A spaceship takes off at full blast, slicing through clouds and flying fragments as it hurtles through the atmosphere. On the side of the ship we glimpse an inscription: “Jupiter”. The spaceship, as well as strange, alien creatures and many other scenes in the Netflix series “Lost in Space”, was brought to life by Mackevision’s digital magic.
In 2018, Netflix released a reimagined version of the 1960s television series “Lost in Space”. Under the overall direction of VFX supervisors Jabbar Raisani, Terron Pratt and Marion Spates, the story of the Robinson family’s adventures light years away from planet Earth was told anew – more realistically than ever before, thanks to state-of-the-art visual effects.
A wormhole whirls the Robinson family – crew of the Jupiter – to a strange but Earth-like planet. Transported by their escape craft far away from the spaceship of colonists they launched in, they are now unavoidably “Lost in Space”.
Jupiter, their escape craft, doesn’t just play a central role in the lives of the Robinsons – our Visual Effects team also developed a special bond with the spaceship. The team was heavily involved in creating the spaceship, and especially in the close-up shots – something we are particularly proud of. Because the ship appears in every episode of the U.S. sci-fi series, it is effectively the centerpiece of the 75 shots for which we were responsible.
Apart from the spaceship, we also created digital creatures and environments for “Lost in Space”. What are known in the trade as “full CG” shots – digital scenes created entirely on computer, such as Jupiter’s flight through the atmosphere – were especially challenging.
A total of 35 Mackevision artists worked on 7 episodes of the sci-fi series, under the direction of VFX supervisor Juri Stanossek. Another highlight was the digital creation of the otherworldly roly-poly creatures – our team was responsible for both designing them and bringing them to life.
The VFX work for “Lost in Space” has been nominated for one of the prestigious Emmy Awards 2018, in the “Outstanding Special Visual Effects” category. This is our second Emmy nomination. In 2014 we were honored with an Emmy Award for our work on “Game of Thrones” Season 4.