CBS Digital reveals the secrets behind creating Vietnam for This is US

Creative director, Craig Weiss, stated:  The audience must believe they are in the moment with the actor. On the recent episode titled “Vietnam” Jack played by Milo Ventimiglia has flashbacks from the Vietnam War.  All the scenes were filmed in the Los Angeles county desert.  The challenge was to transform the dry arid desert into a lush green Vietnam jungle. The story world was created by a team of artists and the final results were indistinguishable.  We wanted to keep all the original nuances of DOP Yasu Tanida’s photography, including lens flares and all of the organic lighting subtleties.

Creative director, Craig Weiss, stated:  The audience must believe they are in the moment with the actor. On the recent episode titled “Vietnam” Jack played by Milo Ventimiglia has flashbacks during from the Vietnam War.  All the scenes were filmed in the Los Angeles county desert.  The challenge was to transform the dry arid desert into a lush green Vietnam jungle. The story world was created by a team of artists and the final results were indistinguishable.   Our construction of numerous original environments required full CG landscapes, 3D palm trees and foliage.  We wanted to keep all the original nuances of DOP Yasu Tanida’s photography, including lens flares and all of the organic lighting subtleties. The only way to maintain these organic visual cues was opt for rotoscoping versus the use of a blue screen.

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CBS Digital reveals the secrets behind creating Vietnam for This is US.

Creative Director is Craig Weiss.  Executive Producer is George Bloom.
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How did CBS Digital visualize moon shots for Strange Angel?

 

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Parallax PreViz is CBS Digital’s latest addition to their visual effects services. This previsualization tool is a giant step beyond traditional storyboards and 3D animatics. It enables cinematographers and directors to step right into their scene. You have the ability to switch types of cameras, lenses and record each sequence in real time. This immersive tool allows the dynamic exploration of a scene and maximizes the ability to create infinite visual outcomes.  Parallax Pro’s shareable video files quickly puts every production department on the same page. All the efficiencies and attributes save time and money.

It was recently utilized for both pre-production and final shot delivery on the All Access hit series “Strange Angel.”  Parallax Pro is now available for North American productions.

How did CBS Digital visualize moon shots for Strange Angel?
Craig Weiss is Executive Creative Director.  George Bloom is Executive Producer.

The final shots reveal the power of Parallax PreViz.

The hidden effects for GLOW

Netflix’s newest hit series GLOW, tasked CBS Digital with creating seamless visual FX shots to support the story of a crew of misfits reinventing themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, in 1980’s Los Angeles.  The VFX team ensured that allof the scenes remained authentic to their 80’s roots; removing modern day cars, signage, and technology.  For high-flying wrestling scenes, extensive wire removal through 80’s perms, atmosphere, and sequined outfits was needed to sell the acrobatic moves of the actresses.

 

Visual Effects

Our team of skilled VFX artists have created a variety of visual effects for networks such as Netflix, Amazon, ABC, Fox, and HBO, as well as many others.  Using the latest technology and VFX tools, the team at CBS Digital aspires to exceed the visions of our clients and deliver exceptional work, which is showcased in this reel.

 

 

Transparent | Visual Effects

Amazon’s multiple Golden Globe and Emmy winning show, Transparent, revolves around a Los Angeles family and their lives following the discovery that the person they knew as their father is transgender. For three seasons we have created a wide range of visual effects for the show. From basic green screen comps and matte painting to more elaborate shots, such as a full CG chest replacement for a character with a double mastectomy, we support the narrative of this groundbreaking series.

 

Driving Greenscreens | Visual Effects

 Shooting pages of driving dialogue can be accomplished more cost effectively with driving green screen compositing.  Whether we shoot specific driving plates with our RED camera or use provided stock footage plates, CBSD has years of experience ensuring that your driving scenes will look just as good as the real thing.

 

 

Daredevil | Visual Effects

Netflix’s acclaimed Marvel Comics series “Daredevil” entrusted CBS Digital to create the visual effects for one of the most epic scenes in Season 2, the prison fight featuring Frank Castle aka The Punisher. The Punisher punches, stabs, impales, crushes, gouges, and slits his way through the convicts leaving a trail of blood in his wake. The majority of the blood elements used for the scene were shot practically with a RED camera and composited in 4k using Flame. For safety reasons, the weapons the actors used could not have any sharp edges or points. The tips of the weapons such as shivs, hatchets, and wooden sticks were modeled in Maya, and textured and lit in Vray.

 

Transparent | Visual Effects

Amazon’s multiple Golden Globe and Emmy winning show, Transparent, revolves around a Los Angeles family and their lives following the discovery that the person they knew as their father is transgender.   For three seasons we have created a wide range of visual effects for the show.  From basic green screen comps and matte painting to more elaborate shots, such as a full CG chest replacement for a character with a double mastectomy, we support the narrative of this groundbreaking series.