Magazine article Variety

TV VFX Step Up the Game

Magazine article Variety

TV VFX Step Up the Game

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VISUAL EFFECTS

There was a time when TV visual effects fought a hard battle against budgets, turnaround and processing power, but many of today's shows have found a way to create a cinematic look while managing those pressures. These days, many are given more room - and sometimes a mandate - to stretch toward a filmic look. Luckily, vfx artists can tap ever-increasing advances in computer processing power.

"What we do really wouldn't be possible without that speed because it gives us time to do a peer review of our work," says Dennis Berardi, vfx supervisor for FX's "The Strain." "When you take the time to do that, you can eliminate things that look silly or wrong."

Jason Piccioni, vfx supervisor for FX's "American Horror Story: Freak Show," also notes the effects team on a TV show comes in much earlier in the process because of tight deadlines and to give team members the time they need. …

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