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WATCH: Scott Stokdyk Talks ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ at FMX 2017

The overall VFX supervisor on Luc Besson’s upcoming epic sci-fi adventure discusses the film's challenges and his relationship with the director going back 20 years to 'The Fifth Element.' 

With FMX 2017 recently finished in Stuttgart, Germany, we’re pleased to present our latest set of exclusive interviews with some of the talented speakers who presented over the packed four-day conference, a group of top industry professionals who converge on the event to lecture, teach and network. Watch and enjoy our insightful and entertaining AWN – FMX 2017 Professional Spotlight video series featuring some of the biggest names in animation, visual effects, computer graphics and transmedia. Stay tuned as we add dozens of brand new interviews over the coming weeks.

Watch for all the new AWN - FMX 2017 interviews as they are posted on AWN's YouTube Channel, as well as the complete collection of AWN - FMX Professional Spotlight videos.

In this three-part interview, overall VFX supervisor Scott Stokdyk talks about working on the upcoming epic sci-fi adventure, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and his relationship with director Luc Besson that goes back more than 20 years to The Fifth Element. He discusses the main VFX studios he chose for the project, the director’s unique understanding and use of feature film VFX and the benefits of producing the film outside the big studio system.

He also talks about keeping up with constantly changing VFX production technology, the use of real-time rendering and on-set virtual production tools as well as the main challenges he faced on the film.

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