VFXShow 280: Masters of the Air


Masters of the Air recounts the story of the 100th Bomb Group during World War II and follows bomber crews on various key dangerous missions to destroy targets inside German-occupied Europe. The show portrays the intensity of war, the daily dangers that the airmen faced in the air and behind enemy lines, and the lifetime relationships that resulted.

Masters of the Air stars Austin Butler, Callum Turner, and Barry Keoghan as part of an ensemble cast. John Shiban and John Orloff created the miniseries for Apple TV+.

The series is based on the 2007 book of the same name by Donald L. Miller and follows the actions of the 100th Bomb Group, a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber unit in the Eighth Air Force in eastern England during World War II.

The series is the third in a series that includes Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010).  The nine-episode series reunited the award-winning team of Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman.

VFX supervisor, Stephen Rosenbaum ( R.VIGLASKY Photo)

Stephen Rosenbaum was the series production visual effects supervisor. The visual effects were created by Whiskytree, led by Jonathan Harb; Rodeo FX, with Patrick David, Weta, supervised by Wayne Stables; and DNEG, led by Xavier Bernasconi.

Listen to our interview fxpodcast with Stephen here.

Thanks for listening and joining us. The panelists this week are:

  • Matt Wallin *     @mattwallin               www.mattwallin.com.
  • Mike Seymour   @mikeseymour.               www.fxguide.com. + @mikeseymour

* Special thanks to Matt Wallin for the editing & production of the show with help from Jim Shen.

C-47 Skytrain

In the Show this week, Matt mentions the 1947 C-47 Skytrain he got to ride on in Palm Springs when he was at the MARS Conference in 2019; Matt comments, “So cool, but really scary at the same time”.

The Bomber Mafia

Also in the podcast, Mike mentions a book about the US bombing history of WW2: The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War by Malcolm Gladwell. This 2021 book examines the US Bomber strategies of World War II, which advocated precision aerial bombing as a means to win a war.

2 thoughts on “VFXShow 280: Masters of the Air”

    1. Yes as I say in the Podcast – my father served in WW2. We greatly respect those who served as I hope you can hear in the ep. Thanks for the post

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