Discovery post-production: Moonraker VFX on Killer of the Cosmos (Discovery) | News


Bristol-based Moonraker VFX worked on 700 shots from Discovery’s documentary Killers of the Cosmos. The VFX bring a “black cosmic” style to the production of Wall to Wall Media.

The six-part series stars Aidan Gillen as comic book character gumshoe, who sets out on a detective mission to uncover the evidence and threats to Earth that space throws at us.

The Moonraker team led the production of 10 minutes of dramatic footage included in each episode.

The company filmed Game of Thrones actor Aidan Gillen on a green screen and crafted a visual aesthetic that places the character in comic book-style urban environments.

The series, which currently airs on the Discovery Channel, has 700 VFX shots that all required custom graphic design and animation.

Moonraker VFX wrote their own software tools to perform this new style, which effectively handles live action frame by frame.

Graham Stott, Creative Director at Moonraker, said: “Ingesting that number of shots while still maintaining a gorgeous and cohesive look was a huge challenge for the team. This is more than you would expect in a big budget function. We had to make sure that Aidan not only looked cohesive himself, but that all the environments had the same visual patterns that articulated like a gallery of artwork.

Hannah Lewis, VFX Producer at Moonraker, added: “It was an aesthetic approach to a project that we had never tried before: leveraging the best creatives at Moonraker to deliver such a large volume of work where the detail of each plan is taken into account. and consistent ”.

Tim Lambert, Executive Producer at Wall to Wall Media, said: “The Moonraker team has succeeded in creating a fantastic but utterly believable world in which our gumshoe could function. No one has done anything like this on a documentary series before, and we’re thrilled with the results. “


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