THE CHI

Visual Effects

We  delivered approximately 200 photo-realistic 4K - VFX shots for season 3 of "The Chi" on Showtime. All CGI work for this show had to be seamlessly integrated and never distract from the stellar performances.  The show's use of real locations meant the a host of complex large scale crew and production equipment removals and environmental replacement work.
Many shots required actor additions including partial body reconstruction and clothing replacements, complex "body art" removal and body beauty augmentations,, epic day for night conversions with digital relighting, 3D-tracked CGI fire, smoke, steam and water FX. We utilized our broadcast design experience to give scenes a more cinematic look when featuring communicating via text messaging, together with more integrated and realistic ways of displaying screens on phones, computers and TV screens that had been missing on previous seasons. It was a great collaborative experience.

Because of tight production schedules, we decided to bring in CGI fire, smoke and steam using a combination of Fume FX, 3D tracking and interactive re-lighting. many scenes are just single shots that are over 2 minutes in length which required large amounts of roto-scoping and rebuilding, as actors go back and forth with one carrying CG clothing that is set on fire. Other shots needed interactive "dope smoke" or digital steam with dripping water vapor being added to mirrors and shower tiles to help sell the look.

One episode was set during a blackout. Plate shots were re-colored using Da Vinci and digital interactive re-lighting was added such as the city blocks turning off over time and vehicle lights, emergency lights, candles, flashlights, signage etc being added back in.

The narrative of many scenes in season 3 required reconstruction by using a combination of different takes or the insertion of actors from other shots. Complex removal work is also necessary to rebuild the backgrounds before actors can be put back in. Some shots required rebuilding and re-timing actors arms to get the shot right. We also handled dozens of large scale crew removal shots from roads, glass and interiors.
These shots also demonstrate Cinergy's ability to work within and beyond new production shooting guidelines due to Covid 19.