‘Hugo’ to Lead Paris Animation Confab

Jaap Buitendijk

Parisfx will also honor George Melies as “the inventor of visual effects.”

PARIS - Hugo will head for another adventure in the City of Lights when Martin Scorsese’s latest title stars in animation and vfx showcase Parisfx that kicks off in the French capital on Wednesday.

The fifth edition of the two-day public and professional conference held at Paris’ Espace Pierre Cardin will play host to Gallic vfx heavyweights like Mac Guff, Pixomondo and Duran-Duboi.

Filmmaker George Melies will be honored as “the inventor of visual effects” during the event with a round table focusing on how the director’s influence continues to inspire movie production today. Parisfx will also celebrate Melies’ 150th birthday with a case study going behind the scenes of Scorsese’s 3D holiday hit.

Other case studies include recent titles like Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Black Gold, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.

Guests can have a “Conversation with …” Michel Gondry, who will talk about his career and respond to questions or a “Conversation with…” Liason Films’ Stephane Sperry, who will talk about his work on major films such as Tintin, Assault on Precinct 13 or upcoming titles Miserere and Madame T.

Parisfx, organized by the Ile de France film commission in partnership with Lariviere organization, will run from Dec. 14 – 15.

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