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/