Daniel Langlois

Daniel Langlois, animator, producer (b at Jonquière 6 Apr 1957).

Daniel Langlois

Daniel Langlois, animator, producer (b at Jonquière 6 Apr 1957). He joined the NATIONAL FILM BOARD's animation studio in 1980. Encouraged by René JODOIN, he took an interest in computer-assisted animation as of 1974. For five years, he carried out subordinate tasks while at the same time working on producing the film Tony de Peltrie (co-dir. Philippe Bergeron, Pierre Lachapelle and Pierre Robidoux, 1985), a classic in computer animation. In 1986, he created Softimage, a company that develops 3D computer animation software. He takes charge of film sequences as in Transitions (Colin LOW, Tony Ianzelo, 1986), the first 3D animated film in IMAX format. His software programs were so sophisticated and effective that he was involved in many Hollywood blockbusters, and Softimage became the industry standard. It was purchased by Microsoft at a price that enabled Langlois to create the foundation that bears his name; establish Ex-Centris, a state-of-the-art facility for integrating film with new technology; preside over the Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media and create a foundation that supports innovative media arts as related to aesthetics and technology. In 1999, he produced The Baroness and the Pig (Michael McKenzie), a work entirely in digital high definition. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000.