Sébastien Moreau started as an online editor in television productions over 20 years ago; moved to Image-Buzz in Montreal working on commercials and music videos. Moreau moved on to Discreet Logic with Autodesk's Flame application for several years, refining his craftsmanship in flame artistry before moving on to Hybride Technologies.
In 2000, Moreau went to Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) to work as a senior compositor. They were using Flame and Inferno in the compositing department. Following a very successful run at ILM, Moreau went to New Zealand’s Weta to work on Two Towers - Lord of the Rings
project in New Zealand. It was his love for his home, Montreal, that inspired Moreau’s decision to have a company of his own.
Rodeo FX is located in the Old Montreal. In addition to a respected body of feature film work, Rodeo FX is a VFX facility for commercial advertising. The company’s film history includes an array of over 40 major motion pictures. Sébastien Moreau founded Rodeo FX in 2006.
The first projects awarded to RodeoFX in the early days of the startup in Montreal was reliant on contacts in the VFX industry in the west of the continent. Tippett Studio needed a hand with a contract on Golden Compass
. This was a great start and spurred the small office on to further projects like the latest Indiana Jones
, nearly 300 shots in Source Code
and The Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D
. “We’ve been known from the start as compositors, so this is what we are specializing in,” explains Sebastien.
With references from Caravaggio, colors from Rembrandt and the stylized rendition of characters which reminds one of 300
, the Rodeo FX CEO agrees with the reaction to one of the studio’s latest prizes, with exceptions. “It’s always suggested that we push the look, so it is more convincing. Every shot has a matte painting behind it, each has the full elements, a big goal. When we went to LA to select the artists to come onboard, it was very much like a casting opportunity. At full tilt, there were 37 artists working on the show,” says Moreau.
There were other projects on the go at the same time at Rodeo FX. Commercial work, print work and a selection of TV work. The studio has a full studio license of NUKE for compositing, and Softimage and Maya for animation, and the Adobe Suite for everything else. “We had the entire workflow represented in the software department, for roto- to match moving, matte painting, textures for environments, modeling. Also, when there is collaboration with other studios, the Rodeo FX Montreal office is always connected using CineSync.”
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A non-exhaustive list of Rodeo FX projects over the last year or so include Mirror Mirror, Immortals, Twilight:Eclipse, Red Tails, Source Code, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Underworld: Awakening, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Gulliver’s Travels
, and many more.