September 22, 2016

Jordan Soles - VP DevJordan Soles, VP Development and Technology at Rodeo FX, was in Asia this week to discuss the studio’s use of Autodesk software in the creation of visual effects on Game of Thrones.

This roadshow was organized jointly with Autodesk, in co-operation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The event’s goal was to explain how the Autodesk software – Maya, Shotgun, Arnold and Flame – helped to create the magic of the visual effects on the TV series Game of Thrones, for which Rodeo FX recently won a third Emmy Award in the Outstanding Special Visual Effects category.

Nearly 450 producers, animators, modelers and artists of great visual effects studios in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand were expected. Several journalists were also present.

During his presentations, which were held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Bangkok (Thailand), Jordan Soles highlighted the increasing use of visual effects tools in the TV industry, and explained the overall role of Autodesk software in the work of Rodeo FX on Game of Thrones.

 “One of the things that we like to do at Rodeo FX is film practical effects. We use [Autodesk] Flame to combine the practical elements with the CG elements, and ultimately what we find is that it ends up selling the shot a lot better rather than completely relying on CG.”

He also discussed the challenges of working on an award-winning television series such as Game of Thrones.

“Sometimes there are effects that come at you at the last minute, and you cross your fingers and hope to get them done in time.”

And although some journalists would have loved to learn more about the next season of Game of Thrones, Jordan responded with his legendary smile: “I cannot disclose what I know about Game of Thrones, other than it’s going to-have seven episodes and it will be awesome.”