Netflix’s revival of competitive cooking TV show “Iron Chef” enhanced by Silver Spoon’s stunning visual technology.
Netflix’s relaunch of competitive cooking TV show “Iron Chef” has been greatly enhanced by new visual technology provided by virtual reality production company, Silver Spoon. Following his work on Fox Alternative Entertainment’s “Alter Ego” and CBS Sports’ “March Madness,” Silver Spoon has created stunning AR (augmented reality) graphics as well as eight 3D XR (extended reality) environments for the new series of the series. ’emission.
Silver Spoon’s new visuals have helped modernize the overall look of Iron Chef, while preserving its familiar character and essence. The first episode of the new series premiered on June 15, 2022.
Throughout the three-week, eight-episode filming schedule for Iron Chef, Silver Spoon provided AR and XR virtual environments, with real-time compositing via Pixotope and camera tracking via Stype. Silver Spoon’s main challenge was to seamlessly integrate AR and XR workflows during filming. Careful pre-production planning and collaboration between all departments has proven to be the key to successfully integrating modern virtual production technologies into the classic Iron Chef format.
Silver Spoon excels in creating technically sound content that is both functional and engaging. While creating exciting visual content, he also makes sure his technology works properly, in real time from the start. Consequently, Silver Spoon’s studio-delivered real-time AR and XR graphics effectively reimagined the popular cooking contest franchise for a new generation of viewers.
Create culinary environments in augmented and extended reality
The contest’s unique cooking tasks take its contestants around the world and through different cuisines, with each episode featuring a secret ingredient. To elevate visual engagement, Silver Spoon managed the installation and operation of a full-scale LED wall. This was placed inside the “Chamber of Secret Ingredients”, extending the physical set into a vast virtual world.
With a challenging schedule, the team prepared eight unique 3D environments in Unreal Engine, including underwater scenes, chili fields, a medieval festival, and a street food market.
Complementing the XR environments, the team developed AR set extensions, incorporating thousands of DMX-controlled virtual lights, to extend the physical set to a larger scale.
Laura Herzing, Executive Producer at Silver Spoon, told us:
Run 100% live and behind closed doors, AR and XR can truly push the visual boundaries of unscripted television. We’re proud to have created something totally unique for Iron Chef, a show with such an established past. I’m excited to see virtual production continue to push further into the mainstream of media production and explore what this means for the future of television.
About the silver spoon
Silver Spoon specializes in real-time virtual production. It works in every industry, from film, broadcast and gaming to TV, commercials and music video production. Its mission is simple: constantly innovate to push the limits of real-time production.
Powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, Silver Spoon creates and deploys innovative real-time content and captivating visual experiences through its end-to-end virtual production platform. Silver Spoon follows best-in-class practices for creating content for real-time pipelines. With a succession of “firsts” in the industry, Silver Spoon has become a leader in its field. To learn more, please click here.
About Unreal Engine (EU)
Unreal Engine is a 3D computer graphics game engine originally developed by Epic Games. He first appeared in a 1998 “shoot-em-up” game called “Unreal”. Originally developed for PC first-person shooters, it has since been used in a variety of game genres. It has also been adopted by other industries, including the film and television industry. Written in C++, Unreal Engine is highly portable and supports a wide variety of desktop, mobile, console, and VR platforms.