Upcoming Events


If you are thinking of becoming a member of the Visual Effects Society - now is the PERFECT TIME!

Come meet current VES members and find your two sponsors on the show floor.

All membership materials, info and instructions will be handed out to each guest at the event

Please RSVP below
Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 6:00PM to 10:00PM

10 Duke St., Montreal, QC H3C 2L7
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Thanks to our sponsors : Autodesk, Atomic Fiction, Cinesite, Framestore and MPC

The New Zealand VES Section invites members and non-members to our fifth screening of Kiwi Shorts.

(A special thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission for their continued support!)

Please join us to celebrate & enjoy 8 kiwi short films including a unique opportunity for a Q&A session with some of the film makers afterwards.

As always, the event will be hosted at Camperdown Cinema, if you require directions, please let us know

Please RSVP below.

  • Queenie (director Paul Neason, writers Sam Burt/Jeremy Liss)
    Danny, a university Geography tutor in his 30s, embarks on a cutting edge academic project which has nothing to do with his ex-wife.


  • Blankets (director Louise Leitch, writer Casey Whelan, Producer Melissa Dodds)
    What would you do for love?  Jack spends an afternoon alone in his room, reliving the magic of a teenage love story and the tragic events that threaten to tear it apart. As he considers his world without his girl, he is left questioning what it really means to do the right thing.
  • Warbrick (director/writers Meihana Durie & Peter Durie, producer Mina Mathieson)
    This short follows Joe Warbrick (Calvin Tuteao), captain of the New Zealand Natives rugby team, as he tries to rouse his battle-weary players to head unto the breach once more, for a test against England.   It’s midwinter during the trailblazing 1888-89 tour (17 months and a staggering 107 matches) that left a black jersey and silver fern legacy. In a changing room that resembles a casualty ward, Warbrick draws breath and leads a stirring haka.   Made by brothers Pere and Meihana Durie, Warbrick inspired the All Blacks the day before a 33-6 demolition of Australia in 2009.
  • Day Trip (director Zoe McIntosh, writer Costa Botes/Bill Payne, Producer Costa Botes/Gareth Moon)
    A gang member wakes up one morning and decides he needs a day off. Inspired by a newspaper advertisement he impulsively decides to take a short ferry trip between islands.  With his tattooed face, black leather clothing, and prominent  gang patch, the gangster is a fish out of water when he arrives in the idyllic small port town of Picton. The experience he has there will change his outlook on life forever.
  • Double Happy (director/writer Shahir Daud, producers Shivali Gulab & Andrew Brettell)
    This short film finds four 90s teenagers caught in the vicissitudes of growing up in Hutt Valley suburbia. Rising tensions during a day hanging out at the local park see misfit Rory ignite a cracker bag of cravings for belonging, furtive sexual feelings, violence, racism and boredom. The combustive results of his misdirected teen spirit give the film’s title a grim irony. Fijian-born director Shahir Daud based the story loosely on his own teen experiences; Double Happy screened at Montreal Film Festival and was a Short of the Week website pick in May 2011
  • Ebony Society (writer/director Tammy Davis, producers Ainsley Gardiner & Chelsea Winstanley)
    Vinnie and his friend Jonah spend their nights on the streets of South Auckland tagging and stealing.  One night Vinnie has had enough. He tries to break away from his overbearing friend but is drawn back in when Jonah threatens and humiliates him.  When they break into a house and find themselves confronted with an unexpected situation it will be a test of their friendship, forcing Vinnie to take the lead and show Jonah another way.
  • Snow in Paradise (director/writer Nikki Si'ulepa & Justine Simei-Barton, producer Paul Simei-Barton)
    A snapshot of life on a remote, picturesque island in the south Pacific through the eyes of a young Polynesian girl.  As she ventures out on her daily routine she encounters the familiar faces of her family and the small community that she loves.  Like her, they are all unsuspecting of the devastating power that lies beyond the ocean reef in a nuclear testing facility. In one moment her world will change forever.
  • Meathead (director/writer Sam Holst, producer Desray Armstrong/Chelsea Winstanley)
    In this award-winning short film Michael is a 17-year-old who gets the abattoir blues during his first day at 'the works'. Fitting in turns out to be the least of Michael’s worries as young blood is welcomed on the line in the old fashioned way, and rite of passage is interpreted literally to meaty effect. Meathead was filmed at the Wallace Meat plant in Waitoa. Based on the true story of a mate of his, director Sam Holst’s debut short was selected for Cannes and won the Crystal Bear in the Generation (14plus) section of the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.

