October 30, 2014
Following a limited yet incredibly successful release in just four venues in New York and Los Angeles two weeks ago, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s black comedy Birdman is now expanding across North America.
Already stirring up a serious Oscar buzz, Birdman tells the story of a fading actor -once famous for portraying the iconic superhero Birdman on film- who battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play.
Rodeo FX contributed significantly to the visual aesthetic of this masterpiece, producing all of the visual effect work involved in the movie from the highly spectacular to the nearly imperceptible.
A team of more than 75 visual effects artists, project managers and technicians worked for more than four months to create memorable scenes such as: SWAT teams fighting off a giant steampunk eagle as the screeching bird destroys everything around him; Riggan jumping off the roof and soaring like a bird through the streets of New York; the actor using his telekinetic abilities to trash various objects in his dressing room; and many more.
While the spectacular sequences showcase Rodeo FX’s visual effects accomplishments, the invisible fx seamlessly integrate into the beautiful cinematography and contribute to the fluidity and precise rhythm required by Director Iñárritu. The visual effects are inherent to the magic of the movie, supporting an amazing story that will carry away the audience with its intense emotional currents.
Produced by New Regency and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures,Birdman was selected to open the Venice Film Festival, and to close the New York Film Festival. The movie is gradually expanding in United States since its limited release on October 17, and is hitting screen today in Canada. Michael Keaton (Batman, Jackie Brown, Beattlejuice) heads an all-star cast that includes Edward Norton (Fight Club, American History X), Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man), Naomi Watts (King Kong, The Impossible) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover). Birdman is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Biutiful), and Oscar-winnerEmmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, The tree of life) is Director of Photography.