January 19, 2009

7th Annual VES Awards - Nominations List

Tippett Studio received 2 VES Nods this year:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
CLOVERFIELD
Kevin Blank, Chantal Feghali, Michael Ellis, Eric Leven

AWESOME!

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture
THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES - Hogsqueal
Todd Labonte, Michael Brunet, Nathan Fredenburg, Aharon Bourland

Niiice.

We also sent a submission in for Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture for Cloverfield, and I was on that list/team for it, but the compositing work we did on Cloverfield must not have impressed enough folks this time around... :(

Congrats once again to Phil Tippett as he's to receive the VES George Melies Award.

Lastly, I'm pretty excited because I get to vote this year now that I'm a member of the VES... :p

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Los Angeles, January 19, 2009 - VES today announced the nominees for the 7th Annual VES Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects in over a dozen categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Nominees were chosen Saturday, January 17, 2009 by numerous panels of VES members who viewed submissions at the FotoKem screening facilities in Burbank.

The nominees for the 7th Annual VES Awards are:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN
Wendy Rogers, Dean Wright, Andrew Fowler, Greg Butler

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Eric Barba, Edson Williams, Nathan McGuinness, Lisa Beroud

HELLBOY II THE GOLDEN ARMY
Michael J. Wassel, Lucy Killick, Adrian de Wet, Eamonn Butler

CLOVERFIELD
Kevin Blank, Chantal Feghali, Michael Ellis, Eric Leven

IRON MAN
Ben Snow, Hal Hickel, Victoria Alonso, John Nelson

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture

CHANGELING
Michael Owens, Geoffrey Hancock, Jinnie Pak, Dennis Hoffman

EAGLE EYE
Jim Rygiel, Jim Berney, Crys Forsyth-Smith, David Smith

VALKYRIE
Richard R. Hoover, Maricel Pagulayan, Peter Nofz, Daniel Eaton

NIM'S ISLAND
Camille Cellucci, Scott Gordon, Fred Pienkos, James Straus

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
Mark Russell, Richard Friedlander, Eric Robertson, Brett Miller

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Motion Picture

BOLT - The Chase
Chris Williams, Byron Howard, John Murrah, Doug Bennett

KUNG FU PANDA - Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting - The Animation of Kung Fu Panda
Markus Manninen, Dan Wagner, Alex Parkinson, Raymond Zibach

A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH - Piella's Mansion
Nick Park, Steve Pegram, Dave Alex Riddett, David McCormick

WALL-E
Andrew Stanton, Jim Morris, Lindsey Collins, Nigel Hardwidge

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special

DOCTOR WHO - "The Next Doctor" - Cyber King
Dave Houghton, Marie Jones, Matt McKinney, Murray Barber

GENERATION KILL - "Episode 2"
Adam McInnes, Anthony Bluff, Stephane Paris, David Sewell

JOHN ADAMS - "Join or Die"
Steve Kullback, Erik Henry, Robert Stromberg, Jeff Goldman

KNIGHT RIDER - "Prometheus"
Sam Nicholson, Scott Ramsey, Chris Martin, Mike Enriquez

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Season Four - BSG Space Battle
Gary Hutzel, Michael Gibson, Doug Drexler, Kyle Toucher

SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES - "Episode 108"
James Lima, Raoul Bolognini, Andrew Orloff, Steve Meyer

GHOST WHISPERER - "Ghost in the Machine"
Armen Kevorkian, Arthur J. Codron, Matt Scharf, Stefan Brederock

HEROES - "The Second Coming"
Eric Grenaudier, Mark Spatny, Diego Galtieri, Michael Cook

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program

FRINGE - Episode 101 - "Pilot"
Kevin Blank, Jay Worth, Andrew Orloff, Barbara Genicoff

JERICHO - Episode 7 - "Patriots and Tyrants"
Andrew Orloff, Blyth Dalton, Chris Jones, MIchael Cliett

LIFE - "Frozen Solid"
Max Ivins, Jenny Foster, Danny Kim, Shawn Lipowski

PUSHING DAISIES - "The Legend of Merle McQuoddy"
William Powloski, Elizabeth Castro, Melanie Tucker, Eric Chauvin

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year

CLOVERFIELD - Statue of Liberty Crash and Woolworth Tower Collapse
Michael Ellis, Chantal Feghali, David Vickery, Ben Taylor

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Benjamin's Secret
Eric Barba, Lisa Beroud, Steve Preeg, Jonathan Litt

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL - Newborn Klaatu
Jeffrey A. Okun, R. Christopher White, Thomas M. Boland, Ben Thompson

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL - Valley Destruction
Stephanie Hornish, Pablo Helman, Jeff White, Craig Hammack

IRON MAN
Ben Snow, Wayne Billheimer, Victoria Alonso, John Nelson

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

Bacardi - SUNDANCE
Alex Thiesen, Nikos Kalaitzidis, Jay Barton, Zsolt Kalaitzidis

Coke - IT'S MINE
Angus Kneale, Asher Edwards, Ben Smith, Dan Williams

FedEx - PIGEON
Satoko Iinuma, Murray Butler, David Hulin, Spencer Lueders

Monster - STORK - Stork
William Bartlett, Helen Stanley, Dan Seddon, David Mellor

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

GRAND CANYON ADVENTURE: RIVER AT RISK - Main Title Sequence
Mark Freund, Alan Markowitz, Lee Nelson, Josh Mossotti

U2 3D - Selected Shots
Peter Anderson, Jon Shapiro, David Franks, Jeremy Nicolaides

Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video Game

CRYSIS WARHEAD
Zoltan Pocza, Gabor Mogyorosi, Tamas Schlagl

DEAD SPACE
Ian Milham, Ben Wanat, Christopher Stone

NEED FOR SPEED UNDERCOVER - Xbox 360
Henry LaBounta, Steve Barcia, Dave Taylor, Carl Jarrett

Outstanding Pre-Rendered Visuals in a Video Game

COMMAND AND CONQUER - RED ALERT 3 - Chrono-Lab, Empire and Allied Scenes
Richard Taylor, Benjamin Hopkins, KaTai Tang, Mical Pedriana

NEED FOR SPEED UNDERCOVER - Cinematics
Henry LaBounta, Steve Barcia, Dave Taylor, Mark Raham

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WRATH OF THE LICH KING - Intro Cinematic
Jeff Chamberlain, Phillip Hillenbrand

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Benjamin Button
Steve Preeg, Matthias Wittmann, Tom St. Amand, David McLean

HELLBOY II THE GOLDEN ARMY - Elemental Sequence
Colin McEvoy, Christoph Ammann

IRON MAN
Hal Hickel, Bruce Holcomb, James Tooley, John Walker

THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES - Hogsqueal
Todd Labonte, Michael Brunet, Nathan Fredenburg, Aharon Bourland

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture

BOLT - Various Sequences - Bolt
Becky Bresee, Bob Davies, Renato Dos Anjos, Wayne Unten Jr.

BOLT - Various Sequences - Rhino
Adam Dykstra, Dave Gottlieb, Clay Kaytis, Hyrum Osmond

KUNG FU PANDA - This Kung Fu Stuff is Hard Work - The Animation of Po
Jack Black, Dan Wagner, Nico Marlet, Peter Farson

WALL-E - WALL-E and Eve Truck Sequence
Ben Burtt, Victor Navone, Austin Lee, Jay Shuster

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program or Commercial

Bacardi - SUNDANCE
James Atkinson, John Cooper, Phillip Prahl, Charles Felix Chabert

BRAINS DANCE
James Sindle, Jesus Parra, Josh Fourtwells

Coke - STEWIE
Ben Smith, Andrew Proctor, Jong Jim Choi, Keith Kim

WHO'S GONNA SAVE MY SOUL
Thomas Tannenberger, Olcun Tan

Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

BOLT - Various Sequences
John Murrah, Michael Kaschalk, Dale Mayeda, Adolph Lusinsky

KUNG FU PANDA - The Secret Ingredient - Visual Effects of Kung Fu Panda
Markus Manninen, Alex Parkinson, Amaury Aubel, Lawrence Lee

MADAGASCAR ESCAPE 2 AFRICA - Effects in Africa
Scott Peterson, Laurent Kermel, Andrew Wheeler, Greg Gladstone

WALL-E - Effects in WALL-E
Jason Johnston, Keith Daniel Klohn, Enrique Vila, Bill Watral

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture

CHANGELING - 1928 Downtown L.A.
Romain Bayle, Abel Milanes, Allan Lee, Debor Dunphy

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
Richard Bluff, Barry Williams, Yanick Dusseault, Yusei Uesugi

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK - Matte Paintings
Brett Miller, Garrett Eaton, Matthew Conner

SPEED RACER - Overall Matte Painting Presentation
Lubo Hristov, Dennis Martin, Ron Crabb

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Broadcast Program or Commercial

DOCTOR WHO - Series 4 - "Silence in the Library"
Simon Wickers, Charlie Bennett, Tim Barter, Arianna Lago

GENERATION KILL - "Episode 2"
Christian Irles, Yannick Bourgie

MERLIN THE MARK OF NIMUEH SERIES 1 - "The Mark of Nimueh"
Dave Early, Simon Wickers, Bryan Bartlett, Sara Bennet

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture

THE DARK KNIGHT - Garbage Truck Crash Models and Miniatures
Ian Hunter, Forest Fischer, Branden Seifert, Adam Gelbart

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
David Fogler, Craig Hammack, Brian Gernand, Geoff Heron

IRON MAN - Suit Up Machine
Aaron McBride, Russell Paul, Gerald Gutschmidt, Keiji Yamaguchi

MY DARLING OF THE MOUNTAINS - Hot Springs
Taro Kiba, Kenji Nagatani, Yuki Minagawa, Hideo Udo

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial

NEW BALANCE - Anthem
Ian Hunter, Jon Warren, Matt Burlingame, Raymond Moore

GHOST WHISPERER - Episode 404 - "Claridon Ship Shots"
Eric Hance

Outstanding Created Environment in a Feature Motion Picture

CLOVERFIELD - Brooklyn Bridge Sequence
David Vickery, Phil Johnson, Victor Wade, Sean Stranks

THE DARK KNIGHT - IMAX Gotham City Scapes
Peter Bebb, David Vickery, Philippe Leprince, Andrew Lockley

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL - Temple Heart
Michael Halsted, David Fogler, Steve Walton, David Weitzberg

THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR - Avalanche Sequence
Mike Meaker, Rich Mahon, Jason Iverson, Sho Hasegawa

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK - Created Environment
Brett Miller, Garrett Eaton, Matthew Conner

Outstanding Created Environment in a Broadcast Program or Commercial

Audi - LIVING ROOM - Living Room
Jack Zaloga, Jake Montgomery, Andy Boyd, Sean Durnan

HEROES - Tokyo
Meliza Fermin, Michael Cook, Daniel Kumiega, Anthony Ocampo

JOHN ADAMS - "Join or Die" - Episode 1 - The Boston Harbor
Paul Graff, Robert Stromberg, Adam Watkins

Wrigley's 5 - FRUIT SHREDDER
Ludo Fealy, Dean Robinson, Adam Leary, Michael Gregory

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN
Stuart Lashley, Arundi Asregadoo, Mark Curtis, Richard Baker

