As the only organization that represents the global visual effects community, membership in the Visual Effects Society comes with exclusive benefits that enhance your career, build your network and contribute to the future of the ever-evolving VFX industry. Click on the section heading below to read more.

As a VES member, benefits include:

Global Recognition: The distinction of being among the leading artists, innovators, practitioners and executives who are creating and advancing visionary VFX work worldwide.

Unparalleled Camaraderie: As a part of a global network of nearly 3,000+ members in 33 countries, enjoy access to peer-to-peer online and in-person discussion forums; hear the latest trends, advances and production news; and build important professional and social relationships.

Valuable Resources: Access to educational programs from practical skills-building workshops to cutting-edge new technology demos to an online library of more than XX video tutorials and presentations by industry experts.

Outstanding Programs: Invitations to free members-only events, including exclusive film screenings, panel discussions and opportunities to attend galvanizing annual events including the VES Summit and prestigious VES Awards.

Leadership Opportunities: Help guide the future of the VES and contribute to advancing the field by volunteering for a VES Committee, mentoring students or ultimately running for elected office at the Section or International Board of Directors level. 

Exclusive Savings: A growing roster of tangible, cost-saving benefits, including:  

  • Opportunity to purchase VES Healthcare coverage at competitive rates for individuals and small businesses

  • Opportunity to purchase supplemental/disability insurance

  • Free and discounted publications

  • Awards season year-end DVD studio screeners

  • Discounts on VES Awards Show, VES Summit and VES Award submissions

  • Discounts on select industry conferences, programs and special events

  • Discounts on business and educational services

  • Discounts on computer hardware/software

Below are some additional member benefits such as health care, business, education, publications, screenings, and member discounts.

Health Care

  • VES Health Care
  • ObamaCare Tutorial
  • Individual and small business plans
  • Same coverage as the Television Academy and Producers Guild
  • Competitive rates that will only get better as we grow
  • Dental and eye care included (more information)
  • Progressive Benefits healthcare consulting
  • Aflac supplemental / disability insurance

“Without it no insurance is complete”

If you experience a life-interrupting medical event without Aflac...

Then you could be facing an even deeper financial hole.

How Aflac works with your Medical Coverage:

  • Aflac pays the CASH BENEFITS to you, not the Doctors or Hospitals.
  • Aflac helps fill the FINANCIAL gap if you or your spouse is unable to work
  • Aflac benefits PAY no matter what other insurance you have—it pays on top.
  • Aflac plans are GUARANTEED RENEWABLE at the payroll rate for life.
  • Aflac plans are 100% PORTABLE.Even if you change jobs, you can take it with you.
  • Aflac does NOT raise rates every year, so you know the cost in the future
  • Aflac has NO network restrictions or preauthorization requirements

Customize your Aflac benefit package by choosing the plans that best fit your individual needs.

Contact William Hofto - (310) 562-7367 - william_hofto@us.aflac.com

Business

Since 1992, TEAM has been servicing the entertainment industry through top notch payroll services and expert insight into labor issues that impact the business of production. We are now pleased to offer a preferred payroll package to all VES members at a discounted rate. VES Partner Payroll Package includes:

  • 33% DISCOUNT ON TEAM PAYROLL HANDLING FEES
  • FREE DIRECT DEPOSIT
  • NO CHARGE FOR MAILING CLIENT PAYROLL CHECKS
  • PERSONALIZED SERVICE WITH A DEDICATED TEAM PAYMASTER

Our areas of service include:

  • Staff and Freelance Employees: Employer of Record for all visual effects staff and freelance employees.
  • Employer of Record for US citizens employed in foreign countries.
  • Maintenance of USCIS (I-9) forms for client employees paid by TEAM.
  • Federal and State employer and employee payroll tax contributions.
  • Workers Compensation & Disability insurance coverage and claims administration.

