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Visual Effects Society Awards Winners

February 9, 2019 | By
Visual Effects Society Awards Winners

The Visual Effects Society announced the winners at their annual VES Awards ceremony on February 5, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The VES Awards recognizes and honors the most outstanding visual effects work of the year and honors the artists who created them. The artistry, ingenuity and passion of visual... »

OSCAR CONTENDER – Avengers: Infinity War

January 2, 2019 | By
OSCAR CONTENDER – <em>Avengers: Infinity War</em>

In Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, the visual effects department was tasked with creating unique worlds, characters, and effects unlike those previously seen on film. For overall visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, visual effects supervisor at ILM, and Digital Domain visual effects supervisor Kelly Port, the challenges were multifold, but working for... »

The “B” in NAB

May 3, 2018 | By
The “B” in NAB

It’s truly the “B” in NAB that signals how much the recently concluded annual event in Las Vegas has changed. Once “broadcast” shifted to also mean “streaming,” and since that includes everything digital, NAB has become a show that’s now about, well, almost everything. Everything at least, that you’d see or hear through a... »

Production Designer Paul Harrod’s Journey to Isle of Dogs

April 9, 2018 | By
Production Designer Paul Harrod’s Journey to Isle of Dogs

  As a teen, Paul Harrod felt destined to enter the world of animation. A co-production designer along with Adam Stockhausen on Wes Anderson’s stop motion feature, Isle of Dogs, Harrod’s youthful Super 8 vignettes led him to a career in prop building and miniature-making. “I tried my hand as an animator,” said Harrod.... »

Oscars 2018: Some Swarthy Badasses And Only A Few Surprises

March 6, 2018 | By
Oscars 2018: Some Swarthy Badasses And Only A Few Surprises

  If you bet on every favorite in your office’s Oscar pool this year, you did quite well. It was a year of very few surprises, and stood in stark contrast to last year’s “wow finish” –to borrow a line from the movies. And yet those who won were very thoughtful about their craft–both... »

VES 2018: Practical Magic

February 19, 2018 | By
VES 2018: Practical Magic

War for the Planet of the Apes took the upper hand – or, perhaps paw – heading into the Oscar VFX showdown with Blade Runner 2049, as it won the evening’s top prize at the VES Awards, for “Best Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature.” Indeed, the evening was marked with many instances to... »

Weta’s Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon React to their Oscar Nomination

February 2, 2018 | By
Weta’s Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon React to their Oscar Nomination

  “We are immensely proud of this work and grateful to the Academy for recognizing War for the Planet of the Apes with a nomination,” said Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Joe Letteri. “This is the final film in the trilogy, and we’ve been really happy to see how audiences have been swept up by... »

Director Series: Rian Johnson – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

January 22, 2018 | By
Director Series: Rian Johnson – <em>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</em>

When Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy enlisted director Rian Johnson to write and direct Episode VIII in the Star Wars nine-film franchise, Johnson merely had three smaller-scale critical successes behind him as both writer and director: Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper. However, for part eight in the nonology, Kennedy knew she needed an adept... »

2018 VES Awards Nominations

January 17, 2018 | By
2018 VES Awards Nominations

  HBO’s stellar stalwart, Game of Thrones continues to show no mercy as it dominates with 11 nominations this year.   “The artistry, ingenuity and passion of the visual effects practitioners around the world,  have come together to create truly remarkable imagery in a variety of media,” said VES Chair, Mike Chambers. “We are seeing the... »

Visual Effects Society Names Acclaimed Writer-Producer-Director Jon Favreau Recipient of VES Lifetime Achievement Award

August 7, 2017 | By
Visual Effects Society Names Acclaimed Writer-Producer-Director Jon Favreau Recipient of VES Lifetime Achievement Award

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, named writer-director-producer-actor Jon Favreau as the next recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment.  The award will be presented at the 16th Annual VES Awards on February 13, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The VES Lifetime... »

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