Deadline To Submit Applications for VES Fall Membership Drive

Accepting applications through September 15th

Do you have a colleague with a minimum of five (5) years experience in the visual effects industry that you think would be a valuable addition to the Society? If so, ask them to visit the VES website to fill out and submit an online application for membership. The deadline for the Fall membership cycle is Monday, September 15, 2014.

Each VES member may endorse up to two (2) applicants per calendar year. Endorsing an applicant for membership is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Letters of endorsement should be detailed and comprehensive recommendations. You received an e-mail in May if you have already written endorsement letter(s) in 2014. For important guidelines on what the VES Membership Committee requires from endorsement letters, please click here.

STAR WARS Reunion Party & Art Auction Event To Benefit Robbie Edwards

Please help our dear friend Robbie Edwards overcome a debil-itating stroke that he suffered in October 2013. You'll also have the opportunity to bid on some fabulous artwork generously donated by renowned Bay Area artists. Click here for the flyer with more information.

Click here to RSVP for the party
September 20, 2014 from 5:00PM to midnight

Historic Main Stage at 32TEN Studios
3210 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901
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Click here to bid on artwork starting September 10, 2014.

Robbie Edwards suffered a debilitating stroke in October. The stroke damage caused paralysis and loss of some sensation on the left side of his body; including his leg, arm, hand, face and mouth. He spent six weeks in the hospital receiving intensive therapy. Robbie continues a rigorous outpatient physical therapy program and receives in-home care from two physical therapists five days a week. Robbie’s COBRA health insurance plan ended just before his trauma; he was not covered by any health care plan for this medical emergency. We see a long and successful road to recovery for Robbie. We know in our hearts and souls that he is up for this task…we are just asking for your help to make this event less catastrophic for Robbie and his family.

Click here to help with Robbie's medical bills.

Click here to watch the short film MUSTN'T GRUMBLE.

Networking has been a long established medium for gaining knowledge of what's currently happening and what's possibly happening in the great unknown future. As they say, "Knowledge is Power" and networking is one key at our disposal to gain knowledge and uncover gems that others might overlook.

Over the last six years, the VES Summit has encouraged our attendees to network and be powerful forces of change. This year… Networking will be our force for change.
Come / Hear / Present / Discuss the latest breakthroughs in, television, technology, and entrepreneurism and network your way to tomorrow's answers!

Schedule: Coming Soon
Please check back soon for updated information on the 2014 VES Summit. If you have any questions regarding the VES Summit, please contact Brent Armstrong at the VES Office at brent@visualeffectssociety.com or at 818-981-7861

Recent Announcements

The VES will be at this year's Imaging The Future symposium.
Held on the 8th and 9th of July in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Imaging The Future (ITF) is an interdisciplinary symposium offering professional conferences and masterclasses on digital images and their connection to visual arts and new technologies.
This year's speakers include visual effects supervisors and VES members Scott Squires and Miklos Kozary. Pixomondo's Sven Martin will also be on hand to present his VES Award-winning work on Game of Thrones.
Of particular note is a VFX case study on Edge of Tomorrow, featuring panelists Margaux Durand-Rival, Alexis Wasjbrot, Matt Kasmir and Eoin Greenham. The panel will be moderated by VES London Board Member Ean Carr.
Visit the Imaging The Future website for full program information and more details.


Imaging The Future is held alongside the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) - the Swiss event for fantastic films, Asian cinema and future images.
VES London Board Member Hitesh Bharadia will be in attendance as part of the festival's Imaging The Future Jury.
NIFFF runs from 4th to 12th July, 2014. Find out more at nifff.ch

Naomi Goldman, NLG Communications
T: 424-293-2113

Visual Effects Society Releases First-of-its-Kind VFX Reference Platform

New Industry Standard Platform to Improve Interoperability and Streamline Work of VFX Software Vendors and Studios


Los Angeles (July 2, 2014) – The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional honorary society, has announced the release of the industry standard VFX Reference Platform. The VFX Reference Platform is a set of tools and library versions to be used as a common target platform for building software for the VFX industry. Its purpose is to minimize incompatibilities between different software packages, ease the support burden for Linux-based pipelines and encourage further adoption of Linux by software vendors. The Reference Platform is updated annually by a group of software vendors in collaboration with the VES Technology Committee.