Union Talent:

  • Cast Clearance, Union Security, Taft-Hartley, and Preference of Employment for SAG & AFTRA agreements, including SAG & AFTRA and PH&W contributions.
  • Holding Fee & Residuals Notification.
  • Union, Agent, or Talent Claims administration

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you. For questions or additional information, contact:

Abraham Gordon | Account Director

901 W. Alameda Ave., Suite 100 Burbank, CA 91506-2801

Education

  • 15% Discount at Sphere VFX for VES Members
  • 25% Discount at CMIVFX; online visual effects training
  • 15% Discount at FXPHD online vfx and post-production training
  • 10% Discount at Gnomon School of Visual Effects
  • FreeVFX Project management VFX Showrunner
  • "Friends and family" discounts at Ellenshaw.com

spherevfx is a high-end, international training company specializing in 3D, Compositing, Visual Effects and Stereoscopic Post Production courses. We offer training in the world's best CGI and VFX software including: Maya, Mari, ZBrush, RenderMan Studio, V-Ray, Nuke, Ocular and PFTrack.

We offer production-driven, project-focused courses for all levels from the beginner through to the advanced user. Courses can take place either at our UK training centre or on-site at your studio. We also offer bespoke courses which are customised to your specific requirements and can include training on your current live projects. Clients include: Animal Logic, Framestore, Digital Domain, Ghost VFX, DreamWorks Animation, Mr. X., Luma Pictures and Double Negative.

Founded by VES member Matt Leonard, spherevfx is pleased to offer a 15% discount to all VES members.

Contact Details: www.spherevfx.com 

training@spherevfx.com

+44 1633 790-211

VES members around the world will receive a 25% Discount on subscriptions for VFX courses, exclusively from CMIVFX.com.  VES Members click here for the discount code.

fxphd.com provides professional online training in visual effects and production. Courses are provided as QuickTime movies and most come with high quality footage that artists can use to create shots for their reel. This is complemented by high-level discussion forums with members from around the world, so you're not learning in a vacuum. Founded by VES members, fxphd is pleased to provide a 15% discount to VES.

Please email ves@fxphd.com to receive your discount code, which is entered when signing up for the curriculum.

See www.fxphd.com for more information about our current offerings.

Gnomon School of Visual Effects is proud to offer VES Members a 10% discount on all courses at our Hollywood, CA facilities, as well as Gnomon Online courses and Gnomon Workshop DVD's that are purchased through the school. Intro to Autodesk Maya classes may also be taken at no charge – based on space availability.

No limit

No expiration

Must present a valid VES Membership card

For more information or to purchase, please call: 323-466-6663 or email us at: admin@gnomonschool.com.

VFX Project Management Software

Free software from Tim Landry. VES Board Member Tim Landry is offering his VFX Project management software as a FREE download to VES members. Thanks, Tim!

http://www.vfxshowrunner.com

Lynda Thompson is pleased to offer a “friends and family” discount to VES members on copies of the DVD documentary on the life and work of Peter Ellenshaw, “Ellenshaw Under Glass.”

Log on to www.ellenshaw.com and mention you are a VES member to receive the discount when ordering.

Publications

  • Free subscription to weekly [VTIP::Digital Variety] through November, 2015. (VES members in North America will receive print version as well)
  • 50% Discount on Hollywood Reporter call 866-525-2150
  • Free mailings from Animation Magazine during awards season only

The Hollywood Reporter For VES members, The Hollywood Reporter is offering the Daily Edition for $179 or the Weekly International Edition for $125(this is almost a 50% discount!) If it’s happening in show business you’ll find it in the pages of The Hollywood Reporter. For 75 years, The Hollywood Reporter has been the trade paper of choice for industry professionals of all kinds. As a VES member, you have the opportunity to subscribe to The Hollywood Reporter at a special organizational rate. Choose from the Daily Edition for $179 or the Weekly International Edition for $125 (this is almost a 50% discount!) If you want to take advantage of the special VES member rate, call 866-525-2150.

Screenings

  • Numerous free screenings sponsored by VES, the studios, Below the Line, AMPAS, BAFTA, Autodesk and others
  • Theater access during awards season with VES membership card
  • Academy year-end Studio Screeners

VES Member Discounts