Publieke Werken (Public Works) | VFX Breakdown

‘Public Works’ is the film adaptation of the eponymous Dutch Libris Literature Prize laureate and bestselling novel by Thomas Rosenboom and tells the story of the violin maker Walter Vedder. When he learns that at the site of his house a large hotel is to be built, he and his cousin see an opportunity to make some money. But their plans turn out less successful than hoped…

In cooperation with the Hungarian VFX studio Digital Apes, Planet X FX – with teams in Amsterdam, Groningen and Brussels – has created more than five hundred vfx shots to bring to life the Amsterdam of 1888. Public Works is one of the most complex and vfx-heavy films ever produced in Holland. Many different techniques were used by Planet X FX (NL) and Digital Apes (Hungary) to create a vast and detailed 3D model of Amsterdam, complete with fancily dressed inhabitants, and other countless assets needed to create a believable cityscape. This 3D model (and other additional digital matte paintings and elements) could be matched to the footage shot mainly on a sound stage in Budapest, where a portion of street was build as an actual set.

One spectacular example is the digital recreation of the street Texelse Kaai (present day Prins Hendrikkade) down to the smallest detail and subsequent integration with the filmed shots.

‘Public Works’ premiered in Dutch theaters December 10th 2015.

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