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Project Info

Release Date: October 22nd, 2015

Client

Director

Robert Zemeckis

Distributor

Sony Pictures

Overall VFX Supervisor

Kevin Baillie

Rodeo FX Crew

VFX Supervisor

Sébastien Moreau

VFX Producer

Audrey Boivin

CG Supervisor

Fabrice Vienne

Compositing Supervisor

Xavier Fourmond

Awards

The Walk – Best Visual Effects

Winner | 2016 | Satellite Award

The Walk | Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Nominee | 2016 | VES

Working closely with VFX Supervisor Kevin Baillie, our team realized more than 100 visual effects shots for this biographic movie from director Robert Zemeckis, telling the unbelievable prowess of Philippe Petit, who, in August 1974, walked on a wire the 45m separating the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center.

Our team was tasked with recreating the plazza and the lobby of the iconic building, as well as a whole part of Manhattan in the 70’s, with the help of practical footage shot in Montreal. For the exact reconstruction of the Twin Towers, who were still being in construction when Petit did the impossible, we modelled the building basing ourselves on the construction plan and on thousands of photographs and visual historical references, as well as 3D models shared by the production.

Our work also included breathtaking sequence where Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) stands at the Statue of Liberty and speaks to a huge audience, with Manhattan in the background and a 3D hero seagull who accompanied Petit in his feat. Besides Lady Liberty and the bird, our team created many 3D elements to add motion to the scenes, including cabs, cars, trees and crowds.

We won a Satellite Award in the Best Visual Effects category for our work on The Walk, shared with Atomic Fiction and UPP’s artists . We were also nominated for a VES Award for Best Supporting visual Effects in a feature film.

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