Union Visual Effects Re-Creates Renaissance Era Florence for the Second Season of "Da Vinci’s Demons."


Last Updated: April 4, 2014 6:51 pm GMT
(London, United Kingdom--April 4, 2014) Union VFX has provided key visual effects work over several episodes of the second season of the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons”, produced by Adjacent Productions, it was announced today. The first episode premieres in the UK on April 4 at 10PM on FOX UK.

As a lead visual effects vendor for the series, the Soho-based company has recreated the Renaissance era city of Florence, tackling entirely computer-generated environments populated with digital buildings, crowds, and horses.

Alongside the digital city scenes, Union has constructed 100% computer generated underwater environments, complete with marine life, particles and bubbles. On the surface, CG Basilisk and Sentinel ships are set to sail a fully digital ocean, developed using the company’s proprietary water pipeline.

The series creator, writer, and executive producer David S. Goyer said "Union were the primary vendors on Da Vinci's Demons, Season 2 and they really upped our VFX game considerably. Feature-level quality on a premium cable budget. Excellent work all around."

Adam Gascoyne, visual effects supervisor said "Union’s workflow has been custom built for film projects, but it’s ideal for a television drama such as Da Vinci’s Demons, which required a large scope of ambitious visual effects. During production we made significant upgrades to many of our in-house tools to help us achieve some really creative and technically challenging shots."

Union completed 250 shots in total, from design and pre-visualization to final execution.

About Da Vinci’s Demons Season 2
Florence is thrown into chaos in the wake of the Pazzi conspiracy and Leonardo da Vinci must push the limits of his mind and body to defend the city against the forces of Rome. When the dust settles, friends are buried and rivalries enflamed. While the Medicis go to unthinkable lengths to deal with new threats, da Vinci continues on his quest to find the fabled Book of Leaves and uncover the secret history of his mother. He'll come to realize that he has lethal competition in his quest -- new enemies who may be even worse than the forces of Pope Sixtus. His search will take him to faraway lands and force him to reevaluate everything he knew about the world and his own history.

About Union Visual Effects
Union VFX is a boutique visual effects facility founded in 2008 by Adam Gascoyne and Tim Caplan, providing a creative service for feature film and television productions. Film credits include Philomena, How I Live Now, Trance, Hyde Park on Hudson, 127 Hours, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Woman in Black. Recent television projects include the second season of Da Vinci’s Demons, Babylon and Dancing on the Edge. Union also played an integral role as part of Danny Boyle’s core creative team for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Film projects currently in production are Black Sea, Far from the Madding Crowd, Suffragette, The Inbetweeners Movie 2, Theory of Everything, The Silent Storm & Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic.


About Adjacent Productions
Adjacent Productions is a label that sits within BBC Worldwide Productions, one of the core businesses under BBC Worldwide North America, the U.S. division of BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The Adjacent Productions label serves to identify new programming created by the Los Angeles-based production company, while BBC Worldwide Productions identifies BBC reformats that the team develops and produces for the U.S. market. The first scripted series under the Adjacent Productions label is Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz), currently in its second season. The second season of Breaking Pointe (The CW), Life Below Zero (National Geographic Channel) and Ladies of London (Bravo) are the first three unscripted series to broadcast under Adjacent Productions.

About Fox International Channels
FOX International Channels (FIC) is 21st Century Fox’s multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 300 wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports and movie channels across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 45 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1.3 billion viewers worldwide.

FIC UK distributes the entertainment channel FOX (formerly FX), the factual channels National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild, and the toddler channel Baby TV, with their correspondent HD versions, on BT Vision, Sky, Virgin Media and Talk Talk, the main Pay-TV platforms across the country. The company also operates a global online advertising unit, .FOX (pronounced “dot-fox”) which specialises in online video and display.

About FOX
FOX is a one of a kind general entertainment channel dedicated to “smart entertainment with an edge”. Targeting a keen and discerning audience, the channel was originally launched in Latin America in 1993. Currently the channel reaches more than 106 million homes in 101 markets including Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Japan, Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, North & Sub-Saharan Africa and across the Middle East. It is also available in HD, on VOD and mobile in select markets.


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