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Benjamin Comes Together
Janelle Croshaw, Paul Lambert, Sonja Burchard, Sarahjane Javelo

IRON MAN - Head Under Display - HUD Compositing
Jonathan Rothbart, Dav Rauch, Kyle McCulloch, Kent Seki

QUANTUM OF SOLACE - Sienna Chase and Fight Sequence
Anthony Smith, Christian Kaestner, Adrian Metzelaar, Jon Thum

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial

Coke - IT'S MINE - Balloons
Angus Kneale, Dan Williams, Andrew Proctor

FedEx PIGEON - Pigeon
Andy Walker, Spencer Lueders, Maryanne Butler, Murray Butler

JOHN ADAMS - "Join or Die" - Episode 1 - The Boston Harbor
Paul Graff, Joshua LaCross, Matt Collorafice

TIME SCULPTURE
Richard de Carteret, Paul Downes, Oliver Dadswell, John Price

Outstanding Special Effects in a Motion Picture

THE DARK KNIGHT
Chris Corbould, Peter Notley, Ian Lowe

THE DARK KNIGHT - Garbage Truck Crash Mechanical Effects
Scott Beverly, Robert Spurlock, Jon Warren, Brian Kelly Hahn

DEFIANCE - Special Effects
Neil Corbould, Steve Warner, Anne Maria Walters, Alan Young

Outstanding Effects in a Student Project

HANGAR NUMBER FIVE - Robot Attack
Nathan Matsuda

LA MAIN DES MAITRES - Revolution
Adrien CaYuS Toupet, Clement Delatre, Vivien Looky Chauvet

OUR WONDERFUL NATURE
Tomer Eshed, Dennis Rettkowski, Tomer Eshed, Dennis Rettkowski

PLASTIC - Transformation Sequence
Sandy Widyanata, Courtney Wise

The 7th Annual VES Awards will take place on Feb. 21, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

This year the VES will present producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award and Phil Tippett (Congrats!) with the Georges Melies Award.

For more information on the VES Awards, sponsorship and tickets, visit www.visualeffectssociety.com.

Posted by dschnee at 10:54 PM

November 20, 2008

VES Acceptance

I've been in the visual effects industry 5+ years now, I'm working on my 15th feature film, I'm still loving it, still being challenged, still learning. I'm grateful and happy to be a part of such a unique industry.

Today I was accepted for membership into the Visual Effects Society.

Visual Effects Society

Posted by dschnee at 4:52 PM

September 9, 2008

Phil Tippett to Receive the VES George Melies Award

Director and Visual Effects Supervisor Phil Tippett to Receive the
VES George Melies Award for Artistic Excellence

Founder of Tippett Studio and two-time Academy Award® and Emmy winner, Phil Tippett, has been selected by the VES Board of Directors as the recipient of the "George Melies Award for Artistic Excellence." The award will be presented at the 7th Annual VES Awards, which will be held at the Century Plaza Hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday, February 21, 2009.

The Melies Award is designed to honor individuals who have "pioneered a significant and lasting contribution to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry by a way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work." Phil Tippett is the embodiment of this award, holding an iconic place as the stop-motion animator of the Imperial Walkers in The Empire Strikes Back and former head of the ILM creature shop. Tippett was also at the forefront of digital animation, having supervised the dinosaur animation in Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking blockbuster Jurassic Park.

"Phil Tippett has functioned as one of the major engines pushing the visual effects industry further than it was ever thought possible," said VES Executive Director Eric Roth. "Phil has become one of the giants of our industry by pioneering new ways to make the fantastical a practical reality. Much of what we see on our screens today would not have been possible in decades past and Phil has certainly led the way during that time," added Roth.

"It is always nice to receive recognition for doing something that you love. I have been doing exactly what I have always wanted to do - making movies and bringing impossible creations to life," said Phil Tippett. "I am honored to accept this award and am humbled that my work has been so recognized by my peers."

Tippett, who is the founder of Tippett Studio, has contributed significant visual effects to more than 60 feature films and commercials of multiple genres. After starting Tippett Studio from his garage in 1984, Tippett grew his company into a crew of artists, animators, engineers and production staff occupying five buildings in Berkeley, California. Over the years Tippett has won an Academy Award® for his work in Jurassic Park and a Special Achievement Award for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.

Previous recipients of the George Melies Award were Robert Abel and John Lasseter.

Tippett Studio is currently in production on Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell and X-Men Origins: Wolverine for 20th Century Fox and have recently wrapped production on stereoscopic commercials for Electronic Arts' game Spore and Texas Instruments' DLP Projection, as well as the marketing campaign and feature film work for Disney's Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Posted by dschnee at 5:48 PM

July 15, 2008

Compositors Likely To Become Obsolete? VES says

"In "The State of Visual Effects in the Entertainment Industry," the VES's first-ever white paper, the org warned that the effects industry's talk of "magic" has turned vfx into a "black box" that few outsiders understand -- a situation that drives up production costs and undermines working conditions for digital artists."

Regarding Compositors, Matchmovers, and Rotoscopers becoming obsolete in 5-10 years... it's based on a artists taking on more and more duties or artists moving toward "Hybrid" tasks... The VES's prediction is that in the coming years many positions will be eliminated due to one artist performing the work of many. While some of this may be true, I don't think they are saying these jobs will go away all together, but the need for hundreds of these artists on a show will diminish. But...

I think the bigger issue here is with OUTSOURCING. The VES has failed to put an outlook and what impact outsourcing tasks will do to our industry. It happened with animation in the mid 60's when Hanna-Barbara started sending its ink-and-paint work to Manila, this kept costs way down to avoid production spending spiraling out of control and making cartoons impossible to manage. The result? big studios shut down, artists lost their jobs.

Who will be the first to go? Roto and Paint artists, then matchmovers. I hope to hell not Compers! I can see SOME basic A over B or combo roto/paintwork/comp going overseas, but with the amount of artistry, problem solving, and craftsmensip that goes into Compositing these days I find it hard to imagine comp will becoming a low paying, grunt work skillset, performed overseas sort of task. I can say the same for Matchmove. Roto is already being performed heavily overseas... India anyone? Just take a look at R+H.

You can check out VES's white paper below, and I'll say it again, I really feel they have failed to include the impact outsourcing will have on our industry. It happened with the animation/cartoon industry, it can happen in VFX. For a solid historical summary regarding all of this, check out The Animated Scene: Animation's Repatriation - and I'll post up in the Extended Entry the bits that support what I've mentioned above.

The Visual Effects Society released its white paper on the state of visual effects in the entertainment industry. Click here to read "The State of Visual Effects In the Entertainment Industry" White Paper Released

VES challenges effects industry
Org says 'magic' talk confusing for outsiders

The movie industry's effects wizards would do well to let everyone see the man behind the curtain, according to the Visual Effects Society.

In "The State of Visual Effects in the Entertainment Industry," the VES's first-ever white paper, the org warned that the effects industry's talk of "magic" has turned vfx into a "black box" that few outsiders understand -- a situation that drives up production costs and undermines working conditions for digital artists.

The paper, written by Renee Dunlop, Paul Malcolm and VES prexy Eric Roth, challenged vfx industry to get involved in production earlier and educate others about what they do.

"The need to clarify the digital visual effects process has never been greater," said the paper, noting that the misconception that simply adding more computers will solve vfx problems is helping create "what is approaching a digital sweatshop environment."

"We have never sufficiently explained that the 'magic' of visual effects has never resided in technology; it resides in the people using the technology."

The VES noted that about 20 of the top 25 all-time grossers are vfx films, and that vfx take up anywhere from 25% to 50% of a movie's budget.

If vfx pros are brought into the process sooner, said the paper, production costs should fall as effects pros can point the way to "better creative and production decisions and, therefore, a more efficient production schedule."

The white paper also had some ominous predictions for production jobs overall.

Entire job categories, even entire production departments, are likely to disappear over the next 5-10 years as digital artists take over more and more production tasks. Computer graphics techniques are likely to make matchmovers, compositors and rotoscopers obsolete and visual effects are usurping functions of other departments, especially the art direction, camera and costume departments.

"The situation we see today, when the technology of one department so directly impacts the potential future of another, is relatively rare," said the white paper. (Variety.com)

"But in the mid-’60s, with unions pushing for higher wages and better benefits, the animation machine came under a great deal of strain, and costs soon became too unmanageable for the studios to bear. Hanna-Barbara, rather than bowing under the pressure, started sending its ink-and-paint work to Manila, where costs could be kept way down. Many animation artists at that time were furious, seeing it as a cheap money grab, designed to put them out of work, so that a few top executives at the studio could strike it rich. But the studio heads had a much different story, of production costs spinning out of control, and the business of making cartoons simply becoming impossible to manage successfully.

Either way, it was a gut-wrenching episode in animation history, and all the studios and animation artists felt the crunch. Several of the big studios shut right down, and productions were reduced drastically at others. And so began the mass layoffs, particularly of ink-and-paint departments, as studios either downsized, shut down, or started sending their ink-and-paint work overseas.

The first thing to go was the ink-and-paint departments, the lowest paid of all the animation slaves, (largely made up of women, working in a still relatively male-dominated industry) but it was only a matter of time before the studios started sending their in-betweens to be done overseas, and not long after that they started sending animation. By the early to mid-’70s, the outsourcing of Saturday morning cartoon productions was the norm. Studios that used to employ hundreds of animation artists, now employed handfuls of artists in comparison. Storyboards, location, character and effects design packs, scripts, sound recording, dialogue breakdown and layouts were often kept in-house, depending on the production. More and more, as little work as possible was done in-house, and the more that could be sent overseas to Asia or India, the better for cost control." (awn.com)

Posted by dschnee at 9:08 PM

May 22, 2008

VES Publishes First VFX Industry Credit Guidelines

VES Publishes First VFX Industry Credit Guidelines...

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has published the first ever set of VES guidelines for titles in the visual effects industry. The list has been vetted by VES members and ratified by the VES Board of Directors. Major studios have reviewed the list as well and are encouraged to utilize it.

"Through these collective efforts, a harmonized master list of titles has been created that should be useful as a touchstone for all effects stakeholders," says VES Exec Director, Eric Roth. "We think it represents a major step forward for our craft in standardizing the use of titles in the credits process for effects artists."

