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Goodbye Kansas Heads to Sea with ‘Vigil’ VFX

As the main visual effects vendor, the company’s London studio creates a digital Trident nuclear sub and water effects for the BBC’s new conspiracy thriller series.

Goodbye Kansas Studios has shared some of their recent work as the main VFX vendor for the new BBC One conspiracy drama, Vigil. The studio’s work included creation of the nuclear submarine and digital water effects.

From the producers of Line of Duty, Vigil is a “deep sea thriller” starting with a mysterious disappearance of a fishing trawler and a death-on-board the Trident nuclear submarine HMS Vigil, which brings the police into conflict with the Navy and British Security services.

The show debuted August 29 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, attracting an audience of 10.2 million across its first seven days, making it the BBC’s most watched new drama of the year so far.

According to James Strong, director and executive producer on the series, “We chose Goodbye Kansas for their great experience with creating water environments. Goodbye Kansas provided on-set supervision and worked with us on the methodology and shot composition for our complex CGI set pieces throughout the shoot.”

As the main VFX vendor for a BBC series, Goodbye Kansas Studios in London took a big step in their evolution and expansion as a visual effects provider. James Prosser, Managing Director of Goodbye Kansas in London, highlighted Vigil as one of the studio’s most successful productions to date. “The entire team continues to constantly surprise me with their skills and artistic vision and executed a world-class dual delivery between our London and Stockholm Studios.”

The six-episode first season of Vigil is written and created by Tom Edge, with episodes by Ed Macdonald and Chandni Lakhani, based on an original idea by George Aza-Selinger. Strong and Isabelle Sieb direct; Angie Daniell produces. The executive producers are Simon Heath and Jake Lushington (for World Productions); Gaynor Holmes (for the BBC); Strong; and Edge.

Source: Goodbye Kansas Studios

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