Why Star Wars Andor Won’t Use ILM’s ‘Volume’ Digital Sets – IGN

Since Disney+ debuted, every Star Wars show on the platform, including The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi, has employed a digital set called the Volume. However, the upcoming series Star Wars: Andor won’t use the video wall at all, making it the first Disney+ Star Wars show to film fully on set and on location.

In a report by Empire, creator Tony Gilroy revealed his decision to step away from the Volume, a tool that’s also known as StageCraft and is made by ILM.

Since Attack of the Clones, the Star Wars franchise has frequently used digital sets, meaning Andor is making a drastic departure from this tradition.

“Yep, we’re old-school,” creator Tony Gilroy told Empire. “We didn’t use StageCraft at all.”

It’s a choice that looks set to add even more grit and earthiness to a series all about capturing that texture, set at a time when the Star Wars galaxy is a particularly dark and dangerous place to be.

Andor follows the story of Cassian Andor and the origin of the Rebel Alliance leading up to the events of Rogue One.

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During a TCA panel today, Gilroy further explained the reasoning behind this decision. “There’s no way to do both,” Gilroy said. “Either you’re a Volume show or not a Volume show. It just didn’t lend itself to that kind of production and you can’t choose between them.”

After facing a delay, Andor is now set to release its first three episodes on September 21. Its first season is slated to take place over a full year, and it’s just one of the many Star Wars movies and shows currently on their way.

Amelia Zollner is a freelance writer at IGN who loves all things indie and Nintendo. Outside of IGN, they’ve contributed to sites like Polygon and Rock Paper Shotgun. Find them on Twitter: @ameliazollner.

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