Blackmagic announced recently that the hit BBC One drama ‘Poldark’ used their newly acquired Fusion 7 software to composite “lavish set extensions and 3D matte painting” for the period piece set in 18th century Cornwall. This marks the first public announcement of Fusion being used on a television series on a moajor network since Blackmagic’s acquisition of the Fusion software.
Starring The Hobbit’s Aidan Turner, ‘Poldark’ follows Cornish soldier Ross Poldark as he returns home fresh from fighting in the American War of Independence, finding his former life in shambles. Production company Mammoth Screen partnered with VFX company Lexhag Ltd. were tasked with enhancing Poldark’s Cornwall mining town using a digital scan of one of the real live filming locations. As VFX supervisor Alexis Haggar explains, “All of the major set extensions were started with a LiDAR scan. For Wheal Leisure – Ross Poldark’s mine – the art department built the lower area’s around an existing mine on the Cornish coast and we took over for the higher elements, such as the roof structure and windows. Grambler, the large mine set into the hillside, was a combination of digital matte painting and 3D elements all composited in Fusion.”
You can find out more about the extensive work by Lexhag Ltd. on Poldark using Fusion 7 in the press release below. Be sure to also visit BlackmagicDesign.com for more on Fusion 7.