Black Sea

January 2, 2016 – Watched:

Black Sea (2014)

Submarine captain loses his job. Shortly after, he gets an offer for another job, but this one is like no other. To venture out one more time and pick up millions in gold hidden on a German U-boat sunken in the murky depths of the Black Sea. But he’s not alone. He’s got a team of men. 50% British, 50% Russian. Tensions arise, and shit hits the fan. Literally.

A simple, straight forward story and script. But it’s effective, nail biting and full of suspense, even though you can probably figure out what’ll happen next. With that being said, the performances are solid even if the story is a bit silly and impractical at times. The movie can feel quite eerie at times and the sub scenes are confined and tense.


Tech facts:

  • For many of the sub scenes the Canon EOS C500 and EOS-1D C were used for their small portable size. For everything else the Alexa.
  • It was shot on a real sub and mainly handheld.
  • Maya was used to build the CG sub. Which took roughly 2 months to make. All the environmental aspects were animated in Houdini.

Some fun reads and VFX Breakdown:



“Black Sea” canyon encounter – CG model


“Black Sea” canyon encounter – final render

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