Questions regarding these guidelines can be addressed by calling the VES at 818-981-7861. Credits/Titles to be submitted in accordance with VES Guidelines are as follows: (vfxworld.com)

PRODUCTION

Senior Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Production Assistant
Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Accountant
Senior Animation Supervisor
Visual Effects Plate Supervisor
Additional Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Plate Producer
Visual Effects Co-Supervisor
Visual Effects Editor
Visual Effects Associate Supervisor
Visual Effects Assistant Editor
Animation Director
Visual Effects Previz Lead
Animation Supervisor
Visual Effects Previz Artist
Senior Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Previz Editor
Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Previz Sound Editor
Visual Effects Associate Producer
Visual Effects Data Coordinator
Visual Effects Production Supervisor
Visual Effects Data Assistant
Visual Effects Coordinator
Visual Effects Vendor Coordinator
Visual Effects Assistant Coordinator
Visual Effects Consultant
Visual Effects Production Associate

FACILITY [PRODUCTION]

Senior Visual Effects Supervisor
CG Supervisor
Visual Effects Supervisor
Compositing Supervisor
Additional Visual Effects Supervisor
Senior Visual Effects Art Director
Co-Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Art Director
Visual Effects Associate Supervisor
Concept Artist
Visual Effects Plate Supervisor
Storyboard Artist
Visual Effects Consultant
Visual Effects Editor
Senior Animation Supervisor
Assistant Visual Effects Editor
Animation Supervisor
Projectionist
Senior Visual Effects Producer
Color Grading Artist
Visual Effects Producer
Color Grading Supervisor
Visual Effects Executive Producer
Previz Supervisor
Visual Effects Associate Producer
Previz Artist
Visual Effects Coordinator
I/O Supervisor
Production Associate
I/O Operator
Production Supervisor
I/O Neg Cutter
Visual Effects Production Manager
I/O Coordinator
Visual Effects Plate Producer
Scan/Record Technician
Visual Effects Plate Coordinator
Still Photographer
3D Stereoscopic Supervisor

FACILITY [DIGITAL UNIT]

CG Sequence Supervisor
Lead Texture Artist
Digital Production Supervisor
Senior Texture Artist
Animation Supervisor
Junior Texture Artist
Animation Producer
Motion Capture Supervisor
Animation Production Manager
Motion Capture Producer
Animation Coordinator
Motion Capture Engineer
Technical Animation Supervisor
Motion Capture Technician
Technical Animation Lead
Dustbuster
Digital Effects Producer
Lead TD
Digital Effects Production Manager
TD
Digital Effects Coordinator
Assistant TD
Character Setup Supervisor
Lighting Supervisor
Character Setup Lead
Lighting Lead
Character Rigging Supervisor
Lighting Artist
Character Rigging Artist
FX Animator
Rigging Supervisor
Character Animation Lead
Rigging Artist
Character Animator
Look Development Supervisor
Animation Lead
Look Development Lead
Animator
Compositing Sequence Supervisor
Layout Supervisor
Compositing Lead
Layout Artist
Compositor
Modeling Supervisor
Matte Supervisor
Modeling Lead
Matte Painter
Modeler
Matte Artist
Simulation Supervisor
Matte Painting Supervisor
Simulation Lead
Lead Digital Matte Painter
Simulation Artist
Senior Digital Matte Painter
Matchmove Supervisor
Digital Matte Painter
Matchmove Lead
R&D Supervisor
Matchmove Artist
R&D Artist
Rotoscope Supervisor
Senior Technical Developer
Rotoscope Lead
Software Development Supervisor
Rotoscope Artist
Software Developer
Digital Artist
Systems Manager
CG Artist
Systems Coordinator
Paint Supervisor
Systems Engineer
Paint Lead
Integrators
Paint Artist
Pipeline Supervisor
Digital Paint Lead
Pipeline Engineer
Plate Restoration Supervisor
Shading Supervisor
Plate Restoration Lead
Shading Artist
Plate Restoration Artist
Texture Paint Supervisor
Technical Associate
Texture Lead
Technical Assistant
Texture Painter
Render Coordinator
Texture Paint Artist

MOTION/PERFORMANCE CAPTURE UNIT

Motion Capture Line Producer
Motion Capture Camera Operator
Motion Capture Supervisor
Motion Capture Pipeline TD
Motion Capture Producer
Motion Capture Pipeline Engineer
Motion Capture Systems Technician
Motion Capture Stage Manager
Motion Capture Systems Engineer
Motion Capture Coordinator
Motion Capture Systems Operator
Motion Capture Assistant
Motion Capture Real Time Operator
Motion Capture Production Assistant

VFX PHYSICAL PRODUCTION UNIT

Visual Effects Director of Photography
Visual Effect Data Capture
Visual Effects Photographer
Visual Effects 2nd Assistant Camera
Visual Effects Camera Operator
Visual Effects Camera Loader
Visual Effects 1st Assistant Camera
Digital Camera Engineer
Visual Effects Survey Supervisor
Digital Camera Assistant
Visual Effects Surveyor

SPECIAL EFFECTS UNIT

Senior Special Effects Supervisor
Special Effects Best Boy
Special Effects Supervisor
Senior Special Effects Stage Technician
Senior Special Effects Coordinator
Special Effects Stage Technician
Special Effects Coordinator
Senior Special Effects Rigger
Special Effects Technician
Special Effects Rigger
Pyrotechnic Supervisor
Senior Special Effects Workshop Technician
Pyrotechnic Technician
Special Effects Workshop Technician
Head Special Effects Electronic Engineer
Head Special Effects Maintenance Engineer
Special Effects Electronic Engineer
Special Effects Maintenance Engineer
Special Effects Electronic Technician
Head Special Effects Machinist
Head Special Effects Stage Technician
Special Effects Machinist

MOTION CONTROL UNIT

Motion Control Supervisor
Motion Control Camera Assistant
Motion Control Producer
Motion Control Previz
Motion Control Cameraman
Motion Control Technician
Motion Control Operator
Motion Control Crane Operator

MODELS / MINIATURES UNIT

Models/Miniatures Director of Photography
Models/Miniatures Supervisor
Models/Miniatures Producer
Senior Modelmaker
Models/Miniatures Gaffer
Chief Modelmaker
Models/Miniatures Coordinator
Modelmaker
Models/Miniatures Sr. Camera Operator
Models/Miniatures Sculptor
Models/Miniatures Camera Operator
Senior Plasterer
Models/Miniatures 1st Assistant Camera
Senior Painter
Models/Miniatures 2nd Assistant Camera
Graphic Artist
Models/Miniatures Camera Loader
Creature Supervisor
Models/Miniatures Technical Apprentice
Senior Creature Tech
Digital Camera Engineer
Creature Tech
Digital Camera Assistant
Supervising Mechanical Engineer
Models/Miniatures Stagehand
Mechanical Engineer
Models/Miniatures Production Manager
Chief Scenic Artist
Modelshop Supervisor
Scenic Artist
Models/Miniatures Effects Supervisor
Assistant Scenic Artist

STOP MOTION UNIT

Head Stop Motion Animator
Stop Motion Lead Sculptor
Stop Motion Animator
Stop Motion Sculptor
Stop Motion Assistant Animator
Stop Motion Lead Model Rigger
Stop Motion Puppet Coordinator
Stop Motion Model Rigger
Stop Motion Puppet Wrangler
Stop Motion Lead Mold/Mould Maker
Stop Motion Junior Puppet Wrangler
Stop Motion Mold/Mould Maker
Stop Motion Lead Armature Engineer
Stop Motion Camera Manager
Stop Motion Armature Engineer
Stop Motion Camera Operator
Stop Motion Character Fabricator
Stop Motion Assistant Camera

ANIMATRONICS UNIT

Animatronics Supervisor
Animatronics Foam Latex Technician
Animatronics Coordinator
Animatronics Mold/Mould Makers
Animatronics Designer
Animatronics Sculptor
Animatronics Mechanical Supervisor
Animatronics Seamstress
Animatronics Technician
Animatronics Hair/Fur Technician
Animatronics Control Systems Designer

Posted by dschnee at 7:14 AM

February 11, 2008

VES Announces 2007 Winners

Looks like it was a big night for ILM and Transformers, with Pixar's Ratatouille taking home a vew awards as well. Pip was robbed!!! Davy Jones won the award for Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture.

The 6th Annual VES Awards were held on Feb. 10, 2008 at the Kodak Theatre Grand Ballroom in Hollywood by the Visual Effects Society. Dennis Muren presented Steven Spielberg with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes the contribution that his vast body of work, as both a director and producer, has made to the art and science of visual effects. Nominees were chosen Saturday, January 5, 2008 by panels of VES members who viewed submissions at the FotoKem screening facilities in Burbank. (fxguide.com)

On the compositing front, Transformers won for Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture with its desert highway sequence. (well deserved) Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial went to NIKE's 'Leave Nothing' spot. It's pretty slick.

See Also: A VES Recap @ vfxhack.com

The winners of the 6th Annual VES Awards are: or in .pdf here

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture

Transformers
Scott Farrar, Shari Hanson, Russel Earl, Scott Benza

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture

Ratatouille
Michael Fong, Apurva Shah, Christine Waggoner, Michael Fu

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
Razor Mike Gibson, Gary Hutzel, Sean Jackson, Pierre Drolet

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series

FIGHT FOR LIFE - Episode 4
Philip Dobree, Nicola Instone, Marco Iozzi, Matt Chandler

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program

ROME 2 - Episode 6 “Philippi”
James Madigan, Barrie Hemsley, Duncan Kinnard, Gary Broznich

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

SMIRNOFF Sea
William Bartlett, Scott Griffin, Dan Seddon, David Mellor

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year

TRANSFORMERS - Desert Highway Sequence
Scott Farrar, Shari Hanson, Shawn Kelly, Michael Jamieson

Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video Game

HALO 3 - Halo 3 Footage
Marcus Lehto, Jonty Barnes, Stephen Scott, CJ Cowan

Outstanding Pre-Rendered Visuals in a Video Game

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: THE BURNING CRUSADE - Cinematic Intro
Jeff Chamberlain, Scott Abeyta

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

SEA MONSTERS
Sean Phillips, Jack Geist, Robin Aristorenas, Mark Dubeau

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END - Davy Jones
Hal Hickel, Marc Chu, Jakub Pistecky, Maia Kayser

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture

RATATOUILLE - Colette
Janeane Garofalo, Jaime Landes, Sonoko Konishi , Paul Aichele

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program or Commercial

CHEMICAL BROTHERS - SALMON DANCE - Fatlip shots
Nicklas Andersson, Mike Mellor, Sylvain Marc, Florent DeLa Taille

Outstanding Effects in an Animated Motion Picture

RATATOUILLE - Food
Jon Reisch, Jason Johnston, Eric Froemling, Tolga Goktekin

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END - The Maelstrom
Frank Losasso Petterson, Paul Sharpe, Joakim Arnesson, David Meny

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program or Commercial

BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE - 002_05
Phi Tran, Matthew Lee, Martin Hilke, Andrew Roberts

Outstanding Models or Miniatures in a Motion Picture

TRANSFORMERS
Dave Fogler , Ron Woodall , Alex Jaeger, Brian Gernand

Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture

TRANSFORMERS
Pat Tubach , Beth D’Amato , Todd Vaziri , Mike Conte

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial

NIKE - Leave Nothing
James Allen, Rob Trent

Outstanding Special Effects in a Motion Picture

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
John Richardson, Stephen Hamilton, Richard Farns, Stephen Hutchinson

Outstanding Special Effects in a Broadcast Program or Commercial

ACTIVELY SAFE - Lexus Hydrant
Dave Peterson, Anthony De La Cruz

Posted by dschnee at 7:26 AM

January 7, 2008

6th Annual VES Awards - Nominations List

With only one nomination in this year's VES Awards, Tippett was recognized for Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture with the animatec chipmunk Pip from Enchanted!
Congrats to:
Tom Gibbons, James W. Brown, David Richard Nelson, John Koester, and all the rest of the crew!
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As with the Oscar VFX Bake-Off, I'm disappointed not finding Sunshine on the nom list below.
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Los Angeles, January 7, 2008 - The Visual Effects Society (VES) today announced the nominees for the 6th Annual VES Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects in over a dozen categories of film, television, commercials and video games. Nominees were chosen Saturday, January 5, 2008 by numerous panels of VES members who viewed submissions at the FotoKem screening facilities in Burbank. "We received hundreds of submissions from around the world and we are proud to present nominees that push the boundaries of how visual effects can enhance the storytelling process," says Jeff Okun, VES Chair. "Looking at the level of complexity and creativity of this year's nominees, it is clear that the VES is the single most important
pool of talent, experience and knowledge in the visual effects world."
The nominees for the 6th Annual VES Awards are the following:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
I Am Legend
Janek Sirrs, Mike Chambers, Jim Berney, Crys Forsyth-Smith

