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For the Emmy Award winning HBO series "Chernobyl", I helped DNEG TV London on the giant smoke column and dancing reactor lid VFX simulation.


In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes. (IMDb)

Working on this Emmy-Award-winning project was acompanied by an uneasy feeling, because all these horrible events we helped to visualize (the giant smoke column and the dancing reactor lid in my case) actually happend for real. It's a visually stunning reminder on what happened in front of our eyes but also behind our backs in Chernobyl, 1986.

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HBO / Sky


Houdini (smoke, RBDs)

Join VFX Supervisor Max Dennison as he talks you through DNEG's work on the show, and how VFX provided support for the drama in every shot. Overall the DNEG crew delivered about 550 shots for the series, designing the reactor #4 building inside and out, developing complex destruction and smoke simulations, creating CG vehicles like cars and helicopters, and animating crowds.

(Source: DNEG's  YouTube description)

Watch DNEG's behind the scene's of Chernobyl to learn more about the VFX as a character, the importance of authenticity, the influence and limits of science and how to recreate an iconic scene.