Green screens are a Hollywood staple. They are what make otherworldly scenes in outer space or even simple driving scenes possible. But green screens come with their own complications. Actors have a harder time getting into character while surrounded by bright green walls and subjects need to be carefully lit in order to minimize the green reflection. Oftentimes, once these hurdles have been jumped over, additional fine tuning and detail work still needs to be done in order to create a seamless and convincing final product. That’s why productions like Disney’s “The Mandalorian” are opting for virtual sets over the use of green screens.
“The Mandalorian” creator, Jon Favreau, and Lucasfilm’s visual effects division (ILM) have established a technology that they are calling “Stagecraft.” The technique essentially allows for high resolution LED screens projected with backgrounds or images to wrap around the sets and surround actors in any location. Without relying on green screens and the many complications that come with them, this technique allows for smoother filming, better lighting, and in some cases, lower costs. The innovative technology holds the potential to change the way visual effects are made and may even influence the future of filmmaking.
Take a look at the video by Vox to see how the technology works.