Transformers
Scott Farrar, Shari Hanson, Russel Earl, Scott Benza

The Golden Compass
Michael Fink, Susan MacLeod, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
John Knoll, Jill Brooks, Hal Hickel, Charlie Gibson

Spider-Man 3
Scott Stokdyk, Terry Clotiaux, Peter Nofz, Spencer Cook

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture

Ratatouille
Michael Fong, Apurva Shah, Christine Waggoner, Michael Fu

Zodiac
Eric Barba, Craig Barron, Janelle Croshaw, Chris Evans

We Own the Night
Kelly Port, Julian Levi, Brad Parker, Olivier Sarda

The Kite Runner
David Ebner, Les Jones, Todd Perry, Leif Einarsson

Blades of Glory
Mark Breakspear, Randy Starr, Shauna Bryan, Kody Sabourin

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - Razor
Mike Gibson, Gary Hutzel, Sean Jackson, Pierre Drolet

RACE TO MARS - Getting to Mars
Manon Barriault, Jacques Levesque, Olivier Goulet, Benoit Girard

DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2007 - Voyage of the Damned
David Houghton, Will Cohen

BEN 10: RACE AGAINST TIME - VFX Compilation
Dina Benadon, Evan Jacobs, Brent Young, Chris Christman

TIN MAN - Night One
Lee Wilson, Lisa Sepp-Wilson, Sebastien Bergeron

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
HEROES - Episode 208 - “Four Months Ago”
Eric Grenaudier, Mark Spatny, Diego Galtieri, Mike Enriquez

DOCTOR WHO “THE LAST OF THE TIME LORDS” - Series 3, Episode 13
David Houghton, Will Cohen

STARGATE ATLANTIS - Adrift
Mark Savela, Shannon Gurney, Erica Henderson, Jamie Yukio Kawano

FIGHT FOR LIFE - Episode 4
Philip Dobree, Nicola Instone, Marco Iozzi, Matt Chandler

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - Episode 316 - “Maelstrom”
Mike Gibson, Gary Hutzel, Michael J. Davidson, Kyle Toucher

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
GREY'S ANATOMY - WALK ON WATER - Ferryboat Crash
Sam Nicholson, Scott Ramsey, Valeri Pfahning, Mike Enriquez

MARIE-ANTOINETTE - Miniseries
Richard Martin, Pierre Raymond, Sebastien Rioux, Nadine Homier

DRIVE EPISODE 101 “THE STARTING LINE” - Driving Sequence
Raoul Yorke Bolognini, Loni Peristere, Steve Meyer, Chris Jones

ROME 2 - Episode 6 - “Philippi”
James Madigan, Barrie Hemsley, Duncan Kinnard, Gary Broznich

PUSHING DAISIES - Pilot Episode
Craig Weiss, Toni Pace Carstensen, Brian Vogt, Jimmy Berndt

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
BACARDI - Bacardi Sun
Vittorio Giannini, Franck Lambertz, Robin Carlisle, Nico Cotta

ZUNE - The Ballad of Tina Pink
Luisa Murray, Laurent Ledru, Katrina Salicrup, Miles Essmiller

BMW COMMERCIAL - Hydrogen
Simon Maddison, Dave Kelly, Mike Bain, Sam Cole

BMW - Road
Chris Fieldhouse, Jay Barton, Ron Herbst, Dave Stern

SMIRNOFF - Sea
William Bartlett, Scott Griffin, Dan Seddon, David Mellor

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year
TRANSFORMERS - Desert Highway Sequence
Scott Farrar, Shari Hanson, Shawn Kelly, Michael Jamieson

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END - Jack and Davy Duel
John Knoll, Jill Brooks, Francois Lambert, Philippe Rebours

300 - Crazy Horse Sequence
Chris Watts, Gayle Busby, Kirsty Millar

SURF’S UP - Riding the Visual Effects Tube
Rob Bredow, Lydia Bottegoni, Daniel Kramer, Matt Hausman

SPIDER-MAN 3 - The Birth of Sandman
Scott Stokdyk, Terry Clotiaux, Spencer Cook, Doug Bloom

Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video Game
NEED FOR SPEED PRO STREET - ProStreet
Michael Mann, Wilson Tang, Eduardo Agostini, Carl Jarrett

CRYSIS - Realtime Visuals
Michael Endres, Michael Khaimzon

TEAM FORTRESS 2
Jason Mitchell, Moby Franke, Chris Green, Dhabih Eng

HALO 3 - Halo 3 Footage
Marcus Lehto, Jonty Barnes, Stephen Scott, CJ Cowan

MASS EFFECT - Game Sequence
Derek Watts, Casey Hudson

Outstanding Pre-Rendered Visuals in a Video Game
COMMAND AND CONQUER 3 TIBERIUM WARS - GDI, NOD & Scrin Scenes
Richard Taylor, Matt Britton, Ben Hopkins, Tang Katai

HELLGATE: LONDON
Tim Miller, Jerome Denjean, Al Shier

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: THE BURNING CRUSADE - Cinematic Intro
Jeff Chamberlain, Scott Abeyta

THE WITCHER CINEMATIC - Intro
Tomek Baginski, Marcin Kobylecki, Grzegorz Kukus, Maciek Jackiewicz

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
DINOSAURS-GIANTS OF PATAGONIA - 38_011
Mario Couturier, Vincent Roberge, Richard Bergeron, Martin L'Heureux

MONSTERS, INC. LAUGH FLOOR - Show Edit
Roger Gould, Liz Gazzano, Joe Garlington, Dan Colajacomo

SEA MONSTERS
Sean Phillips, Jack Geist, Robin Aristorenas, Mark Dubeau

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture
SPIDER-MAN 3 - Sandman
Chris Yang, Bernd Anger, Dominick Cecere, Remington Scott

THE WATER HORSE: LEGEND OF THE DEEP - Crusoe
Richard Frances-Moore, Martin Hill, Marco Revelant, Daniel Barrett

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END - Davy Jones
Hal Hickel, Marc Chu, Jakub Pistecky, Maia Kayser

ENCHANTED - Pip
Tom Gibbons, James W. Brown, David Richard Nelson, John Koester

TRANSFORMERS - Optimus Prime
Rick O'Connor , Doug Sutton, Keiji Yamaguchi, Jeff White

I AM LEGEND - The Infected Leader
David Schaub, Marco Marenghi, Josh Beveridge

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture
SURF'S UP - Chicken Joe
David Schaub, Moon Jun Kang, Brian Casper, Andreas Procopiou

SHREK THE THIRD - King Harold
John Cleese, Guillaume Aretos, Tim Cheung, Sean Mahoney

BEOWULF - Beowulf
Keith Smith, Scott Holmes, Pericles Michielin, Kenn McDonald

SURF'S UP - Cody
David Schaub, Pete Nash, James Crossley, Shia LaBeouf

RATATOUILLE - Colette
Janeane Garofalo, Jaime Landes, Sonoko Konishi , Paul Aichele

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program or Commercial
DOCTOR WHO 'THE LAST OF THE TIME LORDS' - Series 3 Episode 13
Nicolas Hernandez, Adam Burnett, Neil Roche

CHEMICAL BROTHERS - SALMON DANCE - Fatlip shots
Nicklas Andersson, Mike Mellor, Sylvain Marc, Florent DeLa Taille

PRIMEVAL - Episode 6 - Predator Animation
Mathieu Vig, Antoine Birot, Simon Thistlethwaite, Kevin O'Sullivan

AMP - Paper
Fred Raimondi, Chris De Santis, Angie Jones, Narbeh Mardirossian

BEN 10: RACE AGAINST TIME - Grey Matter Sequence
Brent Young, Michael Smith

PROPEL - Stress Monster
Mitch Drain, Sean Faden, Matt Hackett, Denis Gauthier

Outstanding Effects in an Animated Motion Picture
BEOWULF - Dragon Chase
Theo Vandernoot, Vincent Serritella, Rob Engle, Pericles Michielin

SHREK THE THIRD - Effects
Matt Baer, Greg Hart, Krzysztof Rost, Anthony Field

RATATOUILLE - Food
Jon Reisch, Jason Johnston, Eric Froemling, Tolga Goktekin

SURF’S UP - Riding Wave - CG Style
Rob Bredow, Daniel Kramer, Matt Hausman, Danny Dimian

RATATOUILLE - Rapids
Darwyn Peachey, Chen Shen

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture
SWEENEY TODD - The Old Bailey
Raf Morant, Julian Gnass, Nakia McGlynn, Christine Wong

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END - The Maelstrom
Frank Losasso Petterson , Paul Sharpe , Joakim Arnesson , David Meny

ZODIAC - Washington and Cherry
Wei Zheng, Greg Szafranski, Janelle Croshaw, Karl Denham

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX - The Hall of Prophecy
David Vickery, Philippe LePrince, Trina Roy, Jolene McCaffrey

RUSH HOUR 3
Barry Williams, Robert Weaver , Jay Cooper , Masahiko Tani

I AM LEGEND - Times Square Hunt
Daniel Eaton, Blaine Kennison, Ron Gress, Daveed Shwartz

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program or
Commercial

BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE - 002_05
Phi Tran, Matthew Lee, Martin Hilke, Andrew Roberts

TIN MAN - Night One
Les Quinn, Ken Less, Andrew Domachowski, Jonah West

UGLY BETTY - “A League of their Own”
Chris Martin, Michael Cook, Cedric Tomacruz

SMALLVILLE - Metropolis City
Kaz Yoshida, Jack Matsumoto, Andrea Shear, Eli Jarra

SUBARU - “Peel Out”
Graham Fyffe, Chris Nichols, Chris Bankoff, Daniel Buck

Outstanding Models or Miniatures in a Motion Picture
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END - Practical and Digital Ships
Ken Bailey, Bruce Holcomb, Carl Miller , Geoff Heron

LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD - Freeway Sequence - F35 Miniature and Effects
Ian Hunter, Scott Schneider, Scott Beverly, John Cazin

TRANSFORMERS
Dave Fogler , Ron Woodall , Alex Jaeger, Brian Gernand

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX - Hogwarts School
Jose Granell, Nigel Stone

SPIDER-MAN 3 - Building / Crane Destruction Miniature and Effects
Ian Hunter, Scott Beverly, Forest Fischer, Raymond Moore

Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture
TRANSFORMERS
Pat Tubach , Beth D'Amato , Todd Vaziri , Mike Conte

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END - Death of Beckett
Lou Pecora, Joel Behrens, Ted Andre, Kevin Lingenfelser

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END
Eddie Pasquarello , Katrin Klaiber, Jen Howard, Shawn Hillier

I AM LEGEND - Seaport Evacuation
Darren Lurie, John Sasaki, Rita Kunzler, Fish Essenfeld

THE WATER HORSE: LEGEND OF THE DEEP - Crusoe
Areito Echevarria, Gareth Dinneen, Norman Cates, Caterina Schiffers

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX - Hall of Prophecy and Comp Shots
Jolene McCaffrey, Jelena Stojanovic, Victor Wade, Adam Pashke

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
SMALLVILLE, SEASON 6 - Episode 11, Justice
Rob Reinhart, Jack Matsumoto, Takashi Takeoka, Christina Spring

TIN MAN - Night One
Todd Liddiard, Philippe Thibault, Lionel Lim, Annabelle Kent

NIKE - Leave Nothing
James Allen, Rob Trent

SMALLVILLE - Bizarro Flood
David Alexander, Kaz Yoshida, Geeta Basantani, Tony White

LEVIS - Change
Tim Davies, Jason Schugardt, Yuichiro Yamashito

Outstanding Special Effects in a Motion Picture
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
John Richardson, Stephen Hamilton, Richard Farns, Stephen Hutchinson

Outstanding Special Effects in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
ACTIVELY SAFE - Lexus Hydrant
Dave Peterson, Anthony De La Cruz

The 6th Annual VES Awards will take place on Feb. 10, 2008 at the Kodak Theatre
Grand Ballroom in Hollywood. Last year’s event attracted more than eight hundred
celebrities, visual effects and animation artists, dozens of nominees and members of the film, television and gaming industries. Winners from 2007 included Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (John Knoll, Jill Brooks, Hal Hickel, Charlie Gibson) for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture and Battlestar Galactica - Episode 303b “Exodus” (Gary Hutzel, Michael Gibson, Alec McClymont, Brenda Campbell) for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series.

