Magazine article Variety

Mind-Bending Magic Enlarges the TV Screen

Magazine article Variety

Mind-Bending Magic Enlarges the TV Screen

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AS THE GOLDEN AGE OF TELEVISION CONTINUES, so does an era of spectacular visual effects for the small screen aimed at creating a theatrical-level experience.

From shows like Syfy's "Childhood's End" and Fox's "The X-Files" that deal in science fiction, to AMC's more subtle "Better Call Saul," powerful vfx are among the tools for captur- ing an audience in a sea of programming.

For Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle," effects were used to drape swastikas across urban buildings. "We had to think about what the Nazis would do if they were in New York," says Dan Percival, helmer of the series. "The tallest, most impressive structures you see are ones they added to put their stamp on the city"

Series like Netflix's "Daredevil" and Starz's "Black Sails" also deal in augmented realities as they traverse New York and New Providence Island so superheroes and pirates can wage their wars.

HBO's "Game of Thrones," Syfy's "Childhood's End" and Fox's "The X-Files" all deliver journeys into total fantasy as they create dragons, aliens and spaceships. …

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