Rodeo FX received an Emmy Award for its contribution to the visual effects on Game of Thrones. Acting as one of the main VFX vendors on the series, the Montreal-based company created a total of 150 visual effects shots for the 4th season of HBO‘s series.
A team of more than a hundred artists, project managers and technicians worked for six months on the visual effects that earned Rodeo FX the statuette. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held at Nokia Theatre in L.A. last week.
“This award confirms that Montreal is one of the top players in the visual effects industry,” said Sébastien Moreau, president of Rodeo FX and executive VFX supervisor on the show. According to Moreau, the strategic and economic measures that were put in place in the province of Québec over the past few years explain today’s success on the world stage. “The tax credits offered by the government represent a great incentive for producers to bring work here,” Moreau explained. “We also have specialized schools where students acquire a very thorough knowledge of visual effects. Some of our most talented and experienced artists come from Centre NAD and Cégep de Jonquière. These schools have developed a curriculum that really responds to the industry’s needs.”
Leading Rodeo’s team on Game of Thrones, VFX supervisor Matthew Rouleau is the one who got his name engraved on the trophy. He has nothing but praise for his colleagues who, once again, pushed the limits of their art. “There was such a contagious desire to perform and deliver beyond-stunning visual effects,” said Rouleau. “The artists really put all their talent and their heart into the work. This is why we now have this amazing statuette decorating our office.”
Rodeo FX also recognized the exceptional work of HBO’s VFX supervisor Joe Bauer and VFX producer Steve Kullback, whose contributions resulted in a third Emmy Award in a row for the visual effects of Game of Thrones.
Rodeo FX’s contribution to the 4th season of the series was considerable. In addition to creating the city of Meereen, the largest and greatest of the three great city-states of Slaver’s Bay, Rodeo FX was responsible for generating the CG army that attacks it. The Montreal studio also designed a series of CG environments, as well as creating a zombie-horse, modeling and animating a cavalry of thousands of horsemen, simulating atmospheric effects, contributing to numerous sequences of wolves and much more.
“Although there can only be one name on the trophy, this prize is the result of an incredible team effort and a lot of people deserve to have their name on the award,” said Moreau. “Matthew did an amazing job leading the team, and he was surrounded by a great squad: producer Isabelle Langlois, executive producer Jordan Soles, project manager Annie Cliche and compositing supervisor Patrick David. These guys did an incredible job, and so did the entire Rodeo FX team.”