Foundation: the VFX secrets of Apple's epic sci-fi series

(Image credit: Apple TV+)

Foundation is Apple TV+'s adaption of the seminal sci-fi book series by Isaac Asimov. The premise is ambitious, to say the least, and tells the story of a mathematician who develops an algorithm that can forecast future events, putting him into direct conflict with a galactic empire when he predicts its demise. Asimov's epic literary vision has been adapted by co-creators David Goyer and Josh Friedman, Skydance Television and Apple.

For this behind the scenes look at Foundations visual effects, we spoke to Goyer and some of the talented VFX artists that worked on the show to find out how they built new worlds, visualised interstellar travel, rendered new technology and much more. When you're finished reading this feature, find out all about the design of Foundation in our interview with acclaimed concept artist Stephan Martinière. But for now, let's find out how cutting edge VFX helped make Foundation's more otherworldly elements a reality. 

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Trevor Hogg

Trevor Hogg is a freelance video editor and journalist, who has written for a number of titles including 3D World, VFX Voice, Animation Magazine and British Cinematographer. An expert in visual effects, he regularly goes behind the scenes of the latest Hollywood blockbusters to reveal how they are put together.