The Mandalorian Filming Locations and the desert planet landscapes: Where was The Mandalorian Filmed?

The Mandalorian location
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The Star Wars franchise is about to end an era with the release of Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker. However, the new 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 and follows a Mandalorian mercenary warrior (like Boba Fett and Jango Fett), getting into trouble after bounty hunting a peculiar Baby Yoda.

The Mandalorian was basically filmed in studios and large sets located in California, but we find out 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.

Where was The Mandalorian filmed?

The Mandalorian planet shooting location
In episode one, the spacecraft arrives to 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




The Mandalorian landscape
However very few The Mandalorian landscapes are real. The production is using a new technology called Stagecraft. Basically, everything is shot in a studio where, instead of the classical 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 an grottos in Death Valley, but this slot canyon was inserted in the footage using Stagecraft. As Slashfilm reports, this new technology could be a revolution in the industry. Filmmakers can interactively change the projected world, the conditions of lighting, etc, not requiring filming on location anymore.


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

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