Mr Nobody : Not at Cannes

Posted on April 30th, 2009 in Movies by Marc Bourbonnais

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Mr Nobody, from director Jaco Van Dormael was our first VFX work for a feature film in 2008 with 121 shots. The movie was a hopeful candidate for the 2009 Cannes Film Festival lineup; unfortunately it did not make the final list. Two of Jaco’s other films, and Toto the HeroThe Eighth Day, were both winners at Cannes in 1991 and 1996. (as well as a César award, BAFTA nomination and many others; you can check out the Jaco’s long list of nominations and awards)

Of course our main goal when signing up for this project was not necessarily to see it at the end of a red carpet; but in the VFX industry you are always eager to add great-looking material to your portfolio, a crucial part of a young company’s profile. And this film is truly stunning and compelling, with beautiful imagery, clever transitions and of course great effects from Rodeo FX, Fly Studio and Modus FX. Working on the whole production was a pleasure.

But waiting for picture releases takes patience. We started working on Mr Nobody in June last year. The release is tentatively scheduled for end of May in France and Belgium, so I would guess the producers were keen on having a push from Cannes as well. We will have to wait and see what happens with its release. Considering its style and substance, it is a strong contender for the other movie festivals; Toronto, Venice… Usually movies scheduled for festival screenings aim for premieres, so stay tuned for details.

In the meantime, here are some stills from the production, pictures from Chantal Thomine Desmazures, production photographer. More available at www.mrnobody-lefilm.com/

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Modus FX at fmx/09

Posted on April 10th, 2009 in CG Community, The Company, Technical by Marc Bourbonnais

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FMX is an annual community-based conference where talents of the VFX industry converge in Stuttgart, Germany for a few days of talks, panels and networking. The event has grown substantially since its debut in 1994, attracting professionals from all over the world. The fmx/09 line-up is no exception, with top names appearing such as:

  • Chris Defaria, Executive Vice President Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects at Warner Bros.;
  • Eric Roth, Director of the Visual Effects Society (VES);
  • Chris Williams, director of Disney’s Bolt;
  • Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography for Lighting Wall-E;
  • Michael Faust, CG artist from the Oscar-nominated animated documentary Waltz with Bashir;
  • Steve Preeg and Jonathan Litt from Digital Domain on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button;
  • Jeff Okun, Visual Effects Supervisor on The Day the Earth Stood Still, Blood Diamond and The Last Samurai.


Modus FX - Autodesk Softimage Masterclass

We are proud to be part of the Autodesk Masterclass line-up at fmx/09, with a presentation on Softimage. Our own Mostafa Badran, 3D department Lead Technical Director will present some of our work on the French series Les Corbeaux, with a demonstration of Softimage best rigging principles on our fully operational crow used extensively in the series. See one of our 349 shots below, with live and CG crows sharing a car rooftop. You can check out more shots on our demo reel.

The session will explore a way of rigging a multi-purpose CG bird character and creating a specific toolset for the animation challenges that present themselves during the production for a multi-use digital crow to be used for close-ups, medium shots and long shots, as an individual, in small groups or crowds.

See you in Stuttgart, from May 05 to May 09 !

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