The Mandalorian And Baby Yoda Nab Multiple Emmy Awards for 'Star Wars' Show


Image credit: Industrial Light & Magic, Disney+, Lucasfilm Ltd

The attention and accolades for The Mandalorian continued throughout last week as the 2020 Emmy® Award winners were announced. The show took home a total of seven awards for its first season.

The Awards and Winners

The Disney+ show was nominated for a total of 15 Emmys, nabbing seven wins. Note that Disney+ and Lucasfilm are winners alongside each of the team members listed here. The Mandalorian won awards in the following categories:

·         Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) for Chapter 8: Redemption

  • Ludwig Göransson, Composer

·         Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie

  • Ryan Watson, Stunt Coordinator

·         Outstanding Cinematography for Single-Camera Series (Half Hour) for Chapter 7: The Reckoning

  • Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS, Director of Photography
  • Baz Idoine, Director of Photography

·         Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation for Chapter 2: The Child

  • Shawn Holden, Production Mixer
  • Bonnie Wild, Re-Recording Mixer
  • Chris Fogel, Scoring Mixer

·        Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation for Chapter 1: The Mandalorian

  • David Acord, Co-Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer
  • Matthew Wood, Co-Supervising Sound Editor
  • Bonnie Wild, Sound Effects Editor
  • James Spencer, Dialogue Editor
  • Richard Quinn, ADR Editor
  • Richard Gould, Foley Editor
  • Stephanie McNally, Music Editor
  • Ryan Rubin, Music Editor
  • Ronni Brown, Foley Artist
  • Jana Vance, Foley Artist

·         Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour) for Chapter 1: The Mandalorian

  • Andrew L. Jones, Production Designer
  • Jeff Wisniewski, Art Director
  • Amanda Serino, Set Decorator

·         Outstanding Special Effects for Chapter 2: The Child

  • Richard Bluff, VFX Supervisor
  • Jason Porter, VFX Supervisor
  • Abbigail Keller, VFX Producer
  • Hayden Jones, VFX Supervisor
  • Hal Hickel, Animation Supervisor
  • Roy Cancino, Special Effects Supervisor
  • John Rosengrant, Supervisor
  • Enrico Damm, Environment Supervisor
  • Landis Fields, Virtual Production Visualization Supervisor

What This Means

The sound editing and mixing accolades continue for Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). The center of excellence in sound editing and mixing began with the pioneering work of Ben Burtt. Burtt started his career working on the first Star Wars movie. His efforts at seeking more natural sounds changed science fiction films for the better. His example continues today with the work on shows such as The Mandalorian. Göransson’s work on the score was rightly acknowledged. He continues to impress the world of film with his work on films such as Tenet. I suspect he will nab an Oscar nomination for that work for sure.

The wins in VFX further highlight the impressive innovations made by the ILM team in the art of film making. Many of these wins were borne out of the necessity to reduce costly post-production edits. On the set of The Mandalorian, production was taken to the next level in a space nicknamed "The Volume."

The stage set up is formally called StageCraft, a virtual production set developed by ILM. In technical terms, “volume” is really any space defined by motion capture technology. On the set of The Mandalorian, this volume needed to be unique. This is due to the production team quickly realized there would be lighting as well as camera movement issues. Both could be dealt with in post but at an enormous cost.

The StageCraft setup compensates for both beautifully. Think of The Volume as a gigantic, dynamic, real-time, photo-realistic rear projection screen. It is played back on a colossal, curved LED video encompassing walls and ceiling. The background scenery is thus rendered with accurate camera positional data with the Unreal Game Engine. When the camera moves, the scene moves with it. The background content was created or recorded before the actual shoot. Actors, props, and other set pieces were then placed in front of this screen. The image clarity and real props give the actors the added feeling of being there.

About Season 2

Last week, the trailer for Season 2 was released, and we have also gotten an updated logo for it. New and familiar faces will join our favorite bounty hunter. Audiences will be visiting new and familiar worlds as well. The new season will debut on October 30. The trailer teased a few of the treats the VFX team has created for the upcoming eight-episode season. Though it will feel short, it will surely be enough to satisfy fans.