Upcoming Events

VES Members and Their Guests are Invited to a 3D Screening of DreamWorks Animation's and 20th Century Fox's KUNG FU PANDA 3

Please RSVP below
Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 3:00PM
(RSVPs will close at 2:00PM on Friday, February 5)
The Little Theater on the 20th Century Fox Studio lot
10201 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064-2606
Click here for a map

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.

VES Bay Area Section Invites You and Your Guests to a Screening of Columbia Pictures' THE 5TH WAVE

Please RSVP below

Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 4:00PM
32TEN Studios
3210 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901
Click here for a map

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.

RSVPs will close at 12:00PM on Friday, February 5, 2016.

The VES New Zealand section invite you to join us in celebrating the 14th Annual VES awards.


Please join us for an evening of socialising and celebrating all our nominees and winners.


Time: 6-9pm currently

Location: The Grand Foyer at The Roxy Miramar



VES Members: FREE (guests incur a $5 fee)

Nominees & VES VIP's : FREE

Non-members/Guests: $5 (cash only please)


Any non members who choose to sign up to VES on the night will have their door fee refunded.

(sign up to be a member by seeing a board member and complete your preliminary application & pay your membership fee).

Any non member who signs up for VES before the night, simply bring a printout of your VES proof of payment page and get in FREE.


What to expect:

Welcome Glass of bubbles (while stocks last)

Discounted and Subsidised Drinks (until the bar tab runs out)

Cheese, Charcuterie, and nibbles

Door Prizes




New York VES Members and Their Guests are Invited to a Screening of Columbia Pictures' THE 5TH WAVE

Please RSVP below
Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 8:00PM
SVA Theater at the School of Visual Arts
333 W. 23rd Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenue) New York, NY 10011
Click here for a map

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.

Vancouver VES Members and Their Guests are Invited to a Screening of Columbia Pictures' THE 5TH WAVE

Please RSVP below
Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 12:00PM

(There is a $3.25 parking fee per car)
Capilano University Bosa Centre Theater
2055 Purcell Way (entrance #2 off Skeena Road), North Vancouver, BC, V7J 3H5

Park in lot #2 or #3 at the North end of the campus. Arrive early for the screening to allow time to walk to the theater. The theater doors will lock after the screening starts as per University security so don't be late!

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.

A members only event to meet the candidates and vote for our incoming NZ Section Board of Managers.

Come along to the VESNZ annual meeting and elections!



This is a great chance for you to see what we've been up to this year, give ideas for future events and give us some feedback.

Come and join us for a glass of wine and some nibbles!!


We will be electing 6 NZ Board members this year.

We will also be electing our 2 representative officers for the coming year. (Chair and Secretary/Treasurer).

Board members who still have time to run on their terms are: Emma, Jason, Georg and Dave.

With 6 more board members we will continue to have a board of 10 members (including 2 section officers).


If you would be interested in running for the local Board please do send through an email to Emma, the current section Chair. (ejeclifton@hotmail.com)

She'll be able to guide you through what the roles/responsibilities of being a board member are and what the officer roles involve.

Once prospective applicants have been collated, Emma will send out an eblast to all our local membership with a list of everyone running for the Board, giving everyone in the section a chance to see who's running vefore the vote on the 10th.

This means you won't need to stand up and sell your wares to the membership on the election evening, as after all, not everyone likes public speaking.


Many thanks,

Your local board.



 Please join us for a VES Vancouver Section social event!  @ Milestones - 2425 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4M5

 Please join us for a VES Vancouver Section social event!  @ Milestones - 2425 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4M5

Join the VES New York Section for the 2nd Annual VES Awards after-after party as we celebrate the finest achievements in visual effects artistry - from New York's VFX community to the VES Award winners around the globe.

VES Awards Highlights
Door Prize

Honoring: Chris Wedge with the VES Empire Award

An Oscar winning film director, producer, and co-founder of Blue Sky Studios, Chris Wedge is a creative innovator who has made extraordinary contributions to animation and entertainment here in the New York area and around the world.   After starting Blue Sky in 1987, Chris went on to direct Bunny, which took home the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 1998.  He followed this up by directing Blue Sky’s first two feature films, Ice Age and Robots, and has since served as an executive producer on a number of other Blue Sky Films.  More recently, Chris directed Epic (2013), and just completed his first live action/hybrid film Monster Trucks, due in 2017.

Please Purchase Tickets Here

Friday, March 4, 2016

7:30PM to 10:30PM

The Green Building
452 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Click here for a map.

Cocktail attire

Thanks to our generous sponsors, tickets are now available for
$50 for VES members; $90 non-members

(For facilities purchasing 6 or more tickets, please call 818.981.7861 for special pricing)

Revenues from virtual reality and augmented reality are projected to hit $150 billion by 2020!  Visual effects artists are on the front lines to deliver that immersive content.  These presentations will cover the latest live action VR post production techniques which are currently being used to realize the dream of VR.


