Nicola Hoyle, Double Negative

FX Supervisor at Double Negative


Nicola Hoyle received a Master in Mathematics from Oxford University in 2003 and went on to complete a PhD in Computational Engineering at the University of Southampton focusing on the design optimization of internal fluid flow applications.

She joined Double Negative in 2006 and has specialised in generating simulations for rigid bodies, fluids and cloth and in writing production based tools to overcome technical or scientific limitations allowing for the creation of specific visual effects for feature films.

Her work has been seen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Dark
Knight, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2012 and Inception.

Talk synopsis

Creating Realistic Illusions

Mind-bending concepts, a warped physical reality and turning the world on its head seem real enough when you're dreaming. But creating these visually realistic dream-state illusions was a challenge we faced for real in producing the visual effects for Christopher Nolan's /Inception/. The requirement of providing a seamless integration between what was achieved in camera and our computer generated environments and complex dynamics effects meant that attention to detail and producing a photorealistic look was key. This talk focuses on the technical challenges we faced in folding up the streets of Paris, building a shoreline of crumbling buildings and the disintegration of a dream space with a collaboration of weightlessness and violent destruction.

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