Telecinco premieres this week, pirates, the first television series in Spain that deals with the pirate genre. Produced by Mandarina, and with a budget of up to 600,000 euros per chapter, the series has numerous post-production effects. Autodesk Maya, Matte Painting Digital and some latest generation plugins are the main tools.


Telecinco premieres this week, pirates, the first television series in Spain that deals with the pirate genre. Produced by Tangerine (What a happy time, Drive me crazy, Intimate enemies…), set in the 18th century and recorded almost entirely on natural sets in Galicia, pirates narrates the adventures and misadventures of Álvaro Mondego (Óscar Jaenada), a brazen member of the nobility with multiple pecuniary and honor debts behind him, whose career as a tireless seducer is cut short when he is forcibly enlisted in a mission for the Crown. that will lead him to infiltrate the pirate crew of Captain Bocanegra (Aitor Mazo) and his daughter Carmen (Pilar Rubio), in whose possession are the keys that lead to a legendary treasure. Accompanied by Esteban, a tailor with a peculiar sense of honor (Miguel Ortiz) and Antón (Áxel Fernández), a boy with a special ability to learn, Mondego enters the struggle to get hold of such precious loot.


Abbeys that gave shelter to religious in the past, walls that have witnessed important political decisions, historic manor houses surrounded by abundant and exuberant vegetation, an old hospital for pilgrims... The main plots of with a budget in some chapters exceeded 600,000 euros, They have several historic buildings in western Galicia as filming sets, such as the Castle of Soutomaior, the manors of Fefiñáns, Cascaxide, Trasfontao and Rubiáns, and the monasteries of San Lorenzo de Carboeiro and San Xoánde Poio, among other locations.

Virgin beaches of the Galician coast that are practically inaccessible to bathers have served as a complement to the historical locations in which the filming of the series has taken place. The choice of these enclaves far from civilization, which have made it possible to recreate the place where the pirates of the series live entrenched, has also generated some difficulties of a logistical nature, forcing the series team to even transport the technical equipment to these beaches.

On the other hand, a good part of the plots carried out by the pirates of the series will take place in the "Mercy", a 17th century ship that has been recreated through a true galleon that, after being located by the production team of the series in a precarious state of conservation, has undergone a complete restoration process.

With 12 sails, 26 meters long, 6.5 meters wide and 3.3 meters deep, the galleon, which remained moored in the port of Almería after having served as a pleasure boat on the high seas, will become the refuge of the pirates after being part of a frenetic boarding, one of the most spectacular sequences of the series for which the greatest technical resources of the production have been used and for whose filming several full days of work have been necessary.

In addition to the galleon, a second vessel has been used in this sequence, as well as a support ship and several zodiacs. It has also been attended by several professional divers who have ensured the safety of the actors and the 150 professionals involved in the filming, including several specialists. Finally, to capture in great detail the high level of dynamism of the pirate boarding, six cameras have been used, in addition to various aerial means to obtain vertical shots.


Before and during the five months of filming, the main actors in the cast received permanent advice from several experts in the use of weapons, who gave them scenic fencing classes in which they learned to mainly handle the saber and the foil.

For the preparation of each choreography, which has been created specifically based on the character and personality of each character, actors such as Óscar Jaenada, Pilar Rubio, Silvia Abascal, Octavi Pujades and Miguel Ortiz have dedicated several days of rehearsals, in which they have managed to set the safety guidelines and learn the composition itself.

Kike Inchausti, a fencer with extensive experience staging multiple plays, has been in charge of designing the choreography and fencing training. With this work, in which they have learned classic aspects of this sports discipline such as safety guidelines, coordination, equidistance and spatial work, Inchausti, who works for the specialist company Magnum and Crash (Accused, is someone there and Bad Education) has ensured that the main actors have not needed to be dubbed.

Regarding the type of weapons used by each of the character guilds in the series, the pirates have mainly used the saber, while the inhabitants of the Fortress have used the foil. The vast majority of the actors have also maintained contact with firearms such as handguns, blunderbusses and rifles and bladed weapons such as the dagger and the scimitar (linked to oriental characters). In addition, some 50 specialists have participated in the filming, taking part alongside the actors in the main action scenes.

The main actors of pirates They have also received a demanding equestrian preparation to face with guarantees the scenes in which they have had to use horses. Learning to sit down, knowing their reactions when they coordinate or trot and handling them with one hand while the other is free to carry out any type of action have been some of the lessons that have been part of the instruction, in which a process of adaptation between animal and actor.

Ten specialist horses trained daily for years and with experience in cinema-six actor horses, who offer maximum performance in the scenes and four action horses, prepared to behave in any situation-have participated in the filming of pirates under the baton of Gonzalo Hernández, specialist in charge of the learning process of the group of actors who will also give life to the pirate Judas in the series.

blankpost production

pirates It has had an intense post-production phase in which the recreation of numerous elements, special effects and transitions in three dimensions has taken place through the use of the latest technological advances. A team of 12 people has worked in recent months with the latest tools used in video games and cinematographic blockbusters such as Prince of Persia to recreate, for example, the island and the beaches where the pirates live, various points of Madrid at the time or the town that will serve as a meeting point for the main characters.

Autodesk Maya, Matte Painting Digital and some latest generation plugins are the main tools used for 3D recreation, which has gained special importance in the section on both slowed down and accelerated effects.


The costumes for the series are inspired by classic pirate films, personally selected by Patricia Monné, a costume designer with extensive experience in film (Fragile, The Machinist, Box 507, Hangman and Red Lights, the latest film by Rodrigo Cortés) and fiction productions for television (Defendants, R.I.S. Scientist, On the edge of the law). In addition, part of the outfits that the three protagonists have worn has been specially made by the wardrobe team of the series for them, especially in cases in which they have participated in action scenes or the use of specific fabrics has been necessary. .

Technical team

Under the direction of David Martínez, in charge of Telecinco's fiction area and with Carmen Agraz as executive producer, Producciones Mandarina has faced this series with Carlos Portela, Santi Botelloy and Pedro Revaldería as executive producers. The script is the work of Carlos Portela, JoséRubio, Lidia Fraga and Victor Sierra.

The directors of Piratas are Jorge Coira and Jorge Saavedra with Ana Mínguez as production director. Ricky Morgade has assumed the direction of photography; Suso Montero, art direction; and Carlos García, at the head of the sound.

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By • 9 May, 2011
• Section: television production