5 August 2014

Cloverfield

Director: Matt Reeves

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Released: 1st February 2008

 

Dneg VFX Supervisor: Mike Ellis

Dneg VFX Producers: Rupert Porter

Dneg CG Supe: David Vickery

 

.“…dazzling experiment that paid off immensely, this is cinematic pleasure at its purest. This is as much a triumph of sound design as of seamlessly blended CG and unsettling camera work.” Empire magazine

Directed by Matt Reeves and produced by J.J. Abrams (Lost), Cloverfield tells the story of five young New Yorkers who throw their friend a leaving party the night that a monster descends upon the city. Taken from the point of view of one of the friends’s video cameras, the action unfolds as they try to survive this horrifying event.

Double Negative’s main task was to wreak destructive havoc upon New York City. Complex digital environments were built and then attacked with a variety of in-house CG tools. Key scenes involved creating well-known areas such as Park Avenue and high angle views across the city. A detailed digital model of the Brooklyn Bridge was built and then torn apart as refugees from the disaster attempt to flee the rampaging monster and in the signature shot for the movie, the head of the Statue of Liberty was sent tumbling through the streets of Manhattan.

Cloverfield opened in the US 18th January 2008 and in the UK on 1st February 2008.