Jon Favreau was named Hollywood Reporter’s Producer of the Year for pretty good reason. After a year that saw Favreau direct the blockbuster “The Lion King,” act in two other blockbusters, help launch Disney’s streaming service with “The Mandalorian,” and pioneer new tech for filmmaking, the choice seemed obvious.
It’s the tech that has a lot of people talking about the future of filmmaking. Favreau used it in his filming of “The Lion King” and is continuing to use it in “The Mandalorian.” The tech is a part of Favreau’s Golem Creations, and uses a virtual production system that allows filmmakers to use virtual sets and real-time rendering to shoot scenes all around the world—or out of it—without leaving a soundstage. The implications are tremendous, impacting everything from the budget to how a story is told. “Now that I understand what our needs are, we’re building out facilities that are more geared toward what we need for virtual production,” Favreau told Hollywood Reporter. He continued, saying, “I want to have a place that can be a real incubator for new technologies and people who are curious about pushing the limits of what you can do with storytelling. What draws me to is that it allows you to tell stories in a way that you haven’t been able to before, and whatever you can imagine, you can bring to audiences.”
Favreau is continuing to tell those fantastic stories, even adding in new, loved characters like Baby Yoda. The little guy has been blowing up the Internet as of late. “We’ll learn more about him over the course of the season,” says Favreau. “I think what’s great about what George created is that Yoda proper, the character that we grew up watching, was always shrouded in mystery, and that was what made him so archetypal and so mythic. We know who he is based on his behavior and what he stands for, but we don’t know a lot of details about where he comes from or his species. I think that’s why people are so curious about this little one of the same species.”