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January 18, 2007

VES Has Plenty to Show and Tell

-taken from VFXWorld.com

The Visual Effects Society (VES) hosted its annual Show and Tell on Jan. 13 at the Skirball Cultural Center, as nominees discussed the making of their projects.

Here are just a few highlights at the all-day event:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture

* PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST presenters John Knoll and Hal Hickel of ILM talked about the condensed schedule and raising the bar with nearly 20 more CG characters, including the villainous Davy Jones, and how they created the Imocap performance capture system for onset data capture.

* CHARLOTTE'S WEB presenters John Andrew Berton, John Dietz (Rising Sun Pictures) and Todd Labonte (Tippett Studio) discussed the challenges of bringing these computer-generated characters into a live-action world and were gratified to be recognized by the VES after being overlooked by the Academy.

Aruna, Do Tell! How was the VES show and tell!?!

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture

* BLOOD DIAMOND presenter Jeff Okun talked about how the phrase TIA (This is Africa), which is used throughout the movie, also applied to the vfx process. TIA meant that doing something "just now" could take anywhere from five minutes to all day, so it was a difficult shoot all around. He showed an illustrative breakdown of a scene that required military helicopters that were supplied by an African nation, but since they were brand new and shiny black, so they had to be dirtied.

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture

This was an all-ILM category...

* M:i:III presenter Richard Bluff showed a lot of footage about the scene in Shanghai. One of the fun facts was that since all lights are supposed to be out after 11:00 pm, the nighttime city scene required all the high rise buildings' lights to be painted back in.

* DEAD MAN'S CHEST presenter Susumu Yukuhiro told a bit about how Knoll shot his own lens flares because they couldn't create them digitally, even with Knoll's own software package that's commercially available.

* POSEIDON presenter Mohen Leo talked about ILM's collaboration with Stanford scientists on fluid dynamics and showed a great visual illustrating how Stanford's work was on fluid in a small cube, less than 1/100th the size they needed for POSEIDON.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

* Sears Tools ARBORETUM presenter Laurent Ledru showed a reel in which items such as flowers open in time lapse but then petals or stamens are actually tools from Sears. For instance, imagine the inside of a flower with all its intricacies being a bunch of electric drills.

Final voting for all categories will take place via an online view and vote between Jan. 22 and Feb. 6.

Winners will be announced at the 5th Annual VES Awards gala on Feb. 11 at the Kodak Grand Ballroom in Hollywood. Academy Award-winning visual effects pioneer Dennis Muren from Industrial Light & Magic will receive the VES Lifetime Achievement Award. A complete list of all the nominees for the 5th Annual Awards is available at www.visualeffectssociety.com.


Posted by dschnee at January 18, 2007 8:23 PM