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The House of Cards - behind the scenes of the timelapse opening sequence!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
March 15, 2013, at 12:56 AM

The House of Cards is an amazing TV series about politics, manipulation and power. This $100 million political drama was produced by David Fincher and it is a remake of 1990s BBC mini-series that aired under the same title, featuring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The series is exceptional not only because of its script and plot but also due to an amazing timelapse opening sequence. The sequence was shot by Andrew Geraci, an award winning photographer and owner of District 7 Media. The timelapse opening was shot on many DSLRs (the show on the other hand is shot on a RED Epic) and Andrew shared some thoughts and other info on them in a recent interview. David Fincher asked him personally to shoot the scenes for the intro and the whole process took nearly 6 months. 120 individual shots were produced during this period of time but only 30 of them were used. Below is the trailer and you can have a small taste of the final result as the opening sequence is not publicly available - however you can watch the whole intro on the website with the interview (here).
 


And here are some excerpts from the interview:

"We chose the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero to shoot all of our motion scenes. One of the main reasons we chose to use them is because of their mobility. Compared to other systems the setup time and space imprint is relatively small. Other systems out there require larger setups and more space, something DC doesn't have."

"We shoot with the Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III. Lenses included, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II, Canon 24mm f/2.8, Canon 100-400mm F/4, Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 II. We used Manfrotto 550XProB tripods and a variety of LEE 100mm filters. (...) Because we shot completely in HDR (High Dynamic Range) it means we captured 3 separate frames with 3 separate exposures which made blending and transitioning easier."

If you want to read the whole interview and watch the opening sequence, follow this link.

Source: http://www.alexandrosmaragos.com

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