The fourth episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian focuses on “Technology” and is my favourite episode from the series so far. This episode goes into much more detail about how the Mandalorian was made, how the huge video wall was designed, created and how it developed over time. We hear from Jon Faverau as he explains how the “Volume” was created and how it evolved from his time making “The Lion King” and “The Jungle Book”. That insight into the making of both of those movies and how they influenced the making of the show, made this worth watching.
One of the things that I liked about this episode was that it wasn’t as super fluffy as the first episode or two, they are getting into the detail, not just glossing over how things were made. I also think the “volume” is going to completely change the way shows and films are made, especially in a coronavirus world, where they can bring the real world into a closed environment, keeping the cast and crew safe, while also having huge locations.
Hearing about how they get the right kind of shadows and reflections onto the actors, how they are using video game technology to generate the backgrounds. It’s all just fascinating! Especially since I’ve been a video game fan for over 35 years, so its great to see how those big open world games that I love, are making TV shows I love even better.
The roundtable segments are still my favourite parts of the show, it’s more personal and hearing the stories from the creators sounds more natural. Like they are just sitting around having dinner or making a podcast.
If you are interested in how shows or movies are made, this series is worth checking out. It’s not for everyone, but it’s improving with each episode as it dives deeper into the detail. I wasn’t too sure about this series when it began, but at the halfway point, this series is growing on me.
Rating 4 out of 5