Principal Speakers:

Mariana Acuña Acosta, Media & Production Creative Manager, The Foundry, will describe the latest set of tools that The Foundry is working on to help solve the day to day problems of working with VR.

Gawain Lilliard, VFX Supervisor, The Mill and his team, will present the methodology and techniques they used to deliver the Google Spotlight live action VR project “Help”, directed Justin Lin, of “Fast and Furious” fame.

Jason Schugardt, Head of CG/VFX Supervisor with MPC LA will share the tools and techniques used to create the live action/CG VR adventure, “Goosebumps”.  Goosebumps VR is a stereoscopic special venue experience that premiered in conjunction with Sony’s feature film in select theatre lobbies.

Moderator: Scott Squires, Academy Tech Award Winning Visual Effects Supervisor and Developer


Saturday, March 12, 2016

08:45am- 09:15am   Registration and Refreshments

09:15am-11:35am    Event

11:35am-12:30pm    VR Demos


Sony Harryhausen Theatre

9050 W. Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA


On the south side of Washington between Culver (west) and National (East).


Free for VES and LA ACM SIGGRAPH members.

Students may attend for $10.  All other non-members $20.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis.   If the event is overbooked and paid registered guests cannot be seated, refunds will be issued. 

Click here to RSVP

LA SIGGRAPH will have a table at the event for attendees to join LA SIGGRAPH (and thus get in as part of their new membership).  Memberships will be accepted for $40/person. The chapter accepts checks, cash, or credit cards (Mastercard or Visa only) for all dues or fees.

Special Thanks

Sony Pictures Imageworks; The Foundry, Mariana Acuna; For the VES: Toni Pace Carstensen, Scott Squires, Susan Thurmond O'Neal, Rob Stauffer; For MacMall Pro, Keith Scott and Jim Reisman; For LA ACM SIGGRAPH Joan Collins, Mike Amron, and all the volunteers.

Sponsored by


Recent Announcements

Dear Vancouver VES members,

Nominations are now open for the VES Vancouver section board of directors for a 2 year term 2016/ 2017. There are 5 open seats available. 7 directors will be returning to the board, serving the 2nd year of their terms including : Marta Mintenko, Sue Rowe, Fred Chapmen, Jason Dowdswell, Matthew Krentz, Wendy Lanning, and Marshall Krasser.

I invite all interested members to submit their name with a statement about yourself and why you would like to join the board. We will accept nominations until next Friday Feb 5th and have a vote the following week. We looking forward to working with you all in the year ahead to grow our section and grow the benefits we provide to our members.

Thank you all for your interest and support.

Best regards,

Warren Franklin
Chairman VES Vancouver

VES Members and professionals working in the visual effects industry in Canada, we would like to offer you exclusive access to the VES Health & Dental Plan. 

Enrollment Guidelines

You are eligible to join the plan 60 days after joining the VES or a validated studio

You must enroll within 31 days of becoming eligible (you can also submit your enrolment at any time during the 60 day waiting period)

Any applications received after the 31-day deadline are considered late applicants and are subject to medical requirements and benefit restrictions

Limited Time Only Open Enrollment

If you have missed the 31 day deadline described above, we are pleased to offer a limited-time only Open Enrollment. This is a unique opportunity for you and your eligible dependents to join the plan with a December 1, 2015 effective date. There are no medical requirements and you will have full access to the plan level of your choosing with no restrictions. All enrolments must be received by November 15, 2015.

For more information on this fully portable plan and the benefits available, please check out the following website: www.arbutusfinancial.com/ves-page.html

To Enroll:

Please email Arbutus Financial at info@arbutusfinancial.com with your name, date of birth, email address, plan choice (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum), family status (single, couple, family), VES affiliation (name of studio where you work or VES member number), and the date you joined the VES or started working at your studio.

Questions?  Please contact us at info@arbutusfinancial.com or 604-731-1100 or toll free 1-877-228-2171.

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

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

The Duke of York (in the private upstairs lounge)

47 Rathbone St., London W1T 1NW

Click here for a map


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

Click here to RSVP

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
Click here for a map

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.

Ring in the NEW YEAR with new board members and new members. Mingle with your community and have a PINT on us! Come see what Toronto section has to offer - Networking, Screenings, Workshops, etc.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Flynns of Temple Bar
489 Kings Street West


Interested in becoming a VES Toronto section Board Member? Please email Christa Tazzeo Morson christa@spinvfx.com

Jeff Okun and Eric Roth are coming March 21st, 2014 to Vancouver for an open forum. This is for members and non-members alike to speak to VES Global ( from LA) and express your thoughts and concerns as VES moves forward to becoming more of a global society.

The meeting will take place March 21st, 2014 at 8:00 pm and will be hosted at Lost Boys – School of VFX. (Suite 200 – 495 Railway Street, Vancouver, B.C.) No RSVPs necessary.

We hope you can all attend and provide your input on the future of VES.