Rodeo FX Wins Third Consecutive Emmy Award for Game of Thrones


Recipient of Outstanding Special Visual Effects Award for Season 6 “Battle of the Bastards”

Last Updated: September 13, 2016 1:03 am GMT
(Montreal, Canada--September 13, 2016) For the third consecutive year Rodeo FX has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects on HBO’s Game of Thrones. The VFX studio won the award for its work on “Battle of the Bastards”, the ninth and perhaps most memorable episode in Season 6.

Matthew Rouleau, CG supervisor at Rodeo FX, shared the award with HBO’s VFX supervisor, Joe Bauer, and VFX producer, Steve Kullback, among others. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held last Saturday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

“We are honoured to have our work on Game of Thrones recognized with an Emmy for the third time,” said Sébastien Moreau, president of Rodeo FX and VFX executive producer on Game of Thrones. “Each year the depth and quality of the visuals becomes greater, demanding that we up our game. Season 6 was our most challenging, and rewarding, season yet.”

A Fiery Epic Battle at Meereen
“Battle of the Bastards”, for which the studio won its Emmy, culminates in the attack on Meereen from a host of ships in the harbour. In addition to the fully CG city, Rodeo FX simulated flaming cannonballs catapulted into Meereen’s buildings, created CG smoke, particles, sails, water, and fire. Digital matte painting of the sky, mountains, and cliffs completed the scene. The studio’s expertise in crowd simulation was used for the sequence during which the Dothraki Horde rides into battle at the gates of the city and includes a CG decapitation.

“Episode nine really is spectacular,” Rouleau said. “It’s the realism of the battle scene that draws the viewer in, allowing them to suspend their understanding that this isn’t real.”

“Once again, I congratulate our team at Rodeo FX and thank them for their dedication to creating cinematic quality visual effects for this TV show,” added Moreau.

Game Of Thrones - Season 6 - VFX Breakdown from Rodeo FX on Vimeo.

About Rodeo FX
Founded in 2006, Rodeo FX has grown to over 325 accomplished artists and professionals with studios in Montreal, Los Angeles, and Quebec City. The company has delivered award-winning visual effects for nearly 80 feature films, including The Legend of Tarzan, Warcraft, the Oscar-nominated The Walk, the Academy Award®-winning Birdman, Unbroken, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The studio won VES awards for its visual effects work on Game of Thrones (2015) and Birdman (2015), as well as three Emmy Awards for its work on Game of Thrones (2014, 2015, 2016). Rodeo FX’s advertising division created an ad for Nike (2016) and the opening sequence for NBC’s NFL Super Bowl (2015). For more information, visit


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