When the 2020 Emmy nominations were announced this summer, one entry stunned prognosticators: Disney+’s The Mandalorian for Best Drama.
While the “Baby Yoda Show” had been an unspeakably big hit for the fledging streaming service, critics didn’t necessarily consider it on the same narrative level of Succession or Better Call Saul. And it’s true. The Mandalorian is a fine show, a fun show even, but hardly the best drama of 2020. However, it may be the most historically important.
StageCraft, the groundbreaking technology developed specifically to make The Mandalorian, could be the most profound leap forward in television production since Desi Arnez invented the multi-cam setup to speed up production on I Love Lucy. The tech not only makes it easier to create epic visuals on a tight budget, but could pave the way for safe productions in the age of COVID-19.
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