Project Overview

Hugo is a 2011 epic historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin Scorsese and adapted for the screen by John Logan.

Production Overview

Division: Los Angeles, Toronto, The Hype (Shanghai), Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Beijing

Team Size: 433 Artists

Director: Martin Scorsese

VFX Supervisor: Ben Grossmann

VFX Producer: Jonathan Stone


Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn’t work without a special key which Hugo needs to find to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets with a shopkeeper, George Melies, who works in the train station and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past.


– Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
– VES Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
– International 3D Society Award for Live Action 3D Feature/3D Moment of the Year for the Opening Scene/Stereography – Live Action
– Satellite Award 2012 for Best Visual Effects