Vancouver visual effects house played role in First Man winning an Oscar

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      Astronaut Neil Armstrong's first footstep on the moon in 1969 was an American triumph in science and technology.

      But the Oscar-winning cinematic version has a Vancouver connection.

      First Man, which starred Ryan Gosling as Armstrong, won the Oscar for visual effects.

      The supervisor, Paul Lambert, is with DNEG, which has nine offices around the world, including one in Vancouver.

      In his speech, Lambert praised "all my people at DNEG Vancouver" for their help in First Man winning the Academy Award. He shared the prize with Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and J.D. Schwalm.

      Watch DNEG's Paul Lambert's acceptance speech.

      On its website, DNEG stated that the team "used a unique blend of cutting-edge in-camera techniques".

      "These included special effects, scale models, and never-before-seen footage from NASA’s archives to realise this biopic about legendary American astronaut Neil Armstrong," the company stated. "One of DNEG’s VFX team’s biggest challenges was to create the most realistic and immersive in-camera FX with the help of the biggest LED screens ever built on a movie set."

      This video on the DNEG website shows some of the visual effects in First Man.

      Lambert also won the Oscar last year for Blade Runner 2049. Hunter won an Oscar in 2014 for his work on Interstellar.