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February 25, 2007

Oscar Booty for Dead Man's Chest

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and Allen Hall

Check out all the winners below:
http://oscar.com/oscarnight/winners/

Complete list of winners at the 79th annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles:

Best Motion Picture: ''The Departed''

Lead Actor: Forest Whitaker, ''The Last King of Scotland''

Lead Actress: Helen Mirren, ''The Queen''

Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, ''Little Miss Sunshine''

Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, ''Dreamgirls''

Directing: Martin Scorsese, ''The Departed''

Foreign Language Film: ''The Lives of Others,'' Germany

Adapted Screenplay: William Monahan, ''The Departed''

Original Screenplay: Michael Arndt, ''Little Miss Sunshine''

Animated Feature Film: ''Happy Feet''

Art Direction: ''Pan's Labyrinth''

Cinematography: ''Pan's Labyrinth''

Sound Mixing: ''Dreamgirls''

Sound Editing: ''Letters From Iwo Jima''

Original Score: ''Babel,'' Gustavo Santaolalla

Original Song: ''I Need to Wake Up'' from ''An Inconvenient Truth,'' Melissa Etheridge

Costume: ''Marie Antoinette''

Documentary Feature: ''An Inconvenient Truth''

Documentary Short Subject: ''The Blood of Yingzhou District''

Film Editing: ''The Departed''

Makeup: ''Pan's Labyrinth''

Animated Short Film: ''The Danish Poet''

Live Action Short Film: ''West Bank Story''

Visual Effects: ''Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest''

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Jean Hersholt Award (Oscar statuette): Sherry Lansing.

Honorary Academy Award (Oscar statuette): Ennio Morricone.

Posted by dschnee at 4:27 PM

February 11, 2007

VES Announces 2006 Winners

5thAnnualVESawards.jpgLos Angeles, February 11, 2007 – The VES Awards were given out tonight during the Visual Effects Society's (VES) fifth annual gala event at the Kodak Grand Ballroom. This year's event, garnering the best attendance for these events so far, attracted more than eight hundred celebrities, visual effects and animation artists, dozens of nominees and members of the film, television and games industries.

"There was some amazing 'snap, crackle and pop' effects work on display last night," said Eric Roth, Executive Director of the VES. "This past year -- with technological and artistic advances aplenty -- the 'did you see that?' bar was set higher than ever and this year's crop of visual effects winners cleared it with room to spare." For a complete list of winners click here.

Congrats to Aruna and his work on the outstanding supporting VFX in Flags of Our Fathers!

Also, Congrats to Dan Lemmon, Eileen Moran, Paul Story, Lyse Beck, Laure Lacroix, and the other folks at Weta for Travelers Snowball spot! (won for Outstanding VFX in a Commercial and Outstanding Compositing in a Commercial)

Templeton was Robbed!!!

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
John Knoll, Jill Brooks, Hal Hickel, Charlie Gibson

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
Michael Owens, Matthew Butler, Bryan Grill, Julian Levi

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special
NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES – BATTLEGROUND
Eric Grenaudier, Sam Nicholson, Mark Spatny, Adalberto Lopez

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - Episode 303b “Exodus”
Gary Hutzel, Michael Gibson, Alec McClymont, Brenda Campbell

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
ER - Scoop and Run
Sam Nicholson, Scott Ramsey, Adam Ealovega, Anthony Ocampo

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
Travelers - SNOWBALL
Dan Lemmon, Eileen Moran, R. Christopher White, Paul Story

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Music Video
U2 and Green Day - THE SAINTS ARE COMING
Matt Winkel, Ben Looram, Wayne England, Graham Fyffe

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST – Flying Dutchman Sequence
John Knoll, Ned Gorman, Jakub Pistecky, Tom Fejes

Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video Game
FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 3 for PS3
Christopher Sjoholm, Kat Kelly Hayduk, Rob Hilson, Celia Jepson

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
ROVING MARS
Alan Markowitz, Dan Maas, Jeremy Nicolaides, Johnathan Banta

