Tapped by MO&MO Film services, the technology-facilitated, in-camera VFX VP shoot encompassed scenes captured in DC and Chicago, all at the live Madrid shoot.
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Recently, La Fortuna, a six-episode Spanish-American miniseries airing on Movistar+ and AMC+, turned to virtual production powered by disguise vx 4 media servers. With Barcelona-based MO&MO Film services designing the virtual production scenes and in-camera VFX facilitated, the film included exterior scenes from Washington D.C on set in their shoot in Madrid.
La Fortuna is the story of the discovery of a Spanish frigate sunk by the British navy off Portugal in 1804 and the ensuing legal battle over the ownership of the treasure. Stanley Tucci heads a Spanish and American cast in the mini-series directed by Alejandro Amenabar and co-produced by Movistar+, AMC Studios, and MOD Pictures.
Via an introduction through AEC Cinematographer Alex Catalan, MO&MO Film Services was tapped by MOD Pictures to design and shoot the virtual production scenes. The Madrid-based virtual studio featured Gloshine MV 2.6mm LED walls with NovaPro UHD processing and disguise vx 4 media servers, facilitating the virtual production workflow.
“We were proud to shoot with Alejandro Amenbar on his first TV series and with Alex Catalan, one of the more demanding DPs in Spain,” commented MO&MO Film Services Virtual Production Supervisor David Monguet. “The project went perfectly, like all of our projects with disguise, with easy set-up and programming.”.
The process smoothed the creation of in-camera VFX for car scenes using plates shot in Chicago and scenes shot in Washington, D.C., showcasing the outside seen from the windows of the Spanish consulate. There were also sequences shot showcasing American TV reporting footage.
disguise Designer with the vx 4 servers helped achieve the desired cinematic results for many of these scenes. These included the color adjust layer, which was a must, and the blur layer, which helped DoP Catalan show the depth of field in some instances. PreComp, as a mapping type, was used in a blur layer, and color adjust was applied to manipulate all the layers simultaneously. In addition, the wrap tool helped adjust camera perspective in some scenes, while disguise’s ACES integration helped achieve color control for the VFX sequences.