The Boat That Rocked

Rock the boat?



Richard Curtis


Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Hilary Bevan Jones

Production Company

Working Title Films


Universal Pictures

Dneg VFX Supervisor

Richard Briscoe

Dneg VFX Producer

Rupert Porter

Dneg 2D Supervisor

Gruff Owen

Dneg CG Supervisors

Richard Clarke, Aleksandar Pejic

Release Date

13th November 2009

Film Background

The Boat That Rocked is the long-awaited new film from director, Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral). The ensemble comedy centres on the lives and adventures of a band of DJs that captivated 1960s Britain, playing the music that defined a generation.

Richard Curtis's The Boat That Rocked sloshes about merrily and has some magical moments.The Telegraph

DNEG’s Work

Double Negative’s Richard Briscoe, was the VFX Supervisor on the film and was supported by VFX Producer, Rupert Porter and CG Supervisor Richard Clarke. The team worked closely with Curtis to realise the visual effects that were a crucial part of the storytelling process.

Double Negative work included the Mast Race sequence, which shows Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rhys Ifans in a harebrained race to the top of the boat mast. The actors were shot against greenscreen and composited against what was often a CG sea, boat, and extended mast.

Double Negative’s main contribution, however, was in the finale of the film, where the boat gets into trouble and finally sinks. The work was a combination of greenscreens, with CG sea, rescue flotilla and digtal extention of the live-action boat, along with several completely CG shots. The sea was created using proprietary software, dnOcean and dnSquirt.

In total, Double Negative provided 250 shots for the film.





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