The Volume is the name for the soundstage that utilizes StageCraft technology for visual effects. Imagine a massive LED TV that wraps around the entire stage, allowing actors to feel fully immersed in the worlds their characters are in. Industrial Light & Magic created the technology for “The Mandalorian” after exploring its use on another Jon Favreau project, “The Lion King.” “Jon Favreau found the breakthrough that George [Lucas] was always looking for when he first explored the idea of a live-action TV show,” visual effects supervisor Richard Bluff said, praising the filmmaker for implementing the ground-breaking tech on “The Mandalorian.”
StageCraft’s huge LED walls remove the need for a green screen and eliminate actors having to imagine what image ...-production crew would implement onto the green screen. Instead, it allows everyone involved in the production to fully grasp the scene’s setting. The technology revolutionized filmmaking, and the first-ever live-action “Star Wars” TV show gave it the biggest stage possible to introduce it to the industry.
If Emily Swallow’s comments weren’t enough to convince fans of the potential that StageCraft and the Volume hold, countless TV shows and films have since adopted the visual effects technology. Of course, every live-action “Star Wars” project post-“Mandalorian” used it, but other projects like “1899,” “The Batman,” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” implemented it into their productions.