Thursday, March 8, 2018

Remember Officer Clemmons singing on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood?

As we celebrate the life and career of Mister Rogers on Mountain Lake PBS this week, with airings of "Mister Rogers:  It's You I Like," we've uncovered this gem from the Mountain Lake PBS archives.  Producer Paul Larson interviewed Francois Clemmons at Middlebury College, where the artist in residence would entertain with opera and spiritual songs. Clemmons retired in 2013. 

This archival segment from “Art Express” was produced in 2004.  “Mister Rogers:  It’s You I Like” airs on Mountain Lake PBS this Saturday, March 10 at 10am, and Sunday, March 11 at 6:30pm.

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OSCAR WORTHY WORK from a Montreal Company 

Employees of a Montreal company are celebrating this week, after their work on a film paid off at the 90th Academy Awards March 4th.
Last week, Paul Larson took you inside the headquarters of Rodeo FX, the Montreal-based visual effects company.   For the first time in its eleven-year history, Rodeo FX worked on three of the films nominated for Best Visual Effects:  "Star Wars:  The Last Jedi," "Kong: Skull Island," and "Blade Runner 2049." Much to the delight of Rodeo FX president Sébastien Moreau and his team, one of these films won the Academy Award for Visual Effects.

See the Oscar moment here:

As the video shows, Visual Effects Supervisor John Nelson thanked Rodeo Art Director Deak Ferrand, and the entire Rodeo FX team.  Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Hoover also gave a nod to Rodeo FX and other Montreal companies who worked on the film. 

Rodeo FX has contributed its talents to several Oscar-winning films.  This marks the second time the company has worked on a film that won the Academy Award specifically for Best Visual Effects.

Enjoy Paul Larson's preview story, featuring Visual Effects Producer Adam O'Brien Locke, and Rodeo FX President Sébastien Moreau, here:

Sunday, March 4, 2018

OSCAR NIGHT: It's personal for an effects company in Montreal

Producer Paul Larson of Mountain Lake PBS and Visual Effects Producer Adam O'Brien Locke of Rodeo FX.

For the first time in its eleven-year history, the visual effects company Rodeo FX in Montreal worked on three of the films nominated for "Best Visual Effects" in the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, honoring films released in the year 2017.   Paul Larson met with Visual Effects Producer Adam O'Brien Locke, and Rodeo FX President Sébastien Moreau to discuss their company and the nominated films.

Enjoy the full story here:

View bonus interview footage about the origins of Rodeo FX here: