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Rodeo FX Builds An Aquarium And Desert Ruins For DC's Aquaman

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The VFX Team at Rodeo FX Created Both Complex Aquatic Life and Realistic Desert Ruins for the Acclaimed Superhero Epic

MONTREAL, Quebec - Jan. 2, 2019 - Rezul -- Working with a 120-person crew, Rodeo VFX Supervisor, and company President, Sebastien Moreau created two key scenes for DC's newly released underwater adventure, both of which are heavily featured in trailers for the film.

For the vibrant aquarium that young Arthur Curry visits at the beginning of the film, the Rodeo FX team made an intricate slice of ocean life look realistically varied and unpredictable using a large volume of simulations as well as algorithms for the fish behavior. Moreau and his team created hard and soft corals by developing a colonization growth system, along with procedural stem and tentacle generation tools to capture all the unique and complex details that would be seen on a real coral system.

Moreau also led the Rodeo FX artists in creating the environments for the Atlantis ruins below the desert. The artists used a lego-type approach to layer the environment with a large amount of sand, dust and rocks, all of which would realistically give way to the characters' interactions. From there, they sculpted ruined buildings, bridges, towers, statues and temples, which were then textured and shaded to add depth to the ruined city.

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"Creating these two scenes was a complex process, but I'm incredibly proud with how it turned out," Moreau said, looking back on his team's work. "I think we created the levels of dynamic detail needed to really carry the audience along Arthur Curry's journey."

Sebastien Moreau founded Rodeo FX in 2006 and is a VFX Supervisor with over twenty years of experience in film and television. His previous credits include Blade Runner: 2049, Silence, and The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.

About Rodeo FX

Rodeo FX (http://www.rodeofx.com) operates out of studios across Montreal, Quebec, Los Angeles and Munich. The team of 500 artists has been creating groundbreaking and award-winning visual imagery for feature films, television series and commercials since 2006. Three-time Emmy Award winner for their work on Game of Thrones, Rodeo FX's portfolio also includes Visual Effects Academy Award winner Blade Runner: 2049, Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp, Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

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