Artifex Studios’ Continuum VFX Reel

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They’ve done it again! After the amazing season that Continuum delivered this year, it’s easy to take for granted the incredible visual effects work that Artifex Studios contributes to this show. But whether it’s the new HUD, the assassination reconstruction, or the epic fight scene in the season finale, the artists really upped their game. Take a look at the VFX reel published recently highlighting the best of season 2.



Continuum: Award-Winning Visual Effects

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It’s official! Continuum’s visual effects are the best in the biz, if Adam Stern‘s Canadian Screen Award is any indication. The head of Artifex Studios accepted the award during the inaugural event last night, which combines the old Gemini Awards for television and the Genies for film into one Golden-Globes-like gala. We’ve all been so impressed with what Artifex Studios has been able to achieve, and the award couldn’t be going to a more deserving member of the crew. Adam has been involved in the social media aspects of the show, interacting with fans, and even doing an interview with us. (CAUTION: Spoilers!)

Branding Is Everything

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You have to admire whomever designed the logo for Liber8. I don’t mean in real life. I mean the disgruntled graphic designer or graffiti artist in 2077 who joined the “freedom fighters” and created the stencil-like lettering and raised fist that is reminiscent of the logo for the Occupy movement of modern times (the same one we used for our hotline logo). Did anyone notice the 3D, strangely quivering graffiti tags in the stairwells in 1×03 (about 45 seconds in) when the CPS was executing a raid on the apartment where the “Queen of Hearts” was hiding? Where can I pick up a can of THAT spray paint? In any case, I had to wonder what would happen if the Corporate Congress tried a similar tactic to win the hearts of the dissenting populace. This comic is the second of a series of one-panel drawing I hope to keep drawing occasionally as an idea occurs to me.

INTERVIEW – VFX Guru Adam Stern

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Adam Stern and Artifex Studios not only did an amazing job with the visual effects for Continuum, they also did a fantastic job of interacting with the fans of the show on Twitter and Facebook. Whether it’s Kiera’s HUD, the CPS Flyers, or the massive 3D landscape of 2077 Vancouver, Adam and his crew have made the VFX its own character in this series. We asked Adam about some of our favorite effects in this interview, two sci fi geeks to another.


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Amazing Aging VFX

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To make a correction from our podcast for the season finale of Continuum, I re-watched the scene with Kagame speaking to elder Julian near the end of the episode. Wow! That is some seamless precision from the guys at Artifex Studios. We’re starting to sound like total Adam Stern kiss-ups, but the fact of the matter is his crew does an amazing job of making the visual effects completely invisible. Excellent work! Now perhaps you could make William B. Davis look more like young Alec…

Thanks, Artifex Studios!

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The guys at Artifex Studios were nice enough to send us each some nice swag in appreciation of our podcast. We’re just a couple of fans who happen to be recording a discussion we would be having anyway, and any contact with those who are responsible for creating the show that we love is just icing on the cake. We think Adam Stern and everyone at Artifex Studios do a great job of creating the special effects that give Continuum its unique look, and we can’t remember a time when the VFX guys were so directly involved with the fanbase, especially on Twitter. Thanks again, Adam, and good luck with Season 2! (It’ll happen!)