6 August 2014

Children of Men

Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Studio: Universal Pictures

Released: 22nd September 2006


Dneg VFX Supervisor: Frazer Churchill

Dneg VFX Producers: Rupert Porter

Dneg 2D Supe: Andy Lockley


“This explosively violent future-nightmare thriller, directed by Alfonso Cuaron and adapted from the novel by PD James, has simply the most extraordinary look of any movie around” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.

The year is 2027 and the human race has inexplicably become sterile, no child has been born in over eighteen years and humanity faces extinction. Based on the P.D James novel of the same name, The Children of Men is set against a background of violence and warring nationalistic sects.

When acclaimed director, Alfonso Cuaron, (Y tu Mama Tambien and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), embarked on his mission to bring The Children of Men to the screen, he turned to Double Negative to help him realise his vision of a world facing its own extinction.

Double Negative worked closely with the director to achieve his vision of the pre-apocalyptic, dystopian society of James’ intriguing novel and brought a dynamic team together led by Visual Effects Supervisor, Frazer Churchill (nominated for a VES award and a BAFTA award for his work on the film) to work with the director.

The major sequences Double Negative worked on included a trio of shots featuring sets of complicated transitions, CG enhancement of environments and buildings, a CG stunt driver and motorcycle, matte paintings, greenscreens, and various CG effects.

In addition to these major transition shots and CG builds, Double Negative also provided various other shots which added to the style of the movie. This included futurising the streets of London and rural locations with LED screens, cg solar panels, smoking chimneys and sky replacements.


Online Press

Animation World Network – ‘Children of Men’: Invisible VFX for a Future in Decay