News of the World is a western by Paul Greengrass, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Canadian-American author Paulette Giles. The main roles are played by Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel.
Roni Rodrigues, the Overall VFX Supervisor on News of the World, is quick to extol the virtues of working with historical reference to rebuilding the Old West with visual effects.
According to Roni: “It was tremendously important to me that we paid attention to the historical architecture of each city we built. Every church, building, road, prop, costume, and sign in the towns such as Dallas and San Antonio, mimic the real city from the 19th Century. I provided the VFX teams with old maps and photos to use as a reference when building 3D assets to ensure we were depicting the real feeling of an old Western city and respecting the history of the time.”