Rodeo FX was rewarded with a prestigious Emmy Award for its contribution to the outstanding visual effects work on Game of Thrones. Acting as one of the main VFX vendors on the series, the Montreal-based company created a total of 150 visual effects shots for the 4th season of HBO’s most popular show of all time.
A team of more than a hundred artists, project managers and technicians worked for six months on the impressive visual effects that earned Rodeo FX the statuette, which recognizes excellence in the television industry, an equivalent to the Academy Award for film.
Sébastien Moreau, President of Rodeo FX and Executive VFX Supervisor on the show, sees this prize as a recognition of the local talent: “This award confirms that Montreal is one of the top players in the visual effects industry”. According to Moreau, the strategic and economic measures that were put in place in the province of Québec over the past few years explain today’s success on the world stage. “The tax credits offered by the government represent a great incentive for producers to bring work here,” says Moreau “We also have specialized schools where students acquire a very thorough knowledge of visual effects. Some of our most talented and experienced artists come from Centre NAD and Cégep de Jonquière; these schools have developed a curriculum that really responds to the industry’s needs”.
Leading Rodeo’s team on Game of Thrones, VFX Supervisor Matthew Rouleau is the one who got his name engraved on the precious trophy. He has nothing but praise for his colleagues who, once again, pushed the limits of their art. “There was such a contagious desire to perform and deliver beyond-stunning visual effects! The artists really put all their talent and their heart into the work; this is why we now have this amazing statuette decorating our office!”, Rouleau says proudly.
Although there can only be one name per studio on the trophy, this prize is the result of an incredible team effort. “A lot of people would deserve to have their name on the Award”, says President Sébastien Moreau. “Matthew did an amazing job leading the team, and he was surrounded by a great squad: Producer Isabelle Langlois, Executive Producer Jordan Soles, Project Manager Annie Cliche, and Compositing Supervisor Patrick David. These guys did incredible work, and so did the entire Rodeo FX team”, he added.
Meereen, the virtual city
Rodeo FX’s contribution to the 4th season of Game of Thrones was considerable and spectacular. In addition to creating the city of Meereen, the largest and greatest of the three great city-states of Slaver’s Bay, Rodeo FX was responsible for generating the massive CG army that attacks it; a memorable and striking scene. The Montreal studio also designed a series of grandiose CG environments, as well as creating a zombie-horse, modeling and animating a cavalry of thousands of horsemen, simulating atmospheric effects, contributing to numerous wolves’ sequences, and much more.
Rodeo FX wishes to highlight the exceptional work of HBO’s VFX Supervisor Joe Bauer and VFX Producer Steve Kullback, whose incredible contribution resulted in a third Emmy Award in a row for the amazing visual effects of Game of Thrones.