This year the VES will present Steven Spielberg the VES Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes the contribution that his vast body of work, as both a director and producer, has made to the art and science of visual effects.
Updated information on the VES Awards can be found at www.vesawards.com.

Posted by dschnee at 6:43 AM

December 19, 2007

'The State of VFX' from the VES

Stepping up its efforts to educate the industry about the practice and business of visual effects, the Visual Effects Society is launching a white-paper program in 2008. Org plans to publish several papers on "topics crucial in the greater entertainment industry."

The first white paper in the series is "The State of VFX," slated for March 2008. The paper will look at how vfx have affected the entire entertainment industry and will drill down to three key issues: The eroding lines between pre-production, production and post-production; the new demands on creative pros as these phases merge; and industry misperceptions that vfx are fast, cheap and easy to do.

-source Papers aim to educate industry on 'crucial topics', Variety.com

"This will be the beginning of an important industry-wide dialog led by the practitioners who experience these changes on a daily basis," said Jeff Okun, chair of the VES. "Key issues need to be addressed now, not only within the visual effects industry, but as part of an industry-wide initiative to move the art and business of filmmaking forward."

"The State of VFX" will explore three key issues:

1. The eroding lines of production phases

2. The demands of new roles in the production process

3. Industry misperceptions that VFX is fast, cheap and easy to do

It will include information and opinions from the 2007 Visual Effects Society Think Tank, comprised of leaders from the visual effects and software industries, as well as many in-depth one-on-one interviews.

While research is still being gathered and compiled, initial analysis indicates:

* A majority of the entertainment industry does not have a working understanding of VFX

* Guilds and societies need to come together to address the key issues

* Educating key decision-makers at the studio level about the visual effects production process is crucial

The Visual Effects Society (VES) will launch a new white paper program beginning in 2008 to better service and educate the entertainment industry on the practice and business of VFX. The first paper, titled "The State of VFX," is due out in March and will cover the industry transition to a digital-dominated production paradigm and how it is being driven by rapid changes in technology. Other issues addressed are economic and creative and how they all affect each other. In today's rapidly changing tech environment, new ways of working can appear so quickly and with so many crisscrossing ramifications, that it can be difficult to get a sense of the bigger picture.

VES is a professional, honorary society, dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of visual effects and to upholding the highest uniform standards and procedures for the visual effects profession. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary year, VES is the entertainment industry's only official trade organization representing the extended community of visual effects practitioners including supervisors, artists, producers, technology developers, educators and studio execs. Its 1,500 global members contribute to all areas of entertainment from film, television and commercials to music videos, games and new media. VES strives to enrich and educate its members and the entertainment community at large through many domestic and international events, screenings and programs. Visual effects professionals constitute a vital creative force in content creation and are literally shaping the future of entertainment.

Posted by dschnee at 2:25 PM

June 20, 2007

VES Festival 2007 coverage from VFXWorld

VFXWorld provides a glimpse of some of the highlights, including the VES 50 panel.

By Staff of VFXWorld

VES Festival: The 50 Greatest Visual Entertainments & More

Posted by dschnee at 8:18 PM

June 10, 2007

VES Festival Of Visual Effects 2007

So I flew down to LA for the final day of VES events this past Sunday. It was a short stint, but well worth it being able to catch up with a couple good friends, and geek out on some good panel action during the VES festival. I hadn't seen Aruna in what almost a year? since my wedding last July, he was kind enough to let me crash at his place and we hung out for the past couple of days down there. Aruna attended the entire festival of events so check out some of his summaries below:

Festival of Visual Effects: Day 1
Festival of Visual Effects: Day 2 - Part 1
Festival of Visual Effects: Day 2 - Part 2
Festival of Visual Effects: Day 3

So please go on into a few of my 'quick' thoughts on Sunday's lineup:

Shrek Through The Ages
I'll be honest, I could have saved my $20 bux and skipped this one. I have been to Shrek panels in the past, and they went over most of the same but with out going into great detail. The broad stroke was showing Shrek's progression over the 3 films and PDI's pipeline covering design (Guillaume Aretos), character td(Lucia Modesto), animation(Tim Cheung), and vfx supervision(Philippe Gluckman) on the 3 shows.

What most interested me was some of the first design and images of shrek and his evolution process. Otherwise the main bulk of the progression was in complexity. More characters, more environments and locations, more and diverse background characters, more clothing, more detail, etc.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: A VFX Voyage

John Knoll headed up this 2 hour voyage, and without going into great detail on any one topic, we were able to watch in awe the work on the 3 pirates films, especially on At World's End which was nothing short of fantastic.

Of most interest was the miniature work done, 1/4, 1/8 scale models of pirate ships used through out the films, these were used in account with full scale shop pieces, some floating on barges used to shoot on the deck and for a few long/wide shots. The shots where you would see the barge they would shoot the mini to get the rest of the bottom of the ship bits to composite in.

Knoll covered environments and matte painting work which was in all 3 films, used and executed masterfully. Also covered was the cursed crew of the black pearl in Pirates 1 shooting the performance plate with the actors, then shooting the clean plate without the pirates but with the other actors fighting nothing so they can toss in the cursed crew, still neat to see how they pulled that off.

So the cool work was with Davy Jones and his crew, and Knoll didn't go into any detail on the CG side of their creation,(only that they were a few guys short so they created 8 more characters for 3) but what was covered was the technique for shooting the crew and Davy Jones in camera wearing the track suit tracker duds for match move purposes, and this was using the same technique used in Pirates 2, the Imocap stuph, still damn nifty.

Ok so Davy Jones was cool, but the really cool work shown was the Malestrom, and I've talked about this briefly in my post At World's End. Complete CG ocean, and the trick getting the amount of detail in that whirlpool was to run the simulation flat adjusting all the forces on the fluid sim accordingly, then displacing the ocean south getting the pending doom of whirl back.

It was just a shit storm of elements during the sequence, the deck and crew of the ships were shot in a huge hanger with what Knoll said was just about the largest amount of blue screen fabric he'd ever seen surrounding the sets. Most of the elements you see in camera were shot in camera, smoke, rain, dust, debris,, this all looks fantastic in camera, but pulling a key? on uneven screens compositing back in Jones crew? and matching in camera elements with ones you might find in an element library, then the background with the CG environments? forget about it. They pulled it off though, sometimes using a drop of rain to hit the lens and covering up a screen pull that just wasn't going to happen, ;) I know a few folks who worked on t his sequence and it still amazes me, I feel their pain, but god damn!

Knoll showed us original plate to final comp wipes, impressive to say the least.

What must be mentioned during Knoll's presentation was his disgust for the trend of short schedules, back to that cheaper, faster, better trend... They had 4 months to do 2000 shots for At World's End, almost double that on Pirates 2, they moved up the release date up by 2 months, and Knoll expressed that they most definitely needed those extra 2 months on this one. I've already heard that they are re-working a number of shots for the DVD... it's just crazy, everyone suffers, all the artists working crazy overtime, it pushes the color timers, editors, everybody further down the chain, they hemorage money on OT, how is this cheaper? Yeah the initial number is lower, but by the end of the show? just pissing out money to get completed hopefully first time around works, because they don't schedule any time for adjustment, test audiences, and any betterment of the project, just rolling the dice while artists slave endless hours compromising family life and health. It's a truly F'd up situation. But what about the great money? yeah F' that too.

Knoll says he's going to fight for longer post-production schedules, telling the studios he's knows how to save you all money, give us more time in post!!!

The VES 50: The Most Influential Visual Effects Films Of All Time

A rare and completely satisfying treat, Knoll is back on stage moderating the panel made up of John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston, and Doug Trumball... The topic is of course the 50 most influential VFX films, but you are soon looking in on a roundtable of VFX legends, friends sharing stories, stories of the craft, the lifestyle, the people, the how they did this and that's.

After a really well done montage of the top 50 films, I mean very well constructed piece using similar themes and emotions that re-charged my love and passion for this industry and why it is I do what I do and love what I do, we were some what briefly introduced to the panel, off into stories, then as the time melted away into specific films that the legends themselves worked on.

Aruna and I looked at each other after all was said and done, and were both like damn it's over? We could listen to these guys all damn weekend. Hopefully someday they will just have a weekend of panel discussions made up of VFX legends and top supervisors. Fantastic event.

2001 - A Space Odyssey

Douglas Trumbull treated us to a rare treat once again showing us a ton of production stills and polaroids of Kubrick, the sets, the crew, the cameras, models, etc.

This one was a bit rushed, I think either Doug needed to get out of there, or they needed to start the screening of 2001, it's a long one. But what Trumbull was able to go over was amazing, you definitely take for granted what goes into those amazing shots... well most just don't know, I've read about some, but not nearly enough as Trumbull shared some of the fantastic ways to achieve what looked like impossible shots, especially for being almost 40 years ago! I'd go into more detail, but I'm not sure I'd to much justice at the moment... stay tooned though I'd like to do a 2001 post, I'll dig up some material for it and go into some detail about it, because it's simply amazing work.

Posted by dschnee at 9:05 PM

March 1, 2007

2007 VES Festival of Visual Effects

This years festival sounds like it's going to be unique, I'm looking forward to it!
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VES is thrilled to present the 2007 VES Festival of Visual Effects at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills on the weekend of June 8-10th. This year our commitment to innovative programming has crossed over to include the VES 50: The Most Influential Visual Effects Films of All Time.

The VES definition of "Most Influential" is those films that have had a significant, lasting impact on the practice and appreciation of visual effects as an integral, artistic element of cinematic expression and the storytelling process'

In the coming weeks VES members will vote on which 50 films out of a list of hundreds should belong to theVES 50: The Most Influential Visual Effects Films of All Time. Following that, a distinguished panel of judges (which will include a wide range of filmmakers and members of the media, in addition to visual effects industry professionals) will put the VES 50 in ranked order. Some of the top films will then be presented and discussed at the Festival.

