Welcome to the VES Archives – showcasing the history of the worldwide visual effects community. Keep coming back as we build this digital museum with the people, treasures and techniques that embody VFX through exclusive video interviews, a library of props, paintings, printed materials and other assets. Thank you for supporting this exciting, evolving initiative.

Click here to watch and enjoy our insightful Luminaries Video Series, featuring some of the biggest names in visual effects — VFX legends, luminaries and VES award winners from around the globe. Let their VFX stories engage and inspire you to carry forth and create.

Click here to watch exclusive interviews with VFX luminaries like Dennis Muren, VES and Harrison Ellenshaw, VES about selected films on the VES 70 list help bring the marvels of these films to life and reflect on their lasting influence on visual effects, including THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, TRON, and THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Speaker Series

Enjoy our VFX Speaker Series, bringing you a growing collection of panel discussions, Q&As and insightful conversations from live events with our industry’s best and brightest talent.

Magic Time: My Life in Hollywood – Hawk Koch with Sid Ganis

Behind the scenes stories from those who created the original Star Wars trilogy

Join us for a fun episode of VFX Pros: Home Edition – a look inside the VFX memorabilia collection of digital production manager and noted VFX historian Gene Kozicki.

For avid visual effects aficionados, that passion for the craft is instilled in the models, props and production artwork.  Here’s your chance to go inside some highlights from an exciting VFX collection, rich with history and stories about how the items were made, used, lost – and then found.

An unapologetic child of the STAR TREK/STAR WARS generation, Gene Kozicki has long been fascinated by the process of how movies were made. Many a model kit of the USS Enterprise met a sad fate with lighter fluid and firecrackers as he tried to replicate the imagery he saw on the big screen. Gene started collecting movie memorabilia – specifically VFX related memorabilia – even before he had graduated from USC Film School when he kept some of the models he built for STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION as an intern. The collection has grown as he developed relationships with artists and technicians, and also fished items out of the trash that most people (and studios) would generally consider junk. Over the span of his 30-year career, Gene has amassed a significant collection.

Gene has worked on films including TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, TITANIC, both movie versions of POWER RANGERS, and GIGLI. A recipient of the VES Founders Award and Chair of the VES Archives Committee, Gene was instrumental in organizing the VES archives and helping to secure funding to digitize many of our assets. As a VFX Historian, Kozicki is active in the archiving of information, imagery and artifacts from the visual effects industry and regularly consults with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the American Cinematheque on retrospectives and conservation.

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