(Photo by Disney+)Click image to see full poster in a new window.Getting a special group of directors together was important for Favreau from the get-go. Directors for the first season include Taika Waititi — who also voices assassin droid IG-11 — Bryce Dallas Howard, and Rick Famuyiwa.“This is where you re going to see a lot of people that are working in this incubator of story and technology,” Favreau said. “[It’s] people who got together because they love Star Wars.”But the most exciting inclusion in the first season’s director brigade for long time fans is Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni. After steering the Star Wars animated ship for the last decade or so, he makes his live action debut with The Mandalorian’s debut episode. And without giving too much away, we can say the material feels like Filoni work.“I treated it as boot camp for me to learn this type of filmmaking. I was on set every day, the whole season. And so I ve learned [by] watching every single one of our directors,” Filoni said, adding that watching the great cast and crew behind the scenes was also an education.As an animation director, he already knew the key elements of visual storytelling, but he admitted at least one practical element of live action filmmaking eluded him until working on The Mandalorian. “I didn t really have to worry [if] the sun is going down [in animation],” Filoni said. Despite losing complete control of lighting situations on the show’s gorgeous locations, Filoni said he enjoyed the “concrete nature” of shooting live action.“It s incredibly spontaneous. It s going to happen right there, in the moment, and then that s it,” he explained. “[In animation,] I can tweak a tiny eyebrow or a tiny smirk [of a character] … just a little bit of push in a direction will dramatically change the character.”But, he admitted, capturing that moment in live action is “the real magic” of putting actors in front of a camera.