Director: Ron Howard
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Released: 19th May 2006
Dneg VFX Supervisor: Paul Riddle
Dneg VFX Producers: Steve Garrad
Dneg CG Supe: Jesper Kjolsrud
“Double Negative are filmmakers. They understand how things change and evolve during the life of a film… the team accommodated those changes with grace, were great to work with and delivered in excess of my expectations.” Angus Bickerton, VFX Supervisor, The Da Vinci Code
Ron Howard’s long awaited movie of The Da Vinci Code made its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17th 2006, and Double Negative were thrilled to be selected to create a number of sequences to enhance the transition from page to screen.
Double Negative’s VFX Supervisor on the project, Paul Riddle, explains: “Our brief was to create stylised sequences that enhance the drama and mystery of the film without straying into the realms of fantasy. We wanted to take our shots just to the edge of impossibility, but without crossing the line and being too showy. With this subtle approach, the audience can enjoy the narrative without being jolted out of the experience by an obvious VFX shot.”
In order to facilitate director Ron Howard’s vision for the visual effects sequences in the film, Double Negative’s VFX Supervisor, Paul Riddle and CG Supervisor, Jesper Kjolsrud were on set during shooting at Shepperton studios, as well as in Scotland and Paris, while VFX Producer, Steve Garrad managed the project from Double Negative’s London office.