Flash Film Works worked on the  2010 HBO films mini-series "THE PACIFIC."  Much of the work on the mini-series involved adding in distant fleet boats and near ground landing crafts during the beach landings at Guadalcanal and Peleliu.  These sequences involved compositing of numerous 2D and 3D elements to create several hundred shots. The company also added tracer fire, explosions, muzzle flashes and debris to several battle sequences in the show.  Flash Film Works was extensively involved in episodes 1, 2, 5 and 7.

Flash Film Works work on episode 5 of "The Pacific" won the Television Academy Emmy Award for Best Visual Effects in a Mini-Series or Movie made for television. 

Flash FIlm Works also won two Visual Effects Society awards for "THE PACIFIC:" Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Mini-Series, Movie or Special and Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial.

Pacific Visual Effects Shot Breakdown from Flash Film Works on Vimeo.

Flash Film Works artists Jeremy Nelson, John Mesa, Dan Novy and Tyler Cote

For this sequence of the boats heading into battle, The footage was shot on location with only a few practical ships. Numerous other ships coming and going to the island were added by Flash Film Works artists, using 2D elements shot by the on location VFX crew as well as 3D ships that were created in Lightwave 3D. Wakes and water explosions were also composited into the ocean to match the elements in. The background mountain range was removed to make the shoot location more closely resemble Peleliu Island. Numerous explosions were added to the island as well as smoke and fire to simulate a massive attack under way. Airplanes were also animated, attacking and dropping bombs on the Island. Lastly, the entire sequence was color corrected to create the look that the production was going for.

For more information on the series, visit the official website or read an article on the VFX for the show.

Watch the trailer for the series below

The Pacific on the internet movie database

All Images Courtesy of HBO Pictures