Disney chose to go back and do a documentary on the hit show The Mandalorian.
The first episode focuses on the directors. They include writer and producer Jon Favreau. Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi (he is in the cast too), Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, and Bryce Dallas Howard sitting around a table.
One of our first views is of Dave Filoni on set talking into a microphone giving directions to the actors. Then we see him at the table talking about his animation work on King of the Hill (character layout artist) and Air Bender (episode director). It’s during this second job he receives a call from Industrial Light and Magic to discuss Clone Wars. He thinks it is a joke and asks the caller who put them up to this.
Filoni finds out this is not a joke and he is under consideration for work on Clone Wars. Then he meets George Lucas, they talk, and he gets the job. Filoni also states that unlike the others at the table he is a newbie to directing and he wants to learn.
Rick Famuyiwa mentions only having done film work. However, the atmosphere on the set among the crew, actors, and having Jon Favreau present made his experience really good.
Deborah Chow mentions she knew what she wanted to do once she read script then went about making it happen. She too credits Favreau for giving direction to her too.
Taika Waititi gets funny (divo like) talking about his part on the show. And Bryce Dallas Howard mentions being part of Star Wars at a very young age. Her father took her to Japan as a young child and she was present for a meeting between him, George Lucas and Akira Kurosawa. Fast forward to know and she mentions getting the hardest episode to direct.
This peek into the directors is good. As the series continues I hope to learn how the directors were chosen. I do not know if this will happen but it is still a wish. Plus I want to know more about Jon Favereau’s role and his level of control. It sounds like he has some but I still would like to know just how much.
I would also like to see if we get to hear from the actors including stunt double for Pedro Pascal – Brendan Wayne, the grandson of the late John Wayne.
Overall an interesting start to this documentary.