Ex Machina

Alex Garland’s Oscar-winning masterpiece



Alex Garland


Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich


Alex Garland

Production Companies

Universal Pictures, Film4, DNA Films


Universal Pictures

Overall VFX Supervisor

Andrew Whitehurst

Dneg VFX Producers

Carrie Rishel, Fay McConkey

Release Date

24th April 2014

A sleek, spare chamber piece: Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" redreamed as a 21st-century battle of the sexes.Variety

With the help of DNEG’s laudable VFX, Ava is familiar, recalling Sonny in I-Robot and Bjork in Chris Cunningham’s All Is Full Of Love video, yet unique, with a glowing midriff power-core on display. Her heart, in a sense, is for all to see.Empire

Ex Machina | VFX Breakdown

An independent film made on a budget of just $15 million, Ex Machina tells the story of Caleb, a lonely 24 year old coder who wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of his company. But when he arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with Ava the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.

Ava and the Academy Awards

DNEG were tasked with the creation of the iconic Ava under the supervision of Overall and DNEG VFX Supervisor Andrew Whitehurst.

DNEG’s Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris and Mark Ardington, along with Milk VFX’s Sara Bennett, won out over the likes of Star Wars, The Martian and Mad Max at the 2015 Academy Awards, taking home the Best VFX Oscar for their work on Ex Machina.





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