The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Adventure, mythology, buddy comedy, wizardry, and even romance



Jon Turteltaub

Based on

The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Jerry Bruckheimer

Production Companies

Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films,Saturn Films, Broken Road Productions


Walt Disney Pictures

Dneg VFX Supervisor

Adrian de Wet

Dneg VFX Producers

Alex Hope, Moriah Etherington-Sparks, Tracey Leadbetter

Release Date

14th July 2010

Walt Disney Studios producer, Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub have teamed up again, to present the epic fantasy comedy, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

The effects are spellbinding in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice…Screen International

Film Background

Inspired by the 1955 classic Disney animation of the same name, the film stars Nicholas Cage as Balthazar Black, a master sorcerer, who recruits a reluctant protege played by Jay Baruchel to help him vanquish the powers of evil, in the shapes of his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath and the powerful spirit of Morgana le Fay, played by Alice Krige.

Led by VFX Supervisor, Adrian de Wet, CG Supervisor, Graham Jack and VFX Producers, Moriah Etherington-Sparks and Tracey Leadbetter, the Double Negative team worked on a significant bulk of the visual effects for the movie, including the live action Fantasia sequence with animated mops, sponges, detergent bottles and CG water. The team also created the Final Battle sequence with the ensuing fire and plasma, the pentagram and the eerie, spectral Morgana.

Other work includes a well-known brass bull statue that comes to life and attacks Balthazar in New York, the training sequences, Merlin’s circle and the Tesla coil effect.

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