Artemple Hollywood masterfully crafts invisible VFX for Netflix’s ‘MINDHUNTER’


Netflix has made it a habit to deliver binge worthy content, one after the other. The most recent show which I binged on was the crime-drama-thriller ‘MINDHUNTER’.

The show captures the escapades of two FBI agents, back in the late 1970s, who expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters. The series premiered on 13th October 2017 with 10 episodes making up Season 1.

The compelling 10-episode series unfolds like a theatrical feature, rather than a collection of distinct episodes, making each episode’s end credits leaving you with ‘something is amiss’ kind of feeling rather than a suggestion to stop watching and save it for next time.

The story is based on the non-fiction book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by former FBI agent John Douglas. The show is produced and partly helmed by David Fincher and follows FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) as they travel around the US interviewing serial killers and recording their responses. Eventually they’re joined by Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), a psychology professor at Boston University, who helps them develop a system to categorize the killers and possibly predict future behaviors.

Well that’s all that I would like to divulge about the show, you should catch it exclusively on Netflix.

The real show stealer however is the amazingly crafted visual effects delivered by Artemple Hollywood. The studio which was launched in January 2014 and is headquartered in Culver City, CA. To its credit the company has produced visual effects for David Fincher’s Gone Girl, the feature film adaptation of the insanely popular series Entourage and HBO’s series, Vinyl.

The studio recently released the VFX breakdown of Season 1 and it simply blows you away.

From intricately detailed matte paints, to background generation, to delicate clean-ups and adding CG elements like smoke, snow, garbage, bridges and even airplanes; the studio has delivered stunningly photorealistic visual effects in the series.

According to its website – Artemple’s specialty is in creating complex 2.5D and 3D environments that augment the storytelling process. No one is going to question that after seeing the work delivered by the studio in ‘MINDHUNTER’.

When you create a show, which is set in a period, in this case the late 1970s, it’s very important that the production design, costumes, vehicles and everything that the viewers sees in the final product is believable.

Just like Netflix’s hit series ‘Stranger Things’ which is also set in the 1980s, ‘MINDHUNTER’ too justifies the setting to be in the ’70s; largely thanks to the invisible visual effects delivered by Artemple Hollywood to support the story and the vision of the director/s.

Various natural elements like snow, smoke, leaves have been carefully created in CG by the studio to suggest the changes in seasons and surroundings. These elements add a lot of authenticity and credibility to the flow of the story as the events unfold in the 10-episodic Season 1 of the series.

Delivering invisible or unnoticed VFX is arguably the most gratifying experience for any studio, as it speaks volumes of how accurately it can create photorealistic visual effects to compliment the storyline.

I eagerly await to see what’s in store in Season 2 of ‘MINDHUNTER’, and what more does Artemple Hollywood bring to the table with the next Season, along with its other projects.