+ Mr. X, one of Canada’s leading post houses, created visual effects for director Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, which opens in theatres Aug. 28. Based on Elliot Tiber’s autobiographical book, the film is a coming-of-age story set in the social upheaval of 1969. The narrative follows the progress of a young man returning home to help out at his parents’ motel in upstate New York. There he becomes involved in organizing the seminal Woodstock concert. Mr X completed visual effects for the film, including faithful recreations of the concert venue as it takes shape, and a visually stunning 10-minute acid trip sequence. VFX supervisor Brendan Taylor led a team of 45 artists at the Mr. X facilities in Toronto and Montreal over a period of eight months, delivering 138 shots on the project. Previously, Taylor had collaborated with Ang Lee on Lust, Caution for a series of detailed shots recreating WWII-era Hong Kong and Shanghai. The work was completed at Mr. X in 2007. “I do a lot of research for sequences like these. I want to find out everything I can about the time and place. Getting the details right does a huge amount to set the mood for a film,” explained Taylor. Focus Features’ Taking Woodstock directed by Ang Lee, stars Demitri Martin, Dan Fogler and Jonathan Groff. Taking Woodstock opens in theatres August 28. Along with the facility’s work on Taking Woodstock, Mr. X provided visual effects on Ang Lee’s previous film, Lust, Caution, and recently completed work for Fast and Furious. Currently, the facility has a full slate of productions, including Amelia, which is scheduled for release October 23. For information visit www.mrxfx.com.
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