DPS Cinema Does Wicked City for ABC-TV

DPS Cinema brings the nighttime magic all the way home in Wicked City for ABC-TV using Digital Poor Man's Process

DPS Cinema brings the nighttime magic all the way home in Wicked City for ABC-TV

“Wicked City” follows a unique case set in a noteworthy era of L.A. history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock ’n’ roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed to solve a serial murder case.

When the producers of the highly anticipated new ABC-TV Series, Wicked City, reached out to DPS Cinema, the production wanted to really capture the look and feel of the real Sunset Blvd. where a majority of the show takes place. They did not want to use green screen and driving Sunset Blvd. proved too costly. So the Wicked City team decided to forego the traditional and expensive use of a process trailer and filming permits and instead use DPS Cinema’s Digital Poor Man’s Process.

DPS Cinema’s digital take on the poor man’s process harnesses yet another old school Hollywood technique, rear screen projection, and brings it front and center utilizing a digital lighting rig comprised of banks of interactive LED lighting.


The extensive nighttime driving scenes really show off the effect with impressively realistic interactive lighting that ground the scene in reality. The actors are able to engage with the surroundings as if they were really there. The realistic light play moving across the car’s reflective surfaces was exactly the effect the production team was going after and DPS Cinema delivered.

Using a variety of tools, including modules of LED arrays that bolt together seamlessly, a background of virtually unlimited size and shape can be erected. In fact, the flexibility of configuration of LED Video modules allows construction of an enveloping media environment. Not just for driving sequences like was deployed for Wicked City, but for fully immersive environments. DPS Cinema Enhanced Environments start with the company’s hallmark technical expertise and provides an entire toolkit to address virtually any challenge.

Check out the Inside Look video of the production and witness how DPS Cinema Does Wicked City for ABC-TV.


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