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Ian Unterreiner Named President of Russo Brothers’ VisualCreatures Virtual Production Studio

Russo Brothers’ AGBO announced today that Ian Unterreiner has been appointed President and Partner of their virtual production studio VisualCreatures (VC). The recently acquired company, which specializes in real-time applications in visual effects and animation, opened its new studio equipped with a motion capture enabled sound stage at AGBO’s downtown Los Angeles’ creative campus. Unterreiner’s appointment will push VC’s research and development deeper into virtual production workflows and AI solutions […]

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Visual Effects Society Announces 2023 Board of Directors Officers

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s global professional honorary society, announced its 2023 Board of Directors Officers. The Officers, who comprise the VES Board Executive Committee, were elected at the January 2023 Board meeting. The Officers include Lisa Cooke, who was re-elected Board Chair, and is the first woman to hold this role since the Society’s inception. “It is my privilege to continue to Chair this global society of […]

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Avatar: The Way of Water: Wētā FX’s Joe Letteri, Dan Barrett, Eric Saindon on the New Challenges of Bringing People Back to James Cameron’s Pandora

James Cameron‘s long-awaited sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, is not just an enormous global box office phenomenon, but it’s also one of the finest displays of the use of visual effects and new technology in filmmaking in over a decade. As with the 2009 Avatar, it’s the collaborative efforts of Cameron’s own Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc. (LEI) with Wētā FX that helped bring to life new areas on Pandora and its […]

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Visual Effects Society Unveils Nominees for 2023 VES Awards; Avatar: The Way of Water Leads the Field

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced the nominees for the 21st Annual VES Awards, which recognize outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in features, animation, television, commercials, and video games, and the VFX Supervisors, VFX Producers and hands-on VFX Artists who bring this work to life. Avatar: The Way of Water leads the feature film field with 14 nominations, while Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is the top animated contender […]

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New York Virtual Production Event Showcasing Technology to Take Place at Fuse 42 on Jan. 26

The Post New York Alliance (PNYA), the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), and Fuse Technical Group are hosting an event on January 26th to showcase virtual production technology for New York filmmakers in Fuse 42, a full LED Volume in Times Square. The presentation, led by Virtual Production Line Producers MESH, will focus on how virtual production assets and projects are built in Unreal Engine and how filmmakers can incorporate this […]

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Visual Effects Society Executive Director Eric Roth Will Receive the VES Board of Directors Award

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, has named former VES Executive Director Eric Roth as the forthcoming recipient of the VES Board of Directors Award in recognition of his leadership in presiding as the Society’s top executive leader. The award will be presented at the 21st Annual VES Awards on February 15, 2023 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. The VES Board of Directors Award, is […]

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Gale Anne Hurd to Receive Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achivement Award

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, has named award-winning producer-screenwriter Gale Anne Hurd as the forthcoming recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her valuable contributions to visual arts and filmed entertainment. The award will be presented at the 21st Annual VES Awards on February 15, 2023 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. The VES Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by the VES Board […]

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Below the Line’s Awards Season Film, Television Craft Interview Round-Up

Now that it’s late December, we’re fully into the awards season where crafts people in the industry get to nominate their colleagues in various below-the-line categories. Unlike the past few years, we’re including both television and film craft here, because many of the guilds and societies will be nominating for their annual awards, which include both film and television. You can also get a quick reminder of some of our […]

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Academy Unveils Shortlists in 10 Oscar Categories, Including a Star-Studded Field for Best Song

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced shortlists in 10 categories for the 95th Academy Awards, including Documentary Feature Film, Documentary Short Film, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound, and Visual Effects. The Best Song category, in particular, is stacked this year, as artists who made the Academy’s shortlist include Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Lady […]

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Visual Effects Society (VES) Announces Nancy Ward as Its New Executive Director

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s global professional honorary society, announced that Nancy Ward has been selected as the Society’s new Executive Director. Ward, who joined the Society in 2014 as the organization’s Program and Development Director, was appointed Interim Executive Director upon the retirement of Eric Roth in September 2022, who had served as leader of the organization for nearly 20 years. The VES Board of Directors voted […]