The best visual effects are the ones that never distract the viewers. Today, visual effects is an integral and exciting part of films and television programs, and every so often a few works come out that are VFX game-changers. Below are the shows that made it to the 71st Emmy award nominations, in the category of Outstanding Special Effects. Emmy Award recognises excellence in the television industry.
Game Of Thrones (The Bells)
The Academy made up its mind over the controversial last season of Game of Thrones despite the massive dissatisfaction of the fans over the program’s conclusion. And the result is… 7th Emmy in Visual Effects category, which only further cements GOT’s position as the program with the most wins in this category. ‘The Bells’ shows the final battle for control of the throne.
For its final run, the HBO fantasy epic scored 32 nominations for the Emmy Awards, the most for any program in a single season.
Star Trek: Discovery (Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2)
The thirty years old show is now as cinematic as it can be. Thanks to the VFX team! The conclusion of this space epic features immersive space battles, dynamic camera angles and aesthetically pleasing fireworks. But if you’re a hardcore Trekkie, you may say that VFX is the only thing that has managed to get some appreciation. A third season of the show is currently in the making.
The Man In The High Castle (Jahr null)
Amazon’s critically acclaimed series has shown an alternate history of what America would have been if the Axis powers won the World War II. Pulling off the VFX for such shows is very challenging as the audience is expected to feel like they’re seeing a New York confined in an imperial Japanese and Nazi German society. The streets, the architecture, the costumes and almost every aspect of a City and its citizen had to be reimagined through special effects. This show has been previously nominated twice for Outstanding Visual Effects.
The Orville (Identity: Part 2)
Set 400 years in the future this sci-if show is created by Seth Mcfarlane, well known for The Family Guy and Ted. This Star Trek comedic ripoff features lots of CG shots and practical effects. In fact the episode ‘Identity part II’ features an eight minute space battle which is too dynamic for a TV series. Pixomondo and FuseFX were given the task for the CGI. Pixomondo also had previously won The Emmy for ‘Valar Morghulis’, the final episode of second season of Game Of Thrones back in 2013.
The Umbrella Academy (White Violin)
As someone who is a big fan of the MCU or DCEU movies, there’s no way you could miss ‘The Umbrella Academy’. It is really trendy and has gained everyone’s attention. Though it had mixed responses to the plot development which lagged behind character growth, the visuals were moody and suited the theme of the show very well. The show features an advanced chimpanzee named Pogo. The character was created by Weta Digital, famously known for the Planet Of The Apes franchise.
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