The Calendar Year 2014 (CY2014) Reference Platform is the first-of-its-kind and represents the closest collaboration yet between software solutions providers to converge on a common platform.   The CY2015 Platform developed for 2015 software releases has now been published in draft form and feedback is invited from software vendors and customer studios. The final version will be published in August 2014 and announced at SIGGRAPH.


“By working with industry software providers, we’ve identified major library versions that are updated annually that can be shared between all major apps.  This is a huge step forward for software distribution for VFX on Linux,” said Jeffrey A. Okun, VES Board Chair.  “We’re proud that the VES Technology Committee, under the leadership of Rob Bredow and Nick Cannon, has successfully addressed this critical challenge and developed a much-needed solution.”

The VES worked in collaboration with leading VFX companies and application providers to develop the platform, which provides a forum to coordinate major platform upgrades, easing the transition to new technologies, while increasing reliable interoperability and lowering costs for vendors and customers. 


“For the past year, the VES has been collaborating with Autodesk and other software vendors to create a reference Linux platform to address the endemic hassle of ‘version-itis.’  We’re thrilled the VES is taking the lead to rally both the visual effects community and vendors on the Linux platform to organize this working group and benefit all of our customers,” said Chris Vienneau, Autodesk Media & Entertainment Director of Product Management.


"The VFX Reference Platform initiative aims to prune superfluous technical variety so we can all focus on stuff that matters.  Tweak applauds all of the effort that goes into this indispensable project," said Seth Rosenthal, Tweak Software. 


The Reference Platforms along with further supporting information, including how to contribute feedback, are available on http://vfxplatform.com.


About the Visual Effects Society

The Visual Effects Society is a professional honorary society dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences and applications of visual effects and to upholding the highest standards and procedures for the visual effects profession. It is the entertainment industry's only official organization representing the extended global community of visual effects practitioners, including supervisors, artists, producers, technology developers, educators and studio executives.  VES’ almost 3,000 members in 33 countries worldwide contribute to all areas of entertainment – film, television, commercials, animation, music videos, games and new media.   To learn more about the VES, visit www.visualeffectssociety.com.

Follow us on Twitter:  @VFXSociety

NZCS, CODEX and PARK ROAD POST invite NZCS members to an informative evening

When: June 30, 2014 6pm to 8:30pm
Where: Park Road Post, 141 Park Road, Miramar Wellington
Please RSVPevents@nzcine.com or Kevin on 027 2939059

Come see the Codex Vault and the new Codex Action CAM. We will have a brief presentation and then hands on time.

The frenetic pace of a TV production, the quick turnaround of a commercial, the longer production cycle of a feature film– no matter what type of project you’re making, Codex Vault can streamline your production and simplify your workflow. Vault brings your digital negative into one standard, secure workflow, saving you time and money and protecting your valuable asset. And now featuring CODEX REVIEW – superfast GPU processing for dailies, playback to an HD or 4K monitor and QC and color tools.

Introducing the Codex Action CAM - the small camera with a big workflow. Whether you’re making commercials, TV or movies, sometimes your camera package is just too big for the situation or location you’re trying to shoot in.

Enter Codex Action CAM...A complete shooting, capture, transcoding and data management solution for situations that require a compact form factor and low weight. Codex Action CAM itself is a tiny remote head camera for shooting at up to 60fps. It comes with the Codex Camera Control Recorder, providing full remote control of the camera, plus the proven workflow of the industry-standard Codex recorder.

The VES Board of Directors voted to bestow the Founders Award on Janet Healy at this year's Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) in the Fall.

Janet is a Founding Member of the VES, and she has served on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.

Healy started her career in live-action films, working with directors Stanley Kramer, Hal Ashby and Sam Peckinpah. She worked with Steven Spielberg on CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and 1941, serving as Associate Producer on the latter. From those films Healy began her understanding and fascination with the art of visual effects, learning about early motion control systems, optical compositing techniques and the construction and photography of complex miniature sets.

