The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer star in Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E . Set in the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

Cinesite was involved in an exciting boat chase sequence following Solo and Kuryakin’s quick escape from the Aerospace building. Everything above the waterline was recreated digitally in this sequence, including all of the dockside buildings and environment, which was replaced with a CG Italian version; only the foreground water and boat were kept from the original footage. This was achieved using a combination of digital matte painting and CG in conjunction with existing 360-degree environment footage to create a period Mediterranean marina environment.

Using the assets created for the boat chase sequence, Cinesite also created several daytime set extensions and backgrounds for the Vinciguerra shipping headquarters. Modern day elements like vehicles and boats were removed using matte painting and, using a combination of CG and matte painting, warehouses, chimneys, trees, trucks and general dockside props were added to complete the scene.

Other work by Cinesite includes HMS Hermes (a period aircraft carrier), which was built by Cinesite’s CG team based on reference images. In addition to the CG ship, CG planes and props were dressed on the carrier deck alongside CG helicopters, personnel on deck and smoke elements.

  • Release date: 14.08.2015
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Director: Guy Ritchie