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Special Event: VES Awards

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For VES Winners, a Night of Emotion and Renewed Purpose

AWN’s Max Weinstein reflects on last week’s VES Awards ceremony, an evening filled with excitement that nevertheless marked another rough, taxing year for visual effects artists, the industry, and the world at large.

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‘Dune’ and ‘Encanto’ Lead All Winners at 20th Annual VES Awards

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 7:30am

Both films each take home four awards; two MC cancelations notwithstanding, the visual effects community came together in force, packing the Beverly Hilton to celebrate winners in 25 categories and to honor Lynwen Brennan and Guillermo del Toro.

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Lucasfilm’s Lynwen Brennan to Receive VES Lifetime Achievement Award

The Visual Effects Society to honor her integral role in the creation of ILMxLAB, as well as her exemplary support of the education and development of women artists and engineers.

 

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VES to Honor Academy Award-Winning Director Guillermo del Toro

The Visual Effects Society names the acclaimed filmmaker this year’s recipient of the VES Creative Excellence Award; his film, ‘The Shape of Water’ received 2 Oscars and his most recent, ‘Nightmare Alley’ has garnered 4 nominations at the upcoming Academy Awards.

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‘Dune’ and ‘Encanto’ Lead VES Award Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 9:57am

Nominees in 25 categories across film, TV, real-time, and special venue projects represent the top visual effects and animation work produced over the past year; ceremony format and venue yet to be revealed due to the ongoing pandemic.

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VES Announces 2021 Honorary Members and VES Fellows

This year’s group of distinguished VFX practitioners will be recognized at a special event this fall; also announced were VES 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees - legendary contributors to VFX and film including Roy Field, John P. Fulton, Phil Kellison, the Lumière brothers, and John Whitney, Sr.

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NVIZ and George Clooney Take a Virtual Spacewalk on ‘The Midnight Sky’

Leading visualization company and their ARENA virtual camera system helped the filmmaker and his VFX team plan, visualize, shoot, and deliver key astronaut spacewalk and airlock death sequences on their Oscar-nominated, VES Award-winning sci-fi drama.

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Nvidia Powers 13 Years of Oscar-Winning VFX

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 23, 2021 at 2:18pm

Once again, the technology company’s professional GPUs are behind all five VFX Oscar nominees; the 93rd annual Academy Awards take place this Sunday, April 25.

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Virtual Production Takes Center Stage in ‘The Midnight Sky’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 23, 2021 at 6:33am

Digitized shots of Icelandic snow, glaciers, and misty weather, coupled with real-time camera tracking and Unreal Engine, meant high-resolution environment projections, and lighting, could be captured in-camera to provide unprecedented realism for onstage shooting, in George Clooney and Netflix’s Oscar-nominated sci-fi drama.

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WATCH: AWN-FuseFX VFX Artist Interview Series Part 3

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:46am

In the third and final discussion, VFX supervisors Steve Meyer and Brad Kalinoski share insights into their innovative visual effects work on shows like ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.’

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VES Student Award Win Goes to ‘Migrants’

Pôle 3D team honored with the annual award sponsored and presented by Autodesk; winning animated short follows the plight of a polar bear and its cub, while exploring current environmental and socio-political issues.

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‘The Midnight Sky,’ ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Soul’ Take Top VES Awards

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:47pm

Star-studded virtual ceremony, hosted by barb-slinging Patton Oswalt, included 25 category awards and special honors for VFX supervisor Rob Legato and director Sir Peter Jackson.

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Key TV and Game Contenders for the 2021 VES Awards

This year’s set of animated and VFX-driven TV series and video games represents top visual design and production work that rivals feature film visual effects in both quality and quantity.

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Sir Peter Jackson to Receive VES Lifetime Achievement Award

Legendary Academy, DGA, PGA and VES Award-winning filmmaker to be recognized for his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment at the upcoming April 6/7 VES Awards.

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VES to Honor Three-Time Academy Award Winner Rob Legato

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 11:34am

Visual Effect Society names veteran VFX supervisor, second unit director and DP as this year’s recipient of the VES Creative Excellence Award; innovative filmmaker won Oscars for ‘Titanic,’ ‘Hugo,’ and ‘The Jungle Book.’

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‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Soul’ Top VES Award Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:00am

‘Project Power’ and ‘The Witches’ lead the list of feature film field nominees; winners in 25 categories will be announced at a virtual ceremony streaming worldwide on April 6/7 depending upon time zone.

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The Visual Effects Society Announces 2021 Board of Directors’ Officers

Lisa Cooke was named board chair and is the first woman elected to lead the organization; other officers include Emma Clifton Perry, David Tanka, Jeffrey Okun, and Gavin Graham.

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VES Honors 2020 – Gone Virtual Coming December 15 - 16

The online event celebrates industry’s innovators, artists and professionals; Ray Scalice, Ken Ralston, Irwin Allen, and Mary Blair among the Founders Award, Lifetime Members, Honorary Members, VES Fellows, and Hall of Fame honorees.

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VES Now Accepting Submissions for 19th Annual VES Awards

Submission forms now available for entering VFX projects in Film, Television, Special Venue, Games, Animation, VR and New Media created between January 1 and December 31, 2020.

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VES Announces Additional Special 2020 Honorees

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 1:19pm

This year’s group of distinguished VFX practitioners will be recognized this fall in a soon to be announced online event.

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Visual Effects Society Names Special 2020 Honorees

Newest Lifetime members and this year’s VES Founders Award recipient, along with yet to be announced VES Fellows, Honorary members and Hall of Fame inductees, to be recognized this fall.

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On the Road to the 92nd Oscars: The Visual Effects Nominees

Heading into this coming Oscar Sunday on February 9th, catchup on AWN’s coverage of the films and creative teams nominated for this year’s Best Visual Effects.

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The Magic Behind the Magic of 'Star Wars: Episode IX’

Production VFX supervisor Roger Guyett talks creating Princess Leia, the benefits of practical shooting, and bringing the saga to a close.

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The Triumph of Invisibility: The Spectacular Non-Spectacular Effects of ‘1917’

Production VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron discusses the special challenges involved in creating the illusion of grim reality in Sam Mendes’ Oscar-nominated epic World War I drama.  

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