As expected, Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-contending Gravity dominated the 12th annual VES Awards, grabbing six trophies at the Beverly Hilton Wednesday night, including outstanding visual effects-driven feature, while Disney’s Frozen juggernaut went four for four, including outstanding animated feature (a first for the studio). Read more
January 25, 2014
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With VFX taking a much more prominent role in the virtual lighting of hybrid movies, the question of who’s responsible for cinematography in evaluating Oscar contenders has prompted the Academy to consider a new visual imaging category. Obviously the discussion has intensified with Gravity’s Emmanuel (“Chivo”) Lubezki being the frontrunner this year. He would be the second cinematographer in a row to win the Oscar for predominantly virtual work and the third in Academy history. Read more
The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced its nominees for the 12th annual VES Awards (held Feb. 12 at the Beverly Hilton), with Gravity leading the way with eight nominations. The space blockbuster was joined by Iron Man 3, Pacific Rim, Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for outstanding VFX.
January 8, 2014
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Gravity, which has already grabbed $255 million domestically and $670 million worldwide, will get a final Oscar push when Warner Bros. re-releases the space thriller nationwide on Jan. 17, a day after the nominations are announced.
December 23, 2013
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Alfonso Cuarón will receive the Visionary Award in recognition of the extraordinary Gravity as well as his consummate artistry and use of VFX throughout his career at the 12th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 12, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Watch new “From Script to Screen” making of featurette below. Read more
The Visual Effects Society (VES) has worked for more than a year with data management specialists Shotgun Software and 5th Kind and leading VFX companies to standardize data fields and specify data transfer formats to create a new universal system for providing reliable camera sheets and metadata. The format is open sourced and is available with no fees or restrictions. As a result of this effort, the VES has now released a standardized interchange for camera reports, allowing essential VFX information to be better captured and transferred through production into post.
October 27, 2013
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Is it time for the visual effects industry to change its name to digital production to face the changing paradigm shift? And should the Academy Awards consolidate cinematography and VFX into a visual imaging Oscar since virtual production has blurred them? These were topics discussed yesterday at the fifth annual VES Summit at the W in Hollywood. Read more
Emmy and Academy Award-winning VFX pioneer John Dykstra is the latest recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented at the 12th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 12, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read more
October 8, 2013
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The VES has announced its TED-like rountable format for the fifth annual summit, ”A New Reality: Content Creation and Distribution,” Oct. 26, at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Read more
July 17, 2013
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The Visual Effects Society (VES) released The State of the Global VFX Industry 2013, a strategic whitepaper as a blueprint for action, analyzing such issues as the California perspective, growing competition, pricing models, tax incentives, and unionization. Read more