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The Prague Orgy

What is The Prague Orgy about?

The new Czech film titled The Prague Orgy premiered in cinemas in the autumn of 2019 and is set in the mid-1970s, taking place in Prague and New York. Our post-production process for this project primarily consisted of bringing to life the atmosphere and costumes of this visually captivating time period by way of matte painting, retouching and color grading.

Matte painting vfxMatte painting for The Prague Orgy

One of our primary tasks as a part of the post-production team was to create a distinct atmosphere for the scenes shot in Prague. A cold and indifferent Prague in contrast to the colourful palette of New York City was the main goal of our team of colourists.  

The second distinctive aspect of our work on The Prague Orgy was the time period of the story itself. In contrast to films set in an unspecified location, we had to stay true to NYC both in terms of setting and time period. However, in the 1970s, the city was not yet the sea of skyscrapers that we know it to be today. The high-rise boom would only come later, and archival motion footage of the particular year we needed in 8K quality simply does not exist. We thus needed to create material that would be faithful to the era.

The third aspect we focused on was retouching modern-day Prague so as to eliminate any details which would look out of place for both the location and time period. But how can Prague in 2019 be made to look like New York in 1964? How can the Congress Palace be transformed into an airport and the Czech Ministry into an American hotel? It’s all possible. There are also a number of tiny details that cannot be overlooked–be it the historic train station lights or the characteristic cobblestones of Prague.

It must also be noted that some of the key background scenes take place at different times of day. It was therefore necessary to completely redo the 3D visualizations to create night shots. In light of the afore-mentioned issue with lacking archival footage, this had to be done manually by a graphic designer.

This all has to be attended to with the utmost of care. In the words of our VFX Supervisor Javier, who worked on the visualization and retouching of the film: “If you spend the entire time looking for mistakes in the film’s details, the post-production team did not do a good enough job.”

The Prague Orgy VFX case study

Our best practice-synergy between production and post-production

Having worked on many films, we have come to find that the earlier the post-production department can become a part of the filming process, the better. The strict separation between production and post-production often results in unnecessary costs.  Getting the post-production team involved in the production process saves time and money spent on editing work.  This is why we have supervisors on our team who go to set to prevent time and resources from going to waste. This can mean anything from the composition of the shot itself, to the correct use of green screen, to countless other aspects which can be tweaked or deleted later in the studio, though it is unnecessarily costly to do so.

Tomas Srovnal PFX

Tomas Srovnal – Producer, PFX

 “Our goal is to provide clients with the highest level of support during and after the production phase, so that the work we do for them meets their expectations both in terms of quality and budget. I firmly believe that we managed to do both on The Prague Orgy project, and that both sides were happy with the result.”

  • Matte
    33%
  • Retouching
    33%
  • Grading
    33%