She then joined George Lucas’ visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), as a Co-Head of Production. At ILM, Healy produced some of the era’s most groundbreaking visual effects work, including the Academy Award®-winning visual effects for TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY and JURASSIC PARK. She was instrumental in leading the industry transition from reliance on photochemical and in-camera processes to the use of the digital 2D and 3D techniques that are common place in visual effects today. During those years at ILM, Healy was also the Visual Effects Producer for GHOSTBUSTERS II, JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO, and WILLOW. While producing the digital character work for CASPER, Healy fell in love with CG character animation.

In 1995 she joined Walt Disney Feature Animation as the Head of Digital Production and oversaw the CG work on the films TARZAN, DINOSAUR and MULAN. She moved to DreamWorks Animation to serve as Head of Production for several years and, while there, produced SHARK TALE.

In 2008, Healy joined Chris Meledandri as he was beginning his new venture, Illumination Entertainment, for Universal Pictures. Along with Meledandri, Healy is the Producer of DESPICABLE ME, THE LORAX, DESPICABLE ME 2, and the upcoming films MINIONS (2015), the Untitled Pets Project (2016), DESPICABLE ME 3 (2017) and THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS (2017).

Healy is also a member of the New Media Council of the PGA and has served as a member of their Board of Directors and as an Executive Board member. She currently lives in Paris and Monteaux, France

VES NY & PNYA would like to invite you to attend their upcoming event, Color Space and Workflow for Post Production Professionals. This event brings industry professionals together to learn more about color theory, workflows and why this topic is so important for such a broad range of disciplines across production & post production.


Open to VES NY & PNYA members, with limited tickets for SVA students, we are anticipating seats will go fast so please rsvp as soon as you can. Any seats not filled by March 14th will be opened up for non-members who would like to attend.


March, 19 2014
730pm 930pm
School of Visual Arts
133-141 W 21st Street, 3rd Floor, #301
New York, NY 10011

This event is intended to an introductory explanation of the complete color chain from camera (ingest) to delivery format (output).

Mark Russell (VFX Supervisor):  Host, Moderator
Chris Healer (CEO, The Molecule):  "Color Theory & Practice in a Nutshell: Condensed Version"
Joe Gawler (Colorist, Harbor Entertainment): The Art of Color
Dave Satin (DIT): On-Set Color Decisions

Please use this link to rsvp: http://colortheorypractice.splashthat.com/



Hello VES NY! We WANT to hear your thoughts on how you would like to participate with our VES chapter and what you want to see in this coming year regarding workshops and events.  This is a reminder to please take our survey so that we may better understand how to grow our community. We are eager to plot our course for 2014 with you! 



Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 from 7:00PM until late

The Duke of York (in the private upstairs lounge)

47 Rathbone St., London W1T 1NW

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2014 is well under way and it's time for the glorious return of the ever-popular VES Pub Nights!

Every last Wednesday of the month, we invite VES members, friends and everyone interested to a fun evening at the pub. Come join the VES London Board and your fellow members for some good conversation, a beverage or two, and a Killer game of darts. A bottle of whisky awaits the winning dartist!

As always, this is open to everyone - no need to RSVP, so bring your friends!

London VES Members And Their Guests Are Invited To Attend A 3D Screening Of DreamWorks Animation's & 20th Century Fox's MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

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Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:30PM (Doors open at 6:00PM)
20th Century Fox Soho Square Theater
31-32 Soho Square, London, Greater London W1D 3AP
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Screenings are overbooked to compensate for no-shows.

Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. An RSVP does not guarantee seating.

London VES Members And Their Guests Are Invited To A Screening Of 20th Century Fox's & Columbia Pictures' THE MONUMENTS MEN

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:00PM
The Screening Room at MPC
127 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0NL
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Screenings are overbooked to compensate for no-shows.

Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. An RSVP does not guarantee seating.

11 March 2014 7:30 pm Camperdown CinemaCome join us for an educational evening about the science & workflows of handling colour in a digitial environment with Glenn Anderson.

Accurately reproducing the work of artists on display devices is an important part of digital cinema workflow. The science behind it is well defined, but putting it into practice can present some interesting challenges.
Glenn's talk will cover the science behind colour and lightness, the characteristics and limitations of human vision, cameras, and display devices, and explore what is possible within those limits.

A long time Apple Macintosh programmer, Glenn has worked on review tools for Weta Digital since 2000. Before that he was better known for writing Eudora Internet Mail Server.

We hope you can join us for this exciting exclusive before Glenn departs our shores to pursue his career at Apple.