In the news: Creating Madam Secretary’s Washington

Season four of CBS’ Madam Secretary came to a dramatic conclusion recently as main character Elizabeth McCord, played by Téa Leoni, expressed her desire to run for President. The political drama series is set in Washington D.C, but filmed in Los Angeles. It was down to our Legion of artists to recreate the city’s iconic buildings in CG.

We were tasked to take the visual effects to the next level in some of the most complex and exacting photorealistic computer-generated environments created for the show’s fourth season which included large-scale set extensions, meticulously detailed CG environments, CG replications of buildings like the White House.

Our first task was to create a CG replication of the White House for a large green screen set up and over the season we met the show’s tight deadlines and created a variety of true to life CG shots. Our library enabled us to expedite the production of the effects by building on existing assets.

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“Madam Secretary brought VFX Legion onboard to help keep things real, whilst streamlining the production and challenging computer-generated environments.”

FXGuide

“The studio helped take the role of visual effects to the next level. augmenting many shots of the show’s footage that would have been impractical or impossible to shoot live such as Joint Base Andrews, the US military facilities that houses Air Force One.”

Creativepool

“VFX Legion pulled out all the stops to deliver a large quantity of complex, high-quality VFX, and make last minute changes, whilst still meeting a tight deadline and getting the most value out of the budget.”

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“VFX Legion had the experience and technical ingenuity to create large-scale set extensions and meticulously detailed CG environments that stood in for a number of practical location shots without sacrificing the accuracy of the acclaimed series.”

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“VFX Legion is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work on ‘Madam Secretary’, says James Hattin founder of VFX Legion. “Working with the show’s team has been an amazing experience and we are incredibly proud of the work that we’ve contributed towards this season.”

Broadcast Beat

“Legion helped take the role of visual effects to the next level, augmenting the show’s footage with shots that would have been impractical or impossible to shoot live.”

You can catch Madam Secretary on Netflix, and stay tuned for season 5 of the CBS drama in early 2019. Watch our VFX breakdown of Madam Secretary below –

South Lawn Scandal VFX Breakdown

In the news: Farewell to Scandal

Scandal came to an explosive, gripping conclusion last month, which capped off our 3-year run as the sole visual effect company for ABC’s award-winning political thriller. The series is shot in LA, while its story unfolds in D.C. where deception and intrigue ensue as its central character, Olivia Pope, (Kerry Washington) the staff of her crisis management firm, and the White House’s inner circle ravenously vie for power.

While this episodic drama didn’t call for futuristic CG worlds, Legion were called upon to create composited sequences, set extensions, full computer-generated environments and exacting digital replications of iconic buildings in D.C. that would have been too expensive, impractical, or impossible to shoot.

This show put us through our paces from the very first episode, where we had to turn around 50+ shots in a week, and we built a solid working relationship with the show’s team, paving the way for increasingly challenging effects as the season’s progressed.

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Film Contact

“The Burbank studio has been the driving force behind the hundreds of computer-generated effects that the show’s viewers didn’t see each week. The team took great pride that their photorealistic world went unnoticed by fans.”

Renderosity

“Scandal’s series finale marks the culmination of three year’s work on a breakthrough television show,” says Hattin. “The team at VFX Legion is proud of its contribution to the series and thrilled to have had the opportunity work with Shondaland Productions and ABC Studios on the final three seasons of the show.”

VFX Express

“VFX Legion pulled out all the stops to deliver a large quantity of complex, high-quality VFX, and make last minute changes, whilst still meeting a tight deadline and getting the most value out of the budget.”

Senate Chambers Before/After VFX Breakdown

CGW

“VFX Legion made time to explore ways to optimize production value and the show’s visual effects budget. Revisiting original CG shots and developed new, highly detailed White House assets to support updated environments, with new and interesting perspectives.”

ProductionHub

“VFX Legion multi-disciplined collective of 70+ artists were able to help the workforce handle the volume of visual effects that the show required, and spread out the shots to allow the talent to focus on creating quality work.”

Creative Cow

“VFX Legion worked closely with the client to get a full understanding of their vision. Everything was thought of from streamlining workflow to  crafting a plan that worked with the show’s budgets, schedules, and resources.”

Viewers can catch all seasons of Scandal, a streaming favorite on Netflix. Watch Scandal’s VFX breakdown reel below –