EXCLUSIVE: Primetime Emmy award-winning VFX expert Sophie Leclerc is returning to France after more than two decades in L.A. to co-head Rodeo FX’s new Paris office in the role of executive producer.
She will join VFX expert Franck Lambertz whose arrival at the new European studio in the role of VFX Supervisor and Head was announced last week.
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Montreal-based creative company Rodeo FX – known for its visual effects work on Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and John Wick: Chapter 4 – opened the Paris office in 2023.
The company said Leclerc will jointly lead the new company overseeing all aspects of production, with the aim of creating a dynamic presence in Europe and participating in innovative film projects that push the boundaries of visual creativity.
Leclerc began her career in the U.S. when she pursued her studies in film and obtained a Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco.
Initially co-producing and directing documentary films, she found her calling in the visual effects field in 1999, when she joined Tippett Studios as Art Department Manager, before becoming a Bidding and Plate Producer.
She subsequently became a freelance visual effects producer in Los Angeles where, over the past 20 years, she has worked for major studios, including giants like Universal Studios, Warner Bros, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Europacorp and Newline.
Her visual effects producer portfolio includes projects like The Brothers Grimm, The A-Team, Finch and recently The Nun II.
A pivotal moment in her career includes collaborating on projects by French director and producer Luc Besson on blockbuster Lucy and ambitious sci-fi adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Sophie back to France as our Paris office expands. Her knowledge, talent and incredible energy are exactly what Rodeo needs to conquer the European landscape,” said Rodeo FX founder and CEO Sébastien Moreau.
Paris marks the fifth studio opening for Rodeo FX since its launch in 2006 after Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Los Angeles.
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