Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan - Season 2
Since the launch of Tom Clancy's (1947-2013) debut novel in 1984-The Hunt for Red October-and the subsequent release of its 1990 John McTiernan-directed (Predator, Die Hard) feature film adaptation, the character of Jack Ryan has been a staple of the action genre.
On this project, Hybride teamed up once again with VFX Supervisor Erik Henry, who has been working on the Jack Ryan series since the show started. The Hybride crew was back on board to create seamless and hyper realistic visual effects for this second season after producing 222 shots in Season 1 (2018). For this second edition, Hybride's contribution to the project can be sorted mostly in three types of effects: CG crowds, digital environments and a Blackhawk helicopter.
We know how to draw crowds
Digital crowds were created to enhance the shots of extras filmed on screen for the riot scenes, as well as for the scenes where the President is seen giving a speech. Under the direction of Hybride CG Supervisor Emmanuel Pelletier, the character motion data was recorded at Ubisoft Montreal's motion capture studio to create a database of movements for the crowds.
"We recorded specific actions such as running, rock throwing, people gesturing and waving their arms; with some holding props like signs, banners and sticks..." explained Pelletier.
Get to the chopper
During the riot scene in episode 6, the Hybride crew jumped on board to support the visual storytelling of the American diplomats' extraction sequence with a digitally enhanced Blackhawk helicopter.
In episode 8, Hybride's CG Blackhawk was used to enhance the live helicopter used on set and merge it into its location. A few additional digital characters had to be recreated, smoke and landings were added, in addition to the reflections seen in the buildings and the helicopter windows.
For the rescue mission at the Presidential Palace that takes place in episode 8, Hybride artists used a mix of techniques to accurately recreate the digital environment. "2.5D matte painting (based on drone file captures) were used for the city backgrounds and the palace was done entirely in CG, except for its entrance, which was built on the field lot of the Bogota-shot scene," added Pelletier.
"In these shots, the visual effect enhancements are almost impossible to detect... even for the most CG-trained eye, it's really quite impressive!" said Visual Effects Producer Yanick Willisky with a smile, "it was really fun to do, actually."
Following the success of the political thriller's season 1, which has been nominated in two categories at the 2019 Emmy Awards - including Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role - Amazon Studios have already announced that the John Krasinski-fronted Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan will be back for a third season.
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2018-)
Season 2 (8 episodes)
Released on October 31, 2019, on Amazon Prime, produced by Amazon Studios.
Directors: Andrew Bernstein, Dennie Gordon and Phil Abraham
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor: Erik Henry
VFX Workload: 66 shots
Cumulative Duration: 3.5 minutes
Project Timeframe: 5 months (March to July 2019)
VFX Description: Design, tracking, layout, lighting, texture, modelling, animation, compositing.
LAYOUT / TRACKING
Steve Pelchat, (Lead Layout & Tracking)
TEXTURE & LIGHTING
Dang Vy Nguyen
Patrick Piché, (Lead Technical Director)
Marco Tremblay, (Environment Supervisor)
Michael Havart, (Digital Environment Artist)
Miguel Berube Ouellet
Robert De La Cruz
PRESIDENT AND HEAD OF PRODUCTION
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
PRODUCTION VICE PRESIDENT
HEAD OF PRODUCTION MONTREAL STUDIO
VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISORS
COMPUTER GRAPHICS SUPERVISORS
VISUAL EFFECT PRODUCERS
VISUAL EFFECT COORDINATORS
Paul Saint-Hilaire, (Compositing Supervisor )
Ashish Dewan, (Lead Digital Compositor)
PAINT & ROTO
Juliette Compignie, (Lead Paint & Roto)
James Daniel Haines
Mélissa Laframboise Maillé
Mark Masson, (Lead Character Rigging)
John Mark Gibbons