MELS’ team wins 3 Canadian Screen Awards for its work on Race
Montréal, March 12, 2017 – The MELS team is thrilled to have won three prestigious Canadian Screen Awards at the awards ceremony held tonight in Toronto. Race, the biopic directed by Stephen Hopkins and produced by Montrealers Louis-Philippe Rochon of Solofilms and Dominique Séguin of Trinica, picked up a total of 4 awards, including “Achievement in Visual Effects,” “Achievement in Sound Editing” and “Achievement in Overall Sound.” MELS, the studio behind the visual effects and sound for Race, is gratified by this honour.
The awards would not have been possible without the outstanding work of the entire MELS team and everyone involved. Credits go to Martin Lipmann, Cynthia Mourou, Jonathan Piché-Delorme, Frédéric Breault and Benoit Touchette for Achievement in Visual Effects; Pierre-Jules Audet, Jérôme Décarie, Michelle Cloutier, Stan Sakell, Jean-François Sauvé, Mathieu Beaudin, François Senneville, Luc Raymond, Jean-Philippe St-Laurent and Daniel Bisson for Achievement in Sound Editing; and Claude La Haye, Luc Boudrias, Pierre-Jules Audet, Daniel Bisson, Patrick Rioux and Nicolas Dallaire for Achievement in Overall Sound.
“I congratulate all the artists and producers who made this film such a success,” said Michel Trudel, President of MELS. “Their creativity and passion have helped put Québec movie professionals in the spotlight at the Canadian Screen Awards, which recognize the cream of the Canadian film industry.”
Shot in Montréal and Berlin, Race stars Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt and Carice van Houten. MELS’ team planned and supervised the filming of visual effects shot on sets in Québec and Germany. They oversaw all the VFX in the movie and produced most of them in-house.
MELS also salutes talented artist Stephan James who won Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Race.
A transatlantic effort
Race is a Québec-German coproduction released in 2016 in Canada and more than 30 other markets that grossed more than US$25 million at the box office worldwide. It is one of the few predominantly Québec coproductions to have been sold in most of the world at the preproduction stage and to have received wide theatrical release in the US, bringing the talent and expertise of Canadian artists and companies to a mass audience.
“We congratulate all the award-winners on this well-deserved recognition of their outstanding work,” said producers Louis-Philippe Rochon and Dominique Séguin. “We thank the members of the Academy. This truly is the best reward. It will embolden us to produce differently and inspire us to dream big.”
Race tells the story of one of the greatest athletes of modern times, the American sprinter Jesse Owens, who made history and delivered a slap in the face to the Nazi regime by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.