Building a Feudal World: The VFX behind Shogun

Shogun VFX
(Image credit: FX)

Set in Japan in the year 1600, Lord Yoshii Toranaga is fighting for his life as his enemies on the Council of Regents unite against him, when a mysterious European ship is found marooned in a nearby fishing village.

Balancing the need to be authentic and cinematic while respectful of the audiences’ expectations is the perpetual struggle when depicting any historical events, and such was the case for the FX adaptation of the acclaimed James Clavell novel Shogun. (If you're kickstarting your VFX career, check out our guide to the best monitors for graphic artists and our picks of the must-have resources for VFX artists).

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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.