Filming Locations: Where was The Mandalorian Filmed?

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The Star Wars franchise ended an era with the release of Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker. The Disney+ series The Mandalorian -a new spin-off starring Pedro Pascal- will continue exploring this popular universe.

This galactic spaghetti western takes place five years after the events of Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. The story follows a Mandalorian mercenary warrior (like Boba Fett and Jango Fett), getting into trouble after bounty hunting a super-cute Baby Yoda.

The Mandalorian was almost entirely filmed in studios and large sets located in Los Angeles. However, we discovered that the exterior desert shots were filmed in Death Valley National Park. Located in southeastern California, this low and arid region also served as an additional filming location of Tatooine in 1977' Episode IV – A New Hope.

The Mandalorian planet Tatooine shooting location
In episode one of the first season, the spacecraft arrives at the Arvala-7, an out-of-the-way planet where the Ugnaught vapor farmer Kuiil lives. The tall yellow pinnacle is the Manly Beacon and to the right is the Red Cathedral at Zabriskie Point. Multiple eroded mountain ridges of red and yellow colors are the delight of tourists and photographers alike. Image courtesy of Disney+ and Jim Choate - Map

Spacecraft flying over Zabriskie Point landscape
Very few landscapes featured in The Mandalorian are real, although they are inspired by or directly taken from the real world. The production is using a new technology called Stagecraft creted by Industrial Light & Magic. Everything is shot in a studio where instead of the classic green screen, there are real-time 3D projections onto ultra-high resolution screens in the background of the actors. Image courtesy of Disney+ and Jean-christophe Bruneau

The Mandalorian desert scenes
You can find some canyons and grottos in Death Valley looking like this one pictured. However, this slot canyon was inserted in the footage using Stagecraft. As Slashfilm reports, this device could be a revolution in the industry. The actors are performing in a studio with a projection of the location where the scene takes place, instead of relying on the old green screen technique. Filmmakers can interactively change the projected world, the conditions of lighting, etc, not requiring filming on a real location anymore.

Volcanic lava planet
The lava field landscape in the Nevarro planet from the last episode could be footage from any active volcano in the world, although it looks like Kilauea's volcano 2018 eruption on Hawaii island. Image courtesy of Disney+

The Mandalorian drehort
The production of the series is hosted in the Manhattan Beach Studios in Los Angeles. According to Star Wars fandom Wookieepedia, Mandalorians homeworld is the Mandalore planet, located in the Outer Rim of the galaxy.

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For further information, go behind the scenes with The Art of The Mandalorian, including the superb concept art, character, and costume sketches featured in the series. Have you paid attention to the awesome The Mandalorian Soundtrack? Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson has delivered one of the coolest original scores this year. Each episode has a different score!

The art baby yoda score

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  1. Yeah I thought the lava flow looked like Kilauea, too.

  2. A quick drive down the road from Zabriskie Point is Twenty Mule Team Canyon. It's a short one-way dirt road where they shot R2 and CP30 trekking towards Jabba's Palace in ROTJ.

  3. Some scenes was filmed in Cordillera de la Sal, Atacama Desert in Chile. Is funny because sometimes the cones of the andean volcanoes were erased and in others, not.


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