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CBS VFX Builds the Eye-Popping, Upside-Down World of ‘Rabbit Gap’

When John Weir (Kiefer Sutherland) enters a world that appears completely “the wrong way up” within the new Paramount+ sequence Rabbit Gap, he’s additionally getting into a visually beautiful backdrop made potential by the visual-effects wizards at CBS VFX.

Weir, a grasp of deception on the planet of company espionage, is framed for homicide by highly effective forces who’ve the flexibility to affect and management populations. To make his adventures potential required using equally highly effective forces: a workforce of artists and technicians at CBS VFX, some 50 individuals robust, led by visible results supervisor Martin Corridor.

“The sequence is about espionage and misdirection, so our work is to assist shock the viewer and hold them riveted whereas by no means dropping sight of the truth that it is a character-driven sequence — but additionally comprises 1000’s of visible results photographs,” Corridor says.

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“Rabbit Gap” before-and-after photographs, courtesy of CBS VFX

Rabbit Gap is about in New York Metropolis however filmed in Toronto, which is only the start of the inventive challenges. The visible results workforce wanted to create quite a few digital 3D New York streets crammed with computer-generated vehicles and buildings — and ensure they had been seamlessly blended into the motion.

Furthermore, inbuilt to every episode is a high-stakes second. In a single scene, as an example, Weir runs towards a constructing that out of the blue explodes, sending flame and particles into the air, with a wind-concussion impact that actually knocks Weir to the bottom and viewers again into their seats.

“We’ve labored extremely carefully with the sequence’ showrunners, as a result of as they’ve amped up the drama, our work is to lean into that by stunning the viewers with the motion,” Corridor says.


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“Rabbit Gap” before-and-after photographs, courtesy of CBS VFX

Every episode of Rabbit Gap comprises as many as 200 visible results photographs — an enormous quantity for any undertaking. (By comparability, the characteristic movie Jurassic Park contained 63 visible results photographs.) Of these photographs, visible results producer Sherie Meis says the bulk are designed to be “invisible” to viewers. These embody creating digital set extensions, designing and constructing digital environments, and augmenting backgrounds, along with the extra noticeable results.

There are additionally scenes, together with a heart-pounding chase involving a horse-mounted police officer, that mix a variety of visible results strategies created to lend the sequence the dynamic, propulsive really feel that Corridor and Meis hope will hold viewers hooked.

“In loads of photographs, solely about 10 % of the picture initially shot remains to be left,” Meis says. “Viewers may suppose, ‘That’s an incredible stunt,’ or surprise how they did that with out realizing that it represents an unlimited quantity of labor by the visible results workforce.”

Sarah Hamilton served as co-producer on the visible results for Rabbit Gap.

Sutherland serves as govt producer for Rabbit Gap, alongside writer-directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (This Is Us, WeCrashed), Charlie Gogolak (The Sinner, WeCrashed), Suzan Bymel (Designated Survivor) and Hunt Baldwin (Longmire, The Nearer).

For greater than 30 years, CBS VFX has expanded the boundaries of creativity by means of visible results, digital manufacturing and post-production inventive providers on a few of the most acclaimed initiatives on tv, throughout community, cable and streaming. Along with Rabbit Gap and Fireplace Nation, its latest work has included The Provide for Paramount+, Walker Independence for The CW, and Hacks for HBO. To assist its industry-leading work, CBS VFX maintains a devoted visible manufacturing soundstage, and works extensively with digital manufacturing, digital set extension, and real-time pre-viz applied sciences. You will discover out extra at www.CBS-VFX.com.




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