Artists from international VFX company Pixomondo have earned the company's first-ever Academy Award nomination garnered for work on Martin Scorsese's 3D epic adventure, Hugo.
Press release from Pixomondo:
Los Angeles, CA -- Talented artists from international visual effects company Pixomondo have earned the company's first-ever Academy Award nomination garnered for work on Martin Scorsese's 3D epic adventure, Hugo. 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 -- are among the contenders competing for the Best Visual Effects Oscar. With a recent victory for Best Visual Effects at the 2011 International Press Academy Satellite Awards, Hugo is also nominated for Best Special Visual Effects at the BAFTA Awards and for multiple VES (Visual Effects Society) Awards.
"We poured a tremendous amount of effort into bringing the artistic vision of Martin and Rob to life so it's wonderful to receive such prestigious acknowledgement," said Pixomondo CEO and founder Thilo Kuther. "Nearly all of our offices worked on this film so it was truly a company-wide collaboration. We are incredibly proud of Ben and Alex and the rest of the Pixomondo team. It is nice to see all the hard work pay off with the incredible honor of these nominations."
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.
The Academy Awards will be held February 26, 2012 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, the BAFTA Awards will be held February 12, 2012 at the London's Royal Opera House and the VES Awards will be held February 7, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.
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.