Public WorksBack to Feature films
- DirectorJoram Lürsen
- ProducerTopkapi Films
Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld
- Visual effects supervisorsDennis Kleyn, NVX
Albert van Vuure, NVX
- CompositingPepijn Schroeijers
Frank van der Peet
- Ass. CompositingFrank Taris
- Visual Effects by Digital Apes HungaryZoltán Benyó
- 3D CG content New York & beesHappy Ship
3D technical director and animator
- 3D modelingMarlon Regien
- 3D coordinator and modelingMartin Venema
- Additional visual effectsPlanet X Belgium
- Vfx inhouse producerViolette Kleyn
- Running time110 min.
- D.O.P.Mark van Aller, NSC
- EditorPeter Alderliesten, NCE
- FacilityFilmmore Amsterdam
- GradingBart Verraest
'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...
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.
The visual effects breakdown of 'Public Works'
Many different techniques were used by Planet X (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.
Outdoor advertisement and historical signage
To create a lively and rich backdrop for the historical cityscape, extensive research was done toward the design and placement of outdoor advertisement and signs. Contrary to what one would expect, researching archival footage learned that almost every inch of available space was used for outdoor advertising and the use of other signage. Planet X redesigned countless digital elements to place unto the facades of the 3d city model.