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

Storm Bound

2007  DSVB BV, CV, director Steven de Jong

For 'Storm Bound' (‘De Scheepsjongens van Bontekoe’) all 3D and 2D elements needed to bring to life the 17th-century VOC-era were created by Planet X FX within four months. A full 3D replica of the VOC ship Nieuw-Hoorn was the basis for many shots showing the ship on an open stormy sea, shots which could not have been made on the set.

A photorealistic model was the aim, and the ship was built from scratch from the original drawings for the VOC ship De Batavia. All the movements and the way the ropes and sails behaved were created with special dynamic systems. It was the same for the turbulent waters, on which several stormy scenes unfold: specially for this project a 3D sea was created entirely in-house.

As for 2D and compositing, Planet X FX made a substantial contribution. Besides incorporating the entire 3D share, Planet X FX took care of the 2D process, which consisted of matte paintings, various removals, day-for-night shots and the addition of countless elements.

A greenscreen shot was set up for the post-production. Various actors climbed on constructions similar to rigging and masts so that later, keyed out of the background, the 3D scenes could be placed on the ship. In so doing, the boundary between live action and computer generation was blurred even further.

The media were particularly positive about the visual effects and the total look of the film: 

‘the special effects in which a huge storm is let loose on the screen are of an international quality.’—Sp!ts

‘But reality has its limits, although as a spectator you often do not notice that. The storms ravaging De Batavia look terrific, just like the drowning scenes.’ – De Telegraaf

 ‘With the help of impressive special effects, the ship Nieuw-Hoorn undergoes storms, scurvy, corporal punishment and fire on the way to the East Indies.’ – filmfocus.nl

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Visual effects making-of reel

This reel is a selection from the many visual effects that Planet X FX made for 'Storm Bound' (‘De Scheepsjongens van Bontekoe’).