Some of the programs that will be showcased during the Festival include:

THE ART OF PREVISUALIZATION
Going far beyond conceptual artwork and storyboards, animatics are produced by dedicated previz companies and artists (as well as art directors, effects supervisors and the directors themselves), to help filmmakers zero in on their creative vision while providing studios and producers with a concrete guide for budgeting and production. Once seen as a luxury, previsualization has become a mature tool and part of most every visual effects production. Join a panel of previz veterans as they discuss the challenges of the design process, with plenty of eye-opening examples of how "visual drafts" are created.

BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE ETHICS OF VFX MANIPULATION
Visual effects technology has made virtually anything possible: long-dead actors can dance with vacuum cleaners or speak new dialogue; young actors can be inserted into films made before they were born; product placement can be added in post-production, circumventing the artistic stance of the directors; performances can even be altered without the input of the cast. While many of these techniques are being used to make films better and more to their creators' vision, it can be a slippery slope. Join the VES on a raucous and freewheeling journey through this digital frontier, with examples, opinions, and plenty of controversy.

THE ART OF THE MINIATURE: WHAT CAN YOU GET ME IN TWO WEEKS?
Learn how miniature effects are called upon like the proverbial cavalry to come riding in to save a picture with a visual effect. See when miniatures are built and shot on short schedules to give movies that "Wow" factor at the last minute. Also, a special surprise "Behind the Magic" featurette!

VES FESTIVAL SPECIAL SHOWCASE: THE FILMS OF MIKE JITTLOV
Mike Jittlov is a visionary experimental animator and creator of numerous short films, as well as the director/star of the 1989 cult feature film, The Wizard of Speed and Time. Known to both VFX professionals and fans alike as a "living special effect", Mike is also the inventor of illusions that have astounded expert magicians, a skilled practitioner of origami, and a prime example of truly handcrafted animation and "personal" visual effects. Mike will be a Special Guest of Honor at the Festival's opening-night celebration, and newly-restored versions of some of Mike's short films will be screened before various sessions throughout the Festival, bringing his artistry to a new generation of fans.

The VES Festival will be open to the public. Information on programs and tickets will be released in upcoming months.
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Posted by dschnee at 6:38 AM

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

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 8:23 PM

January 16, 2007

Event Shows VES Trends To Great Effect

The fifth annual Visual Effects Society Awards nominees showcased their prowess during Show and Tell 2007 -- essentially the VES counterpart to AMPAS' visual effects bake-off -- Saturday at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

The event allowed the presenters to explain their work to VES membership before final voting. The Show and Tell also underscored industry VFX trends, notably the extensive use of synthetic environments and the creation of increasingly sophisticated digital characters. These trends were evident in the presentations of the nominees for outstanding visual effects in an effects-driven motion picture, which featured a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Charlotte's Web" and "The Fountain."

Industrial Light + Magic visual effects supervisor John Knoll related that the big step in "Pirates" was the realistic performance of the CG Davy Jones and crew. This was accomplished using an ILM technique called iMoCap, which allowed the effects team to shoot and reproduce the actors' performances used as the basis for the CG characters on set during the actual shoot, rather than separately on a motion capture stage. Knoll also placed emphasis on digitally enhanced backgrounds, from Cannibal Island to the sea.

Visual effects supervisor John Andrew Berton Jr. described "Charlotte's Web" as a "tremendous example of how visual effects can be used most powerfully. The story could be told the way the author wanted it to be told. ... It takes place in a live-action world." He also said the digital characters, including the fully CG spider Charlotte, represented a "notable move forward in more realism in synthetic surfaces. The faces of the animals that speak are much more complex than they would have been previously. The animation was very subtle because it had to match the live action."

The team from "Fountain" described a massive compositing job to create painterly environments that began with the microphotography of Peter Parks combined with CG and practical elements. The goal was to create a unique "outer space" that looked timeless and served as the emotional core of the film.

VES members will participate in final voting for the VES Awards online from Monday-Feb. 6. The competition includes 21 categories for outstanding work in features, broadcast television, commercials, music videos and games.

The VES Awards will be presented Feb. 11 at the Kodak Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, where the society also will bestow its lifetime achievement award on visual effects pioneer Dennis Muren.

The VES Show and Tell kicked off a big week for the visual effects community. AMPAS' bake-off is set for Wednesday. "Pirates" was the only VES finalist in the visual effects-driven motion picture category to also make the Academy's shortlist. The VES finalists do not typically mirror Academy Award nominees, though in three of the past four years the same film won each.

-thehollywoodreporter.com

Posted by dschnee at 11:08 PM

January 9, 2007

5th Annual VES Awards - Nominations List

5thAnnualVESawards.jpgAruna was selected as a VES Judge this year! and recently attended voting at the screening facilities of FotoKem in Burbank, read all about his adventures here.

Charlotte's Web is up for 2 Noms! including:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
Congrats to Blair Clark! along with: Karin Joy, John Berton, and John Dietz

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture - for Templeton in Charlotte's Web
Congrats to Todd Labonte, Jason Armstrong, Sven Jensen, and David Richard Nelson!
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Los Angeles, January 8, 2007 - The Visual Effects Society (VES), the entertainment industry's only organization of visual effects professionals, today announced the nominees for the 5th Annual VES Awards recognizing outstanding visual effects in twenty-one (21) categories of film, television, commercials, music videos and games. Nominees were chosen on Saturday, January 6, 2007 by a panel of over eighty (80) visual effects professionals, all VES members, who viewed hundreds of entry submissions at the screening facilities of FotoKem in Burbank. The announcement was made by Eric Roth, VES Executive Director, who says "This year we had 30% more submissions than last year, and from seven different countries. Along with this growth, we've also seen our awards show grow in industry stature. It's very gratifying to know that companies all over the world want to get one of our trophies. Clearly, they see the value in getting VES recognition."

On January 13, 2007, the VES holds its heralded annual event - the VES SHOW AND TELL EVENT 2007 - which will afford an opportunity for VES nominees to demonstrate the secrets behind the visual effects "magic" that earned each artist a place for this year's awards. "The sophistication of the work increases constantly," says Jeff Okun, VES Awards Committee Chair. "We're now at the point where even the industry professionals can't tell what’s real and what's a visual effect. Our Show and Tell gives the artists a chance to show their colleagues and the public what the current state of the art is. I know I always learn something new at this event and that's what makes it vital to the concept of competing for awards. Our voters are educated."

The SHOW AND TELL EVENT 2007 is free to VES members and is also open to the public at $20 per ticket. Tickets to the event, which will be held at the Skirball Cultural Center, are available by calling the VES office at (310) 822-9181 or may also be purchased at the door. Final voting for all categories will take place via an online view and vote between January 22 and February 6, 2007.

Winners will be announced at the 5th Annual VES Awards gala on February 11, 2007 at the Kodak Grand Ballroom in Hollywood. Academy Award-winning visual effects pioneer Dennis Muren will receive the VES Lifetime Achievement Award. A complete list of all the nominees for the 5th Annual Awards follows and is also available on the VES Awards website at www.vesawards.com

The nominations are:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
Charlotte's Web
Karin Joy, John Berton, Blair Clark, John Dietz

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
John Knoll, Jill Brooks, Hal Hickel, Charlie Gibson

The Fountain
Jeremy Dawson, Dan Schrecker, Mark Soper, Peter Parks


Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture

Blood Diamond
Jeffrey Okun, Thomas Boland, Tim Crosbie, Neil Greenberg

Children of Men
Lucy Killick, Frazer Churchill, Timothy Webber, Paul Corbould

Flags of Our Fathers
Michael Owens, Matthew Butler, Bryan Grill, Julian Levi

The Da Vinci Code
Barrie Hemsley, Angus Bickerton, Gary Brozenich, Paul Riddle
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Children Of Men


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special

Fight Science
Mat Beck, Kymber Lim, Manny Wong, Jack Matsumomto

Nightmares and Dreamscapes - Battlegound
Eric Grenaudier, Sam Nicholson, Mark Spatny, Adalberto Lopez

The Hogfather - Episode 1
Oliver Money, Simon Thomas, Kim Stevenson, Stephen Jolley


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series

Battlestar Galactica - Episode 303b “Exodus”
Gary Hutzel, Michael Gibson, Alec McClymont, Brenda Campbell

Prehistoric Park - Episode 4
George Roper, Matt Fox, Laurent Hugueniot, Kevin Spruce

Smallville - Season 6, Episode 1 "Zod"
Mat Beck, Brian Harding, Trent Smith, John Wash


Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program

Alias - Reprisal/All the Time in the World
Kevin Blank, Jay Worth, Steve Fong, Kevin Kutchaver

Commander In Chief - EP 112 “The Wind Beneath Her Wings"
Mark Kolpack, Adam Ealovega, Mark Spatny, Mike Enriquez

ER - Scoop and Run
Sam Nicholson, Scott Ramsey, Adam Ealovega, Anthony Ocampo


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

Rexona - Go Wild
Andy Boyd, Stephane Allender, Dan Seddon, Abby Orchard

Sears Tools - Arboretum
Rich Rama, Cedric Nicolas, Laurent Ledru

Travelers - Snowball
Dan Lemmon, Eileen Moran, R. Christopher White, Paul Story


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Music Video

Killers - Bones
Chas Jarrett, Dave Child, Paul O'Shea, Andrew Bell

U2 and Green Day - The Saints are Coming
Matt Winkel, Mark Glaser, Wayne England, Graham Fyffe


Best Single Visual Effect of the Year

Children of Men - Birth Sequence
Tim Webber, Lucy Killick, Andy Kind, Craig Bardsley

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
John Knoll, Ned Gorman, Jakub Pistecky, Tom Fejes

Poseidon
Boyd Shermis, Rhonda Gunner, Kim Libreri, Philippe Rebours

X-Men: The Last Stand
Eric Saindon, Cyndi Ochs, GG Heitmann, Roger Shortt


Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video Game

Assassin’s Creed X06 Trailer
Jade Raymond, Nicolas Cantin, Raphael Lacoste, Christophe Martin

Fight Night Round 3 for PS3
Sjoholm Christopher, Kat Kelly Hayduk, Hilson Rob, Jepson Celia


Outstanding Pre-Rendered Visuals in a Video Game

Assassin’s Creed E3 Trailer
Jade Raymond, Thomas Giroux, Raphael Lacoste, Anne Mai Le Bouyonnec

Hellgate: London 2006 - E3 Trailer
Tim Miller, Jerome Denjean

Warhammer Fantasy
Tim Miller, Jerome Denjean


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

Fields of Freedom
Sam Nicholson, Scott Ramsey, Adam Ealovega, Jon Craig

Greece, Secrets of the Past
Craig Barron, Ken Rogerson, Glenn Cotter, Chri Evans

Roving Mars
Alan Markowitz, Dan Maas, Jeremy Nicolaides, Johnathan Banta


Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture

Charlotte’s Web - Templeton
Todd Labonte, Jason Armstrong, Sven Jensen, David Richard Nelson

Charlotte's Web - Wilbur
Grant Adam, Daniel Fotheringham, Avi Goodman, Paul Buckley

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 Kato

Monster House - House
Umberto Lazzari, Mike Kimmel, Kui Han Lee, Owen Demers

Happy Feet - Mumble’s Banishment
Damien Grey, Tim Gibson, Carl Prud’Homme


Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program, Commercial or Music Video

