Babylon Berlin FX

Season 3 Coming Soon!

Above and Cover Story Images: Babylon Berlin

BY: Andy Shoulders

Don’t worry, kids! Season 3 of Netflix’s (and originally Sky Deutschland’s) amazing show “Babylon Berlin” is premiering early next year, with production already having begun this fall. Since we all love a little appetizer action, check out the new visual effects video by Rise VFX Studios, which shows how all the visual effects (commonly shortened to VFX for all you lingo hounds) were inspired and executed.

If you’re not familiar with this show, I’ll give you a run-down. In 1929 Berlin during the Weimar Republic, Gereon Rath, a police inspector on assignment from Cologne, arrives in Berlin to repress his traumatic past and dismantle an extortion ring. His unlikely partner is Charlotte Ritter, a typist and aspiring homicide detective who is eager to escape her impoverished neighborhood and succeed despite the deep-rooted sexism of the police world. Without getting too specific or revealing too much, among the rich ensemble of characters and story lines are a hijacked freight train (right out of the gate), police factions, Soviet agents, organized crime figures, and Communist revolutionaries. This show is like a period drama, police procedural, and mystery thriller all wrapped into one. The show also masters a sense of foreboding, drawing on our (the audience’s) knowledge of history and what’s to come.

Throughout the series, we also see dazzling special effects, thanks to Rise VFX Studios. Founded in 2007 by Sven Pannicke, Robert Pinnow, Markus Degen, and Florence Gellinger, this Berlin studio was originally developed to focus on German TV and feature film effects with small, hand-picked teams. That plan failed in the best way possible as it is now one of the biggest visual effects studios in Central Europe. Rise VFX Studios has teamed with directors such as Guy Ritchie (“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”), Gore Verbinski (“A Cure For Wellness”), and of course Tom Tykwer for “Babylon Berlin.” They’ve also showcased their work for Marvel Studios in films like “Captain America,” “Iron Man 3,” “Doctor Strange,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Details for the new third season are scarce, but I was able to discover a few things. It will pick up in the 1930s when the “talkies” start conquering the big screen, leaving many producers, cinema owners, and silent film actors by the wayside. Inspector Rath encounters the dark side of the industry when one of these stars is found dead. The show will also be shooting in several new locations in Berlin.

If you haven’t caught this amazing series yet, get it on your Netflix queue ASAP. It’s been racking up tons of awards and scoring record ratings (Beta Film sold it into more than 90 markets!). Binge the first two seasons, and you’ll see why this series is so riveting and addictive. For all you fans that have already seen both seasons and are itching for the release of Season 3, check out Rise VFX Studio’s video here. You’ll be saying “danke” in no time.