Belgian animated films are on a roll!
Geoffrey Coppin has won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for the animated film "The Jungle Book".
Geoffrey Coppin, originally from Lessines, settled in London a few years ago to further his career as a computer graphics designer. Having worked on big-budget films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Ant-Man and The Dark Knight Rises, he now works for MPC (Moving Picture Company) and is responsible for a team of Lighters, who provide the lighting for 3D elements and ensure film sequences have the right atmosphere.
This year, he and his team won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for the animated film "The Jungle Book", and they were thrilled to win this recognition from the world of cinema. But the London-based company will not stop there, as Adam Valdez' team has already won an Oscar for "Life of Pi" and has been nominated for an Oscar eight times.
The animated films produced in full by Belgians include "A Town Called Panic" (2010) and "Panique tous courts" (2017), two short films produced by Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier, "A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures" and "The House of Magic" by Ben Stassen. And let's not forget Nicole Van Goethen, who won the Oscar for the Best Animated Short Film for "A Greek Tragedy" in 1985.
One thing is certain: Belgian animated cinema is set to thrive.