Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest swept the honors with six trophies in total, winning those for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture, Best Single Visual Effect of the Year, Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture, Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture, and Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture.

Cars, Casino Royale, and Flags of Our Fathers all earned one honor each in Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture, Outstanding Special Effects in a Motion Picture, and Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture, respectively.

In the small screen slot, sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica delightfully gained two awards in the categories of Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Broadcast Program.

Date: 
Friday, March 9, 2007

Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded for significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by way of vision, artistry, invention and innovation.

Highlights

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Dennis Muren receives the VES Lifetime Achievement Award

Dennis Muren is presented with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award at the 5th Annual VES Awards by George Lucas.

Video Gallery

The 5th Annual VES Awards was televised on HD Net and features the best visual effects work of 2006. Watch the full show in it's entirety below as well as the televised version.
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Photo Gallery

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Winners and Nominees

Below is the complete list of Winners and Nominees for the 5th Annual VES Awards. A sortable list for ALL years of VES Award winners / nominees can be found on the Previous VES Awards page. VES members (must be logged in) can also view all of the nominated entries in each category.

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Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the visual effects within
a live action motion picture where the visual effects are a visible, essential,
and integral part of the story and play a principal and active role in
the motion picture. A rule of thumb for defining whether a motion picture
would be considered effects-driven would be to ask if the story could be
told without the active participation of the VFX (including Special Effects).
On the whole, the VFX in an effects-driven film would be easily identifiable
by the viewing public and professionals working in the VFX field.

Fully animated films are not eligible in this category.

Charlotte´s Web
  • Karin Joy
  • John Berton
  • Blair Clark
  • John Dietz
   
Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Mans Chest
Winner
  • John Knoll
  • Jill Brooks
  • Hal Hickel
  • Charlie Gibson
   
The Fountain
  • Jeremy Dawson
  • Dan Schrecker
  • Mark Soper
  • Peter Parks
   

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the visual effects within a live action motion picture where the visual effects play a supporting, minor or background role in the telling of the story. Supporting visual effects, when taken as a whole, may help create the setting, environment, or mood of an entire film, but are generally intended to be subtle or invisible to the lay viewer. They do not consist of a significant number of CG characters, science fiction or fantasy elements, and other highly visible effects that one would expect to see in a visual effects-driven or “tent pole” film.

Effects-driven films may not enter their “invisible” effects in this category, and animated films are not eligible.

Blood Diamond
  • Jeffrey Okun
  • Thomas Boland
  • Tim Crosbie
  • Neil Greenberg
   
Children of Men
  • Lucy Killick
  • Frazer Churchill
  • Tim Webber
  • Paul Corbould
   
Flags of Our Fathers
Winner
  • Michael Owens
  • Matthew Butler
  • Bryan Grill
  • Julian Levi
   
The Da Vinci Code
  • Barrie Hemsley
  • Angus Bickerton
  • Gary Brozenich
  • Paul Riddle
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie, or Special

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the visual effects within a single episode of an effects-driven miniseries, made-for-television movie or special that was broadcast and delivered via over-the-air, pay/basic cable, or satellite transmissions to homes. A rule of thumb for defining whether a program would be considered effects-driven would be to ask if the story could be told without the active participation of the VFX (including Special Effects).

Fight Science
  • Mat Beck
  • Kymber Lim
  • Manny Wong
  • Jack Matsumoto
   
Nightmares and Dreamscapes - Battleground
Winner
  • Eric Grenaudier
  • Sam Nicholson
  • Mark Spatny
  • Adalberto Lopez
   
The Hogfather - Episode 1
  • Oliver Money
  • Simon Thomas
  • Kim Stevenson
  • Stephen Jolley
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series

This award is to honor the achievement of the visual effects within a single episode of a series where the visual effects are a visible, essential, and integral part of the story and play a principal and active role in the show. A rule of thumb for defining whether a series would be considered effects-driven would be to ask if the story could be told without the active participation of the VFX (including Special Effects)

Battlestar Galactica - Episode 303b - Exodus
Winner
  • Gary Hutzel
  • Michael Gibson
  • Alec McClymont
  • Brenda Campbell
   
Prehistoric Park - Episode 4
  • George Roper
  • Matt Fox
  • Laurent Hugueniot
  • Kevin Spruce
   
Smallville - Season 6 - Episode 1 - Zod
  • Mat Beck
  • Brian Harding
  • Trent Smith
  • John Wash
   

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the visual effects that play a supporting or background role within a single episode of a broadcast series, miniseries, made-for-television movie, or special wherein the visual effects are not necessarily essential to the telling of the story in the way that the effects of an effects-driven broadcast program are. Supporting visual effects, when taken as a whole, may help create the setting, environment, or mood of an entire program, and are generally intended to be invisible to the lay viewer. They do not consist of a significant number of CG characters, science fiction or fantasy elements, and other highly visible effects that one would expect to see in a visual effectsdriven broadcast program.

