5 August 2014

World Trade Center

Director: Oliver Stone

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Released: 29th September 2006


Dneg VFX Supervisor: Mike Ellis

Dneg VFX Producers: Andy Taylor

Dneg CG Supes: Pete Bebb + Ryan Cook


Double Negative used proprietary technology to create some of the most dynamic visual effects of the year in Oliver Stone’s new film World Trade Center, which premiered on 9th August, 2006.

No other single event has been so extensively visually documented, therefore the onus was on Double Negative to make sure that their recreation of the Lower Manhattan area and the destruction was completely accurate.

The endless coverage of the disaster was a double-edged sword, as Double Negative’s Visual Effects Supervisor, Mike Ellis, pointed out, “It was a bonus to have all the footage to refer to, but on the other hand it meant that there was absolutely no room for error”.

Double Negative’s work covered two main stages; pre-collapse & aftermath which meant building the towers and complex, many of the buildings around them and the surrounding streets, then adding dynamic effects such as smoke, burning, falling paper and debris. The second stage was post-collapse which involved building Ground Zero in CG along with all the rubble, smoke and dust.

Double Negative also produced a large number of ‘invisible effects’ shots for the film.


Online Press

FX Guide – World Trade Center – Being Faithful