How The Mandalorian Breaks TV's Cardinal Rule

2021-ж., 22-фев.
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The Mandalorian: Can a masked man show emotion?

The most compelling and emotional on-screen moments usually involve a close up of an actor’s face. And yet, the main character in The Mandalorian barley takes his mask off and still makes us feel things. We’ll explain how that's possible in this Wisecrack Edition: How The Mandalorian Breaks TV's Cardinal Rule.
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00:00 - Intro
01:37 - Why Faces Matter
03:58 - How Mando Breaks The Rules
06:11 Noh Theater
11:28 - Outro
Written and Hosted by Michael Burns
Directed by Michael Luxemburg
Editing by Mark Potts
Video Title Card by Amanda Murphy
Produced by Evan Yee

#starwars #themandalorian #wisecrack
© 2021 Wisecrack / Omnia Media, Inc

  • Me listening: "Wait, why would they name a credit card company Peddle?" *Looks at screen* Oh I see

    MeganopteryxMeganopteryx21 саат мурун
  • the helmet IS his face

    DeselDeselКүн мурун
  • Also, stop treating the sequels as if they're still canon or the events in them will every happen. The more we all ignore them and say NO, the greater the likelihood that Lucasfilm will come to their senses and erase/ignore/retcon the "sequels" will reach 1.

    AristoclesAristocles2 күн мурун
  • You're REALLY reaching here. Noh is NOT an influence on The Mandalorian. At all. Full stop. It's not like that one very specific form of Japanese theater is the only form of subtle acting. More to the point, Lucas was only influenced slightly by Kurosawa, and only for a handful of scenes and elements. And Lucas has little if anything to do with the production of The Mandalorian.

    AristoclesAristocles2 күн мурун
  • Masks were used by Western theater since ancient times. Opera used masks too. In fact, NOT using masks in theater as a regular thing is a relatively recent development in the west.

    AristoclesAristocles2 күн мурун
  • DW Griffith made a racist movie, but he's also the father of cinematography. He also felt so guilty about it that he made Intolerance, a movie specifically against racism. He's too damn important to the history of film for you to dismiss him like that, you woke lunatics. You'd be laughed out of all but the wokest film schools for saying such a stupid thing. That's like blasting the Apollo program because it had Werner Von Braun in it.

    AristoclesAristocles2 күн мурун
  • It worked for Power Rangers too.

    AristoclesAristocles2 күн мурун
  • It would be funny if mask-less Mando is a big dork with no chill and no poker face because he's used to the mask hiding his expression.

    chrisleebowerschrisleebowers2 күн мурун
  • Calling Grogu "Baby Yoda" is so annoying.

    MavrickindigoMavrickindigo3 күн мурун
  • Every actor face is a mask

    Kuro CKKuro CK4 күн мурун
  • I'm surprised you didn't mentioned V for Vendetta's use of light and shadow to express emotion.

    Dan BalaresDan Balares4 күн мурун
  • I love the helmet/mask acting, it makes a character more relatable because it can be anyone, well to me anyways. Does that make me weird?

    Blah AngerBlah Anger6 күн мурун
  • You guys really advertised a credit card with 20-30% interest with no shame

    Amin AllamAmin Allam12 күн мурун
  • The very end of episode one shows that Mando can show emotion with a helmet on. You can see it when he shoots the bounty hunter droid.

    Jonathan KuhlJonathan Kuhl12 күн мурун
  • Mandos emotions through the helmet really reminded me of Red vs. Blue

    j.ayj.ay16 күн мурун
  • Hayden got so much flack for his performance when the movies came out, but I think this perfectly explains why people didn't understand it. People didn't understand the type of acting, based on No (??), which would have made Anakin extremely expressive. The discussion with Yoda in the Temple about letting go, we see a ton of different expressions on his face, so full of meaning, showing how he struggles to hide his emotions. His acting was incredibly subtle throughout, making the moments of huge expression even bigger. Anakin always seems to hold himself back, so moments like when he cuts off Mace Windu's arm are huge.

    Catherine PoteatCatherine Poteat17 күн мурун
  • Now do one about how TV has become increasingly irrelevant and creatively bankrupt.

    Wolfgang MclainWolfgang Mclain18 күн мурун
  • Your explanation and analysis gave me an incredible appreciation of theater, movies, and science fiction. You do this so well. I am amazed by your completeness in research of the visual arts. Thank you. I am a scientist.

    Jeurel SingletonJeurel Singleton20 күн мурун
  • It's also the Kuleshov effect. The associated shots, music, circumstances get the audience to project emotion to an otherwise expressionless subject.

    David GarciaDavid Garcia21 күн мурун
  • I like how the to-camera parts aren't annoying at all with these videos. Helps that he's cute as a button

    Glenn DaveyGlenn Davey22 күн мурун
  • "Yugen, an aspect of Noh, can be thought of as the umami of emotion." needs more Japanese words.

