Mr. Nobody at the Sitges 09 Film Festival

Posted on October 1st, 2009 in Movies by Marc Bourbonnais


Mr. Nobody is continuing its tour of international festivals, this time at Sitges 09, the 42nd Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantastic de Catalunya. The film is part of the official competition with 21 other productions, with styles ranging from horror, fantasy and sci-fi. An impressive list of movies from all over the world.

The festival is happening from October 1 to 12 in Sitges, Spain.

Modus FX creates digital worlds for Mr. Nobody, winner of the Osella for Best Technical Contribution at the 66th Mostra in Venice

Posted on September 13th, 2009 in Software, The Company, Working in CG, Movies by Marc Bourbonnais


Sylvie Olivé, Production Designer on Mr. Nobody receiving the Golden Osella for Best Technical Contribution

Today, Modus FX announces having delivered 121 digital visual effects shots for the feature film Mr. Nobody, recipient of the Golden Osella for Best Technical Contribution at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. The film was produced by Pan-Europeenne, co-produced by Integral Film, Lago Film, Christal Films Productions and Toto & Co. Films, directed by Jaco Van Dormael, with visual effects supervision by Louis Morin. The film is also an Official Selection at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.

Despite recent slow-downs in the film industry, Quebec’s expertise in digital-effects production holds strong. All 500 visual effects shots for this sci-fi fantasy movie were produced in Quebec by Quebec companies. Modus FX was entrusted with complex sequences which could not be captured on film, involving the digital reproduction of entire cities, villages and other-worldly settings. Modus also worked on several complex transitions between the different worlds and multiple lives of Nemo Nobody.

Modus’ post-production contributions involved 37 digital artists and technicians across a six-month period. A long list of software, including Autodesk’s Softimage and Maya, Side Effects’ Houdini and The Foundry’s Nuke, and the creation of a multitude of innovative in-house tools, programs and techniques was required for the 121 shots delivered.

Co-founded by VFX industry veterans Yanick Wilisky and Marc Bourbonnais, Modus FX offers a full range of digital production services for film, television and new media. Boasting a 12,000 square-foot studio to house its team of seasoned artists, Modus FX has quickly become an industry leader, working on high-profile projects for clients and distributors such as Sony Pictures, TF1, Discovery Channel, Warner Bros. Interactive, BBC-1, and The History Channel.

Mr. Nobody, Official Competition at 66th Venice International Film Festival

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


The full line up of the 66th Venice International Film Festival is up, and Mr Nobody (121 VFX shots by Modus) is in the “Venezia 66” official competition! Congrats to all our colleagues who worked on the production and digital effects.

The 66th Venice International Film Festival is organized by the Venice Biennale and will run 2nd to 12th September 2009 at Venice Lido.

Mr. Nobody Original trailer

Posted on May 27th, 2009 in Movies by Marc Bourbonnais

Thanks to Philip, here is the original English trailer for Mr. Nobody. Still low rez, but certainly transcends the beauty and finesse of the film. Some VFX are seen in the trailer, but fortunately the majority of the work is kept for the big screen!

Mr. Nobody trailer

Here is also the direct link :

Mr. Nobody trailer

Posted on May 24th, 2009 in Movies by Marc Bourbonnais

A trailer for the feature film Mr Nobody just appeared on the Web! Not very good quality, and dubbed in French. The movie is in English so a new version might appear soon.


Mr Nobody : Not at Cannes

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


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