Watch: Diego Luna and Adria Arjona on Andorthe physical sets
Andor Star Diego Luna said it “makes a big difference” to be able to shoot the TV show on elaborate physical sets, rather than digital technology.
The new Star Wars series on Disney +, set before the events of the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and describes the title character’s early days as part of the Rebellion, it was mostly shot on sets rather than via green screen or “volume”.
The latter technology, which uses huge LED panels to project a virtual set around the actors and physical elements, has been a key element of the recent Star Wars including projects The Mandalorian.
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But for Luna, who reprises the role of Cassian Andor, creator Tony Gilroy’s decision to avoid volume in favor of more traditional techniques was a huge plus for the cast.
“Everyone who worked on this show was delighted to have the opportunity to approach this in the way we have shot movies all our lives,” he told Yahoo.
Luna added: “That cinematic patience that gives you to be in a great place to witness – you’re also discovering it while you’re filming it. It’s just a different feeling, I guess.
“As an actor, you are also interacting not only with real things, but also with the clouds and the weather and that brings a different energy to the set.
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“I think it’s a great trip to work with someone like Luke too [Hull], the production designer, who is so precise and takes so long to decide everything. There is a reason why everything is there.
“There’s a reason and a use for everything on set, so as an actor it’s absolute freedom. If you push a button, something happens. If you open a drawer, there’s something in it. It’s great. It makes our work enjoyable and easy. . “
Adria Arjona, who plays Cassian’s close ally Bix Caleen, said the vast sets had “their own geography” as a result of the production team’s painstaking design work.
“If you wanted to run somewhere, it was very specific about where you would have to run to get somewhere,” he said.
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Arjona added: “One of the directors told me I could run whenever I wanted, as long as it got to the stairs.
“There were three ways to get there and he showed me the map. I could go left, I could go straight, I could go right and manage my way to get there.
“It was great. I was deciding where the camera would follow me and I never had it. Usually we only have this amount of camera space to film you because the stage dies there but, in this case, it was completely 360 °. and it went on for a couple of blocks. “
Star Wars veteran Genevieve O’Reilly also returns Andor as rebel leader Mon Mothma, who is a senator at the time the show is set, and said the people responsible for the sets and costumes were “geniuses in their own craft.”
“Going into those sets and getting to inhabit those spaces and play within those spaces could only inform our work in a very special way,” said the actor.
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He added: “I remember the first time you met Mon Mothma with Stellan Skarsgård’s character, Luthen, and that space we play in. We were like two kids in a candy shop.
“The detail of the craftsmanship and all the work around us was simply inspiring. It inspired us.”
Andor delves into the inner workings of the Rebel Alliance before the events of Thief One and, subsequently, the original Star Wars trilogy.
Other characters from Thief One will also appear, with Forest Whitaker confirmed to return as the leader of the Saw Gerrera rebels.
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New cast members include Fiona Shaw as the matriarchal figure Maarva and Kyle Soller and Denise Gough as figures within the Empire who follow the movements of Cassian and other rebels.
Andor debuts on Disney + in three episodes on September 21, and subsequent episodes will be released weekly.
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