-related restrictions. Favreau confirmed this to be the case.

The fact that the set is much more contained is a benefit, because you can limit the number of people. A lot of the people controlling it are doing it remotely from what we call the Brain Bar, which is a bank of gaming computers, essentially. The amount of people near the camera could be much smaller than [usual]. We also shoot a lot outside, which is helpful, too. We build to a moment in filming more like an animated production, where we have a lot of storyboards, a lot of discussions and scouting in virtual reality. We use cinematic tools in VR much the same way we did for The Lion King and The Jungle Book. A lot of times the actors you are seeing on the screen aren't actually there on set.”

The technological side of how the series is constructed is truly impressive and works in their favor. Filoni, who has been with Lucasfilm since the beginning of the 2008 The Clone Wars animated series, was asked about whether George Lucas, who was on the set of season one, provided any feedback after the release of that season. Filoni was pretty open with his answer.

Not a tremendous amount. We talk about other stuff. When I talk with him, I like to get more knowledge. He'll give me some reminders, especially before I shoot something, about how many setups I should try to get in a day, and I might rack his brain for certain things about how to cover a scene. He's been very complimentary. I think he's enjoyed the show, and he said once [that] now he gets to watch it as a fan and watch it as a viewer. My job is to bring that knowledge forward and pass on what I've learned from him in every discipline to Jon and to the creative departments.”

It sounds like Filoni and Lucas still have a good relationship and communicate with each other about Star Wars and other things whenever they get the chance. It is nice to know that Lucas can still provide Filoni with a bit of input whenever he needs it. It must have been an odd transition for Lucas to go from being someone working actively on Star Wars to someone who watches it just as a viewer and a fan. Given the films that have come out since the Disney buyout, he is probably used to this position by now. Nonetheless, a show like The Mandalorian can still surprise when the finished product is presented on the screen. After the conclusion of the prequel trilogy, Lucas started pushing for a live-action Star Wars series. Even though The Mandalorian is not the premise that he had in mind back in the day, that vision of making a live-action series has been realized. With more series in development, there is no end in sight.

Source(s): The Hollywood Reporter