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April 2015

Linda Romanello
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VFX For TV: 'Agent Carter'
Published: April 6, 2015

Born from Marvel’s blockbuster Captain America film franchise was heroine and military officer Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell. The character has been so popular with moviegoers that she earned her own starring eight-episode run on ABC in  Marvel’s Agent Carter, which recently wrapped (episodes are available through iTunes, Hulu and on-demand) and looks to be grabbing a spot in the newest  Avengers sequel,  Avengers: Age of Ultron, coming out in May, as well as Marvel’s  Ant-Man, to be released this summer.
VFX For TV: 'Penny Dreadful'
Published: April 6, 2015

Bringing to television some of literature’s creepiest characters — including Dorian Grey, Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, a feast of vampires, and a black spider with a key role — is creator John Logan’s Showtime drama/horror series, Penny Dreadful. With Season 2 set to premiere next month, the show, which takes place in Victorian-era London, stars Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett as the mysterious Vanessa Ives, explorer Sir Malcolm Murray and American gunslinger Ethan Chandler (respectively), who come together to face off against a variety of supernatural threats. With visual effects support from Toronto’s Mr. X (via post vendor Take 5 Productions, also Toronto based), James Cooper, VFX supervisor on the series, says there’s quite a bit of environmental work, such as set extensions, green screens and matte paintings, required to turn Dublin, where the show is shot, into Victorian London.
VFX For TV: 'Orphan Black'
Published: April 6, 2015

Season 3 of Orphan Black, BBC America’s popular sci-fi clone drama, returns this month with all-new episodes centered around lead character Sarah Manning, who had discovered an unsettling truth in Season 1 — that she was part of a cloning experiment. Lead actress Tatiana Maslany masterfully portrays all iterations of her clone, from soccer mom Alison Hendrix and science geek Cosima Niehaus, to the ruthless corporate Rachel Duncan and the unstable and sometimes dangerous Helena.
VFX For TV: 'Chicago Fire'
Published: April 6, 2015

For the past three years, LA’s Spy Post (www.spypost.com), a FotoKem company, has been setting TV on fire with some of its visual effects — literally — as the sole VFX provider on NBC’s hit drama Chicago Fire (a Wolf Films show, along with spin-off  Chicago PD).
VFX For TV: 'The Librarians'
Published: April 6, 2015

In 2004, TNT introduced TV viewers to librarian Flynn Carsen (played by Noah Wyle), hired by the Metropolitan Public Library who discovered that the establishment was actually protecting a range of historical and often magical items in a secret section. The made-for-TV movie, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, spurred two sequels and most recently, a television series on TNT starring Rebecca Romjin. In the same vein as the successful film franchise, The Librarians find themselves in a series of adventures, often times facing mythical creatures or being transported to amazing places.
VFX: 'Jupiter Ascending'
Published: March 9, 2015

Warner Bros.’ latest sci-fi action/adventure film, Jupiter Ascending (starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis), from Andy and Lana Wachowski, tells the futuristic story of a young, destitute caretaker (Jupiter), who goes on an unexpected journey, taking her to a world outside our universe. Accompanied by a genetically-engineered soldier (Caine), she encounters a tyrannical ruler of a planet in need of a new heir, who she helps stop.
Primetime: AMC's 'The Walking Dead'
Published: March 7, 2015

Anyone who watches The Walking Dead, airing Sunday nights on AMC, knows that zombies can be blown up, dismembered, stabbed, shot, crushed and set on fire — but the only way to actually kill them, is to kill their brains. The highly-successful, Emmy Award-winning series, based on Robert Kirkman’s original comics, has, for the past five seasons, been feeding viewers’ appetites for a zombiepocalypse.  The Walking Dead tells the story of how survivors (non-zombies) of the pandemic are left to exist, relying solely on basic survival skills. While there’s not much by way of electricity, heat, gas or pre-packaged food for survivors, there certainly are plenty of zombies — as well as a multitude of ways to kill them. According to Al Lopez, VP of creative services at LA’s Stargate Studios, which works closely with the show’s VFX supervisor Victor Scalise, the “zombie kills” are “the bread and butter shots,” and the majority of the studio’s work on the series.
Primetime: 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'
Published: February 6, 2015

In an issue focused on unscripted television and the unique challenges of producing and posting shows for the genre, it only seems fitting to look at one of Food Network’s most highly-rated series. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, starring culinary host Guy Fieri, is twice nominated for the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program. Food Network rolled out the series in 2006, with Fieri at the wheel of his red '68 Camaro, driving cross country, visiting some of America’s favorite self-proclaimed diners, drive-ins and dives. There, he spends time with each establishment’s owners in their respective kitchens and samples the signature dishes along the way.
FuseFX creates 'a-ha' moment for 'Glee'
Published: January 15, 2015

During this month’s premiere episode of Glee, now in its final season on Fox, show stars Lea Michelle and Chris Colfer lead the students of McKinley High, along with viewers at home, back to the ‘80s, where MTV featured a-ha’s  Take On Me music video on heavy rotation.
Primetime: NBC's 'The Blacklist'
Published: January 9, 2015

NBC’s The Blacklist has maintained a high-rating on the Nielson charts since its debut in 2013. The show, which has been as warmly received by critics as viewers with several Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations, stars James Spader and Megan Boone as an unlikely international crime-solving duo. Spader plays former-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington, now one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives, who negotiates deals with the agency to help capture a long “blacklist” of villains from around the world, with the one caveat that he partners with newly-hired agent, Elizabeth Keen (Boone).
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