The Visual Effects Society hosted it’s 16th Annual Awards to recognize outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation and the talent who bring this work to life. The event was hosted at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Los Angeles, and attended by 22 members of the Rodeo FX team.

It was a night that celebrated the incredible visual effects work being done across industries, from films, to advertising, to video games, and we are honoured and delighted to have been a part of it.

Our congratulations to all the nominees for collectively pushing the limits of visual effects, and to the winners for a noteworthy achievement.

Our team proudly received the VES Award for Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project Category : Game of Thrones; The Dragon and the Wolf; Wall Destruction

The award was accepted by four FX artists from Rodeo FX: Thomas Hullin, Dominik Kirouac, Sylvain Nouveau, and Nathan Arbuckle.

Game of Thrones was the biggest winner of the night with 5 awards. Rodeo FX’s winning work appeared on the season finale of the seventh season and featured the destruction of Eastwatch-by-the-Sea.

For the wall’s dramatic collapse Rodeo FX scored the wall to break it apart in multiple shots to cover its extensive size. The team separated the wall in three parts: the closest area, which was destroyed in hi-res, the middle section, that remained standing in hi-res, and the farthest section in low-res as a base for digital matte paintings.

The Rodeo FX team received a previs referencing the timing and size of the collapse, and the studio layered effects on top of that. Rodeo FX artists added secondary debris, smoke and interactive fire when the fire hits the wall. For the actual collapse of the wall, Rodeo FX created debris, powdered snow and water splashes as the ice falls into the sea.  Real fire elements were provided and color graded to become the ice dragon’s destructive blue breath.

The team at Rodeo FX extends its congratulations to HBO and to the studios and artists who contributed their magic to this spectacular show.

Complete list of winners on the VES website