World Trade Centre

This square movie, at its best, is very powerful



Oliver Stone


Moritz Borman, Debra Hill, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher

Production Companies

Paramount Pictures, Double Feature Films, Intermedia Films, Ixtlan, Kernos Filmproduktionsgesellschaft & Company, Saturn Films


Paramount Pictures

Dneg VFX Supervisor

Mike Ellis

Dneg VFX Producer

Andy Taylor

Dneg CG Supervisors

Pete Bebb, Ryan Cook

Release Date

9th August 2006

Double Negative used proprietary technology to create some of the most dynamic visual effects of the year in Oliver Stone’s new film World Trade Center, which premiered on 9th August, 2006.

World Trade Center celebrates the ties that bind us, the bonds that keep us going, the goodness that stands as a rebuke to the horror of that day. Perhaps, in the future, the times will call for more challenging, or polemical, or subversive visions. Right now, it feels like the 9/11 movie we need.NEWSWEEK

Film Background

No other single event has been so extensively visually documented, therefore the onus was on Double Negative to make sure that their recreation of the Lower Manhattan area and the destruction was completely accurate.

The endless coverage of the disaster was a double-edged sword, as Double Negative’s Visual Effects Supervisor, Mike Ellis, pointed out, “It was a bonus to have all the footage to refer to, but on the other hand it meant that there was absolutely no room for error”.

Double Negative’s work covered two main stages; pre-collapse & aftermath which meant building the towers and complex, many of the buildings around them and the surrounding streets, then adding dynamic effects such as smoke, burning, falling paper and debris. The second stage was post-collapse which involved building Ground Zero in CG along with all the rubble, smoke and dust.

Double Negative also produced a large number of ‘invisible effects’ shots for the film.





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