Battlestar Galactica - Episode 217 "Downloaded"
Ryan Cronin, Louie Hinayo, Andy Asperin, Trevor Adams

Dr. Who - Episode 2, Series 2
Nocolas Hernandez, Jean Claude Deguara, Neil Roche, Jean Yves Adouard

Geico - Chat
David Hulin, Seth Gollub, Andy Walker, Jenny Bichsel


Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture

Mission: Impossible III
Russell Earl, Richard Bluff, Giles Hancock, Dennis Martin

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Chris Stoski, Susumu Yukuhiro, Jack Mongovan, Greg Salter
Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture

Poseidon
Mohen Leo, Daniel Pearson, Willi Geiger, Matt Brumit


Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program, Commercial or Music Video

Coke - The Greatest Gift
David Hulin, Nathan Hughes, Jenny Bichsel, Andy Walker

Elisabeth - Episode 1
Dave Bowman, Jimmy Kiddell, Russell Horth, Gurel Mehmet

ESPN - Monday Night Football Remote Open
Luke McDonald, Danny Braet, Minory Sasaki, Josh McGuire


Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Bruce Holcomb, Ron Woodall, Charlie Bailey, Carl Miller

The Good Shepherd
Matthew Gratzner, Forest Fischer, Enrico Altmann, Leigh-Alexandra Jacob

V For Vendetta
Jose Granell, Nigel Stone


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

Commander In Chief - EP 112 "Air Force One"
Mike Enriquez

Dodge - Fairy
Matthew Gratzner, Forest Fischer, Jon Warren, Scott Schneider


Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Eddie Pasquarello, Francois Lambert, Jeff Sutherland, Tory Mercer

Poseidon
Pat Brennan, Mark Hopkins, Nelson Sepulveda, Mark Nettleton

The DaVinci Code - Saint Sulpice Sequence
Mathew Krentz, Jordan Benwick, Enrico Perei, Rafal Kaniewski


Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program, Commercial or Music Video

Battlestar Galactica - Season 2, Episode 218 "Resurrection Ship, Part 2"
Lane Jolly, Don Kim, Matt Smith, Chris Zapara

Coke - The Greatest Gift
Murray Butler, MaryAnne Lauric, Nathan Hughes, Pedro Sabrosa

Sports Heaven
Geoff McAuliffe, Yafei Wu, Robert Sethi, Jimi Simmons

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

Superman Returns
Neil Corbould, David Brighton, David Young, Robert Higgie

Posted by dschnee at 6:24 AM

May 24, 2006

VES 2006 Fact Sheet

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FACT SHEET - DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE

WHAT:

Festival Of Visual Effects 2006 – Now in its 8th year, the Visual Effects Society once more presents a three-day extravaganza for the VFX community and its next generation. Summer blockbusters such as “Superman Returns,” “Cars,” and television fan favorite “Smallville” will all be the subjects of presentations. The Festival will also include speakers, workshops and panel discussions to showcase cutting-edge technological advances, historical achievements, strategic planning and forecasting for the future of visual effects in film, television, and animation. New elements added this year include a showcase of international, experimental, animated and student film works and the “Festival Courtyard” featuring VFX and entertainment industry vendors, special displays, raffles and the Hospitality Tent (see attached Program Descriptions for more details).

VES Festival 2006

WHERE:

The Egyptian Theatre, featuring The Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre (616 seats) and the Steven Spielberg Theatre (78 seats) is located between Las Palmas and McCadden, just east of Highland Avenue in Hollywood.

WHEN:

Thursday, July 6th – Saturday, July 8th (See Program Descriptions attached for times.)

WHO:

Academy Award winners Dennis Muren, John Myhre, Robert Skotak, and Mark Stetson and 50+ internationally acclaimed entertainment veterans will enlighten the estimated 3,000+ attendees, comprised of working VFX professionals (60%), VFX/film students (30%) and program fans (10%).

HOW:

Purchase sponsorships ($2,500 and up) and program book ads ($1,000 and up) by calling 310-822-9181 (See Sponsorship & Ad Opportunities for more details.)

Purchase passes and tickets at www.visualeffectssociety.com as follows:

$200 – Master Festival Pass including the bonus shows ($295+ value)

$150 – VES Member Master Festival Pass

$100 – Student Master Festival Pass including the bonus shows (requires school ID)

$20 – Individual Program Tickets (After Wednesday, June 7th)

For more information, visit www.visualeffectssociety.com or call 310-822-9181.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

All programs, descriptions and speakers are tentative and subject to change without notice. Visit www.visualeffectssociety.com for the latest Festival and VES news.

Egyptian Theatre Courtyard Activities

Festival Courtyard - All three days

The Egyptian Theatre Courtyard will be transformed into the “Festival Courtyard” featuring VFX and entertainment industry vendors, special displays, raffles and the Hospitality Tent.

Steven Spielberg Theatre Activities

A Showcase of International, Experimental, Animated and Student Film Works - All three days, schedule TBA

The Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre Activities

THURSDAY, JULY 6TH 2006

Virtual vs. Real Sets: Combining Production Design with Visual Effects / 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Some branches of visual effects are direct offshoots from the Art Department. From the earliest Norman Dawn matte paintings and the first movie miniatures, effects artists realized those visions of the Production Designer that were too difficult to shoot on location (if they existed at all), or were too large in scale, or too expensive or impractical to build. Our panel of distinguished production designers will discuss and demonstrate the evolving, overlapping (and occasionally conflicting) relationship between designers and effects artists in their own films and in movies generally. Panelists: Jim Bissel, Jack DeGovia, Rick Heinrichs, Alex McDowell, Alan Munro, John Myhre, and Jeanine Oppewall – all Production Designers.

VFX Without Borders: A Look Around the World at International Effects / 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Visual effects are an international art form. All around the world artists are not only harnessing the power of state-of-the-art digital technologies but embracing the time-honored techniques of miniatures, puppetry and painting while creating dynamic effects for their local markets -- be it film, broadcast, music videos, commercials or games. As The Visual Effects Society exists to serve and celebrate the global scope of visual effects, the festival will feature a panel of international practitioners who will discuss the challenges, unique perspectives and techniques that individual markets engender. Samples of their work and from other international artists and effects facilities will be screened with an emphasis on local market production.

Looking Ahead at the Future of Visual Effects Tools / 5:00 – 6:30 pm

What’s on your technology radar? From hardware to software, this panel will dive into expected (and maybe not so expected) changes in visual effects tools over the next five years. Hear from some of the leading technologists on issues like pipeline management of multi-vendor data, environmental tools and changes in end format. This program is a must for the VFX professional who wants to stay ahead of the curve.

FRIDAY, JULY 7TH 2006

Invisible Effects: “The Da Vinci Code” & “Casanova” / 12:00 – 1:30 pm

How does a filmmaker capture a location that is inaccessible or one that hasn't existed for hundreds, even thousands of years? Invisible effects in films have been around for as long as filmmakers' have had imagination. And now with digital technologies, it's often hard for even seasoned veterans to decipher what is real and what is not. This panel will take an in-depth look at two recent films that have recreated eras and locales not accessible to their filmmakers. Many of “The Da Vinci Code's” historical and contemporary locales were innovatively re-created by 'invisible' wizards from the United Kingdom and 'Casanova's' romantic time period set in Venice created its own series of challenges for its artists. Join us in going 'behind-the-scenes' of the latest in state-of-the-art seamless effects.

The Challenges of Creating “X-Men The Last Stand” / 2:30 - 4:00 pm

The VFX team on the latest X-Men franchise discusses the challenges of working on a tight schedule and with various VFX houses on three different continents. Panelists: John Bruno, VFX Supervisor; John “DJ” Des Jardin, VFX Supervisor; Ian Hunter, VFX Supervisor, New Deal Studios; and Kurt William, VFX producer

“Poseidon” – A World Turned Upside Down / 5:00 – 6:30 pm

More than thirty years after it was fashionable to be seen in a disaster film, Warner Bros. returns this summer to a world turned upside down with Wolfgang Peterson's “Poseidon”. Following the tradition of casting a who's who of actors in the film, Visual Effects Supervisor Boyd Shermis turned to multiple sources on two continents (including ILM, Moving Picture Company, CIS, and Giant Killer Robots) to produce over 500 shots. Bring your snorkel and swim fins as we go off the deep end with the summer's biggest disaster film.

A Look Back at “Aliens” – 20 Years Later / 7 :30 - 9:00 pm

"Is this gonna’ be a stand up fight or a bug hunt?" In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the release of the science fiction action classic “Aliens,” this retrospective panel will look back at the ground breaking visual effects and animatronic creations for the James Cameron sequel to Ridley Scott's “Alien.” The unique look and style of the film's creations are even more astonishing when you consider the limited budget and resources the artists were given. Undaunted, Cameron's team created some of the most startling imagery seen in a genre film in the last 20 years. The visual effects team, headed by Robert and Dennis Skotak and creature supervisor Stan Winston received an Academy Award for their work on the film in 1987. Panelists: Alec Gillis, Creature Fabricator, Stan Winston Studio; Shane Mahan, Shop Foreman, Stan Winston Studio; Pat McClung, VFX Miniature Supervisor; Dennis Skotak, VFX Co-Supervisor and DP; and Robert Skotak, VFX Supervisor

SATURDAY, JULY 8TH 2006

Creating Life One Frame at a Time: The Art of VFX Animation / 10:00 -11:30 am

Digital techniques have overtaken the roles once played by cell and stop motion animation as visual effects tools, though they continue to flourish as filmmaking techniques. To a lesser degree, animated digital models have supplanted traditional miniatures. An all-star panel of prominent animators and effects supervisors with decades of experience on both sides of the digital revolution will talk about their own work then and now, and the sometimes unexpected consequences. A special demonstration will complement the discussion. Panelists: Steve Chiodo, Randy Cook, and Dennis Muren, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, ILM

Life in the Fast Lane: The Animated World of “Cars” / 12:30 - 2:00 pm

After taking moviegoers magically into the realm of toys, bugs, monsters, fish and superheros, the masterful storytellers and technical wizards at Pixar Animation Studios and director John Lasseter hit the road with a fast-paced comedy adventure set inside the world of cars. Come hear how the team blended together plenty of humor, action, heartfelt drama, and amazing new technical feats.

Creating Super Effects on a TV Budget: It’s a Big Job at “Smallville” / 3:00 - 4:30 pm

With over 100 episodes aired over 5 seasons, the Warner Bros. television series “Smallville” has achieved a remarkably mature status for an episodic drama based on the teenage adventures of Clark Kent, before he assumes the alter ego of Superman. During the past four seasons, Entity FX created the visual effects that in a large part drive the show. Join the producers of “Smallville” and the staff of Entity as they explain and demonstrate what makes visual effects production of a weekly network series a unique challenge The panel will focus on how the Entity team spurred a creative evolution by developing a strategy to achieve economic production and how that strategy helped to overcome the artistic, budgetary and time limitations common to television production. Panelists: Mat Beck, Kymber Lim, Ken Horton, John Wash – all from Entity FX

Bringing a Super Hero Back to Life: “Superman Returns” / 5:30- 7:00 pm

Academy Award Winning VFX Supervisor Mark Stetson and his VFX team will discuss how they used modern techniques to bring this cultural icon back to life. With multiple VFX vendors and budgetary concerns the challenges included not only how to make a man fly again but how to create a movie that will soar above this year’s summer blockbuster competition. Panelist: Mark Stetson, VFX Supervisor

Special Advance Screening of “Monster House”/ 8:00 pm – For Pass and Invitation Holders Only

The team behind “The Polar Express” have created another hybrid animated thrill-ride utilizing performance capture techniques about three kids who battle a mysterious house. Directed by Gil Kenan, the film is produced by Zemeckis's ImageMovers and Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment with animation by Sony Pictures Imageworks. The voice cast includes Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin James, Jason Lee, Catherine O'Hara, Kathleen Turner, and Fred Willard.

