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The world’s first digital stereoscopic reconstruction of a city destroyed during World War II.
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City of Ruins
Digital stereoscopic reconstruction of Warsaw destroyed during World War II.
The film depicts a flyover of the Liberator airplane over the razed and depopulated city of Warsaw, portraying the sheer scale of destruction intentionally wrought upon the capital following the 1944 Warsaw Uprising.

Compiling the source material and processing the enormous amount of information took over a year.

CG Supervisior: Michał Gryn
Director: Damian Nenow
Producer: Marcin Kobylecki
Production Manager: Magdalena Matejek

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Process
 References
In order to depict the city as faithfully as possible, an enormous amount of archival and referential material was amassed. Aerial imagery and photographs found in museum collections served as references for the film. A total of several thousand pictures were used in the project.
Terrain
Properly dividing up Warsaw’s enormous area was the greatest production challenge facing the filmmakers. The entire area of the city was divided into over 30 sectors.
Map of 40 landmark buildings situated on the path of the flyover
Models
Once designed, each individual object had to be placed onto a virtual landscape. Additionally, 40 landmark buildings that played important roles in the city’s history were modeled with a greater degree of precision.
Final composition
The reconstructed city of Warsaw features:

- 63000 manually placed models of buildings
- 1600 reference photos
- 40 historical objects recreated in great detail
- 30 graphic artists
- 6 months of composting
- 2 months of continuous rendering
Stills