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The Resistance Banker

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  • Director
    Joram Lürsen
  • Release
  • Producer
    NL Film
    Sabine Brian, Alain De Levita, Sytze van der Laan
  • Visual effects supervisors
    Jan Daghelinckx
    Dennis Kleyn, NVX 
  • Compositing
    Jan Daghelinckx
    Miguel Guerrero
    Herman Germeijs
    Wim Symens

    Frank Taris
    Roel Meijering
    Timo Drent
  • VFX producer
    Violette Kleyn
  • VFX junior producer
    Tim Groot
  • Title design
    Titles, Hans Lettany
  • Running time
    100 min
  • Format
    shot on Arri Alexa, 2880x1620
  • D.O.P.
    Mark van Aller, NSC
  • Editor
    Peter Alderliesten, NCE
  • Facility
    Galaxy Studios
  • Grading
    Laurens Orij
  • Music
    Merlijn Snitker

Walraven van Hall (1906-1945), a scion of the famous Van Hall family, was a banker in Zaandam. At the beginning of the war, he was one of the founders of a national aid organisation aimed at providing financial support to resistance activities. Together with his brother, Gijs (later Mayor of Amsterdam), he came up with a unique, worldwide plan to defraud the Bank of the Netherlands of 50 million guilders. Through this fraud, and large private loans, Van Hall was able to raise a total in excess of 106 million guilders (more than half a billion Euros today). This money was used to finance the lion’s share of the illegal activities carried out by the Dutch resistance. Walraven was betrayed to the Germans in January 1945 by a newcomer in his private circle, arrested and a month later murdered.

Planet X Belgium (together with Amsterdam based Planet X) finished up around 150+ vfx shots for this 2 hour war film. Work ranging from removing modern elements from locations to match 1940's era, to set-extensions and large scale matte-painting work. We've spiced up a lot of action scenes with additional gun effects, made sure actors didn't have to bleed on set and blew up a matte-painted building. Also lot of effort went into creating believable 'cold-breath' shots of which you can see a making-of here.

Superb looking plate photography by Marc van Aller and an overall solid team made this a great project for Planet X.

Teaserclip #1 from our VFX-breakdown reel of 'The Resistance Banker'!

Teaserclip #2 from our VFX-breakdown reel of 'The Resistance Banker'!