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Creating new worlds for Amazon’s
The Man in the High Castle

By Randi Altman

What if Germany and Japan had won World War II? What would the world look like? That is the premise of Philip K. Dick’s 1963 novel and Amazon’s series,The Man in the High Castle, which is currently gearing up for its second season premiere later in the year.

The Man in the High Castle features familiar landmarks
with unfamiliar touches. For example, New York City's Times Square has its typical billboards, but sprinkled in are giant swastika banners, images of Hitler and a bizarro American flag, whose blue stripes have been replaced with yet another swastika. San Francisco, and the entire West Coast, is now under Japanese rule, complete with Japanese architecture and cultural influences. It’s actually quite chilling.

Helping to create these “new” worlds was Zoic Studios, whose team received one of the show’s four Emmy nods for its visual effects work. That team was led by visual effects supervisor Jeff Baksinski.

Zoic’s path to getting the VFX gig was a bit different than most. Instead of waiting to be called for a bid, they got aggressive… in the best possible way. “Both myself and another supervisor here, Todd Shifflett, had read Dick’s book, and we really wanted this project.” They began with some concept stills and bouncing ideas off each other of what a German-occupied New York would look like. One of Zoic’s producers saw what they were up to and helped secure some money for a real test.

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Behind the Title: Billboard Magazine video editor Zack Wolder

Zack Wolder is often on the road cutting behind-the-scenes footage at music festivals around the country. He calls on the Adobe Creative Cloud for his work.

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GoPro intros Karma foldable drone, Hero5 with voice-controlled recording
By Brady Betzel

“Hey, GoPro, start recording!” That’s right, voice-controlled recording is here. Does this mean pros can finally start all their GoPros at the same time? More on this in a bit…

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Atomic Cartoons animates Netflix’s Beat Bugs

Industry pros discuss sound design for film and TV
By Mel Lambert

IBC 2016: VR and 8K will drive M&E storage demand
By Tom Coughlin

Triptent offers Robic for
high-speed cinematography

Senior editor Cristina
Rackoff joins Moondog

My first trip to IBC
By Sophia Kyriacou

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