Flyboys

A highly enjoyable film about those brave young men

Credits

Director

Tony Bill

Producers

Dean Devlin, Marc Frydman

Production Companies

Electric Entertainment, Flyboys Films, Ingenious Film Partners, Skydance Media

Studio

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Dneg VFX Supervisors

Peter Chiang, Charlie Noble

Dneg VFX Producers

Fay McConkey, Ellen Walder, Rupert Porter

Dneg 2D Supervisor

Jody Johnson

Dneg CG Supervisor

Alex Wuttke

Release Date

22nd September 2006

The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country’s first fighter pilots.

The early days of aerial combat spring to life with dashing young men doing deeds of derring-do while dogfighting Germany's aces in WWIPlugged In

DNEG’s Work

Double Negative simulated thrilling aerobatic visual effects sequences for Dean Devlin’s movie Flyboys, which is one of the first feature films to be shot on Panavision’s new Genesis camera.

The film, which was released in the US on the 22nd September 2006, is the story of the men of the Lafayette Escadrille, the first American fighter-pilot squadron to see action in World War I. Double Negative were appointed by Flyboys’ producer Devlin (Independence Day, The Patriot) and the film’s director Tony Bill (The Sting) to help put the audience in the cockpit with the young flyers.

Double Negative, led by Visual Effects Supervisor Peter Chiang, began their work by creating the previsualisations that were used to shoot the live-action and then later focused on digitally creating and enhancing the aerial battle sequences.

Visual effects shots make up approximately fifty minutes of Flyboys and Double Negative’s work covers 740+ shots, including CG models of the period aircraft, animation, CG environments and matte paintings.

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