Under the overall supervision of Jean-Louis Autret, and the leadership of VFX producer Delphine Lasserre and VFX supervisor Hugues Namur, MPC Film & Episodic teams in Paris and Bangalore worked on nearly 350 VFX shots, creating the visual effects to reflect the historical reality of the time and environments.
Here are some highlights:
- For the sequences taking place in England, London settings had to be digitally recreated to match the reality of the period. During the crossing of the English Channel, the water was recreated in 3D FX and the scenery was overlaid on a blue background.
- During the sequence taking place in France, the Parisian scenery, such as the Hôtel de Ville, the Gare du Nord and the landscape overflown by the balloon, had to be digitally reconstituted. MPC artists completed the balloon, partially built on set, as spectators travelled through idyllic settings.
- For the sequences in Italy, the balloon was entirely recreated digitally and integrated into the landscape. For the train journey, MPC teams overlaid corresponding scenery on images initially shot on a blue background.
- For the Middle East journey, landscape creations and extensions were necessary to immerse the audience in the burning atmosphere of the desert. A sandstorm was digitally generated as well as a fire with great attention to detail and the artistic vision of the creators.
- Finally, when crossing America by horse-drawn carriage, the snow-covered mountains of the Midwest were recreated in 2D matte painting. For the sequence in New York City, sets such as the Brooklyn Bridge were digitally created in 3D, for the characters to admire from a boat and the streets of the city that never sleeps.
In addition to VFX, image post-production was carried out by MPC Film & Episodic teams in Paris. This included DI, mastering, conformation, and color grading – as well as delivery in various languages to ensure the series could be seen and appreciated by as many people as possible globally.
During Technicolor Creative Studios’ Beyond Imagination Festival, we went behind the scenes to look at the TV series, created by Ashley Pharoah and Caleb Ranson, starring David Tennant. From a myriad of effects to an award-winning finish, this case study displays what is achievable through true global collaboration.
You can rewatch Beyond Filmmaking | Around the World in (a Bit More Than) 80 Days, and all the other talks from this week over on YouTube. (French language, English Subtitles provided).