Masters of the Air: Assembling a VFX armada for Apple TV+’s nine-episode WWII series

Client: Whiskytree

Outlet: Post Magazine

June 7, 2024

Apple TV+’s Masters of the Air is based on Donald L. Miller’s book of the same name, and follows the men of the 100th Bomb Group (a.k.a. “Bloody Hundredth”) as they conduct dozens of bombing raids over Nazi Germany. The nine-episode series looks at the struggles the crews face at 25,000 feet, including freezing temperatures and lack of oxygen, along with the psychological and emotional tolls that wear on the young men as they help to destroy Hitler’s Third Reich.

 

The series was executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and was split up among a team of directors that included Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Dee Rees and Tim Van Patten. Austin Butler and Callum Turner star in the series, which also includes Anthony Boyle, Nate Mann, Barry Keoghan, Rafferty Law, Edward Ashley, Jonas Moore, Elliot Warren, Matt Gavan, Branden Cook, Josiah Cross and Ncuti Gatwa.

 

Stephen Rosenbaum (www.stephenrosenbaum.net) served as the show’s visual effects supervisor, coordinating work among a number of studios, including The Third Floor, Dneg, Whiskeytree, RodeoFX and Weta Digital. Here, he reflects on the VFX needs of the show and its challenges.

 

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