Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Rebellion Begins

Credits

Director

David Yates

Based on

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

Producers

David Barron, David Heyman, Lorne Orleans

Production Company

Warner Bros., Heyday Films, Cool Music, Harry Potter Publishing Rights

Studio

Warner Bros.

Dneg VFX Supervisor

Paul Franklin

Dneg VFX Producer

Dominic Sidoli

Dneg CG Supervisors

David Vickery, Richard Clarke

Dneg FX Supervisors

Eamonn Butler, Justin Martin

Release Date

11th July 2007

Over a period of 19 months Double Negative fielded a team of well over 250 artists, developers and technicians to deliver approximately 950 VFX shots for the film, a record for any one vendor in the history of the Harry Potter film series.

For all its portentousness, this is the best Harry Potter picture yet. In some ways, it improves on J.K. Rowling’s novel, which is punishingly protracted and builds to a climactic wand-off better seen than read.NEW YORK MAGAZINE

Film Background

With their warning about Lord Voldemort’s return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts.

In late 2005, Tim Burke, overall VFX Supervisor for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, (which opened in the US on 11th July, 2007) approached Double Negative to come on board as the lead VFX vendor for the film. Tim was keen to bring Double Negative on board as early as possible in the visual effects development process to get the maximum level of creative integration.

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DNEG’s Shots

Double Negative’s shot list was divided up into four distinct geographical areas: Hogwarts, both inside and out; the Forbidden Forest, where Harry and his friends encounter Grawp, Hagrid’s teenage half-brother; the Hall of Prophecy, a mysterious and cavernous storage space in the Ministry of Magic and the Veil Room, which lies at the very heart of the wizarding world.

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