November 15, 2016

Rodeo FX completed 60 visual effects shots for Arrival, the alien visitation movie from acclaimed director, Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners, Enemy), which is receiving critical praise. Working once again with VFX supervisor Louis Morin, the studio helped create an anti-gravity sequence, multiple aircrafts, and digi-doubles of actors.

Shot entirely in Quebec, Arrival is based on Ted Chiang’s novella, Story of Your Life. It follows linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), mathematician Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), and army officer Weber (Forest Whitaker) as they seek to discover the intentions of extraterrestrials that have landed on Earth.

Rodeo FX, led by VFX supervisor Arnaud Brisebois, worked on CG aircraft exteriors and interiors, including fighter jets in flight, a helicopter landing and taking off, and a spaceship interior. The most technically challenging sequence has Banks and Donnelly entering the alien ship for the first time, through a tunnel in which gravity disappears, allowing them to walk vertically up the shaft. Rodeo FX created full digital doubles of the actors, including the challenging fabric texture of their orange hazmat suits. Rodeo FX also digitally altered sequences of Louise’s young daughter in hospital to represent the wasting effects of her cancer.

Rodeo FX previously worked with Villeneuve on Enemy (2013) and Incendies (2010) and with Morin who served as VFX supervisor on Source Code (2011). Distributed by Paramount Pictures, Arrival opened in theatres on November 11.