Director: Tony Bill
Studio: Electric Entertainment
Released: 1st June 2007
Dneg VFX Supervisor: Peter Chiang + Charlie Noble
Dneg VFX Producers: Fay McConkey, Ellen Walder + Rupert Porter
Dneg 2D Supe: Jody Johnson
Dneg CG Supe: Alex Wuttke
“Flyboys is an old-fashioned, boy’s adventure.” Todd McCarthy, Variety
Double Negative simulated thrilling aerobatic visual effects sequences for Dean Devlin’s movie Flyboys, which is one of the first feature films to be shot on Panavision’s new Genesis camera.
The film, which was released in the US on the 22nd September 2006, is the story of the men of the Lafayette Escadrille, the first American fighter-pilot squadron to see action in World War I. Double Negative were appointed by Flyboys’ producer Devlin (Independence Day, The Patriot) and the film’s director Tony Bill (The Sting) to help put the audience in the cockpit with the young flyers.
Double Negative, led by Visual Effects Supervisor Peter Chiang, began their work by creating the previsualisations that were used to shoot the live-action and then later focused on digitally creating and enhancing the aerial battle sequences.
Visual effects shots make up approximately fifty minutes of Flyboys and Double Negative’s work covers 740+ shots, including CG models of the period aircraft, animation, CG environments and matte paintings.