The Golden Compass


1h 53m 2007

Brief Synopsis

Lyra Belacqua lives in a parallel world in which human souls take the form of lifelong animal companions called daemons. Dark forces are at work in the girl's world, and many children have been kidnapped by beings known as Gobblers. Lyra vows to save her best friend, Roger, after he disappears too. She sets out with her daemon, a tribe of seafarers, a witch, an ice bear and a Texas airman on an epic quest to rescue Roger and save her world.

Film Details

Also Known As
Golden Compass, His Dark Materials 1: The Golden Compass, Northern Lights
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Juliana Selfridge; Laurie Cartwright
Distribution Company
NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE)
Location
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m

Synopsis

Lyra Belacqua lives in a parallel world in which human souls take the form of lifelong animal companions called daemons. Dark forces are at work in the girl's world, and many children have been kidnapped by beings known as Gobblers. Lyra vows to save her best friend, Roger, after he disappears too. She sets out with her daemon, a tribe of seafarers, a witch, an ice bear and a Texas airman on an epic quest to rescue Roger and save her world.

Crew

Donovan A. Scott

Digital Effects Artist

Hugo Adams

Foley Editor

Susan Adams

Seamstress Supervisor

Niv Adiri

Sound Design

Patrick Aegerter

Pilot

Kiran Ahlawat

Digital Effects

Imran Ahmed

Digital Effects

Tanseer Ahmed

Animator

Ben Aickin

Digital Effects Artist

Amit Aidasani

Digital Effects

Amit Aidasani

Tutor

Erik Akutagawa

Film Lab

Niklas Aldergren

Software Engineer

Kim Aldis

Digital Effects Artist

Jesse Alexander

Rotoscope Animator

Jennifer Alford

Seamstress Supervisor

Mir Zafar Ali

Animation Director

Jonathan Allen

Music Engineer

Paul Allen

Driver

Rob Allen

Construction

Simon Allen

Background Painter

Simon Allen

Rotoscope Animator

John Alley

Music

Christian Von Allmen

Pilot

Sandro Alpinice

Pilot

Liliana Amato

Visual Effects

Peter Ambühl

Pilot

Sean Amlaner

Digital Effects Artist

Phillippe Amouroux

Foley Recordist

Stella Ampatzi

Digital Effects Artist

Monika Amstutz

Pilot

Balaji Anbalagan

Animator

John R. Anderson

Visual Effects Producer

Clemens Andrae

Pilot

Ted Andre

Digital Effects Artist

Beth Andrus

Finance Manager

Charise E Angone

Production Coordinator

Stan Apperley

Plasterer

David Appleby

Key Grip

Helen Appleby

Assistant

David Arch

Music

Zoran Arizanovic

Digital Effects Artist

Georgina Armstrong

Stunts

Vic Armstrong

Unit Director

Vic Armstrong

Stunt Coordinator

Wendy Armstrong

Stunt Coordinator

Joe Arnold

Digital Effects Artist

Ron Arredondo

Digital Effects

Giles Asbury

Storyboard Artist

Johnny Ash

Best Boy

Rosie Ashforth

Animator

Saqib Ashraf

Digital Effects Artist

Thomas Asquith

Production Assistant

Atanas Atanasov

Modelmaker

David Atkinson

Assistant

Kate Attwooll

Digital Effects Artist

Theo Von Atzigen

Pilot

Rob Au

Digital Effects

David Aulds

Rotoscope Animator

Kunal Ayer

Digital Effects

John Ayres

Driver

Nina Ayres

Craft Service

Sergio Ayrosa

Digital Effects Artist

Elena Azuola

Finance Manager

Colleen Bachman

Visual Effects

Michael Backauskas

Visual Effects Editor

Jason Baecke

Driver

Richard Baer

Accountant

Aniket Bage

Rotoscope Animator

Jen Bahan

Animation Supervisor

Mark Bailey

Animation Director

Negin Bairami

Background Painter

Bhavika Bajpai

Digital Effects

Dimitri Bakalov

3-D Animator

Christopher Baker

Storyboard Artist

Jason Baker

Animation Director

Anand Balasubramaniam

Digital Effects

Felix Balbas

Digital Effects Artist

Adam Balentine

Digital Effects Artist

Daniel Balgoyen

Assistant

Bill Ball

Animation Director

Gavin Ball

Driver

Vicky Ball

Visual Effects

Samson Bamimore

Software Engineer

Christoph Banal

Software Engineer

Sachin Bangera

Digital Effects

George Banks

Animator

Michelle Barber

Scenic Artist

Cassandra Barbour

Rights & Clearances

Harry Bardak

Animation Director

Craig Bardsley

Animator

Giacomo Bargellesi

Digital Effects Artist

Ben Barker

Sound Effects Editor

Janice Barlow

Digital Effects

Celia Barnett

Researcher

Matthew Barnett

Software Engineer

Louis Baron

Production

Tony Barraza

Digital Effects Artist

John Barrett

Music Engineer

Craig Barron

Visual Effects Supervisor

Helen Barron

Craft Service

Edward Barton

Welder

Keith Barton

Software Engineer

Eric Bates

Animator

Robin Baynton

Music Engineer

Eric Beaver

Digital Effects Artist

Art Becerra

Finance Manager

Nicolas Becker

Foley Artist

Nick Bedford

