PLANET X FX | creative visual effects

Projects

    • The Resistance Banker  2018
      [In production] Feature film
    • Orange Fever  2018
      [In production] Feature film
    • Doris  2017
      [In production] Feature film
    • A Gentle Creature  2017
      Feature film
    • Storm: Letter of Fire  2017
      Feature film
    • Public Works  2015
      Feature film
    • Feature film
    • Feature film
    • The Longing  2017
      Feature film
    • De Premier  2017
      Feature film
    • Layla M  2016
      Feature film
    • The Day My Father Became a Bush  2016
      Feature film
    • Feature film
    • Feature film
    • Feature film
    • Documentary
    • Borgman  2013
      Feature film
    • Feature film
    • Matterhorn  2013
      Telefilm
    • Exit  2013
      Telefilm
    • Feature film
    • Oom Henk  2012
      Telefilm
    • Feature film
    • Feature film
    • Feature film
    • Pizza Maffia  2011
      Feature film
    • Dusk  2010
      Feature film
    • Animated short
    • Feature film
    • Feature film
    • Storm Bound  2007
      Feature film
    • The doom of the SS van Imhoff  2018
      [In production] Documentary
    • Klem  2016
      Psychological thriller
    • Toren C 6  2016
      Comedy series
    • A'DAM - E.V.A. 3  2016
      Drama series
    • Betrayal 3  2015
      Psychological thriller
    • Undercover  2015
      Telefilm
    • Drama series, 8 episodes
    • Toren C 1-5  2014
      Comedy series
    • Betrayal 2  2013
      Psychological thriller, 10 episodes
    • Drama series, 7 episodes
    • Family series, 13 episodes
    • Betrayal  2011
      Psychological thriller, 12 episodes
    • NOFF 2010  2010
      Viral Nederlands Online Film Festival
    • Kwik-Fit  2006
      Internet commercial
    • Caro Emerald - The Ghost of You  2017
      [In production] Music video
    • The Day My Father Became a Bush  2016
      Feature film
    • Title design
    • Clean Hands  2015
      Title design
    • Ventoux  2015
      Title design
    • Kidnep  2015
      Title design
    • In the Heart  2015
      Title design
    • Documentary
    • Opening title for drama series, 3 episodes
    • The Dinner  2013
      Title design
    • Title design
    • Music video
    • Projections on backscreen
    • In depth article on on-set graphics

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Feature films

Public Works

2015  Topkapi Films, director Joram LĂĽrsen

'Public Works' is the film adaptation of the eponymous Dutch Libris Literature Prize laureate and bestselling novel by Thomas Rosenboom and tells the story of the violin maker Walter Vedder. When he learns that at the site of his house a large hotel is to be built, he and his cousin see an opportunity to make some money. But their plans turn out less successful than hoped...

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The visual effects breakdown of 'Public Works'

Many different techniques were used by Planet X FX (NL) and Digital Apes (Hungary) to create a vast and detailed 3D model of Amsterdam, complete with fancily dressed inhabitants and other countless assets needed to create a believable cityscape. This 3D model (and other additional digital matte paintings and elements) could be matched to the footage shot mainly on a sound stage in Budapest, where a portion of street was build as an actual set.

Amsterdam Central Station

Budapest-Kaleti trainstation was opened in 1884 and designed in eclectic style. The main hall matches Amsterdam Centraal Station both in its layout and incidence of light. Because many scenes were shot in Budapest and the film's production could actually have an authentic steam engine entering the station, Kaleti formed the basis for a shot in which we see Vedder's nephew arrive by train. The angular roof in the shot was replaced by the typical arched dome of Amsterdam Central Station. Direction signs and other elements were, mostly with the help of The Railway Station, replaced or modified to match the historical setting around 1888.

Amsterdam Central Station

Budapest-Kaleti trainstation was opened in 1884 and designed in eclectic style. The main hall matches Amsterdam Centraal Station both in its layout and incidence of light. Because many scenes were shot in Budapest and the film's production could actually have an authentic steam engine entering the station, Kaleti formed the basis for a shot in which we see Vedder's nephew arrive by train. The angular roof in the shot was replaced by the typical arched dome of Amsterdam Central Station. Direction signs and other elements were, mostly with the help of The Railway Station, replaced or modified to match the historical setting around 1888.


In cooperation with the Hungarian VFX studio Digital Apes, Planet X - with teams in Amsterdam, Groningen and Brussels - has created close to five hundred vfx shots to bring to life the Amsterdam of 1888. 'Public Works' is one of the most complex and vfx-heavy films ever produced in Holland.

'Public Works' premiered in Dutch theaters December 10th 2015.