    Spriteless MyselfSpriteless Myself22 күн мурун
  • I would state V for V for Vendetta, but his voice showed A LOT of emotion.

    William PlaudWilliam Plaud23 күн мурун
  • The plural form of Jedi is Jedi....

    XL DubXL Dub23 күн мурун
  • Well the Clone Wars has a lot of characters that break that Cardinal Rule... A Whole Army's Worth...

    J. DelJ. Del24 күн мурун
  • its also important to note that the expressiveness despite a lack of face is aided by the camera work and editing since we're able to use context and recognize patterns of film language we've been exposed to over the years. its essentially the kuleshov effect, natural human pattern recognition, and music/narrative association combined with everything mentioned in the video.

    mintyglitchesmintyglitches24 күн мурун
  • baby yoda is the only good thing about the Mandolorian.

    TheJasonmorettiTheJasonmoretti26 күн мурун
  • Honestly Star Wars has kinda already done this with the clones. They all had individual personality’s under the helmets. And you began to recognize them from their markings on the helmet

    cmcdermott85cmcdermott8527 күн мурун
  • Check out “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud. It is a better tool of understanding what we see. The emptiness is filled by our own imagination. And the less detail, the more we identify ourselves with that character.

    Al CamAl Cam27 күн мурун
    • @scottmccloud

      Al CamAl Cam27 күн мурун
  • lol pedocard gj

    ano nymusano nymus28 күн мурун
  • Masked Acting is extremely hard to make work. You need a talented physical actor and a great director. My 2 favourite instances of masked acting are in ROTJ, just before Vader saved Luke and when Mando is about to leave but decided to save Grogu instead.

    Blaise TigheBlaise TigheАй мурун
  • i am the raccoon coo coo cachoo

    staples homecentrestaples homecentreАй мурун
  • just say "noh"!

    Moby t.Moby t.Ай мурун
  • Some stories are better without the face... Halo for instance it's like saying you can't understand John 117 because you don't see his face. Which is bs....

    Sean PruittSean PruittАй мурун
  • Almost all the examples mentioned (in a good way) in the video are also very thoughtful, well-written works. As the video also mentions, the direction is top-notch as well. The prequels were (arguably) well-directed, but the dialogue didn't match what the audience wanted, and therefore failed. The prequels have aged well, though FOR ME. I enjoy them more now than I did when they first came out.

    Ken MeredithKen MeredithАй мурун
  • All that sequel bashing wasn’t necessary.

    RedCaioRedCaioАй мурун
  • "We See 3P0" was great.

    Jordan McLaughlinJordan McLaughlinАй мурун
  • I wish every episode was not written from his perspective. Imagine an episode seen from the side of his opponent? he is a terrifying force to be reckonned with.

    anonomous anonomousanonomous anonomousАй мурун
  • I think you should have mentioned how the show is basically a Western, and Westerns tend to use a restrained palette of emotional expressions, or perhaps I should say, the hero tends to be spartan in his expressions.

    John KeckJohn KeckАй мурун
  • Not directly related to anything in this vid, really, but I think one of Mandalorian's strengths is that it forces us to think about the people under the masks. Star Wars has always had a lot of masked characters, mostly bad guys. Having us get to know a masked character, to see him as a real person and not just the mask, makes us think the same about the stormtroopers and TIE pilots and so on who get mowed down. Not only does that make us think about whether we're really okay with seeing these people getting murdered in various horrible ways, it also makes us _enjoy_ seeing some of them get murdered even more - specifically, those two arsehole Scout Troopers from the season 1 finale.

    Werrf1Werrf1Ай мурун
  • A new hope? Noooooh.. ^^ I feel like Clunt Eastwoods emotional minimism is also in the mix

    Colin BennettColin BennettАй мурун
  • I call baby yoda Gringo because i forget his name and baby yoda implies that he is yoda as a baby

    Elliot HellyerElliot HellyerАй мурун
  • *facepalm* because hana literally means flower

    Andrei PufuAndrei PufuАй мурун
  • now do how Disney broke starwars

    Alex PachecoAlex PachecoАй мурун
  • By not being "on TV"

    Robert ZeiglerRobert ZeiglerАй мурун
  • Do a video on lovecraft country.

    Laroyal MarshLaroyal MarshАй мурун
  • Mandalorian peaks when there are no human faces and barely any dialogue, like the first few episodes of the first season. Just weird landscapes, intriguing races and misterious cultures. As soon as it became a "human focused" story the show started to drag. Cara Dune is the absolute worst, with that constant smirk that reminds me of garbage TV shows like Xena.

    oktchauoktchauАй мурун
  • I realize Noh's influence on Power Rangers now.

