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Shang-Chi‘s Oscar-Nominated VFX Team on Designing the Ten Rings and the Pandemic’s “Gift of Time”

March 14, 2022 | By
<i>Shang-Chi</i>‘s Oscar-Nominated VFX Team on Designing the Ten Rings and the Pandemic’s “Gift of Time”

Marvel Studios released three movies in 2021 — four, if you count its collaboration on Spider-Man: No Way Home — but one of the best, in terms of its visual effects, was Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which used those effects to enhance its physics-defying fight sequences. Though Shang-Chi was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the overall VFX... »

The Year’s Most Anticipated Movies From a Below-the-Line Perspective

March 11, 2022 | By
The Year’s Most Anticipated Movies From a Below-the-Line Perspective

The Batman and Scream were my two most anticipated movies of the year, and with the former currently playing in theaters and the latter now available On Demand, it’s time to turn our attention to my other Most Anticipated Movies of the Year, albeit with a below-the-line twist this time around. Rather than simply... »

VES Awards Winners: Dune, Encanto, and Apple’s Foundation Take Top Prizes

March 8, 2022 | By
VES Awards Winners: <i>Dune</i>, <i>Encanto</i>, and Apple’s <i>Foundation</i> Take Top Prizes

The Visual Effects Society held its 20th Annual VES Awards on Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where WB/Legendary’s Dune won the top prize — Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, the award that hews closest to the VFX Oscar. Elsewhere, Disney’s animated movie Encanto and the Apple TV+ series Foundation won the night’s top prizes. There are more... »

How VFX Supervisor Kaitlyn Yang Is Making a Difference Within a Male-Dominated Field

March 8, 2022 | By
How VFX Supervisor Kaitlyn Yang Is Making a Difference Within a Male-Dominated Field

Though the Executive Board of the Visual Effects Society (VES) is currently entirely comprised of women, there’s little question that the visual effects community has long been the epitome of a “boys’ club.” You really only need to look at this year’s Oscar nominations to see that there wasn’t a single woman nominated among... »

No Time to Die‘s Oscar-Nominated VFX Artists Discuss James Bond’s Car Chases and Sinking Trawlers

March 8, 2022 | By
<i>No Time to Die</i>‘s Oscar-Nominated VFX Artists Discuss James Bond’s Car Chases and Sinking Trawlers

This year’s Oscars race for Best Visual Effects pits a lone Best Picture nominee — Dune — against three films whose sole nod comes in this race — Spider-Man, Shang-Chi, and Free Guy — as well as No Time to Die, Daniel Craig‘s last entry in the James Bond franchise. A historical quirk: since 1978, when Best Visual... »

Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s Oscar-Nominated VFX Team on Divvying Up the Big Action Scenes and Why Sandman Is Still Tricky

March 7, 2022 | By
<i>Spider-Man: No Way Home</i>‘s Oscar-Nominated VFX Team on Divvying Up the Big Action Scenes and Why Sandman Is Still Tricky

With a worldwide gross of $1.8 billion and counting, Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home was not only the biggest movie of 2021, but it’s also now the third-highest-grossing movie of all time domestically, and that’s in spite of the ongoing global pandemic. The film owes much of its success to the way that Director Jon... »

VES to Honor Lucasfilm’s Lynwen Brennan With Lifetime Achievement Award

February 24, 2022 | By
VES to Honor Lucasfilm’s Lynwen Brennan With Lifetime Achievement Award

The Visual Effects Society has named Lucasfilm EVP/GM Lynwen Brennan 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 20th Annual VES Awards on March 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. As previously announced, acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del... »

VFX Legend Douglas Trumbull Dies at 79; Worked on Several Sci-Fi Classics

February 8, 2022 | By
VFX Legend Douglas Trumbull Dies at 79; Worked on Several Sci-Fi Classics

Visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull, whose film credits include sci-fi classics such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Blade Runner, died on Monday as a result of complications from mesothelioma. He was 79. Trumbull earned Oscar nominations for his VFX work on Close Encounters and Blade Runner, as well as... »

Fancy VFX Sets Up Shop at Goldcrest Post

January 26, 2022 | By
Fancy VFX Sets Up Shop at Goldcrest Post

Fancy VFX, a new visual effects studio targeting television, film and advertising projects, has launched as a sister company to Goldcrest Post. Led by veteran Executive Creative Director/Visual Effects Supervisor Randie Swanberg and Senior Flame Artist/Visual Effects Supervisor Mario Caserta, the studio offers complete solutions for the design, execution and delivery of high-caliber visual... »

Visual Effects Society Unveils All-Female Executive Board of Directors

January 25, 2022 | By
Visual Effects Society Unveils All-Female Executive Board of Directors

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has unveiled its 2022 Board of Directors Officers, and for the first time in the group’s 25-year history, the five-member Executive Committee is comprised entirely of women. The Officers were elected at the January 2022 Board meeting, and they include Lisa Cooke, who was re-elected Board Chair after becoming the first... »