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Obi-Wan Kenobi’s hasty production revealed by Disney + Show Designer

Obi-Wan Kenobi’s hasty production revealed by Disney + Show Designer

Ewan McGregor’s return to a galaxy far, far away has come and gone. Mostly, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Lucasfilm’s latest Disney + series, was received quite positively. At the very least, the show fulfilled its promise to offer a certain ending between the titular Jedi and Hayden Christensen’s Darth Vader.

Even with that, unfortunately, there were still issues that dragged the experience down for some viewers. While the streaming project had plenty of time to tell its story, ran on six episodes and had a significant budget, many noted that the show felt cheap at times.

But why should a big project like Obi-Wan Kenobi get off that road? Especially since it was able to use The Volume technology to enhance the visuals.

Well, now it seems that a new interview indicates that those involved in the project had an urgent plan to get the show out.

A hasty production for Kenobi?

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In an interview with YouTuber Kyle Katarn, Obi-Wan Kenobi Production designer Todd Cherniawsky talked about how the series had an urgent plan, especially given everything that had to be done with the show.

Cherniawsky explained how, even though they had it “90-some days” and Ā«100 days of preparationĀ» before that production always worked at a hectic pace:

‘But you move at such a high pace. I know 90-something days sounds like an incredible number, but you’re moving so fast. And when I started the show, which was the fall of 2020 … and then we went to the camera in late spring [20]21. Five and a half / six months time, when you start doing that math, let’s say it’s five times four, it’s 20 weeks, 22 weeks … times five days, you have about 100 days with preparation. And on a 100-day shoot, you probably have, at least on that Star Wars show, we had about 100+ seen. So that means you have to design, build, paint, light and complete a set every day. Now this is obviously not how it works, because you have until the end of the schedule. But when you actually start putting it on the calendar, it’s scary at the level you have to check off for those boxes. “

When it came to his days of filming on the set, the designer revealed how “a typical day is 12 hours” and that “[director] Deborah [Chow] is a magician to be able to make a day that did not last too long: “

“Well, a typical day is 12 hours, whether it’s preparation or shooting. I mean, Deborah is a wizard at being able to make a day out that didn’t get too long. We had a handful of very long days, but mostly kept We always do it for 12 hours.When you work with a child, you know, Vivien [Lyra Blair] must be in and out of set time within a very specific window … So we can start the day early, working with Ewan [McGregor] in the morning and a handful of other actors, bring Vivien in, shoot her out and so on. Or start with the first thing she does in the morning when she is very healthy and bright and well rested. “

Rapid-Fire TV production speed

So, did this potentially hasty timeline really affect the end product? While it certainly sounds like it, the 100-day timeline is pretty common for most TV series. In general, due to the amount of content a series needs to complete, these productions work at a much faster pace than a feature film.

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What may have hurt the show was the scope the story was trying to reach – one that could have made the time constraint even harder to deal with.

Of course, the Ewan McGregor-led project was not always in TV format. Once upon a time, Jedi Knight had his own movie instead. Would it have allowed the project to look less hasty overall and ease the workload for those behind the scenes?

There is no way to know – not to mention that it is not necessarily easier to make a movie in any way. Had that film gone through, the story would have been completely different; Commander Cody once had a role, Reva died, and Vader actually won the battle with Kenobi.

While the product audience may be wrong, there is a lot to love about it. Hopefully, as more Star Wars projects come to Disney +, Lucasfilm will be able to streamline the process for everyone involved.

Obi-Wan Kenobi now streamed on Disney +.

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