Magazine article Variety

Visual Effects Newcomers Fill Big Shoes

Magazine article Variety

Visual Effects Newcomers Fill Big Shoes

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The Emmy visual effects race heats up in 2014 with two new entries from the broadcast networks, both arriving with a strong pedigree.

"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (Fox) is a reinvention of Carl Sagan's legendary "Cosmos," with Ann Druyan returning from the original to handle writing duties but Neil deCrasse Tyson stepping in for Sagan - and with the visual dazzle of the digital vfx era. Meanwhile "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD." (ABC) is set in the same cinematic universe as Marvel's spectacularly popular feature films and has to live up to their standards.

"Cosmos" vfx supervisor Rainer Gombos found himself facing not only creative approvals, but approvals from the science and research staff.

Gombos says from when he joined the show, in May 2013, he understood "this was really very much about showing spectacle and making science interesting." So vfx shots were designed for impact as well as accuracy. …

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