Real-time, in-camera background compositing in The Mandalorian

2020-02-06 Jay Holben

For decades, green- and bluescreen compositing was the go-to solution for bringing fantastic environments and actors together on the screen. . . . However, when characters are wearing highly reflective costumes, as is the case with Mando (Pedro Pascal), the title character of The Mandalorian, the reflection of green- and bluescreen in the wardrobe causes costly problems in post-production. . . .

The solution was what might be described as the heir to rear projection — a dynamic, real-time, photo-real background played back on a massive LED video wall and ceiling, which not only provided the pixel-accurate representation of exotic background content, but was also rendered with correct camera positional data.

The Mandalorian: This Is the Way in American Cinematographer

Also see The Virtual Production of The Mandalorian, Season One at YouTube.

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