Special presentation of Luc Besson's "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets."
Valerian and The CIty oif a Thousand Planets is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of "The Professional", "The Fifth Element" and "Lucy", based on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers, and filmmakers.
Production VFX Supervisor Scott Stokdyk will introduce the film, and give the background to it and it's concept design & artistic relationship to the "Fifth Element".
Martin Hill (Weta Digital), Philippe Rebours (Industrial Light & Magic) ,and Francois Dumoulin (Rodeo FX) will share some the VFX they have been working on for the last year and how it will come together in the final epic space adventure. This early sneak peek will showcase the designs and development of the creatutres and environments that will make up the universe of "Valerian"
Scott Stokdyk, production Visual Effects Supervisor on Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, is an Academy Award® winner and three-time Oscar® nominee. He has also been nominated for British Academy Awards and Visual Effects Society Awards.
For almost a decade, Stokdyk worked with director Sam Raimi on all three of the Spider-Man movies, winning the Academy Award® for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for Spider-Man 2. Between the Spider-Man films and Oz the Great and Powerful, Stokdyk supervised the visual effects for Disney’s G-Force.
Previous to being a Visual Effects Supervisor, Scott worked as Digital Effects Supervisor on Hollow Man, and as CG Supervisor on both Godzilla and Stuart Little. Stokdyk also worked as a Digital Artist on Contact, Starship Troopers, Titanic, Universal Studios' Terminator 2 3D attraction, and on Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element.
Martin joined Weta Digital in 2004 for King Kong, working on the look development for Kong.
He moved on to Shaders Supervisor, overseeing the look/dev of the digital assets on several films, including The Adventures of Tintin. On Avatar, he co-developed the global illumination lighting /spherical harmonic pipelines and served as the Head of Shaders.
As Visual Effects Supervisor, Martin has worked on several films including Prometheus, The Wolverine and Furious 7 (where he led the team in creating a digital Paul Walker to help finish the film). Martin was nominated for an Academy Award® for Visual Effects on Prometheus and received an Academy® Technical Achievement Award for the creation of the spherical harmonics-based efficient lighting system. Martin is currently supervising Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Weta Digital is one of the world’s premier visual effects companies. Led by Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri, Weta Digital is known for uncompromising creativity and a commitment to developing innovative technology. Ground-breaking performance-driven animated characters like Gollum, Kong, Neytiri, and Caesar are widely regarded as some of the best digital characters ever put on screen. Weta's development of the revolutionary virtual production workflow for Avatar firmly integrated these digital techniques into modern filmmaking. They have been now been used on a dozen films at Weta alone, including The Hobbit and The Planet of the Apes trilogies.
Weta Digital has six visual effects Oscars® and six visual effects BAFTAs to its credit including the 2017 win forThe Jungle Book, and is currently finishing work on War for the Planet of the Apes, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Philippe Rebours joined the Industrial Light & Magic commercial division as a technical director in 1998. He soon transitioned over to feature production where he worked as a CG supervisor on projects such as Star Wars: Episode II “Attack of the Clones,” Iron Man, and Avatar. He later became Associate Visual Effects Supervisor on Noah, and Visual Effects Supervisor on Avengers: Age of Ultron.
As a Visual Effects Supervisor at ILM Vancouver, Rebours collaborates with the director to insure the filmmaker’s vision is achieved. He is responsible for leading the show supervisors and guiding the overall crew regarding how to best achieve the desired effect and overall aesthetic while working within schedule and budget parameters.
Born and raised in France, Rebours received the equivalent of a Master of Science degree in Engineering, with a focus in Computer Science from L'ecole Centrale de Lyon in France. Upon graduation, he worked at BUF Compagnie in Paris, known for their work on Batman and Robin, and City of Lost Children, where he designed software for commercials, music videos, and feature production.
For the past 20 years, François Dumoulin has been playing in the VFX industry all around the globe. He started his career in France as a Flame compositing artist, and later acted as director for short films, music videos and commercials.
As a founding member of La Maison, Paris-based high-end visual effects boutique, Francois worked on various films, including The Man Without a Head (Prix du jury, Best short Cannes 2003, César 2004), Les Enfants de Timpelbach, Upside Down and television series Dreamkeeper (Emmy 2004).
A key member of Rodeo FX since 2012, François Dumoulin has worked on projects such as Pacific Rim, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Fantastic Four. He was VFX Supervisor on Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea (2016 VES Awards nomination), David Yates’ The Legend of Tarzan, and Lucy by Luc Besson. Just recently, François collaborated once again with French director Besson, successfully completing the VFX supervision of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – from previz and on-set supervision to final delivery.
Rodeo FX is renowned for its groundbreaking and award winning visual imagery for Feature Films, Television Series and Commercials. Our state of the art facilities in Montreal, Quebec and Los Angeles house a collective of world-class VFX artists who combine their talents, imagination and technological innovation to create outstanding Visual Effects.
Founded by Sébastien Moreau in 2006, Rodeo FX is the largest independent visual effects studio in Canada. The VFX work we produce shines on the international scene. Filmography highlights include: Birdman (Oscar Best Picture 2015), Deadpool, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Fast and Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious, Incendies, Enemy and Arrival among others.
A longtime VFX contributor to the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, Rodeo FX received three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Visual Effects and recently won three VES Awards for its work on the popular series.