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Daniel Langlois


Daniel Langlois
Daniel Langlois was born in Québec, Canada in 1957 and is the founder of SOFTIMAGE, the Daniel Langlois Foundation, the Excentris media complex, the 357c, and of Media Principia.

Daniel Langlois founded SOFTIMAGE in 1986 and served as its President and Chief Technology Officer from its inception until July 1998; the company is recognized internationally in the fields of cinema and media creation for its advanced digital technologies and especially its 3D computer animation techniques. SOFTIMAGE software is used to create the dazzling 3D effects in many blockbuster movies such as Jurassic Park, Titanic, Men in Black, The Matrix, The fifth Element, Moulin Rouge, Happy Feet, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean as well as numerous 3D video games.

In 1992 SOFTIMAGE went public on the American stock market NASDAQ. Two years later, with the objective of expanding the access and availability of 3D computer animation technologies, Mr. Langlois negotiated a merger agreement between SOFTIMAGE and Microsoft which became a milestone that triggered a global consolidation of the computer graphics software industry. SOFTIMAGE was later acquired by Avid in 1998 which then sold the SOFTIMAGE 3D software division to Autodesk in 2008.

Daniel Langlois holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Design from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Before founding SOFTIMAGE, he worked for eight years as an Animation director for private companies and for the National Film Board of Canada, during which time he made significant contributions to the film industry and the field of computer graphics. He gained recognition worldwide as Co-Director of the groundbreaking computer animated film Tony de Peltrie (1985) and for his work on the first stereoscopic 3D computer animation in IMAX format, presented at Expo 86 in Vancouver.

Daniel Langlois has received many significant honors throughout his career. In 1994, Ernst & Young chose him as Canada’s National Entrepreneur of the Year. In 1997, he received a Scientific and Technical Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 1999, he was appointed Knight of the National Order of Québec and named Officer of the Order of Canada the following year during which he also was named Personnalité Arts-Affaires of the city of Montreal. In 2003, he was awarded the Octas Prize as a Great Pioneer in Information and Communications Technologies (ITC) for the integration of advanced digital technologies in film and media creation. More recently, he was named "Great Montrealer" by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal.

Daniel Langlois has received Honorary Doctorates from Université de Sherbrooke, McGill University, Concordia University, Université du Québec à Montréal and Ottawa University in recognition of his work in the fields of art, science and technology.

The Daniel Langlois Foundation is a private, philanthropic organization created in 1997. The purpose of the Foundation is to further artistic and scientific knowledge by fostering the meeting of art and science in the fields of technology. The Foundation seeks to nurture a critical awareness of technology’s implications for human beings and their natural and cultural environment as well as to explore the characteristic aesthetics of new human environments. The foundation has granted funding to numerous projects worldwide and the foundation website is considered one of the most important online resources regarding new media and digital art.

Excentris is a state-of-the-art multi-theaters and exhibition facility designed to evolve in accordance with the emergence of new artistic formats inspired by the appearance of new technologies. Conceived and built in Montreal, Canada by M. Langlois and inaugurated in 1999, it is an avant-garde complex dedicated to the support of independent creators and producers involved in experimenting with the new generation of cinematographic tools. Since 2011 the movie theaters and exposition hall of the Excentris complex are operated by the Cinema Parallèle, a non-profit organization which acquired the theaters with the help of government grants and a donation from the Daniel Langlois Foundation.

357c is a private, non-profit establishment located in the building that originally housed the Port of Montreal Commissary head office in 1876. The historic building was saved from imminent destruction by M. Langlois and magnificently renovated. It is now dedicated to the promotion of interaction between the business and cultural communities. Apart from its unique location and architecture, 357c offers its members refined gastronomic experiences and high quality services for business or casual meetings and special events. Cultural events, such as the Salons de la Commune, are organized throughout the year to provide members common grounds for cultural, intellectual and business exchanges.

Media Principia / Studio Ex-Centris is a digital film production company focused on producing films that draw on evolving digital production technologies. Media Principia Inc. has produced the first feature film shot entirely with digital high definition and distributed in movie theaters via satellite, entitled The Baroness and the Pig. Media Principia has also produced Robert Lepage’s Far Side of the Moon, Amelia by Édouard Lock and The Blue Butterfly by Lea Pool as well as generated the special effects in movies like Silk by François Girard and I’m Not There by Todd Haynes. /

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