June 27, 2022

Capitol goes to the movies

by Capitol in Uncategorized

We produce a lot of neon. Most of our output is signage, but we also produce artwork and in this case movie props.

Netflix’s live action adaptation of the ground-breaking anime Cowboy Bebop was shot in here in Auckland. Showrunners André Nemec and Jeff Pinkner of Midnight Radio based production of the series working with local Executive Producer Tim Coddington, Line Producer Simon Ambridge and a majority New Zealand crew including Production Designers Grant Major and Gary Mackay, and Costume Designer Jane Holland.

Nemec took an early scouting trip to Auckland, New Zealand in 2019, and the shooting location “just felt right.” The location would prove extremely beneficial when filming continued during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Before this show, I’d never shot in New Zealand before. The level of artistry and craftsmanship among the people who work in the industry here is outstanding.

André Nemec

Production started with original screen shots from the anime and Capitol was tasked with recreating animated signs in real life.  Most of the style of Cowboy Bebop draws heavily from science fiction, western, and noir films.

Filming for the series took place in 185 locations around Auckland, New Zealand between July 2019 and March 2021.

And you can watch it now on Netflix, the adventures of a ragtag group of bounty hunters chasing down criminals across the Solar System on the Bebop spaceship.

Live Action Shot
Finished Neon
Original Animation

Live Action Shot
Neon Test

Live Action Shot
Original Aninmation

Live Action Shot
Sign Test

Live Action Shot
Neon Test

see you space cowboy…