Sunnyside Productions' Andrea Miller has recently won a prestigious award from StoryFutures, Industrial Light and Magic, Epic Games and Future Screens Northern Ireland to produce the short factual drama 'The Surreal Life' using virtual production techniques.

The Surreal Life 
You can see how Sunnyside Productions takes the true story of an historic meeting and transform it into a world of the surreal and the subconscious. Although the action has a comic twist, visually the film 'The Surreal Life' is striking and uncanny, exploring the iconography of both the surrealist movement and the power of dreams.

You can see a short film about the making of this production here: 

A note about the Virtual Production technique
This is a technique referred to as 'in camera special effects' (ICFX) which is best known for its use in 'The Mandalorian' and 'Star Wars'.

This cutting edge filming technique is where photorealist landscapes are created in 3 dimensions. Using Epic Games' Unreal Engine the images are played through a Volume (a giant LED wall) and the studio camera uses a tracking system to capture actors and the 3D landscape in real time and in perfect perspective.


Produced and Directed by

Andrea Miller

Written by

Jon Gilbert


Edward James

Ross Tomlinson

Salvador Dali

Jamael Westman

Sigmund Freud

Nicholas Day 

Director of Photography

Aaron A. Rogers

Production Designer

James Andrews

VP Supervisor

Johnny Johnson

Associate Producer

Monika Chowdhary Kuczynski

Tasneem Maqsood

1st Assistant Director

Alex Mill

Art Department

Phillip Andrews

Lizzie Gordon

Jack Faulkener

Ross Cotton


Harry Buck

Focus Puller

Oscar Harrison

Spark/Lighting Desk OP

Nykola Bulavsky


Auxane Verdier


Rogan Brown

Liam Hartney

Sound Recordist

Owen Spencer

Sound assistant

Rufus Ambler

Dubbing mixer

Annie Gardiner

Stage Operator

Dominic Maher

Technical Artists

Aline Cunico

Juan Cuadra

Andras Ronai

Stage Technician

Stefanie Oswald

Data Wrangler

Neil Smith

Hair and Make Up

Annie Little


Shazeb Hassan

Residence Pictures


Paul Harrison

Online Editor

Owen Hulme

Head of Post Production

Julian Nelson

With Thanks to

Max Lohan

Industrial Light and Magic

Amanda Johnstone

Danielle Legovich

James Mohan

Ben Morris

Xavier Martin Ramirez

Epic Games

Saga Alayyoubi

Alex Hammond

Ben Lumsden

Nancy Xu

Final Pixel

Michael McKenna

StoryFutures Academy

James Bennet

Becky Gregory-Clarke

Fiona Kilkenny

Peter Richardson

Lisa Pearson

Sarah Smyth

Future Screen NI

Declan Keeney

Paul Moore

Deirdre MacFadyen