Pixomondo VFX Supervisor Ben Grossmann and Pixomondo Digital Effects Supervisor Alex Henning – along with Hugo’s Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato and Special Effects Supervisor Joss Williams – earned the Best Visual Effects Oscar for work on Martin Scorsese’s 3D epic adventure, “Hugo.”
Press release from Pixomondo:
Los Angeles, CA -- Pixomondo Visual Effects Supervisor Ben Grossmann and Pixomondo Digital Effects Supervisor Alex Henning – along with Hugo’s Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato and Special Effects Supervisor Joss Williams – earned the Best Visual Effects Oscar® for work on Martin Scorsese’s 3D epic adventure, Hugo, at the 84th Academy Awards held last night at the Hollywood & Highland Center®. The win marks Pixomondo’s first-ever Academy Award® and caps a wildly successful awards season for the magical film, which includes VFX recognition from the BAFTA® Awards, the VES (Visual Effects Society) Awards and the International Press Academy Satellite Awards.
“Hugo was truly a passion project for everyone involved,” said Pixomondo CEO and founder Thilo Kuther. “The dedication shown by Ben, Alex and the whole Pixomondo team in bringing this film to life is remarkable and they more than deserve every ounce of acknowledgement for all their hard work. We are grateful to have been a part of such an amazing film and congratulate Ben and Alex on a job well done.”
Independently produced by GK Films and distributed in the U.S. by Paramount Pictures, Hugo features over 800 stereo 3D VFX shots created by more than 400 artists at ten of Pixomondo’s eleven facilities across Germany, the US, Canada, China and the UK. A love letter to classic cinema and cinema history evoking the look of Paris re-imagined on a 1930’s film set, Hugo was shot in England and France with Grossmann and Henning integrated into the production on set. Pixomondo’s 24/7 global pipeline was instrumental in completing the project on time and budget.
Pixomondo is an international visual effects company boasting 24-hour production capabilities, sharing projects across a global network of 11 facilities in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Berlin, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Beijing, London, Munich, Burbank, Toronto and Hamburg. Founded by CEO Thilo Kuther in 2001, Pixomondo has created visual effects for more than 30 feature films including Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Red Tails, Hugo, Sucker Punch, Super 8, Fast Five, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and 2012. The company is currently in production on upcoming features including Snow White and the Huntsman and The Amazing Spiderman, and TV series including Game of Thrones, Terra Nova, Hawaii 5-O and Grimm. In addition to visual effects, Pixomondo delivers the full range of creative, production and post services required to produce design-driven storytelling for commercials. More information on Pixomondo can be found here: http://www.pixomondo.com
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.