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  • Director
    Mijke de Jong
  • Release
    2016
  • Producer
    Topkapi Films
    Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld
  • Visual effects supervisors
    Stefan Rycken
    Dennis Kleyn, NVX
  • VFX artists
    Walid Ben Henda
    Guilia Tirelli
    Stefan Rycken
  • VFX producer
    Katrijn Steylaerts
  • Title design
    Planet X Title Design
    Donald Roos
    Roel Meijering
  • Release
    November 2016, The Netherlands
  • Running time
    98 min
  • Format
    shot on Arri Alexa, afwerking HD
  • D.O.P.
    Danny Elsen, NSCSBC
  • Editor
    Dorith Vinken, NCE
  • Facility
    The Post Republic Berlin
  • Grading
    Peter Bernaers
  • Music reel/clip
    Alexander Desplat, 'Ammar' from the OST 'Zero Dark Thirty'

18-year-old Layla, a Dutch girl with Moroccan roots, joins a group of radical Muslims. She encounters a world that nurtures her ideas initially, but finally confronts her with an impossible choice.

Planet X created numerous VFX for the film, including screens for TV's, adding more background signs during a protest and a full CG helicopter which appears above a neighborhood to quell a demonstration.

3D CG police helicopter

A police helicopter appearing above a city's neighborhood couldn't be realiased in real life, so the choice was made to create a fully digital 3D (CG) model of the aircraft. Dust and debris was added to create a more convincing result.

Furthermore, Layla M. has been selected as the Dutch entry for the 2018 Academy Awards.

Other examples of visual effects for Layla M. include alterations of backgrounds and environments. The shot shown was taken in Jordan, but has to look like a different country in the Middle East.