6 August 2014

The Boat That Rocked

Director: Richard Curtis

Studio: Universal Pictures + StudioCanal

Released: 1st April 2009


Dneg VFX Supervisor: Richard Briscoe

Dneg VFX Producers: Rupert Porter

Dneg 2D Supe: Gruff Owen

Dneg CG Supe: Richard Clarke, Aleksandar Pejic


The Boat That Rocked is the long-awaited new film from director, Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral). The ensemble comedy centres on the lives and adventures of a band of DJs that captivated 1960s Britain, playing the music that defined a generation.

Double Negative’s Richard Briscoe, was the VFX Supervisor on the film and was supported by VFX Producer, Rupert Porter and CG Supervisor Richard Clarke. The team worked closely with Curtis to realise the visual effects that were a crucial part of the storytelling process.

Double Negative work included the Mast Race sequence, which shows Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rhys Ifans in a harebrained race to the top of the boat mast. The actors were shot against greenscreen and composited against what was often a CG sea, boat, and extended mast.

Double Negative’s main contribution, however, was in the finale of the film, where the boat gets into trouble and finally sinks. The work was a combination of greenscreens, with CG sea, rescue flotilla and digtal extention of the live-action boat, along with several completely CG shots. The sea was created using proprietary software, dnOcean and dnSquirt.

In total, Double Negative provided 250 shots for the film.

The Boat that Rocked opened in the UK April 1st, 2009 and in the US on August 28th 2009.


Online Press

Animation World Network – DNeg Rocks the Boat