November 16, 2018

Upgrading quality within a fast turnaround: “ICI Laflaque” gets an Unreal face-lift

By David Hurtubise

Vox Populi Productions, the team behind award-winning political satire show ICI Laflaque, is no stranger to breakneck speeds in production. The half-hour animated show, much of it newly produced each week based on recent news, has had a 7-day turnaround time for 15 years.


For the 2018-2019 season, the team decided to upgrade the show’s look with a transition to an Unreal Engine pipeline using Sequencer Editor for importing Camera Switcher data from MotionBuilder, changing material parameters or trigger events, and a host of other UE4 features. You can read all about the show’s switch to Unreal Engine in the new whitepaper ICI Laflaque: Broadcast quality within a tight timeline.

ICI Laflaque (translation: Here is Laflaque) centers around a Quebecois news show hosted by fictional character Gérard D Laflaque. The French-language show, which airs every week on the ICI Télé Radio-Canada network, hilariously comments on the news through both fictional and reality-based characters.
Singer Céline Dion takes an editorial stance

In the whitepaper, Montreal-based Vox Populi Productions details how they switched to Unreal Engine for the 2018-2019 season, which began in September.
Comparison of quality with original pipeline at left, Unreal Engine at right

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