    Elan'Elan'Ай мурун
  • Well, between Bunraku, Noh theater, Lone Wolf and Cub manga and film, Kurosawa, etc., Disney's cultural appropiation from Japan is so vast they're gonna have to cancel themselves...

    PD ZombiePD ZombieАй мурун
  • One of the things that always impressed me about Darth Vader is how he manages to show So Much Emotion without us ever seeing his face. And not just basic emotions either, but complex, subtle emotions.

    Cowgirlcadet 1701Cowgirlcadet 1701Ай мурун
  • The Mandalorian was stunning 👍👍

    Red Jet 7059Red Jet 7059Ай мурун
  • Please do a philosophy of the weekend

    Blessing FakudzeBlessing FakudzeАй мурун
  • Anything that makes the director care more about character-focused emotional camera work is a good thing.

    RJ EhlertRJ Ehlert2 ай мурун
  • Loosing the mask will ruin the series. Being enigmatic is the whole point.

    AllanAllan2 ай мурун
  • While I agree they were emulating classic japanese narratives in The Mandalorian, it also had some really inadvertedly Tokusatsu momments, specially when several mandalorians teamed up. Bobbing their helmets up and down to communicate, very Power-Rangery

    Diego SartoratoDiego Sartorato2 ай мурун
  • I feel like we actually connect to Mando more because of his helmet... like in emotional scenes as we don't see his face we have to imagine what he is feeling and we project our feelings or the feelings we would feel in that situation on to his character. On top of this we have a great voice acting and physical acting to help, but I think we feel more of a connection because we are forced to imagine what he is feeling. I'm no psychologist but I feel like that sorta makes sense

    Ethan ReesEthan Rees2 ай мурун
  • whats the deal with power rangers/super sentais heavy gesturing tho

    dino thunderdino thunder2 ай мурун
  • Mandalorian broke a big Star Wars rule by NOT turning the new movies into fucking remakes! That's why Episode VII is the worst Star Wars movie, because it marks the moment when the creators just said "Eh, fuck it, we don't even have to try!". That said, not sure if Luke's cameo is a good thing, it smells of the old "not needing to try" mentality that brought down the new movies.

    Rui PedroRui Pedro2 ай мурун
  • Well yes, but noh.

    Javed AhmedJaved Ahmed2 ай мурун
  • Emotions can be shown through more than just your face. It's just shows how great of a show that the mandalorian is because you don't need to see Mando's face to know what he is feeling

    MericanJoeMericanJoe2 ай мурун
  • Not a single mention of Eisenstein. That's unexpected.

    skepticallypwndskepticallypwnd2 ай мурун
  • Are you forced by contract to copy the other guy accent? I just don't buy it that you to talk the same way

    Tobe DossTobe Doss2 ай мурун
  • I didn't know poor actor directing was now called noh

    Vitor OrtonaVitor Ortona2 ай мурун
  • "Darth" isn't a name. It's a title. 🤦‍♂️

    Christopher FoxChristopher Fox2 ай мурун
  • May the force be with you always

    OUTSIDER40OUTSIDER402 ай мурун
  • Pedro and his stunt doubles do such an amazing job communicating emotion through nothing but body language and it kinda blows me away.

    Ioi LeilaniIoi Leilani2 ай мурун
  • 2:41 So he's subscribed to MatPat?

    TheWeirdNerdTheWeirdNerd2 ай мурун
  • Makes me remember V for Vendetta. The character was very expressive, and also had subtle movements.

    MateusMateus2 ай мурун
  • OH oh I know this one uhh. Being Good?

    Dat catDat cat2 ай мурун
  • Always love Michaels videos

    James WuJames Wu2 ай мурун
  • 4:23 Nah, you're fine. Filoni already said that it's fine to call Grogu "Baby Yoda".

    LecTriXxLecTriXx2 ай мурун
  • One of my favorite examples of this is when a desert thug holds baby Yoda hostage for Mando's jet pack. After making sure he's OK, Mando just let's the thief take off, activates the pack. Then after awhile he finally falls to his death. Baby Yoda just does this slow emotionless turn to look at Mando who just does this very minor shrug. Then the jetpack sloooowly comes down.....and falls over. That scene destroyed my sides

    David KnightDavid Knight2 ай мурун
  • I think Dave Filoni really started experimenting with this in the Clone wars where all the clones had helmets on for most of the show. While they took them off for key moments, Dave and the animators were able to create an incredible amount of emotional attachment with the clones throughout the series

    swole quoleswole quole2 ай мурун
  • only a philosophy channel would talk about the importance of face-to-face interaction for 12 minutes and not once mention psych and neuroscience, which, you know, provide the underpinnings for these systems?

    iansteelmathesoniansteelmatheson2 ай мурун
  • Baby Yoda is the correct term.