Alias - Reprisal / All the Time in the World
  • Kevin Blank
  • Jay Worth
  • Steve Fong
  • Kevin Kutchaver
   
Commander In Chief - EP 112 -The Wind Beneath Her Wings
  • Mark Kolpack
  • Adam Ealovega
  • Mark Spatny
  • Mike Enriquez
   
ER - Scoop and Run
Winner
  • Sam Nicholson
  • Scott Ramsey
  • Adam Ealovega
  • Anthony Ocampo
   

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year

Children of Men - Birth Sequence
  • Tim Webber
  • Lucy Killick
  • Andy Kind
  • Craig Bardsley
   
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest - Flying Dutchman Sequence
Winner
  • John Knoll
  • Ned Gorman
  • Jakub Pistecky
  • Tom Fejes
   
Poseidon - Opening Sequence
  • Boyd Shermis
  • Rhonda Gunner
  • Kim Libreri
  • Philippe Rebours
   
X-Men: The last Stand - The Phoenix Force Sequence
  • Eric Saindon
  • Cyndi Ochs
  • GG Heitmann
  • Roger Shortt
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Music Video

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Music Video

Killers - Bones
  • Chas Jarrett
  • Dave Child
  • Paul O´Shea
  • Andrew Bell
   
U2 and Green Day - The Saints Are Coming
Winner
  • Matt Winkel
  • Ben Looram
  • Wayne England
  • Graham Fyffe
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

Rexona - Go Wild
  • Andy Boyd
  • Stephane Allender
  • Dan Seddon
  • Abby Orchard
   
Sears Tools - Arboretum
  • Rich Rama
  • Cedric Nicolas
  • Laurent Ledru
   
Travelers - Snowball
Winner
  • Dan Lemmon
  • Eileen Moran
  • R. Christopher White
  • Paul Story
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

The award is to honor the overall achievement of the visual effects within an entire Special Venue project. Special Venues are defined as installations specifically set up to project large-format films (e.g. IMAX or OMNIMAX theaters), theme park theaters that may include a motion-based ride, museums, World Fairs, and similar venues.

To be eligible, a Special Venue project must have been exhibited publicly:

  • In a commercial venue for a paid admission, which may include the general admission to a theme park or special venue theater;
  • For a minimum period of one week on a regular daily schedule; and
  • Premiered in the current awards year in a Special Venue theater as defined above.

The following are not eligible in this category, regardless of the material’s original capture format:

  • Special purpose events such as trade shows and conventions;
  • Video material generally referred to as “pre-show” material;
  • Repurposed films, i.e. projects initially intended for the theatrical market but which have been blown up for exhibition in large-format Special Venue theaters;
  • Projects that were created as conventional 2D theatrical presentations but have been repurposed to stereographic 3D;
  • Any 2D or stereographic 3D feature motion picture that either premiered first, or simultaneously, in any regular movie theater or in any broadcast medium;
  • Any project that runs for an equal or greater amount of time in any regular movie theater or in any broadcast medium; and
  • Movies intended for simultaneous distribution in both Special Venue and normal movie theaters. The intent of this category is to honor those projects made specifically for the Special Venue market.
Fields of Freedom
  • Sam Nicholson
  • Scott Ramsey
  • Adam Ealovega
  • Jon Craig
   
Greece, Secrets of the Past
  • Craig Barron
  • Ken Rogerson
  • Glenn Cotter
  • Chris Evans
   
Roving Mars
Winner
  • Alan Markowitz
  • Dan Maas
  • Jeremy Nicolaides
  • Johnathan Banta
   

Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video Game

Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video Game

Fight Night Round 3 for PS3
Winner
  • Christopher Sjoholm
  • Kat Kelly Hayduk
  • Rob Hilson
  • Celia Jepson
   

Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture

Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture

Charlotte´s Web - Templeton
  • Todd Labonte
  • Jason Armstrong
  • Sven Jensen
  • David Richard Nelson
   
Charlotte´s Web - Wilbur
  • Grant Adam
  • Daniel Fotheringham
  • Avi Goodman
  • Paul Buckley
   
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest - Davy Jones
Winner
  • Steve Walton
  • Jung-Seung Hong
  • Marc Chu
  • James Tooley
   

Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture

Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture

 

Cars - Mater
Winner
  • Larry The Cable Guy
  • Mike Krummhoefener
  • Tom Sanocki
  • Nancy Kato
   
Happy Feet - Mumble´s Banishment
  • Damien Gray
  • Tim Gibson
  • Carl Prud´Homme
   
Monster House - House
  • Umberto Lazzari
  • Michael Kimmel
  • Kui Han Lee
  • Owen Demers
   

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

This award is to honor the overall achievement of a single created environment in a live action motion picture that best creates an illusion of setting for the story being told. Created environments are defined as either completely artificial environments, or the enhancement of an existing practical set or location through the addition of elements not present during photography. The environment may occur more than once in the project and under different conditions, but must be the same environment, created by the exact same team.

