Movies like ‘The Matrix’, ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Avengers’, ‘Harry Potter’ series, ‘The Fantastic Beast’ etc. are etched in our minds. These movies have this special place in our hearts for their amazing visual effects and content. A similar shift can be seen seeping into the new – the online video streaming platforms.
VFX and content-rich web series shown by various platforms like Netflix and Amazon for their patrons and unsurprisingly, most of them have been very well received. And speaking of VFX-rich content, a name that has made a global impact cannot be forgotten. That show is none other than ‘Game of Thrones’ (GoT).
GoT is a show which commanded the entire world’s attention for close to a decade. Like it or hate it, this show definitely changed the landscape of online streaming content. Apart from their gripping plots and brilliant performances another key factor behind the show’s tremendous success was its incredible length and breadth of visual effects.
Even though the fans were unhappy with the ending, this fantasy series provided a lot of scope, amplifying the importance of online streaming content. The way content is created has now changed because of the medium, where VFX played a gigantic role in making the content visually and aesthetically pleasing and impactful.
The medium of online streaming and the importance of VFX in this revolutionary medium is a nexus that is noteworthy. Thanks to the mandate by Netflix to have content which is 4k and beyond.
One can easily decipher from the 2018 Emmy Awards to recognize Netflix’s amazing ascension and its importance for film and TV industry, including those people working in the VFX domain. The video streaming industry has grown from roughly 3 billion dollars in 2013 to more than 7 billion dollars in 2018!
Did you know that the VFX for series like ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ were done by a studio based right here in Pune? That’s right. The scope for VFX professionals is massive in India at the moment and Seamedu offers a full-fledged degree courses in VFX and animation for young and creative individuals who wish to build a career in this domain.
5 Amazing VFX-Loaded Web Series to Binge Watch
Here is a list of five VFX-rich web and TV shows that you can binge on and fill the void left by GoT.
1. Altered Carbon (Netflix)
Altered Carbon is science-fiction web series based on a novel and is based over 350 years in the future. VFX for this series was created using Maya, Arnold, Houdini, Mari and Nuke. Some of the software’s taught to the students pursuing VFX & Animation degree and diploma course from Seamedu.
2. Lost in Space (Netflix)
Lost in Space is an American science-fiction television series based on a reimagining of the 1965 series of the same name, following the adventures of a family of space colonists whose spaceship veers off course.
If the visual effect supervisor of the film is to be believed, this series involves practical shots combined with CG digital shots, taking full advantage of the state-of-the-art VFX.
3. Stranger Things (Netflix)
One of the most popular shows on Netflix, it’s a fictional, horror web series about a group of friends saving the world from the “other side”. This series is an amalgamation of 3-D model, CG shots, visual effect etc.
2D/ 3D animation is an important aspect to study which is covered by specialized visual effects courses or animation. Seamedu, a pioneering institute for media and entertainment provides relevant experience in the subject and assists in placement as well.
4. Westworld (HBO)
Westworld is another American sci-fi Western TV series. Westworld is a fictional, technologically advanced Wild West themed amusement park. The VFX of the show does justice to the quality.
5. Black Mirror (Netflix)
A science-fiction anthology which shows a dystopian future with new technologies, Black Mirror’s plot provides ample scope for VFX. It turned as a master piece with various pre and post production techniques. Seamedu is one such institute which has ever evolving curriculum and teaches latest and most advance technology and techniques.
All the aforementioned series pack a punch in the VFX department and make for amazing, binge-worthy content. Get ready for a visual treat that will blow your mind! The online video streaming medium and the VFX used in the content is an interesting relationship that help each other push the envelope in their respective sector.
Here are some honourable mentions of shows that are packing a punch in the VFX department as well:
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