April 17, 2023
Rocket Science VFX has won a Canadian Screen Award (CSA) for their work on David Cronenberg’s CRIMES OF THE FUTURE. Tom Turnbull, Executive VFX Supervisor, Peter McAuley, Production VFX Supervisor and Kayden Anderson, Production VFX Producer were lauded with the highest Achievement in Visual Effects presented at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television – 2023 The Cinematic Arts Awards Gala.

Peter McAuley, Production VFX Supervisor accepted the award and shared the team’s appreciation. “Wow, what an honor, I speak for the team here, to be recognized alongside such a distinguished group of nominees is truly special. Thank you to The Canadian Academy for recognizing our work. Thank you to Tom Turnbull, Kayden Anderson and Caitlin Foster, here with us tonight, and to the talented team at Rocket Science. Thank you to Robert Lantos, Aida Tannyan, everyone at Serendipity, and Steve Solomos for the opportunity to work on CRIMES OF THE FUTURE. And thank you to the master, David Cronenberg. Thank you for trusting in us to deliver your vision. It’s always a fun ride. We can’t wait to do it again.”

“We’re so proud of our team. Time and time again, their work elevates our client’s projects, both technically and creatively. It’s very gratifying to see our team recognized by our Industry peers for that achievement.” Anthony Paterson, CEO.

This is the fourth Canadian Screen Award for Rocket Science VFX, having picked up the prestigious recognition for their work on TERRY, SHATTERED CITY: THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION, and THE AVRO ARROW.

As the sole vendor on CRIMES OF THE FUTURE, the RSVFX team created a fully CG SARK model with medical instruments and mechanical arms, CG body doubles, CG wounds and gore, digital matte paintings for set and location extensions, along with additional compositing work.

Directed by body-horror auteur David Croneneberg (THE FLY, CRASH, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE), CRIMES OF THE FUTURE tells a futuristic story about how the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. Accompanied by his partner, Caprice (Léa Seydoux), celebrity performance artist Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortenson) showcases the metamorphosis of his organs. Meanwhile, a mysterious group tries to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.

Rocket Science is an Emmy nominated boutique visual effects studio collaborating with filmmakers to create stunning visual imagery utilizing artistry, science and technology. Located in Toronto, Canada, notable credits include Eric Kripke’s Emmy nominated superhero series THE BOYS (Amazon),Tim Burton’s streaming hit sensation WEDNESDAY (Netflix), the epic video game adaptation HALO (Paramount +), Steve Blackman’s THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY (Netflix) and the recently released POKER FACE (Peacock) from Rian Johnson. The multifaceted VFX studio also boasts features such as David Cronenberg’s CRIMES OF THE FUTURE, Noah Baumbach’s WHITE NOISE (Netflix) and Rachel Morrison’s soon to be released FLINT STRONG (MGM).

RSVFX is currently in production on Mike Flanagan’s Edgar Allan Poe adaptation THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (Netflix), the fourth season of THE BOYS and its upcoming spinoff GEN V for Amazon, and FREAKY TALES (eOne), written and directed by CAPTAIN MARVEL duo, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.