Technicolor supported the need for both smaller, more mobile teams and a theatrical workflow.
Finishing and delivering the series across all 11 episodes equaled the work of six feature length films.
The Netflix series Sense8, by filmmakers Lana and Lilly Wachoswski and creative partner J. Michael Straczynski, has a naturalistic “run and gun” narrative style that follows eight interrelated characters – Sensates – outcasts in their various cultures but connected by their joint telepathic capabilities. Principal photography began and ended in Berlin, but in between were more than a dozen production locations worldwide – a massive undertaking overseen by multiple Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Toll, ASC.
As in the first season, the Sense8 season 2 team employed a theatrical workflow – an elaborate dailies and on-location services model created for the production by Technicolor Production Services in Hollywood, with support from Technicolor London. Led by season 1 veterans Denise Woodgerd, Dailies Producer, and Chris Van Duyn, On-location Services, Technicolor deployed three dailies teams to cover all the logistics and any overlapping schedules. OLS-Dailies support teams including Zander White, John St. Laurent, Chris Giuffrida, and Erik Haase covered locations as diverse as Nairobi, Seoul, and Berlin.
Series collaborators, including Toll and fellow cinematographers Christian Almesberger, BVK, and Danny Ruhlmann, ACS, relied on the smaller, more mobile teams to create the show’s signature improvisational look. Remarking on their “fast and loose, light on our feet” style, Toll said: “Our camera teams needed a level of freedom to do what they do. All the DPs were free to accomplish what they needed for their characters and locations in those very specific contexts.”
Senior Colorist Tony Dustin and the rest of the Technicolor team in Hollywood worked closely – and virtually – with director Lana Wachoswski and Toll on the finishing and delivery of the series, including final color-correction, versioning, and mastering. The project’s DI was produced by Nancy Fuller, with editorial conform and VFX work performed by Tashi Trieu.
Overall, Technicolor worked on 600+ VFX shots across all 11 episodes. Supervised by Doug Spilatro, the team included lead VFX artists Jason Wilson and Casey Allen; additional VFX artists included Eroc Moralls, Eli Jarra, Marty Taylor, Juan Alvarez, and Rodrigo Washington.
Watch the intense trailer for the second season of Sense8 streaming now on Netflix.