September 12, 2017

Rodeo FX created many of the most complex visual effects for Andy Muschietti’s awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, completing 95 shots for the movie.

Based on King’s 1986 eponymous novel, the film tells the story of seven youngsters, self-entitled as The Losers, who come of age while confronting a shape-shifting evil presence known as Pennywise the dancing clown, in small-town Derry, Maine.

Led by VFX Supervisor Arnaud Brisebois, the Montreal-based studio was tasked with creating a number of CG assets to either enhance or even completely replace actor Bill Skarsgård’s character, who takes multiple shapes to personify each of the kids’ individual fears.

Amongst other sequences, Rodeo FX was also responsible for creating the heart of Pennywise’s lair, a giant abandoned cistern where the final confrontation between The Loser’s and Pennywise takes place.

"As a Stephen King fan, I am proud that Rodeo FX was chosen to be the main visual effects vendor on the film. The Rodeo FX team, led by Arnaud Brisebois, did a remarkable job on this great box office hit", added Sébastien Moreau, President and Founder of Rodeo FX.

Shape-shifting Pennywise

The various shapes created for Pennywise represented a huge challenge for the modeling, rigging and creature FX teams, both from a technical and creative standpoint. The expertise in creature work developed by the artists while working on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them proved instrumental in the success of this project.

Produced by New Line Cinema and distributed by Warner Bros., the film is now in theatres.