The Soloist

Intelligent and uncompromising



Joe Wright

Based on

The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez


Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff

Production Companies

DreamWorks Pictures, StudioCanal, Participant Media, Working Title Films


Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures

Dneg VFX Supervisor

John Moffatt

Dneg VFX Producers

Melissa Taylor, Emma Larsson

Release Date

24th April 2009

DNEG’s Work

Double Negative’s VFX Supervisor, John Moffatt, supported by VFX Producer, Emma Larsson and Executive Producer, Melissa Taylor, conceptualised a simple approach using coloured lights, crystals and glass. Elements were shot in a dark tent on a parking lot and Moffatt worked closely with VFX film editor Andy Hague, to create a sequence that seemed to be moving and changing colour with the music.

Intelligent and uncompromising, with knock-out performances from Downey Jr. and Foxx .EMPIRE

Film Background

From the director of the BAFTA winning film Atonement, Joe Wright, and starring Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr, comes a poignant film based on a true story. The Soloist is inspired by the multi-faceted, real-life relationship of LA journalist Steve Lopez and musician, Nathaniel Ayers, once a Juilliard prodigy now mentally disturbed and living rough on the streets.

The director was inspired by the abstract films of the 1970s, in particular the work of Stan Brakhage and Len Lye when it came to the Synesthesia sequence, where musical genius, Ayers, visualises music as colour.





Los Angeles