Sue Rowe, one of the U.K.'s most experienced Visual Effects Supervisors, has won the 2008 Panalux Craft Award, at the annual Women in Film and Television Awards, held at the Hilton Hotel at lunchtime earlier Friday.
The award is given to women who show excellence in the crafts involved in the production of film, television and digital media, and was presented to Rowe by Sir Patrick Stewart.
Rowe has worked with Cinesite, one of Europe's largest full-service vfx facilities, for several years. Currently involved in the Bruckheimer/Disney production PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME, in 2007 she oversaw Cinesite's large quota of work on the BAFTA and Oscar award-winning THE GOLDEN COMPASS. Rowe was instrumental to the success of this production, working closely with the visual effects teams on set and location, driving shots from concept through to previsualisation and on to final delivery. Cinesite's varied work on THE GOLDEN COMPASS included the creation of 15 photorealistic CG daemon animal characters, ranging from a chameleon to a panther, plus the spectacular environments of "Lyras London" and the Arctic North.
Despite a rising number of women becoming involved in visual effects, they are still under-represented in this craft and Rowe remains one of the world's few female supervisors.
In a visual effects career spanning 15 years, Rowe's credits have included DEATH AT A FUNERAL (2007), X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (2006), STORMBREAKER (2006), CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (2005), THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (2005), ALFIE (2004), ELLA ENCHANTED (2004), TROY (2004), TOMBRAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE (2003), WHAT A GIRL WANTS (2002), and TOMBRAIDER (2001).