MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
CG, Set Design, Color, Art Direction, Pre-Visualization, 3D Animation, Matte Painting, Digital Environment, Planning And Budgeting
2 Emmy Nominations, 3 VES Award Nominations
The work has to fit in with the Marvel cinematic universe. What fans see on television has to feel like it’s on par with what they see in theaters.
Accolades continue to accumulate for FuseFX and its work on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. As the lead visual effects provider for the action series, FuseFX has worked on every episode of the show, now in its fifth season. With over 3,600 shots, 3 VES award nominations, and 2 Emmy nominations, the studio is very proud of its partnership with Marvel and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
FuseFX VFX supervisor Kevin Lingenfelser says their standard for comparison are not other television shows, but rather other Marvel productions. “The work we do has to fit in with the Marvel cinematic universe,” he explains. “What fans see on television has to feel like it’s on par with what they see in theaters.”
FuseFX has to do its work much faster than its feature film counterparts. The studio typically has 10 or 12 days to turn around the effects for an episode upon receipt of background plates. That can include the creation of character-driving effects animation, photo-realistic vehicles, CG set extensions, pyrotechnics and atmospheric elements, among others.
Now into its fifth season, the production is a close collaboration between Kolpack and his production crew on the one hand, and Lingenfelser and his team of supervisors, artists, and producers on the other. As the setting of the fifth season ventured into space, and reintroduced various characters in a variety of new and unusual ways, VFX Supervisor Kevin Yuille explains, “It’s only getting more intense. An entirely new setting brings an entirely new set of fun and exciting VFX challenges, and maintaining that feature film quality throughout inspires us to continue besting ourselves.”
FuseFX is especially proud of its work in crafting certain signature elements of the show, including the character transformations, varied settings, and highly specialized vehicles and other paramilitary gear used by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Chief among those is the “Bus”, a specialized Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, modified to serve as the group’s Airborne Mobile Command Station for seasons 1-3 and the “Zephyr”, a larger, more futuristic version for seasons 4 and 5.