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST – Davy Jones
Steve Walton, Jung-Seung Hong, Marc Chu, James Tooley

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture
CARS - Mater
Larry The Cable Guy, Mike Krummhoefener, Tom Sanocki, Nancy Kat0

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program, Commercial or Music Video
Geico - CHAT
David Hulin, Seth Gollub, Andy Walker, Jenny Bichsel

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
Chris Stoski, Susumu Yukuhiro, Jack Mongovan, Greg Salter

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program, Commercial or Music Video
ELISABETH - Episode 1
Dave Bowman, Jimmy Kidell, Russell Horth, Gurel Mehmet

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
Bruce Holcomb, Ron Woodall, Charlie Bailey, Carl Miller

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Broadcast Program
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - Season 2, Episode 218 "Resurrection Ship, Part 2"
Steve Graves, Jose Perez, Mark Shimer, Chris Zapara

Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
Eddie Pasquarello, Francois Lambert, Jeff Sutherland, Tory Mercer

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program, Commercial or Music Video
Travelers - SNOWBALL
Laure Lacroix, Lyse Beck, Steve McGillen, Matt Holland

Outstanding Special Effects in a Motion Picture
CASINO ROYALE
Chris Corbould, Peter Notley, Ian Lowe, Roy Quinn

Posted by dschnee at 6:44 AM

February 2, 2007

Tippett Studio At The Superbowl

This was before my time at Tippett Studio, but we are still using that fantastic fur tool that helped create Carl and Ray for the blockbuster spots! Look for a spot called "Mouse Click" during the Super Bowl this year!

Loveable Pets 'Carl And Ray' Return for Blockbuster Total Access Super Bowl Commercial

"Animation was handled by Tippett Studio, credited for similar work in films including "Charlotte's Web" and "Pirates of the Caribbean." Campaign director Steve "Spaz" Williams also supervised special effects for Industrial Light and Magic on such films as "Jurassic Park" and "The Mask."

DALLAS, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI)(NYSE: BBI.B), a leading global provider of in-home entertainment, will bring back the loveable computer-generated rabbit "Carl" and his guinea pig buddy, "Ray," for a new commercial airing during Super Bowl XLI on CBS.

During the game, Blockbuster will air a new 30-second television commercial to raise awareness for BLOCKBUSTER Total Access, the only service that combines the best of both worlds - online and in-store DVD rentals.

"We're celebrating the early success of BLOCKBUSTER Total Access which we believe is the best movie rental offering in the marketplace by bringing back two popular characters, Carl and Ray, for America's biggest sporting event," said Margaret Landis, vice president, consumer communications for Blockbuster.

Links://
-Carl & Ray campaign Spots on Tippett's website
-Blockbuster 'Carl & Ray' Press Release
-Blockbuster Video / Siggraph 2002 (I think mouse click is at the end...:)

From November 1 through the end of December, more than 700,000 new members signed up for BLOCKBUSTER Total Access.

The original "Pet Shop" television campaign and the newest commercial, dubbed "Mouse Click," were created for Blockbuster by Doner. "Mouse Click" features three fully-rendered, three-dimensional, 100 percent computer- generated animals a rabbit named Carl, a guinea pig named Ray and a new sidekick simply named "mouse." The spot features the voices of James Woods (Carl), Jim Belushi (Ray) and Bob Goldthwait as the mouse, as well as a closing voiceover from Alec Baldwin. Animation was handled by Tippett Studio, credited for similar work in films including "Charlotte's Web" and "Pirates of the Caribbean." Campaign director Steve "Spaz" Williams also supervised special effects for Industrial Light and Magic on such films as "Jurassic Park" and "The Mask."

When Carl and Ray made their commercial debut during the 2002 Super Bowl, they scored the fifth-highest recall among consumers according to research from Ipsos-Reid Express Omnibus. The spot also ranked in the top 10 in popularity in USA Today's annual "Ad Meter" poll, and the campaign went on to win four CLIO Awards.

Posted by dschnee at 10:05 PM