Special effects are everywhere on TV these days, though with some exceptions (*cough* Ringer pilot *cough*) you barely notice it. So its nice sometimes to see how it all comes together. To wit: the folks at Brainstorm Digital have gone and made a video showing how they broke down some of the special effects in the second season of Boardwalk Empire. Very cool:

Though the stuff they do to Jack Huston to remove his eye and scratch up his face is pretty cool, we were actually more impressed with the way they can erase and create whole cityscapes in a whim (whims which presumably take hours upon hours to create). And now we get what they were doing with all those vintage cars on non-vintage streets. For the record though, no special effects were used for those Boardwalk Empire vintage subways that ran last year.