Daredevil Vfx Breakdown
Daredevil is a Netflix series based on the comic books of the same name and set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows the fictional character of Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), a superhero who uses his heightened senses from being blinded as a child to fight crime on the mean streets of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen as Daredevil.
It is the first of four planned Netflix series’ based on Marvel superheroes in the New York area, all of which follow the binge-watch model by releasing the full season in one drop.
Daredevil is a series grounded in the streets rather than in the clouds and Shade’s unique, bi-coastal setup paved the way for this partnership to come to fruition. New York is an additional character in the series and its streets are the real backdrops used to depict the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood on screen. Being established in both New York and Los Angeles, Shade was uniquely placed and had the means to provide greater flexibility and balance to the project. We were able to offer in-person, localized support to our client on set, while simultaneously being securely, remotely connected to our Los Angeles office and team.
Telling gritty, dark crime stories with strong bloody violence is a big departure from the clean-cut versions Marvel have previously delivered. New York City’s not made out to be a spectacle, it’s made to depict how life is a juxtaposition of joy and tragedy, with questions of morality, right and wrong, good and evil, being cornerstones of the series itself.
The Man Without Fear
The less-leathery costume donned by Daredevil is no coincidence either, it’s a nod to an earlier iteration of the character taken from Frank Miller’s Man Without Fear and that inspiration and tone were absolutely reflected in the visual effects used within. While Shade worked on over 1000 shots, invisible VFX are the showpiece of the series.
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