Digital Effects

William Beenham

Rigging Electrician

Melissa Beery

Production Coordinator

Steve Begg

Visual Effects Supervisor

Brian Begun

Digital Effects Artist

Otis A Bell

Painter

Barry Bellotti

Generator Operator

Camille Benda

Costume Designer

Emma Bendell

Production Accountant

Jay Benedict

Adr Voice Casting

Michele Benigna

Digital Effects Artist

John Benn

Camera Operator

Andrew Bennett

Illustrator

Andrew Bennett

Models

Malcolm Bensted

Props

Bryan Bentley

Animator

Linda Bergkvist

Concept Artist

Chris Bergman

Digital Effects Artist

Erika Bermingham

Visual Effects

Erika Bermingham

Digital Effects Artist

Beverly Bernacki

Digital Effects Artist

Scott Berri

Production Coordinator

Lucy Bevan

Casting

Jarnail Bhachu

Rotoscope Animator

Abhishek Bharadwaj

Digital Effects

Nikhil Bhatnagar

Rendering Artist

Debaprasad Bhowmik

Animator

Carl Bianco

Animation Director

Karen Bicknell

Accounting Assistant

Alice Biddle

Illustrator

Emil Bidiuc

Animator

Paul Birkett

Background Painter

Paul Birkett

Rotoscope Animator

Nic Birmingham

3-D Artist

Daniel Birnbaum

Digital Effects Artist

Antoine Birot

Animator

Michael Blain

Software Engineer

David Blyth

Set Production Assistant

Ilona Blythe

Visual Effects Editor

Terry Blyther

Location Manager

Joel Bodin

3-D Artist

Martin Body

Rotoscope Animator

Tanja Boening

Digital Effects Artist

Lou Bogue

Electrician

Adi Bohren

Pilot

Michael Bomagat

Animator

Eric Bonilla

Digital Effects

Alessandro Bonora

Modelmaker

Christina Boon

Visual Effects

Tiffany Borchardt

Digital Effects

Remo Borciani

Stand-In

Michael Borhi

Animation Director

Stephen Borneman

Animation Director

Roland Boss

Pilot

Alex Boswell

Props

John Botton

Props

Kevin Bouchez

Digital Effects Artist

Virginie Bourdin

Concept Artist

Yanick Bourgie

Matte Painter

Jennifer Bourne

Rotoscope Animator

Matthew Bovington

Accounting Assistant

Jim Bowers

Matte Painter

Tom Bowes

Music

Dave Bowman

Digital Effects Artist

Peter Bowmar

Animation Director

Harry Boxell

Rigging Electrician

Edward Derian Boyke

Rendering Artist

Gavin Boyle

Animator

Richard Boyle

3-D Animator

Tom Boyle

Assistant

Jeremy Braben

Dp/Cinematographer

Jeremy Braben

Director Of Photography

Sherie Bradfute

Software Engineer

Mark Bradley

Software Engineer

Ryan Bradley

Animator

Tom Bradley

Digital Effects

Richard Bradshaw

Stunts

Henry Braham

Director Of Photography

Henry Braham

Dp/Cinematographer

Sam Breckman

Location Manager

Christopher Brennan

Special Effects Technician

Martin Brennan

Special Effects

Edward Brett

Assistant Director

Michael Breymann

Cgi Artist

David Brickley

Animator

Daniel Brimer

Visual Effects Producer

Barry Britnell

Driver

John Britto

Rotoscope Animator

Rob Brock

Rigging Gaffer

Adam Broderick

Production Assistant

Adam Broderick

Driver

Matthew Broderick

Propman

Film Details

Also Known As
Golden Compass, His Dark Materials 1: The Golden Compass, Northern Lights
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Juliana Selfridge; Laurie Cartwright
Distribution Company
NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE)
Location
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m

Award Wins

Best Visual Effects

2007

Best Visual Effects

2008

Award Nominations

Set Decoration

2007

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2007 award for Excellence in Fantasy Film by the Costume Designers Guild (CDG).

Winner of the 2007 award for Excellence In Production Design For A Fantasy Feature Film by the Art Directors Guild (ADG).

Released in United States Winter December 7, 2007

Released in United States on Video April 29, 2008

Based on the novel "Northern Lights" by Philip Pullman; published by Scholastic January 1995.

Chris Weitz was previously attached to direct. Anand Tucker replaced Weitz, but then dropped out due to creative differences. Chris Weitz came back on board to replace Tucker.

The book series by Philip Pullman, originally published by Scholastic, consists of: "Northern Lights", "The Subtle Knife", and "The Amber Spyglass".

Novel is the first in the "His Dark Materials" trilogy.

Literary Sale Date: 02/05/2002

Tom Stoppard wrote the first adaptation of the book. Chris Weitz was then brought on board to do a rewrite and direct. When Weitz dropped out of the project, David Lindsay-Abaire was hired to do a new adaptation draft.

Released in United States Winter December 7, 2007

Released in United States on Video April 29, 2008

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Special Visual Effects by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).