Ridley Scott to Get VES Lifetime Achievement Award


Director Ridley Scott (best known  for Alien and Blade Runner), will be the recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his visual ingenuity.  The award will be presented at the 13th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 4, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton

Craft-Talking The Theory of Everything


James Marsh's The Theory of Everything brilliantly turns Stephen Hawking's life into a metaphysical love story about the collision of macro and micro Big Bangs. The film's Oscar-buzzy crafts convey thought-provoking metaphors, not the least of which is how his mind

Craft-Talking the Sight and Sound of Interstellar


Composer Hans Zimmer, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, sound mixer Gregg Landaker and costume designer Mary Zophres talk bringing Christopher Nolan's space odyssey to life. While Matthew McConaughey bends space-time in the black hole to get back home in

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Alonso of Marvel to Keynote VES Summit

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Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios EVP of visual effects and post production, will keynote the 6th annual VES Summit, titled “Networking and Visual Imagery Evolution.”  The interactive forum will take place on Oct. 18 at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Read more

Enter Autodesk-Sponsored VES Student Award

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Autodesk Inc.is once again supporting the Steven Spielberg-inspired award for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project” for the 7th year in a row. Read more

Sony Scares Up an Animation Rig for Halloween

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Sony Pictures Animation has a very special Halloween treat: For the first time, an actual character rig from a major animated feature film (Hotel Transylvania) is being made available for download. Read more

VES Taking Awards Submissions

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The Visual Effects Society is currently accepting submissions for the 13th Annual VES Awards (Feb. 4, 2015) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Academy Tech Council Adds 4 New Members

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John Bailey, Gale Anne Hurd, John Knoll (pictured above, courtesy of sfgate.com), and Michael Tronick have joined the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the Council’s 2014–2015 membership roster to 25. Read more

Laika/Focus Reteam for Three More Features

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Laika and Focus Features have renewed their distribution pact, with Focus distributing the next three stop-motion features domestically, and Universal Pictures International handling overseas. This is good news given the regime change at Focus and excellent box office start for The Boxtrolls, the Oscar contender which grossed $17.3 million last weekend, the biggest debut yet for Laika. Read more

DreamWorks Announces Boss Baby

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Alec Baldwin suits up opposite Kevin Spacey for DreamWorks Animation’s Boss Baby (Fox, March 18, 2016), inspired by Marla Frazee’s award-winning picture book. Read more

Trailering Inside Out from Pixar

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Pixar may be out of the Oscar race this year, but the first teaser for Pete Docter’s Inside Out (June 19, 2005) is a further proof that it’s the one to beat next season. Read more

Composer Marianelli Waltzes Through The Boxtrolls

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Oscar-winning composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement) didn’t hesitate to work on the Victorian steampunk madness of The Boxtrolls. He loves the way the animators at Laika conjure “the surreal, the dark, the grotesque, and the comedic.” Read more

Knight Talks Laika and The Boxtrolls

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When Laika first began nine years ago, its first two acquisitions wereCoraline and Here Be Monsters!. However, because of the tremendous scope and free-flowing narrative of Alan Snow’s 550-page steampunk opus, it’s taken a lot longer for The Boxtrolls to come together. And while it’s received Laika’s most mixed reviews, it’s surely the riskiest and, arguably, the most brilliant of Laika’s trio of films, which I discuss with CEO/producer/lead artist Travis Knight (view exclusive video below). Read more