    Naveed HasanNaveed Hasan2 ай мурун
  • Like how Hayden did not show one once of emotion for the entire prequels yet we still felt how coarse sand truly is.

    DaytronDaytron2 ай мурун
  • that 'D W Griffith is Awful' tag was kinda....lame and unnecesary. (Added by the editor, the producer, the author?) yeah, Birth of the Nation is justifiably criticised today, but without explaining what exactly is 'awful', or, more importanly,, WHY its 'awful', the claim is just lazy, empty lip--service. Many are going to assume that he's an 'awful' film-maker, which of curse is untrue. I enjoy your channel, but that sort of enforced (and i'm loathe to use the term) political correctness, devoid of context, is tiresome. At this rate, no-one is going to be able to mention anyone from the past who transgressed conteprary norms (i.e. all of them )without a lengthy disclaimer and a vapid expression of self-righteous indignation that serves only to diminish and trivialise the issues. Rant concluded.

    ben prastitisben prastitis2 ай мурун
  • I should dislike and report this video just for that awful pun 11:25

    Ricardo MoralesRicardo Morales2 ай мурун
  • They already screwed it up so bad with the firing of Gina! I doubt that it will go past season three if there is even a season three, I took Disney and dropped it over what was done. Calling The Muppets racist is just Icing on the cake.

    George SemelGeorge Semel2 ай мурун
  • American problems require American solutions.

    Felix MinglFelix Mingl2 ай мурун
  • it makes me sad you have to advertise for credit companies.

    654pedro123654pedro1232 ай мурун
  • The helmet IS his face.......

    Barry VercueilBarry Vercueil2 ай мурун
  • Would you consider doing an analysis of Little Nightmares 2? It seems ripe for analysis and is very popular right now.

    Matthew EricksonMatthew Erickson2 ай мурун
  • This is possible because emotion is conveyed more by the tone of a scene than whatever the actors are doing.

    Sid ZeroSid Zero2 ай мурун

    Julia MayJulia May2 ай мурун
  • I honestly was constantly disappointed by how much they showed Tony Stark's face when he was in his armor in the MCU. Now I understand why.

    Mr. PtolemyMr. Ptolemy2 ай мурун
  • 10:40 earned my like

    Chompt DownChompt Down2 ай мурун
  • No mention to Red Vs Blue? Characters are super expressive and never take their helmets off

    Patricio BastonsPatricio Bastons2 ай мурун
  • When it comes to things like the Mandalorin, Bane, or Dredd. The mask in a sense becomes their face because there is a specific reason for hiding it. And to see them without the mask seems invasive or wrong.

    Sarifa XionicSarifa Xionic2 ай мурун
  • Can you guys please do an episode on The Expanse that show is so good

    Supernova ProductionsSupernova Productions2 ай мурун
  • It's body language, which at one time we were evolved to read, but society is breeding it out of us.

    Christopher FieldsChristopher Fields2 ай мурун
  • Make a video on Gina Carano case.

    Charanjeet SinghCharanjeet Singh2 ай мурун
  • The actual cardinal rule for any entertainment is: "Don't be boring." Viewers decry talking heads in media all the time. We could be staring at the back of the main character's head for the entire broadcast so long as the story intrigues us. Seeing actor's faces just makes that easier to accomplish. The fact the audience can't see Mando's face allows us to project out own feelings and motivations onto the character, thus creating the emotional connection.

    WJCuffeWJCuffe2 ай мурун
  • V for Vendetta Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Purge Friday the 13 there are so many... Heck the rule should be, if you want to create interesting content HIDE the face

    Ibis FernandezIbis Fernandez2 ай мурун
  • About D.W. Griffith, he is on a long list of artists whose work was exemplary or even groundbreaking, as in Griffith's case, but who were a-holes in their real lives (or produced work that was both groundbreaking and despicable at the same time as with Griffith). Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Picasso, Lionel Barrymore, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Chevy Chase, Mel Gibson and oh, so many others are on this list.

    Glicksman1Glicksman12 ай мурун
  • I always liked Iron Man as a kid but didn’t know why, Stark is a true hero suited up or not

    Thirty and RetiredThirty and Retired2 ай мурун
  • I could just feel the emotion through his mask. I loved every single second of the series.

    Darth BaneDarth Bane2 ай мурун
  • Baby Yoda ftw!

    Matthias MatssonMatthias Matsson2 ай мурун
  • Red vs Blue did this years ago

    Caleb ProutyCaleb Prouty2 ай мурун
  • What drives me crazy is that people label episode every episode as "filler" just because something astronomically huge doesn't happen.

    samsam2 ай мурун
  • "How The Mandalorian uses a technique that's also been used in many TV and films", what? Great episode, just... that title...

    pingosimonpingosimon2 ай мурун