Imagination Connoisseur, Dean Micetich, takes note of the fact that as CGI technology improves (and prices drop), the expense and difficulty of on-location filming may be going away.

Hi Rob and the PGS,

In the early days of CGI, the only films that really used them was the sci-fi and fantasy films. But these days, with the cost of CGI coming down, more and more films tend to be using it. A great example of this is FAST & FURIOUS 6.

The film opens up with an aftermath attack on Kremlin in Russia, but this was actually filmed in central London, but the background was digitally altered to make it look like Russia.

You mention in ROBSERVATIONS #341 that making a film can get expensive. Doing this sort of thing must add to the cost, instead of filming on the actual location or making a location to look like the place it meant to be. They managed to do this in the days before CGI, with set dressing or sticking a matte painting in the background.

Why not do that again?

No doubt, it will eventually get to the point where it’s no longer needed for a film crew to travel to a location and everything is done on set like The Mandalorian was. I hope we don’t get to that point, it will be a shame to walk around London and not see a film unit on location filming.

So, Rob, do you think the technology being developed for THE MANDALORIAN will it make location filming a thing of the past?

Kind Regards,
– Dean M

Editor’s Note: For a more in-depth look at the revolutionary technology behind the digital locations used in THE MANDALORIAN, check out this video …