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Boardwalk Empire’s Effects Wizardry

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<i>Boardwalk Empire’s</i> Effects Wizardry

I’m a big fan of Boardwalk Empire, HBO’s acclaimed Prohibition-era drama about fictional Atlantic City criminal and political kingpin Nucky Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi). So I was aware of the handiwork of Brainstorm Digital, the Brooklyn-based digital effects studio that helped to bring the 1920s boardwalk to life by combining a 300-foot “period-perfect” set with 3D models and CG imagery.

But until I saw the video below, I had no idea that the show’s digital effects were so extensive. Even the wounds of Richard Harrow (Jack Huston), the former Army marksman who lost part of his face in the war, are a visual effect (I figured the ghastly injuries were accomplished through prosthetics and old-fashioned makeup). It’s all pretty amazing.

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