May 01, 2018

The Americans

Season 6 Promo

We were dedicated to the idea of capturing as much as possible in camera.

As the final season of The Americans drew near, FX came to us looking for a promo that would ramp up the anticipation, and we were eager to get our ideas out there. Our initial pitch included 8 tease concepts ranging from live action-based to full CG.

After creative back-and-forth, the idea of the American flag being taken over by the Soviet flag not only peaked our interest, but evolved into a unique production. The simplicity of the two flags gave us a chance to tell the story in multiple layers, where we could touch on the duality of Elizabeth and Philip, as well as the Soviet Union and America.

The fun and challenging side of production was coming up with a way to create this transformation with a new and exciting approach. We were dedicated to the idea of capturing as much as possible in camera.

Susi Sie - On Set

In a great team effort, FX undertook the shooting of the flag and BigStar shot custom ink mattes with one of our favorite elemental directors, Susi Sie, who captured the microscopic effect of the fabric bleeding out and transitioning. Combining these live-action elements with CG created here at BigStar developed a seamless end product that would best represent the concept as a whole.

Early CG Test vs. Final Picture - 3D by Josh Clos
Final Flag Transition - by Josh Clos

Both on a technical and narrative level, the promo was one of our favorites to date. Thanks again to the fantastic team at FX--we’d do it all again.


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