This category judges not only the techniques for creating the environment, but also their integration with any practical plate photography. Before & Afters must show the integration of the multiple elements used to create the environment.

Stereo extractions of environments that do not contain any other significant enhancements or fully animated productions are not eligible in this category. For practical purposes, the environment should be a single setting within the story, and not, for example, all locations within an entire city.

Mission: Impossible III
  • Russell Earl
  • Richard Bluff
  • Giles Hancock
  • Dennis Martin
   
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man´s Chest
Winner
  • Chris Stoski
  • Susumu Yukuhiro
  • Jack Mongovan
  • Greg Salter
   
Poseidon
  • Mohen Leo
  • Daniel Pearson
  • Willi Geiger
  • Matt Brumit
   

Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Music Video

Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Music Video

Battlestar Galactica - Episode 217 - Downloaded
  • Ryan Cronin
  • Louie Hinayo
  • Andy Asperin
  • Trevor Adams
   
Doctor Who - Episode 2, Series 2
  • Nicholas Hernandez
  • Jean Claude Deguara
  • Neil Roche
  • Jean-Yves Adouard
   
Geico - Chat
Winner
  • David Hulin
  • Seth Gollub
  • Andy Walker
  • Jenny Bichsel
   

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Music Video

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Music Video

Coke - The Greatest Gift
  • David Hulin
  • Nathan Hughes
  • Jenny Bichsel
  • Andy Walker
   
Elizabeth - Episode 1
Winner
  • Dave Bowman
  • Jimmy Kidell
  • Russell Horth
  • Gurel Mehmet
   
ESPN - Monday Night Football Remote Open
  • Luke McDonald
  • Danny Braet
  • Minory Sasaki
  • Josh McGuire
   

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man´s Chest
Winner
  • Bruce Holcomb
  • Ron Woodall
  • Charlie Bailey
  • Carl Miller
   
The Good Shepherd
  • Matthew Gratzner
  • Forest Fischer
  • Enrico Altmann
  • Leigh-Alexandra Jacob
   
V For Vendetta
  • Jose Granell
  • Nigel Stone
   

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial

Battlestar Galactica - Season 2 - Episode 218 - Resurrection Ship, Part 2
Winner
  • Steve Graves
  • Jose Peretz
  • Mark Shimer
  • Chris Zapara
   
Commander In Chief - EP 112 - Air Force One
  • Mike Enriquez
   
Dodge - Fairy
  • Matthew Gratzner
  • Forest Fischer
  • Jon Warren
  • Scott Schneider
   

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Music Video

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Music Video

Battlestar Galactica - Season 2, Episode 218 - Resurrection Ship, Part 2
  • Lane Jolly
  • Don Kim
  • Matt Smith
  • Chris Zapara
   
Coke - The Greatest Gift
  • Murray Butler
  • MaryAnne Lauric
  • Nathan Hughes
  • Pedro Sabrosa
   
Sports Heaven
  • Geoff McAuliffe
  • Yafei Wu
  • Robert Sethi
  • Jimi Simmons
   
Travelers - Snowball
Winner
  • Laure Lacroix
  • Lyse Beck
  • Steve McGillen
  • Matt Holland
   

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture

This award is to honor outstanding achievement in compositing multiple elements into a final visual effect shot or group of shots in a live action feature motion picture. This category is for a body of work created for a single motion picture by an individual artist or team of artists.

Multiple entries from the same project are eligible provided the compositing teams are 100% different and the shots being submitted are completelydifferent. Title sequences are eligible as long as:

  • They are submitted in textless form in order not to conflict with any other awards rule; and
  • They are part of the storytelling and are not a specially designed separate animated title sequence in a live action project.

Animated films are not eligible in this category.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man´s Chest
Winner
  • Eddie Pasquarello
  • Francois Lambert
  • Jeff Sutherland
  • Tory Mercer
   
Poseidon
  • Scott Younkin
  • Janeen Elliott
  • Brian Connor
  • Mark Nettleton
   
The DaVinci Code - Saint Sulpice Sequence
  • Mathew Krentz
  • Jordan Benwick
  • Enrico Perei
  • Rafal Kaniewski
   

Outstanding Special Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

Outstanding Special Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

Casino Royale
Winner
  • Chris Corbould
  • Peter Notley
  • Ian Lowe
  • Roy Quinn
   
Superman Returns
  • Neil Corbould
  • David Brighton
  • David Young
  • Robert Heggie