VES News

James Cameron to receive VES Lifetime Achievement Award

awardsrev.jpgJames Cameron will be the recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented at the 8th Annual VES Awards which will be held at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City on Sunday, February 28, 2010. 

The VES Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding body of work that has significantly contributed to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry.  Cameron’s work is so cutting edge he had to wait years for new visual effects technologies to be created in order to move forward with his most recent film, “Avatar” (to be released in December 2009). 

VES Pub Night - Los Angeles

catandfiddle.jpgCome one, come all! If you’re in Los Angeles on November17th, stop by the Cat and Fiddle (in the heart of Hollywood) from 8pm to 10pm. Just show your VES member’s card, and you’ll be eligible for a 10% discount on 2 drink tickets per person (limited to house red & white wine, 3 beers on tap -- Newcastle, Bass and Harp), which works out to around $5.00 a drink.

VES Bay Area Screenings

Tuesday Nov. 17, 7:30PM
ILM's Premier Theater

Disney's A CHRISTMAS CAROL (3D) starring Jim Carrey
Q&A with Producer Steve Starkey immediately following the screening.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 7:00 PM
Dolby Screening Room

Screening - Inglorious Basterds

ingloriousbasterdsbradpitt.jpgJoin Writer/Director Quentin Tarantino as he moderates a discussion following the screening with:

Editor. Sally Menke
Costume Designer. Anna B. Sheppard
Supervising Sound Editor. Wylie Stateman
Sound Re-Recording Mixer. Michael Minkler
Visual Effects Designer. John Dykstra

VES Member discount - Paper Chase Printing


VES BOD Election Results

VES would like to thank all the candidates who ran for the VES Board of Directors. We had a diverse group of highly talented and dedicated individuals running this year.

Congratulations and welcome to the new and returning members of the Board for the 2010/2011 term!

Newly Elected VES Board Members:

Mike Chambers
Eric Durst
Richard Edlund
Rob Engle
Mike Fink
Jeffrey Kleiser
Kim Lavery
Van Ling
Tim McGovern
Stuart Robertson
Carl Rosendahl

California Tax Incentives

California has now passed a new tax incentive program for projects with budgets under $75 million.

For more information visit or call 310-860-2960.

If you know of any new, significant tax incentives that VES members should be aware of, let us know!

Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall Receive VES Lifetime Achievement Award from David Fincher

Producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall of The Kennedy/Marshall Company, were named the recipients of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award at the 7th Annual VES Awards, held at the Century Plaza Hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday, February 21, 2009.


The VES Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded by the VES Board of Directors, recognizes outstanding contributions to the art and/ or science of the visual effects industry. The Lifetime Achievement Award, given last year to Steven Spielberg, honors Marshall’s and Kennedy’s impressive individual and collective body of work as Hollywood’s leading producers who have produced many iconic films over the past 30 years while also creating extraordinary advances in the field of visual effects in order to make their stories come alive.

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