The groups of the 1899 sequence on Netflix used the identical know-how as that of The Mandalorian and Home of the Dragon for a surprising visible consequence and luxurious units.
Two years after Darkish, its creators Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar return with one other bold work on Netflix.
Titled 1899, this sequence follows the journey of a ship of immigrants from Europe crusing to New York. The passengers are all from completely different backgrounds however share the identical goals and hopes for the brand new centenary and their future overseas.
However their journey takes an sudden flip once they uncover one other ship adrift within the open sea, lacking for months. They have to then face an actual nightmarish enigma, revealing the hyperlinks between every of the passengers.
1899 depends on a big European forged, wherein we discover Emily Beecham (Into the Badlands), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk), Andreas Pietschmann (Darkish), Miguel Bernardeau (Elite), Maciej Musial (The Witcher), Anton Lesser (Sport Of Thrones), Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen (The Rain), Rosalie Craig (London Street), Clara Rosager (The Rain) and even Maria Erwolter (The Ritual).
What know-how was used for the units of 1899?
With 1899, out there since November 17 on Netflix, Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar provide a sequence on a scale better than that of Darkish with breathtaking units, doable due to a know-how now extremely popular throughout the movie trade and tv.
The technical groups have certainly used the know-how referred to as “The Quantity”, a semi-circle of large LED screens on which decorations are inlaid and modified in actual time.
This technological revolution, already utilized by the groups of The Mandalorian and even Home of the Dragon, makes it doable to do with out inexperienced funds and to save lots of time through the post-production part.
Nevertheless, the creators of 1899 had not thought-about this resolution in any respect at first once they have been creating the sequence in 2018. The pandemic prevented them from with the ability to shoot in a number of international locations in Europe and revel in pure settings. However Netflix was fast to pitch the thought for the Quantity, as they defined to Deadline:
“We initially deliberate to journey to Spain, Poland, Scotland, all types of locations” defined Jantje Friese. “Quick sufficient [après le début de la pandémie]we knew which may not be doable within the close to future, so we totally embraced the thought of bringing Europe to us.”
Baran bo Odar was impressed by this know-how: “It is actually an entire new approach of directing. We spoke with The Mandalorian staff, together with the cinematographer [Barry Baz Idoine]to raised perceive the know-how.
It was clearly a problem for each manufacturing division, however we like a problem, so we wished to attempt it for this sequence.”
Regardless of their reluctance, the creators of 1899 noticed solely benefits in utilizing this apply, which is changing into increasingly fashionable:
“It actually helps filmmakers take into consideration tales in another way. When you begin working with it, it makes you write scenes in another way, it means that you can discover issues that you just won’t be capable of discover on a set in pure surroundings.”
There may be nonetheless loads of work upstream so as to have sufficient materials to challenge on the LED screens. The groups traveled to completely different international locations to seize and digitize landscapes to show them into 3D fashions that may be walked by means of and modified in actual time.
An advanced however mandatory step within the course of so as to save appreciable time throughout filming and post-production:
“Every little thing needs to be determined beforehand, it’s important to create and construct the set, in order that every thing is able to shoot in digicam. You do not use any inexperienced display, ideally. I hate inexperienced screens, it takes a lot creativeness, for us and for the actors too. Having the set already on set is an enormous benefit. Even for the enhancing.”
The ability, which is operated by Friese and Odar’s Darkish Methods sister firm Darkish Bay, price a major sum, with monetary assist from Netflix and the Brandenburg Funding Financial institution. It’s positioned within the well-known Babelsberg studios exterior Berlin, the place 1899 was filmed.
And the Darkish Bay manufacturing web site and the Quantity’s know-how can be utilized by different productions. A substantial alternative in keeping with Rachel Eggebeen, director of authentic content material at Netflix, who has dedicated to taking pictures different creations there:
“Sooner or later, now we have the chance for all filmmakers from everywhere in the world to come back to Babelsberg and use the services. I think about Germany can grow to be a European chief in digital manufacturing.”
The 1899 sequence is offered on Netflix.