Rumble VFX was the key VFX partner for the TV adaptation of Amor Towles’ internationally best-selling novel, “A Gentleman in Moscow,” for Paramount+, starring Ewan McGregor as Count Alexander Rostov and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Anna Urbanova.

The project was led by VFX Supervisors Tim Zaccheo and Max Wright, alongside 2D Supervisor Joe Cork. Rumble VFX were responsible for overseeing the shoot and providing all the key VFX for the 8-episode series, contributing over 200 shots – not least of which involved transforming Bolton town centre and a studio backlot in Manchester into a vast and detailed recreation of post revolutionary Moscow, featuring iconic landmarks such as the Kremlin, Theatre Square, the Bolshoi and the Metropol Hotel.

Tim Zaccheo, VFX Supervisor says: “This was a really lovely project to work on, a nice mix of practical and post production – incredible physical sets but lots of opportunity for VFX to shine as well. The whole of the Metropol lobby interior – save for a large stained-glass cupola that we added in post – stretching all the way into a full sized restaurant dining area was an astonishingly detailed set built on a sound-stage at Manchester’s Space Studios. Surrounding that though was lots of green-screen for us to fill – most of the Hotel exterior and all of the surrounding area, including huge vista’s of Moscow were obviously not possible to build for real, so it was our job to create that space – to provide the wider world in which this story takes place, while matching the grandeur and beauty of the live action sets, such that we extend seamlessly from what is real to what is not.”

Rumble VFX Credits: Tim Zaccheo, Max Wright, Joe Cork, Lucy Beavis, Harry Hamblin, Alex Jevon, Rasik Gorecha, Richard Costin, Jon Gomez Manzano, Atanas Atanasov, Gustaf Nilsson, Blake Laing-Smith, Ned Baker, Osman Baloglu, Juan Edgardo Garcia, Enrico Lambiase, Floris van der Veen, Grahame Andrew, Bence Varga, Dave Gibbons.

All episodes are now streaming on Paramount+.

Jon Creamer

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