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The making of ITV1's Titanic

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16 March 2012

Here are three behind the scenes films that explain how the physical and visual effects, as well as the costumes, were created for ITV’s upcoming £10m drama Titanic.

Directed by Jon Jones and written by Julian Fellowes, the 4x60-min Titanic was made largely outside the UK in order to access Canadian and Hungarian tax breaks. 

One of the key challenges for the team making the series was how to create realistic effects on a budget that’s about 20 times smaller than James Cameron had at his disposal for his 1996 film staring Kate Winslet and Leonardo di Caprio.

Production designer Rob Harris created an extraordinary set in landlocked Hungary’s Stern Studios, which included the construction of the largest indoor water tank in mainland Europe.  You can learn some of the details about how this was done in the following film:



Titanic’s complex post post and vfx was completed in Toronto, led by Tom Turnbull of Rocket Science.  The following film explains how they went about creating the iconic ship.



And the costumes were also key for a story that’s essentially about British society in 1912, as the below film explains.




Produced by Nigel Stafford-Clark, Titanic will air on ITV1 later this month starring Linus Roach and Geraldine Somerville.

ITV1 signed up early on to the drama, and the rest of the finance was stitched together by Lookout Point and ITV Studio Global Entertainment. Pre-sales included a landmark deal with ABC, the first UK drama to pre-sell to a US network since the 1980s.

 

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