Johnny Han (‘The Nevers’ VFX supervisor) on period appropriate superpowers: ‘The beauty of understated subtlety’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Johnny Han (‘The Nevers’ VFX supervisor) on period appropriate superpowers: ‘The beauty of understated subtlety’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I learned to appreciate the beauty of understated subtlety,” reveals Johnny Han. He serves as visual effects supervisor on HBO’s period/sci-fi epic “The Nevers.” The series depicts individuals of Victorian London who have been granted superhuman “turns” by a mysterious event. But unlike many contemporary stories of enhanced humans, these superpowers have to fit in with the time. “Period is all about referencing what we are familiar with,” says Han. “I was challenged with trying to evoke the familiar, and evoke what one perceives as tangible.” Watch the exclusive video interview above.

In early discussions about the look and tone of the new series, Han knew that his effects would have to support the historical setting. “The effects should feel amazing for the other 19th century people in the world,” he explains, “What does a Londoner in 1896 see as amazing and spectacular?” The concept of “subtlety” became a
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