These days, big box office means big FX. Your typical Hollywood blockbuster just isn’t complete without heavy doses of mind-altering computer-generated gimmickry. But that mega movie might never have seen the light of day had it not been for our man, Daniel Langlois. In fact, you could say it’s thanks to him that we have all those hyperrealistic landscapes, hordes of cloned creatures and optical illusions so dear to Hollywood. Daniel Langlois has changed the way you watch a movie, for better or for worse.
Here he is in his Montreal “lab,” testing his latest brainstorm, cellphone in one hand, laptop in the other. Langlois is always on the move, always juggling projects, full speed ahead. Admirers (and they are legion) say there is no limit to his imagination. Sure, he’s a taskmaster, but that’s only because of his need for total control, which perhaps explains why his personal life remains a closely guarded secret. Our man is evasive and reticent, except when it comes to his professional work.