J.J. Abrams to Receive VES Visionary Award

The Visual Effects Society is wasting no time honoring J.J. Abrams with its prestigious Visionary Award in anticipation of Star Wars: Episode VII (Dec. 18, 2015). The award will be presented at the 13h Annual VES Awards on Feb. 4, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“I am very touched to be receiving the Visionary Award this year,” said Abrams. “As a lifelong fan of visual effects in film and TV, I feel so lucky to get to work with such remarkable VFX artists, and look forward to celebrating their incredible work at the VES event.”

Abrams, founder and president of Bad Robot Prods., has been been utilizing a combination of cutting edge and old-fashioned VFX for Cloverfield,  Star Trek,  Super 8,  Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,  Star Trek Into Darkness,  Alias,  Lost,  Fringe, and Person of Interest.

For the Star Wars reboot, Lucasfilm under the guidance of Kathleen Kennedy, is upping its game at ILM: expanding its facilities in London and Vancouver, developing new virtual production advancements, creating a more efficient pipeline, and taking advantage of a new facial capture system (Muse) along with cloud rendering.

“J.J. Abrams has consistently elevated not just the technical aspect of visual effects, but also the emotional,” said Jeffrey A. Okun, VES board chair.  “The context and expertise with which J.J. and his team have evolved visual effects is both groundbreaking and inspirational.  He has redefined the relationship between the viewer and the story – you can easily see this from the epic cult followings of his highly engaging work, a testament to his expert blending of visual effects,evocative characters and a remarkable imagination.”

As co-creator and exec producer of the pop cultural phenomenon, Lost, Abrams received Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Drama Series, as well as awards from the PGA and WGA.  He also received kukos for his writing on Alias and Lost, and served as a composer on AliasFringeLostPerson of InterestRevolution, and Felicity, his first TV series.  He is currently exec producer of Person of Interest and is exec producing such upcoming series as HBO’s Westworld, Showtime’s Roadies, and Hulu’s miniseries 11/22/63, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel.

Previous winners of the VES Visionary Award have been Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, and Alfonso Cuarón.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Events, Movies, performance capture, previs, Tech, TV, VES, VFX, Virtual Production

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