Saturday, September 28, 2019

Peer Inside The Razor Crest In A New 'The Mandalorian' Photo

By: Benjamin Hart

We are now just over 40 days away from the launch of Disney+, and with it, the premiere of the first ever Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian! More and more details are beginning to trickle out about this new show, and we just got something that should be most intriguing to fans patiently awaiting "Mando".

Today IGN shared a new photo from The Mandalorian that provides us a brand look inside something we've previously seen. The image shows the title character, played by Pedro Pascal, seated in the cockpit of his ship, the Razor Crest. We're treated to another detailed look at the Mandalorian's armor(he still hasn't taken off the helmet off) and a sneak peek at the interior of the Razor Crest, which we've seen extensively in behind the scenes footage and the recent trailer. You can view the full photo below:

Additionally, IGN also sat down with one of the series executive producers Dave Filoni to discuss various aspects of The Mandalorian and his experience working on a live-action production for the first time. Filoni will be directing two episodes of the series himself, one being the series premiere, and he first spoke about collaborating with his fellow executive producer and series writer Jon Favreau:

"I really appreciate that he brought me into this process and that he values my point of view because I've been with Star Wars so long. But I really wanted to accomplish the story that he set out to make. It was wonderful. I was very flattered that he was willing even to have me direct the pilot. So that was a great honor and responsibility."

Filoni also talked about the characterization of its title character and the unique tone the series will have:

"This show is dealing with a character that, to me, he’s a bounty hunter, he's on the edge of things himself... Where, in the movies, we deal more with Luke, who's a character coming into his own, but he wants to do the right thing. And when you're dealing with the Jedi, they're obviously trying to uphold what's good in the light side of the Force. I think that what's unique about Mando is that he's basically a guy that's just trying to make a living in the galaxy. He's a survivor and he's just trying to find his way on a day-to-day basis. And I think that leads to very interesting character moments and stories for him that are apart from some things we've seen the Jedi deal with more directly. He comes from a different angle because he's a different type of a character than they are."

Filoni on the set of The Mandalorian flanked by George Lucas and Jon Favreau.

He also addressed the filmmaking techniques and how they relate to his past work in animation:

"I would liken it in some ways to what I was doing with George on The Clone Wars, where now through digital technology you can visualize scenes and sequences earlier. In animation, we call it a previs and it was a natural fit for me in this process because it did have these digital elements, but some of it when we were shooting was really brand new technology. And that also was good for me because I didn't have any preconceived notion about how anything should be done. I was learning the process with all the new technology... And there's a strong animation component in the way that we visualize some of the things early on in the virtual blocking... It's one of the reasons why Kathy [Kennedy] thought this would be a great connection for me. Not just because I knew Jon, but I had some insights into the technology."

Filoni also points out that, unlike episodes of The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels, Disney+ does not have time constraints allowing for more creative freedom:

"One of the things I like as a creative is that the episodes can be different lengths if you want. I experienced this making Clone Wars as well as making Mandalorian... Before, I would have to come in at a certain length for every single episode of Clone Wars or Rebels and I thought, 'Well, I'd love just an extra 30 seconds.' It might not seem significant to a viewer, but it is actually a significant amount of time. So I love the flexibility of the space that allows you to tell the story in the way that you really intend. You don’t, if you don't want to, have to cut things - you can add things as you see fit."

The Mandalorian debuts on November 12th on Disney+, and stars Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian, Gina Carrano as Cara Dune, Carl Weathers as Greef Carga, and Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, as well as Nick Nolte, Werner Herzog, Emily Swallow, and Omid Abtahi in unknown roles. The Mandalorian is executive produced by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, with episodes directed by Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow, and Rick Famuyiwa, and Taika Waititi.
Source: IGN

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