I guess this story is merely confirmation of what most of us suspected. However Andor didn’t use The Volume confirms showrunner Tony Gilroy in a recent interview with Empire. Of course the reason many fans already expected, and kinda knew this was the substantial coverage of the locations shoots for Andor. Andor had a much bigger shooting schedule than any other Star Wars show to date and there were tons of BTS photos from the various locations across the world that were shot at. The series was shot mostly in the U.K..
However what we did not know is if there were any pickup shots completed using the new stagecraft technology or not? I’ll guess that’s a no, given Gilroy’s comments. There are likely also scheduling reasons for this move. The Stagecraft stage in LA has been fully booked with the other Star Wars shows that filmed at the same time as Andor, namely The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
However, it’s also fair to say that by and large the fanbase have bee praising the visual of Andor. The trailers so far make Andor feel a lot more cinematic than the likes of Boba Fett which felt like a TV show in comparison.
“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.”
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The article also features the actors praising the fact they got to film on location. Of course, the issue will always be how much CGI work is needed? If the location shoots require a ton of CGI, then that means green screens and actors playing to nothing. The Volume on the other hand allows the actor to see the environment they are supposed to be walking through. The disadvantage of The Volume? That things can begin to feel claustrophobic in terms of the shots used and movements of the players.
All in all, probably a combination of both is the ideal scenario. However with all that being said, Andor still looks better than either TBOBF or OWK did.
What do you think of the confirmation from showrunner Tony Gilroy that Andor didn’t use The Volume? Do you agree with me, and many others that Andor looks more cinematic than the recent ‘Volume heavy’ shows? Thoughts below, or over on Discord as always.