Union VFX - Saltburn


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Emerald Fennell

Union’s Seamless VFX for Emerald Fennel’s Decadent Thriller

Union is delighted to have been part of the lashings of lust among the English upper classes in Saltburn, a psychological drama produced and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Emerald Fennell for Amazon MGM Studios.

This beautifully wicked tale of privilege and desire had its international premiere at the 67th BFI London Film Festival and stars Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Alison Oliver and Carey Mulligan.

Set in England in the mid-2000s, Saltburn is the story of a young university student, played by Keoghan, who becomes obsessed with his wealthy schoolmate, who subsequently invites him to spend the summer at his eccentric family's estate.

The VFX required for the film were subtle, seamless and invisibly integrated to help tell the, at times, disturbing story.

Led by VFX Supervisor, Dillan Nicholls, the team created numerous digital doubles, a pivotal CG champagne bottle, CG rain, multiple environments and stunning landscape enhancements.

Nicholls comments “A key scene of the film takes place in a huge maze in the garden of a stately home. Four of the main characters run along different paths through the maze, emerging at the centre to discover one of the many twists and turns sprinkled throughout the story.”

“The key shot in this sequence is a top-down drone view of the maze which required a 2.5D DMP environment with a full CG build of the maze hedge and digidoubles to replace the main cast, complete with accurate costumes, hair and so on. The digidoubles had to navigate through the maze and the CG shot had to cut seamlessly into the following in-camera shot of them arriving at the centre.”

Saltburn is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Worldwide.


Nominated for 5 BAFTA Awards including
Outstanding British Film
Leading Actor; Barry Keoghan
Supporting Actress; Rosamund Pike
Supporting Actor; Jacob Elordi
Original Score; Anthony Willis

Nominated for 3 Critics Choice Awards including
Best Picture
Best Production Design; Charlotte Dirickx, Suzie Davies
Best Cinematography; Linus Sandgren

Nominated for 2 Golden Globes including
Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture; Rosamund Pike
Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama; Barry Keoghan