Special effects have come a long way since the days of Terminator 2, and Boardwalk Empire is a perfect example of just how far we’ve come. For those who’ve never heard of the name before, it’s basically television series on HBO that’s set in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition era. Continue reading to see more.

To create the breathtaking visual effects for the series, the company hired Brooklyn-based effects company Brainstorm Digital. According to Glenn Allen, the visual effects producer for Boardwalk Empire and co-founder of Brainstorm, “It’s our most complex job to date. Everything is HD now, so we have to treat it like a feature film.”

“Anytime you get to work on a period piece, it’s more fun,” comments visual effects artist Chris “Pinkus” Wesselman, who used archival photographs, postcards, and architectural plans to recreate the Atlantic City boardwalks as accurately as possible. “We got to explore what the old Atlantic City was really like. The piers were one of the toughest parts because every summer they would change – new houses, new advertisements.” It took approximately two months for Brainstorm Digital to complete all the visual effects for the pilot in 2009.