Director: Iain Softley
Studio: New Line Cinema
Released: 12th December 2008
Dneg VFX Supervisors: Ryan Cook + Paul Riddle
Dneg VFX Producers: Fay McConkey
Dneg CG Supe: Gavin Graham
Dneg Animation Supe: Thomas Ward
“…state-of-the-art special effects…” James Christopher, timesonline.
Based on the novel of the same name by the German author Cornelia Funke, Inkheart, tells the story of Meggie, a girl whose father, Mo, (Brendan Fraser) has the power to bring characters to life when he reads aloud from books.
Double Negative were approached to create the menacing animated character, The Shadow, along with other creatures and visual effects for the film, directed by Iain Softley (The Wings of the Dove, K-Pax). Working closely with the production’s VFX Supervisor, Angus Bickerton, Double Negative’s team was lead by VFX Supervisors, Paul Riddle and Ryan Cook and VFX Producer, Fay McConkey.
The finale of the film takes place within a ruined amphitheatre nestled in the Italian mountains; this is the lair of Capricorn, one of the villains Mo has accidentally ‘read’ into the real world. The visual effects work included the digital augmentation of the bluescreen set, the billowing, pyroclastic monster, The Shadow, the surreal winged monkeys with their raven black feathers and Carpricorn’s final transition.
Inkheart opened in the UK on 12th December 2008 and in the US on 23rd January, 2009.