Posted by dschnee at 5:59 PM

April 19, 2006

2006 VES - VFX Festival

Looks like this years Festival is set for July 7th to the 9th @ the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, niiice. The lineup has yet to be locked in but presentations on Superman Returns, Poseidon, and Cars are said to be covered. But the interesting bit is the retrospective look at the effects of James Cameron’s Aliens... even though a retrospective look at the effects of Ridley Scott's Alien would really seal the deal for me, bring along H.R. Giger, that would rule.

"This year’s Festival boasts a new location as well as the expected stellar line up of cutting edge panels and screenings. Located in the heart of Hollywood, the historic Egyptian Theater provides the perfect environment for the ever-growing festival with two state-of-the-art screens and the unique Egyptian courtyard for our Festival party. Tentatively scheduled panel subjects include character animation, art direction and VFX, post mortems on the summer’s biggest VFX films as well as a retrospective look at the effects of James Cameron’s Aliens (1986). Tickets and more information will be available soon. If you would like to get involved in the festival, contact the VES office."

nabbed from the VES Spring Newsletter

The 2006 Festival of Visual Effects has been set for July 7-9, 2006 at the famed Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California.

"We are thrilled to be presenting our eighth annual Festival at the Egyptian for the first time," said Visual Effects Society (VES) exec director Eric Roth. "Each year the Festival has grown in scope and number of attendees. This venue shows how much the VES has expanded as well as the visual effects industry's continually increasing influence on the business of films, animation, games and television."

The Egyptian Theatre is a major Hollywood landmark of historical significance. Originally built in 1922 for impresario Sid Grauman, it was restored and renovated by the American Cinematheque, which now operates the state-of-the-art showcase Lloyd E. Rigler theatre with 650 seats and the Steven Spielberg theatre with 83 seats. The 2006 Festival of Visual Effects will utilize both theatres during the course of this year's festival activities.

There will be presentations on such highly anticipated summer movies as SUPERMAN RETURNS, POSEIDON and CARS, in addition to such TV fare as SMALLVILLE. Panels, special screenings and other events are in the planning phase and a full line-up of activities and participants is expected to be announced by May 15.

Posted by dschnee at 7:45 AM

February 16, 2006

VES Announces 2005 Winners

Last night, The Visual Effects Society had it's anual black tie event Honoring... JOHN LASSETER with the Georges Méliès Award For Pioneering and Artistic Excellence.

Quickly, Kong Captures 3 VES Awards,
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
King Kong
Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture
King Kong-Kong
Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture
King Kong-New York Dawn Attack
and in Comperland,
Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture
War of the Worlds
Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Music Video
Empire

Here is the complete list of winners... VISUAL EFFECTS SOCIETY ANNOUNCES WINNERS AT THE 4TH ANNUAL VES AWARDS

Here is an older link for the 2005 VES nominations for Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture and Broadcast Program

- visualeffectssociety.com

Los Angeles, February 16, 2006 – The VES Awards were given out last night during the Visual Effects Society’s (VES) fourth annual gala event at the Hollywood Palladium. The sold-out event attracted more than eight hundred celebrities, visual effects and animation artists, dozens of nominees and members of the film, television and games industries.

“The extraordinary breadth and diversity of the awards were matched only by the extraordinary talent displayed in the room last night,” said Eric Roth, Executive Director of the VES. “It was an eye-popping, visual effects treat equivalent to a triple ice cream sundae with a dozen exotic toppings capped off with the biggest cherry ever.”

Los Angeles, February 9, 2006 - Actress Bonnie Hunt will be a presenter at the fourth annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards, it was announced today by VES Executive Director Eric Roth, who also announced that the Award Show is now sold out. Hunt will be joining Katherine Helmond, Cheech Marin, Edie McLurg, Craig T. Nelson and John Ratzenberger at the Hollywood Palladium on February 15th for the annual gathering of visual effects and animation professionals. The VES recognizes artistic and technical achievements with twenty awards spread across the areas of visual effects and animation in film, television, computer gaming and special venue large format offerings.

This group of actors will be part of the tribute to Pixar's John Lasseter, who collects the VES Georges Méliès Award for Artistic Excellence at this year's event. This award recognizes artists whose contributions to the filmmaking industry have advanced the craft of visual effects. Hunt, McLurg, Nelson and Ratzenberger have worked previously with Lasseter on movies from famed Pixar Animation Studios. Helmond and Marin join Hunt and Ratzenberger in Pixar's upcoming release, the Lasseter-directed "Cars."

One of Hollywood's youngest organizations, the VES was formed in 1997 in response to the explosive growth in the visual effects industry. It is a professional, honorary society, dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of visual effects and to improving the welfare of its members by providing professional enrichment and education, fostering community, and promoting industry recognition. The VES is the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio leaders, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers in all areas of entertainment from film, television and commercials to music videos and games. Comprised of a diverse group of about 1,300 global members, the VES strives to enrich and educate its own members and members of the entertainment community at large through a multitude of domestic and international events, screenings and programs.

PIXAR TRIBUTE STEALS VES AWARDS SHOW

(variety) "King Kong" and "War of the Worlds" were the big winners at
the fourth annual VES Awards Wednesday as each pic walked away with three
awards and at least one top honor. But an emotional tribute to Pixar toon
titan John Lasseter stole the show.

Lasseter was saluted with the Visual Effects Society's George Melies
lifetime achievement award. He was hailed for melding computer science with
the principles of traditional animation to create the foundation for today's
visual effects and CG-animation industries.

"King Kong" garnered top honors for visual effects in an f/x-driven picture, and snagged kudos for animated character in a live-action pic.

In accepting the top award, "Kong" visual-effects supervisor Joe Letteri
saluted Lasseter, saying, "All the principles of animation you were
preaching years ago, some of us were listening."

Pic also drew the created environment nod for its high-altitude depiction of
New York at dawn.

But "War of the Worlds" grabbed honors for the year's best single visual
effect, the "Fleeing the Neighborhood" sequence, as well as awards for its
models-and-miniatures work and compositing.

"Kong's" rivals for top honors, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the
Witch and the Wardrobe," "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" and
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" were shut out.

"Kingdom of Heaven" took the supporting visual effects kudos.

On the TV side, TNT's "Into the West" won two awards, while HBO's "Rome"
drew the prize for visual effects in a series.

The tributes to Lasseter included digs at Disney, which rebuffed his efforts
to launch computer animation at the Mouse House some 25 years ago.

Presenter John Ratzenberger quipped that the day he saw the news that Pixar
would be taking over Disney animation, "I also saw a little item that Walt
Disney had stopped spinning in his grave."

Lasseter, in his acceptance speech, recalled going to work in 1980 at
Disney, "the place I'd wanted to work all my life," only to find "they'd
reached a plateau."

Recognizing huge potential in the work being done on "Tron," he worked on a
demo to show what computer animation could do.

"It fell on deaf eyes," he said.

Lasseter was careful not to disclose any plans as animation topperfor the
Mouse once the purchase of Pixar is complete, saying only that he is
"looking forward to working with the pioneering artists" there again.

Lasseter's tale hit a nerve among the assembled visual effects pros, many of
whom were disgruntled ex-Disney animators.

Fellow Pixar vet Ed Catmull, who also goes with Lasseter to Disney, will
receive a sci-tech award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
on Saturday.

Pixar's Jim Morris received a special honor, the VES board of directors
Award. Morris is a longtime Lucasfilm vet who left to join Pixar in 2004.

Morris managed Lucasfilm's transition into digital production and was
saluted for being a linchpin of the VES during its founding and early
growth.

Posted by dschnee at 7:19 AM

June 26, 2005

VES 2005 Review & Aftermath

Is Coming Soon...

I started to write a brief review of what was covered during VES on Saturday, but it's turned into a more complete documented review and thoughts of the event. I will probably be breaking it up into a couple sections.

Stay Tooned...

Posted by dschnee at 7:28 AM

June 20, 2005

2005 VES - VFX Festival

I'll be heading on down to LA this Saturday, June 25th for the 2005 VES Festival with Aruna, this will mark my 3rd VES Festival, and I love'em. It's a great opportunity to sit in front of a panel watching some of our industry professionals discuss and showcase their latest work and accomplishments. It's a fun atmosphere to be around fellow industry artists, and industry icons, where you have a chance to interact, ask questions, meet and greet, it's great!

Check out Saturdays Schedule!?!

9AM VISUAL EFFECTS PARADISO - 700 YEARS OF VFX
Distinguished Visual Effects Supervisor Mike Fink takes us on a tour of the evolution of visual effects.

11AM SIN CITY
Panel featuring the visual effects team from CafeFX, The Orphanage and Hybride who brought Robert Rodriquez' vision to life

1:30PM STAR WARS III
From 300 visual effects in the original STAR WARS to over 2000 in the current installation, this panel will feature the visual effects wizards from ILM who created the magic in STAR WARS III

3:30PM VES INSIDERS
Academy Award® winners Jim Rygiel and Richard Edlund in conversation

5:30PM NEXT GENERATION: THE FUTURE OF GAMING
VFX leaders who create the industry's hottest games talk about this rapidly expanding and money-making area of the visual effects industry. Moderator Richard Taylor leads a lively conversation with panelists that include Lorne Lanning, Glen Entis (Madden, NFL Football, Underground) and others to be confirmed.

8PM BATMAN BEGINS
Screening preceded by panel with Visual Effects Supervisors Janek Sirrs and Paul Franklin from Double Negative

For more information please visit: www.vesfestival.org

Posted by dschnee at 11:13 PM

February 16, 2005

VES Announces 2004 Winners

Hollywood, February 16, 2005The Visual Effects Society (VES), the entertainment industry’s only society of visual effects professionals, celebrated the best visual effects artistry in film, television, commercial, music videos and games at tonight’s 3rd Annual VES Awards recognizing outstanding visual effects in nineteen (19) categories.

Robert Zemeckis was honored with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award for his enormous contributions to the visual effects industry and to filmmaking as a whole. The honor was presented to him by Academy Award® winning visual effects artist Ken Ralston and long-time friend and collaborator Tom Hanks. Robert Abel was honored posthumously with the Georges Melies Award for his contributions to the visual effects industry and Don Shay received the Board of Directors Award for illuminating the field of visual effects through his role as publisher of Cinefex. The ceremony was presided over by VES Executive Director Eric Roth.

Here is the complete list of winners... VISUAL EFFECTS SOCIETY ANNOUNCES WINNERS AT THE 3RD ANNUAL VES AWARDS

Here is an older link for the 2004 VES nominations for Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture and Broadcast Program

- visualeffectssociety.com

Posted by dschnee at 8:20 AM